Reviews


  • Steve Withers

    Reviewer

    Steve Withers (Twitter, Google+) is a professional calibrator and freelance journalist who regularly contributes to AVForums, reviewing audio and video products, writing articles, appearing on our podcast and presenting numerous videos.

    Steve has been writing about audio and video products for nearly ten years and, along with AVForums, he also contributes to Tech Radar, Trusted Reviews, Pocket-lint, Home Cinema Choice, Hi-Fi Choice and Wired.

    Steve is a professional audio and video calibrator who is Level 2 certified with THX, the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and the Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). As such he remains abreast of all AV technology developments and the latest industry standards as we transition into a new era in home video and audio.

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    Sonos Beam Soundbar Review

    The Sonos Beam soundbar is smaller, cheaper and arguably better than its predecessor.

    by Steve Withers, Sep 6, 2018 at 6:58 AM

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    Samsung HW-N950 Soundbar Review

    The Samsung HW-N950 builds on the success of the earlier HW-K950, but adds side speakers and DTS:X, for a complete 7.1.4-channel experience.

    by Steve Withers, Aug 27, 2018 at 7:52 AM

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    REL HT/1003 Subwoofer Review

    REL go full home theatre with the excellent HT/1003, an affordable subwoofer that delivers plenty of sonic boom for your buck.

    by Steve Withers, Aug 21, 2018 at 6:38 AM

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    dARTS 535 Series Digital Theater Review

    dARTS 535 Series Digital Theater offers a 7.2-channel amplifier and speaker system that has been perfectly calibrated in the factory, thus ensuring optimal performance in your room.

    by Steve Withers, Jul 31, 2018 at 11:31 AM

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    Acurus ACT 4 AV Processor Review

    The Acurus ACT 4 13.3-channel AV pre-amp processor brings clever design, flexibility and Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support to the high-end market, but how does it compare to the competition?

    by Steve Withers, Jul 19, 2018 at 7:52 AM

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    Trinnov Audio Altitude16 AV Processor Review

    The Trinnov Altitude16 promises unparalleled performance and flexibility with sixteen channels of processing and support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D.

    by Steve Withers, Jul 10, 2018 at 9:21 AM

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    Q Acoustics 3050i Cinema Pack Review

    Q Acoustics gives its 3000 Series an update, trickling down tech from the Concept 500 and delivering another cinema pack that combines a superb performance with great value.

    by Steve Withers, Jul 6, 2018 at 6:14 AM

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    Samsung HW-N400 Soundbar Review

    Samsung's HW-N400 entry-level model is nicely designed and very well made, but a lack of power and key features limits an otherwise decent soundbar.

    by Steve Withers, Jun 22, 2018 at 6:35 AM

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    Hisense U7A (H65U7AUK) Review

    The Hisense U7A is not only the company's mid-range model for 2018 but also the official TV for this year's FIFA World Cup. So is this the ideal TV to deliver your football fix this summer?

    by Steve Withers, Jun 20, 2018 at 8:24 AM

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    Sony UBP-X700 4K Blu-ray Player Review

    The Sony UBP-X700 is the company's latest 4K Blu-ray player and promises Dolby Vision support and a lower price point. So is this the disc spinner that Sony fans have been waiting for?

    by Steve Withers, Jun 6, 2018 at 7:44 AM

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    Samsung HW-N650 Soundbar Review

    Samsung's HW-N650 is their latest soundbar, building on the success of last year's models but adding a more panoramic sound thanks to acoustic beam technology.

    by Steve Withers, Jun 2, 2018 at 5:59 AM

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    Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos Speaker Package Review

    Focal's Sib Evo 5.1.2-channel speaker package has been specifically designed for object-based audio soundtracks like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

    by Steve Withers, May 28, 2018 at 10:10 PM

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    Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

    Solo finally arrives in cinemas after a very troubled production, and fills in the backstory to everyone's favourite Corellian space smuggler. But is this new entry in the Star Wars film franchise a welcome addition or a pointless prequel? Read...

    by Steve Withers, May 24, 2018 at 10:43 AM

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    LG C8 (OLED65C8PLA) Review

    LG's new 65-inch C8 OLED TV offers all the benefits of their higher range 2018 models but without the price tag. So is this the sweet spot for OLED TVs this year?

    by Steve Withers, May 14, 2018 at 3:58 PM

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    Samsung Q9FN (QE65Q9FN) Review

    Samsung's flagship Q9FN QLED 4K TV arrives with a full array backlight and the expectations of AV enthusiasts on its shoulders. Thankfully it doesn't disappoint.

    by Steve Withers, May 10, 2018 at 8:57 PM

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    SVS PB-4000 Subwoofer Review

    SVS's new 4000 Series adds more power than their 13-Ultra models and includes features found on their 16-Ultra models to produce a subwoofer that combines performance and value in order to deliver serious bass to a wider audience.

    by Steve Withers, May 4, 2018 at 6:20 AM

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    Royole Moon AV Headset Review

    Royole's Moon promises to be a virtual 3D mobile theatre but just how good is it and can you really use it when on the move?

    by Steve Withers, Apr 19, 2018 at 7:11 AM

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    Arendal 1723 S THX 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    Arendal Sound's new 1723 S range takes the performance of their Monitor, Center and Surround speakers and puts them in smaller cabinets, whilst adding THX Ultra certification at the same time.

    by Steve Withers, Apr 10, 2018 at 6:24 AM

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    XTZ Spirit Series 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    XTZ's Spirit Series brings performance and price to bear on the multi-channel speaker market with the Spirit 2, Spirit 6 and Spirit Sub12 forming a winning 5.1-channel combination.

    by Steve Withers, Mar 31, 2018 at 8:11 AM

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    Epson EH-LS100 Laser LCD Projector Review

    Epson's new EH-LS100 is limited to 1080p but offers Ultra Short Throw Laser Projection at a previously unattainable price. So is this latest addition to their line-up a viable alternative to a TV?

    by Steve Withers, Mar 15, 2018 at 5:07 AM

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    Denon AVC-X8500H 13.2 Channel AV Amplifier Review

    In our exclusive review we put Denon's new AVC-X8500H through its paces and find an AV amplifier that takes multi-channel surround sound to another level with 13 channels of built-in amplification and 13.1-channel processing, resulting in an...

    by Steve Withers, Feb 28, 2018 at 12:27 PM

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    Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Review

    Sony's STR-DN1080 is a 7-channel AV receiver that supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X and despite some limitations it offers exceptional value.

    by Steve Withers, Feb 21, 2018 at 8:20 AM

  • Philips 65PUS6503 LED 4K TV Preview

    Philips's entry-level LCD 4K TV in their 2018 line-up is represented by the 6503 which still supports HDR, includes Ambilight and uses their new Saphi Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:11 PM

  • Philips 55PUS6503 LED 4K TV Preview

    The 6503 is the entry level model in Philips's 2018 LCD 4K TV line-up but it still supports HDR, includes Ambilight and uses their new Saphi Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:11 PM

  • Philips 55PUS7303 LED 4K TV Preview

    The lower end of Philips's mid-range 7000 Series is represented by the 7303 but it still includes a VA panel, direct LED backlight, P5 processor, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:10 PM

  • Philips 65PUS7303 LED 4K TV preview

    The 7303 represents the lower end of Philips's mid-range 7000 Series but still includes a VA panel, direct LED backlight, P5 processor, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:10 PM

  • Philips 55PUS7803 LED 4K TV Preview

    The 7803 is the latest 2018 mid-range LCD TV from Philips with a direct LED backlight, VA panel, P5 processor, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:10 PM

  • Philips 65PUS7803 LED 4K TV Preview

    The Philips 7803 is the latest mid-range LCD TV for 2018 with a direct LED backlight, VA panel, P5 processor, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:09 PM

  • Philips 55PUS8303 LED 4K TV Preview

    Philips's 8303 is their mid-range LCD 4K TV for 2018 but it still boasts an IPS NanoLED panel, the P5 picture processor, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 8:03 AM

  • Philips 65PUS8303 LED 4K TV Preview

    The 8303 is Philips's mid-range LCD 4K TV for 2018 but it still offers an IPS panel with NanoLED, the P5 picture processor, HDR10+ support, an Android Smart TV platform and Ambilight.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 8:02 AM

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