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  • 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.

  • 7

    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

  • 9

    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

  • 9

    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

  • 7

    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

  • 10

    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

  • 9

    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

  • Philips 55PUS8503 LED TV Preview

    The Philips 8503 is their flagship LCD TV for 2018 and uses an IPS panel with NanoLED and P5 processing. There's also support for HDR10+, the Android Smart TV platform and Ambilight.

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

  • Philips 65PUS8503 LED 4K TV Preview

    Philips's new flagship LCD TV uses an IPS panel a NanoLED backlight and the P5 processor. It also supports HDR10+, uses the Android Smart TV platform and includes Ambilight.

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

  • Philips 65OLED973 4K TV Preview

    The 973 represents Philips's flagship OLED 4K TV for 2018 with a 65-inch screen size, a built-in soundbase and the P5 processor with support for HDR10+.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:09 PM

  • Philips 65OLED803 4K TV Preview

    Philips will launch the 803, their entry level OLED 4K TV later in the year, and the new model will boast P5 processing, HDR10+ support, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:08 PM

  • Philips 55OLED803 4K TV Preview

    The 803 is Philips's new entry level OLED 4K TV and will be available later in the year with P5, HDR10+ support, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:08 PM

  • Philips 65OLED873 4K TV Preview

    The long awaited 65-inch version of the award-winning Philips 9002 has arrived, albeit with a different model number. So the 873 will have exactly the same design, use the P5 processor and support HDR10+.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:08 PM

  • Sony KD-49XF8005 LED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's new XF80 is their latest entry level BRAVIA LCD TV with edge LED backlighting, 4K and HDR support and the Android Smart TV platform with a smaller screen size.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:07 PM

  • Sony KD-55XF8005 LED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's entry level BRAVIA LCD TV is the XF8005 and along with 4K and HDR support it also uses edge LED backlighting and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:07 PM

  • Sony KD-65XF8505 LED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's 65-inch XF8505 BRAVIA LCD 4K TV offers the chance for big screen action coupled with an edge LED backlight, HDR support and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 1:52 PM

  • Sony KD-55XF8505 LED 4K TV Preview

    The Sony XF8505 is the latest mid-range BRAVIA LCD TV from the manufacturer. It uses edge LED backlighting, supports HDR and includes the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 1:51 PM

  • Sony KD-65XF9005 LED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's 65-inch BRAVIA XF9005 LED LCD HDR 4K TV offers the majority of the same features as the flagship ZD9 and even a few new ones but at a more competitive price point.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:29 AM

  • Sony KD-65AF8 OLED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's new BRAVIA AF8 uses a simplified stand that drops the annoying incline but keeps the Acoustic Surface and excellent picture quality.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:28 AM

  • Sony KD-55AF8 OLED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's new BRAVIA AF8 OLED 4K TV includes all the picture features on the A1 such as HDR, Dolby Vision and the Acoustic Surface but adds a simplified stand.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:28 AM

  • Hisense H50U7000 4K LED LCD TV Preview

    Hisense's mid-range U7000 isn't just the official TV of the 2018 FIFA World Cup but this ULED 4K HDR TV will also be available for under £700, making it a real tournament contender.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:28 AM

  • Hisense H65U9000 4K LED LCD TV Preview

    The U9000 is Hisense's flagship ULED 4K TV for 2018 and uses a full array backlight with 1,000 local dimming zones. It can deliver 2500nits of peak brightness, 90% of Rec.2020 and includes support for HDR10+.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:27 AM

  • Hisense H65U7000 4K LED LCD TV Preview

    The U7000 is not only Hisense's mid-range model for 2018 but it's also the official TV for this year's FIFA World Cup. This ULED 4K TV offers a host of new features including support for HDR10+ and a World Cup app with exclusive content.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:27 AM