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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, 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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    Arcam AVR390 7-Channel AV Receiver Review

    The Arcam AVR390 7-channel AV receiver has the same Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced, and Dirac Live 2.0 support as the AVR850 but uses cheaper amplification. But do you really need the Class G?

    by Steve Withers, Dec 11, 2018 at 7:44 AM

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    SVS PC-4000 Subwoofer Review

    The SVS PC-4000 is a cylindrical subwoofer with a 13.5-inch driver, 1,200W of power, and a minimal footprint. It looks like it belongs on the Death Star but how does it perform?

    by Steve Withers, Nov 30, 2018 at 7:35 AM

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    Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2 Wireless Speaker Review

    The Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2 is the latest version of the company's stereo wireless speaker, but does it do enough to stand out in a crowded market?

    by Steve Withers, Nov 27, 2018 at 8:20 AM

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    Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    The Bowers & Wilkins 700 S2 Series is a mid-range set of speakers that incorporate elements of the flagship 800 Series but with a more conventional design and a more affordable price. The specs are impressive but how do they perform as a 5.1...

    by Steve Withers, Nov 19, 2018 at 7:54 AM

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    HDFury Vertex Review

    The HDFury Vertex is technically an HDMI splitter and scaler, but that description simply doesn't do this AV Swiss Army Knife justice. Is there any HDMI issue it can't fix?

    by Steve Withers, Nov 8, 2018 at 9:03 AM

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    Denon AVC-X6500H 11.2 AV Amplifier Review

    The Denon AVC-X6500H is the company's latest mid-range AV amplifier, but how does it differ from the X6400 and what is IMAX Enhanced?

    by Steve Withers, Oct 31, 2018 at 7:24 AM

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    Panasonic DP-UB9000 4K Blu-ray Player Review

    Now that Oppo has gone, is Panasonic's THX-certified UB9000 the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player of choice for the discerning enthusiast?

    by Steve Withers, Oct 26, 2018 at 7:26 AM

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    Hisense A6200 (H50A6200UK) Review

    The Hisense A6200 is incredibly cheap for a 4K HDR TV, but is there a catch or is this the budget TV of the year?

    by Steve Withers, Oct 23, 2018 at 10:19 AM

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    Samsung HW-N850 Soundbar Review

    The Samsung HW-N850 is identical to the N950 but without the rear wireless speakers, but is it a good alternative for those on a budget or do you need those surround channels?

    by Steve Withers, Oct 19, 2018 at 7:56 AM

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    Sony HT-ZF9 Soundbar Review

    Sony's HT-ZF9 soundbar not only supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, but promises to deliver immersive audio from 3.1 channels thanks to its Vertical Surround Engine.

    by Steve Withers, Oct 17, 2018 at 7:29 AM

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    LG SK10Y Soundbar Review

    The LG SK10Y is the company's new flagship soundbar. It was developed with Meridian and includes Dolby Atmos processing, but a lack of DTS:X support puts it at a disadvantage.

    by Steve Withers, Oct 11, 2018 at 7:14 AM

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    Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar Review

    The Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar delivers a big and open soundstage, but a lack of bass, setup issues, and a hefty price mar an otherwise great performance.

    by Steve Withers, Oct 10, 2018 at 7:56 AM

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    Elipson Prestige Facet 6B BT Speaker Review

    Elipson's Prestige Facet range is an updated version of the company's 70s classic. Does the multifaceted ring that surrounds the drivers make a difference and can the 6B BT deliver connected high fidelity?

    by Steve Withers, Oct 9, 2018 at 7:38 AM

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    Tangent Spectrum W1 Speaker Review

    The Spectrum W1 from Danish manufacturer Tangent, is a wireless multiroom speaker with Bluetooth and Google Chromecast built in, stylish looks and great sound quality.

    by Steve Withers, Oct 6, 2018 at 8:23 AM

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    Hisense U9A (H75U9AUK) Review

    The Hisense 75U9A ULED TV delivers a seriously big 75-inch screen that's also truly bright, with over a thousand dimming zones. But how does it compare to the more established brands?

    by Steve Withers, Oct 2, 2018 at 6:13 AM

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    Acoustic Energy Aego BT2 Speaker Review

    Acoustic Energy's Aego BT2 compact Bluetooth speaker promises portability and value, without compromising on sound quality.

    by Steve Withers, Sep 25, 2018 at 7:40 AM

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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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