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    How often do you upgrade your TV?

    by Andy Bassett
    How often do you upgrade your TV?
    Do you: wait for significant innovations such as QD OLED, a new screen size or perhaps more general improvements to user features such as smart OS; upgrade on a regular cycle regardless of changes; or just wait for your current set to give up the ghost? See what others do in the chat.  
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    Which TV brand has the best upscaling?

    by Andy Bassett
    Which TV brand has the best upscaling?
    Certain TV brands have advantages over others in specific areas: e.g. LG TVs have plenty of gamer-friendly features and Panasonics lean towards creators' intent for movies but which manufacturer gives the best upscaling results for reality, soaps and news viewing? See what TV enthusiasts are recommending here:  
  • Home AV Thread

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    What would be your preference: 83-inch OLED or 82-inch projected image?

    by Andy Bassett
    What would be your preference: 83-inch OLED or 82-inch projected image?
    With no option to go bigger than 82-inches on their projector screen, AVForums member oaklandraiders is asking which they should go with - the 82-inch projected image or an 83-inch OLED TV? What image would home cinema enthusiasts prefer?  
  • Home AV Thread

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    Updated AVR and speakers causing rattling at loud volume - what gives?

    by Andy Bassett
    Updated AVR and speakers causing rattling at loud volume - what gives?
    Having wired up their home cinema for Dolby Atmos a couple of years ago, member Itsthesmell upgraded the AVR and speakers only to find a degree of vibration and rattling is now present at high volumes. Where do home theatre enthusiasts think Itsthesmell should start looking for the culprit?  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

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    How often do you give your Hi-Fi a good run?

    by Andy Bassett
    How often do you give your Hi-Fi a good run?
    You've spent time and money to research and build your beloved Hi-Fi setup but just how often do you really get a chance to kick back and enjoy it? Only on special occasions and for get-togethers or whenever you damn well feel like it? See how often others get a chance to indulge.  
  • Gaming Thread

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    What gaming magazines did you use to buy?

    by Andy Bassett
    What gaming magazines did you use to buy?
    For gamers who remember the pre-t'interweb days, the thrill of opening up a just purchased magazine to catch up on the latest tech developments and brand-new game reviews (only a few months old!) was something to look forward to. What were some of your favourite gaming rags - and have you still got them?  
  • Home AV Thread

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    What is the average lifespan of a home cinema projector?

    by Andy Bassett
    What is the average lifespan of a home cinema projector?
    Putting the upgrade bug to one side, what's a reasonable lifespan to expect for a home theatre projector? What are the elements that affect the longevity and how long have AVForums' enthusiasts managed with their past projectors before a fault forced a new model?  
  • TV Thread

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    Is a TV's energy consumption a purchase consideration?

    by Andy Bassett
    Is a TV's energy consumption a purchase consideration?
    With TV screens using more power as they become larger and brighter, and with energy prices rocketing, does the power consumption of a TV affect your purchase decision? Are the manufacturer's numbers reliable and how can you effectively monitor your usage? See what others think in this discussion.  
  • Home AV Thread

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    Projectors sited in living rooms: how dark is your ceiling?

    by Andy Bassett
    Projectors sited in living rooms: how dark is your ceiling?
    Has anyone who is using a projector in their main living room painted the walls or ceiling in darker colours to get the best out of their setup? See what fellow enthusiasts have done in their viewing environments in this discussion thread.  
  • Home AV Thread

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    How much more immersion would wide speakers add to a 7.1.4 system?

    by Andy Bassett
    How much more immersion would wide speakers add to a 7.1.4 system?
    AVForums member tebbo65 asked whether wides would be a useful addition to his surround sound setup and went through the process of upgrading his 7.1.4 system. Follow his journey and the advice he was given and see what his conclusion was.  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

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    Audiophile, Hi-Fi enthusiast, music lover - is there a difference?

    by Andy Bassett
    Audiophile, Hi-Fi enthusiast, music lover - is there a difference?
    How would you describe your interest in music and the equipment used to enjoy it? Obsessive all-encompassing hobby or healthy pastime? Find out how others see themselves in the discussion thread.  
  • Gaming Thread

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    What have been Nintendo's biggest gaming missteps?

    by Andy Bassett
    What have been Nintendo's biggest gaming missteps?
    Nintendo is a very successful business, and the gaming world wouldn't be the same without it but the company's had a few wobbles amongst the innovations too, such as choosing to stick with cartridges over CDs. What do gamers think its worst decisions have been?  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

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    What are the pros and cons of using Roon?

    by Andy Bassett
    What are the pros and cons of using Roon?
    As more and more audio products become Roon Ready and Roon Tested, what do Hi-Fi and music fans actually think of Roon? Is it a must-have control/archive interface or just a nice addition if you've got the budget. Leave a comment about your use of the Roon platform and see how others get on here:  
  • Home AV Thread

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    Is paying extra for an Auro-3D capable AVR worth it?

    by Andy Bassett
    Is paying extra for an Auro-3D capable AVR worth it?
    With Dolby Atmos and DTS:X being the more ubiquitous height enabled audio platforms available on AVRs, does anyone still use Auro 3D and is it worth having as an option on your receiver for the extra outlay?  
  • Home AV Thread

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    What advice do enthusiasts offer for AV room blackout treatments?

    by Andy Bassett
    What advice do enthusiasts offer for AV room blackout treatments?
    For those that decide to go the whole 'Batcave' route for their home cinema room, what's the best approach to blackouts (excessive alcohol consumption aside!). Are blinds better than drapes? What about panels instead? And what are the recommended materials to use?  
  • TV Thread

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    How many hours have you accrued on your OLED TV?

    by Andy Bassett
    How many hours have you accrued on your OLED TV?
    What's the highest hour count on an OLED TV as far as everyday viewing goes? Has it exceeded the initial expectations? Drop into the comment thread and see what usage others have managed and what models they were using,  
  • TV Thread

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    Does it matter where the connection ports on a TV are located?

    by Andy Bassett
    Does it matter where the connection ports on a TV are located?
    How important is the location of the connection ports on a TV? Are they easier to access if they're pointing down or to the side and what makes a manufacturer choose one orientation over the other? Is it something that would influence your purchase decision? Or should TV makers just adopt the Samsung One Connect approach and have done with it?  
  • Home AV Thread

    What's the minimum airflow gap required for an AV receiver?

    by Andy Bassett
    What's the minimum airflow gap required for an AV receiver?
    Member Dr.Rock will only have a 3cm gap around his Denon AVR in his new rack - is this enough to provide sufficient ventilation for heat dissipation or is a larger gap required to prolong the life of the device? What do AV enthusiasts recommend?  
  • Home AV Thread

    Have we reached a pause point in AV receiver development?

    by Andy Bassett
    Have we reached a pause point in AV receiver development?
    Member Amorris asks whether now is a good time to commit to an AV receiver purchase without fear of being caught out by new technologies? Has AVR development peaked for the time being? If not, what other features do AV fans think might be just over the horizon?  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

    How old is too old for Hi-Fi speakers?

    by Andy Bassett
    How old is too old for Hi-Fi speakers?
    Are Hi-Fi fans happy to buy second (or third!) hand speakers and, if so, what are the telltale wear 'n' tear signs to look out for? What're the oldest set of speakers you've used without problems? Leave a comment in the thread if you're happy using 'heritage' gear.  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

    What 'flavour' is your Hi-Fi?

    by Andy Bassett
    What 'flavour' is your Hi-Fi?
    It's a bit like asking what's the best flavour of ice cream, everyone has their own favourite, but what do you consider to be the best Hi-Fi sound and how would you describe its sonic qualities. Does this limit you to certain Hi-Fi brands?  
  • Home AV Thread

    Stereo AND surround sound playback: Is there an AVR suited to both?

    by Andy Bassett
    Stereo AND surround sound playback: Is there an AVR suited to both?
    Is it possible to get an AVR that will deliver decent stereo and multichannel audio or will a dedicated 2-channel integrated amplifier always be better for music? Check out this thread for plenty of suggestions from AV enthusiasts.  
  • TV Thread

    John Lewis ends 'Never Knowingly Undersold': Will you miss it?

    by Andy Bassett
    John Lewis ends 'Never Knowingly Undersold': Will you miss it?
    John Lewis's price matching initiative is coming to an end. Did you ever take advantage of it with a TV purchase? Was John Lewis a TV retailer you considered in the past and, if so, will this change make you look elsewhere for future AV purchases?  
  • Tech Thread

    Are the latest smart phones just too big to use comfortably?

    by Andy Bassett
    Are the latest smart phones just too big to use comfortably?
    Sure, larger screens are great for photos and videos but do you find the increasing size and associated weight of new smartphones makes them too unwieldy to use easily? And one handed?.. Fuggedaboutit. Is there a happy medium that manufacturers should settle on?  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

    Are there advantages to having Hi-Fi speakers custom built?

    by Andy Bassett
    Are there advantages to having Hi-Fi speakers custom built?
    Would you consider having your Hi-Fi speakers custom designed and built to a unique specification where you can define drivers and crossover components? Would you be happy constructing them yourself? What about an off the shelf DIY kit solution? See what others have done here.  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

    What's your preference? Qobuz vs Tidal music streaming services.

    by Andy Bassett
    What's your preference? Qobuz vs Tidal music streaming services.
    For those who tried both Qobuz and Tidal, what's your preference with regards to sound quality, artist/song choice and app usability? Did you swap from one to the other? See what others are saying here.  
  • Home AV Thread

    How do you decide which films to watch on family movie night?

    by Andy Bassett
    How do you decide which films to watch on family movie night?
    How do you decide which films the family will watch? Is it a democratic or turn-based choice, or do you wield the remote control at all times? Then do you watch franchises in production order, or accepted timeline sequence and do you insist they all watch the lesser entries? And can you even get your kids to sit down with you?!  
  • Home AV Thread

    Analogue audio out or HDMI for disc based movie watching?

    by Andy Bassett
    Analogue audio out or HDMI for disc based movie watching?
    "Am I the only one left?" wonders AVForums member IWC Dopplel as he asks whether others also use the analogue audio outputs/inputs of their disc players and AVRs - or has everyone moved to HDMI now?  
  • Gaming Thread

    What's your biggest 'Wow!' moment in gaming?

    by Andy Bassett
    What's your biggest 'Wow!' moment in gaming?
    Whether it was a gameplay element, story twist or graphic/audio highlight, what was the moment that had you slack-jawed with wonder during your gaming exploits? Leave your best examples in the thread.  
  • Home AV Thread

    Recommended treatments for home cinema ceilings

    by Andy Bassett
    Recommended treatments for home cinema ceilings
    Black paint? Covered panels? Starfield lighting? What would you recommend as the best treatment to cap off the ceiling of a home theatre project?  
  • TV Thread

    Do TV brands have a signature picture style?

    by Andy Bassett
    Do TV brands have a signature picture style?
    If you've owned a number of TVs have you noticed a specific image aesthetic linked to different manufacturers? If so, have you got a favourite picture style that draws you back to a particular brand?  
  • Gaming Thread

    What are the video games you've already completed in 2022?

    by Andy Bassett
    What are the video games you've already completed in 2022?
    We're only a few weeks into the new year but what games have you beaten already in 2022? Was it the latest Triple AAA you received at Christmas or did you go back and replay an old favourite? Let us know in the comments.  
  • Home AV Thread

    Would AV enthusiasts recommend Class AB or D for power amps?

    by Andy Bassett
    Would AV enthusiasts recommend Class AB or D for power amps?
    Ready to bolster your AV setup with some extra grunt? What class of amp gives the performance characteristics that AV enthusiasts recommend for a power amp: Class AB or Class D?  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

    What turntable would you recommend to those returning to vinyl?

    by Andy Bassett
    What turntable would you recommend to those returning to vinyl?
    For others who may have had a sabbatical from owning a turntable but are keen to get their vinyl libraries back out of storage, what turntable manufacturer or model would you now recommend, based on your experience?  
  • Gaming Thread

    Video games everybody loves but you don't 'get'

    by Andy Bassett
    Video games everybody loves but you don't 'get'
    Whether it's a huge mainstream hit or a cult classic, what video games that are held in high esteem by others fail to light your fire?  
  • Home AV Thread

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    What's the best way to cheer up a dark cinema room?

    by Andy Bassett
    What's the best way to cheer up a dark cinema room?
    Sure, home cinema rooms are supposed to be dark with non-reflective surfaces but do they have to feel like sensory deprivation chambers once the film is finished? What have you done to 'zhuzh' up your batcave?  
  • TV Thread

    Have you moved away from an OLED TV?

    by Andy Bassett
    Have you moved away from an OLED TV?
    Perhaps it's concerns over screen burn or maybe an OLED just isn't bright enough for your room. Let us know if you've considered switching away from OLED display technology and if so, what will you/did you decide on?  
  • TV Thread

    Who has the oldest working TV?

    by Andy Bassett
    Who has the oldest working TV?
    Even though many will have upgraded to new TV models over recent years, the sets they replace are often put out to graze in kids' rooms or offices. So, who has the oldest set that's still running? Drop into the thread and compare your televisual antiquities.  
  • Home AV Thread

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    Is there a point at which more speakers no longer brings benefits?

    by Andy Bassett
    Is there a point at which more speakers no longer brings benefits?
    Is there always a benefit to adding more speakers to a home cinema speaker setup? Or once you get beyond a certain number does the law of diminishing returns kick in? What have you found is the surround speaker sweetspot before pointless overkill kicks in?  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

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    What's the best approach to digitise your vinyl collection?

    by Andy Bassett
    What's the best approach to digitise your vinyl collection?
    Is Audacity the best software for digitising your record collection? Are there simpler packages to speed up archiving a huge library and indeed, is it only really necessary for rare albums if most are available on streaming services? Let us know how you approached digitising your collection.  

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