Andy Bassett

Andy started contributing to AVForums in mid 2018 and is responsible for supporting the editorial team led by Phil Hinton. Initially bought on board to update the product database behind the site and proof read the many reviews and articles the editorial team creates, Andy started looking after the AVForums' social media feeds and ensures a steady, daily stream of posts informing members of the regularly updated news and reviews available on the main site.

At the start of 2019 he began to contribute to the site's main news items and now provides daily updates on developments in the home cinema and Hi-Fi fields.

During his teenage years, Andy discovered a passion for writing and playing music and he spent several years as a professional musician. It was during this time that he became interested in the audio production side of music and how the psycho-acoustic perceptions of the human brain can be manipulated by audio technology.

A life long film buff, the video-age was a revelation to him and helped build his knowledge of cinema. He is also interested in PC gaming, though refrains from competing against anyone under the age of 30 for fear of a drubbing by younger fingers and faster responses - LucasArts style graphic adventures are much more his scene.

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  • Hi-Fi News

    Astell&Kern announces AK Solaris X in ear monitors

    by Andy Bassett
    Astell&Kern announces AK Solaris X in ear monitors
    No stranger to creating in ear monitors themselves, Astell&Kern has now turned to Oregon based Campfire Audio to re-imagine the Portland company’s Solaris earphones, resulting in the AK Solaris X IEMs.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Astell&Kern Kann Alpha audio player gets Roon support

    by Andy Bassett
    Astell&Kern Kann Alpha audio player gets Roon support
    The Kann Alpha high resolution audio player from Astell&Kern now comes with a new finish and certified Roon support.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    1

    iFi Audio launches the Zen Stream Wi-Fi audio transport

    by Andy Bassett
    iFi Audio launches the Zen Stream Wi-Fi audio transport
    The ZEN Stream is a purpose built device for those who want the best sound quality from their Wi-Fi based digital audio streaming setup.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Ruark R1 Mk4 radio gets summer makeover

    by Andy Bassett
    Ruark R1 Mk4 radio gets summer makeover
    Ruark Audio celebrates its popular fourth generation R1 Ruark Radio, along with the arrival of summer, by introducing an eye-catching new colourway to add a feel-good factor to your home.  
  • Movies & TV News

    16

    Streaming giants face UK regulation by Ofcom

    by Andy Bassett
    Streaming giants face UK regulation by Ofcom
    Streaming video-on-demand services that operate in the UK such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ could soon be subject to the same rules and regulations as more traditional linear broadcasters like the BBC, ITV and Sky.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    2

    Campfire Audio launches new Satsuma and Honeydew earphones

    by Andy Bassett
    Campfire Audio launches new Satsuma and Honeydew earphones
    The eye-catching Satsuma and Honeydew are Campfire Audio’s latest wired IEMs and feature unique, hand-crafted designs in two sonically tailored variations, offering listeners a choice of audiophile-grade sonic characteristics.  
  • Deals News

    62

    Amazon Prime Day 2021: 21st-22nd June

    by Andy Bassett
    Amazon Prime Day 2021: 21st-22nd June
    UPDATED 22-Jun-2021: Amazon has announced that its next 48-hour Prime Day shopathon is taking place from 21st - 22nd June 2021, giving online deal hunters an opportunity to make some savings nice and early this year.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    35

    Naim debuts Solstice turntable in special edition package

    by Andy Bassett
    Naim debuts Solstice turntable in special edition package
    After almost 50 years, Naim Audio has launched its first ever turntable, the Solstice, which comes as part of a Special Edition package subject to a limited run of just 500.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    1

    Harman Luxury Audio Group releases updated MusicLife app

    by Andy Bassett
    Harman Luxury Audio Group releases updated MusicLife app
    Harman’s latest MusicLife app brings additional features and customisation for select ARCAM, JBL, JBL Synthesis, and Mark Levinson models.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Q Acoustics announces Q Active app availability

    by Andy Bassett
    Q Acoustics announces Q Active app availability
    The Q Active app is now available for owners of the Q Acoustics Q Active 200 and 400 wireless speakers.  
  • TV News

    TCL introduces Roku smart TVs for UK

    by Andy Bassett
    TCL introduces Roku smart TVs for UK
    TCL has announced the launch of new HD and 4K TVs based around Roku’s streaming OS in the form of the RS520K and RP620K ranges.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Melco Audio introduces new N100-H50 digital music library

    by Andy Bassett
    Melco Audio introduces new N100-H50 digital music library
    Melco has given its entry-level digital music library, the N100-H20, a storage boost and announced a new high-capacity HDD variant, the N100-H50.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    1

    Deezer introduces 360 Sessions to showcase spatial audio

    by Andy Bassett
    Deezer introduces 360 Sessions to showcase spatial audio
    Deezer has introduced 360 Sessions, an opportunity to hear some of your favourite artists brought to life using Sony’s 360 Reality Audio.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Sonus faber expands Lumina speaker range

    by Andy Bassett
    Sonus faber expands Lumina speaker range
    Italian Hi-Fi company Sonus faber has announced two new additions to its recently launched Lumina range of loudspeakers - the compact Lumina II standmount and the flagship floorstanding Lumina V.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    1

    Klipsch Heritage Forte IV speakers now available in UK

    by Andy Bassett
    Klipsch Heritage Forte IV speakers now available in UK
    American loudspeaker pioneer Klipsch has announced that the new Forte IV floorstander, part of the company’s Heritage range and one of the company’s best selling speakers, will debut in the UK.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    9

    Primare unveils NP5 Prisma MK2 network player for August

    by Andy Bassett
    Primare unveils NP5 Prisma MK2 network player for August
    UPDATED 15-Jun-2021: Primare is launching the NP5 Prisma MK2 later in the summer in response to supply chain issues affecting the original version of the network player, thus ensuring continued stocks of its popular streaming device.  
  • TV News

    24

    Hisense 2021 UK TVs include OLED, Mini-LED and Quantum Dot technologies

    by Andy Bassett
    Hisense 2021 UK TVs include OLED, Mini-LED and Quantum Dot technologies
    UPDATED 14th June: After unveiling its US TV offerings for 2021 earlier this month, Hisense has revealed its plans for the UK and they include a range of display technologies including OLED, Mini-LED and Quantum Dot.  
  • Home AV Thread

    6

    What are the considerations when using acoustically transparent screens?

    by Andy Bassett
    What are the considerations when using acoustically transparent screens?
    What are the main considerations when purchasing or using an acoustically transparent screen? For example, which is better, weave or perforations and at what size? How much is the image quality impacted? Let us know your thoughts here.  
  • Home AV Thread

    4

    Advice on setting up a VHS to digital system

    by Andy Bassett
    Advice on setting up a VHS to digital system
    Many of us still have box loads of VHS videotapes from decades ago containing precious memories. What are the recommended approaches to building a system to digitally capture and save these moments for posterity?  
  • Home AV Thread

    3

    What do owners of outdoor cinema setups recommend for audio?

    by Andy Bassett
    What do owners of outdoor cinema setups recommend for audio?
    With the arrival of the summer weather, perhaps some AV enthusiasts are considering an outdoor or garden TV or cinema setup. AVForums member musicandfilm wonders what the best approach to audio is and what others use in their setups?  
  • Movies & TV News

    14

    What's new on UK streaming services for July 2021

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on UK streaming services for July 2021
    UPDATED: 15-Jun-2021: July sees Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+ all bring some highly anticipated content to UK TV streaming but it's Disney that is flexing hard in the locker room with two Premier Access blockbuster movies.  
  • Tech News

    1

    Samsung launches Odyssey G9 gaming monitor

    by Andy Bassett
    Samsung launches Odyssey G9 gaming monitor
    Samsung’s new ultra wide, curved Odyssey G9 gaming display will immerse players right in the centre of the action with a fast response time, 240Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support.  
  • Home AV News

    1

    BenQ launches V7000i/V7050i 4K laser TV projector

    by Andy Bassett
    BenQ launches V7000i/V7050i 4K laser TV projector
    BenQ’s latest 4K ultra short throw laser TV projector brings together a number of features including Android TV and Filmmaker Mode to elevate the living room cinema experience.  
  • TV News

    5

    Bang & Olufsen introduces 55-inch Beovision Contour OLED TV

    by Andy Bassett
    Bang & Olufsen introduces 55-inch Beovision Contour OLED TV
    Bang & Olufsen's Beovision Contour OLED TV range gets a new member with the launch of an LG based 55-inch model.  
  • TV News

    2

    Sharp launches 4K DL and DN series LCD TVs for 2021

    by Andy Bassett
    Sharp launches 4K DL and DN series LCD TVs for 2021
    Sharp’s 2021 UHD TV lineup features a frameless design, HDR image quality Harman/Kardon sound and Android TV.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Audio Pro launches P5 portable speaker

    by Andy Bassett
    Audio Pro launches P5 portable speaker
    The P5 speaker joins Audio Pro’s range of portable Bluetooth speakers as its smallest member yet and is looking to slip into your travel bag.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Luxman launches L-595A SE integrated amplifier

    by Andy Bassett
    Luxman launches L-595A SE integrated amplifier
    To celebrate its 95th anniversary, Japanese audio firm Luxman is updating one of its best selling amplifiers from the 90s and introducing the limited edition L-595A SE model.  
  • Movies & TV News

    20

    What's new on Netflix UK for July 2021

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Netflix UK for July 2021
    UPDATED 15-Jun-2021: Netflix has an interesting approach to some of its movie releases in July with the trio of interconnected Fear Street movies showing in consecutive weeks. Plus, there’s a number of animated shows expanding beloved franchises.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    16

    Sony launches WF-1000XM4 TWS headphones

    by Andy Bassett
    Sony launches WF-1000XM4 TWS headphones
    Sony has unveiled its XF-1000XM4 TWS earphones which take their place at the top of the WF-1000X range of wireless earbuds with industry-leading noise cancelling and a personalised audio experience to suit all listeners.  
  • Movies & TV News

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    BBC Euro 2020 coverage includes UHD on iPlayer

    by Andy Bassett
    BBC Euro 2020 coverage includes UHD on iPlayer
    The delayed Euro 2020 football tournament starts on Friday 11th June and the BBC’s coverage will include matches streamed in 4K on the BBC iPlayer.  
  • Home AV News

    13

    Apple's Spatial Audio coming to tvOS

    by Andy Bassett
    Apple's Spatial Audio coming to tvOS
    Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference 2021, has kicked off its second year as a virtual experience with announcements that Spatial Audio is coming to tvOS 15 while Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio launches on Apple Music today, plus there are new features for the AirPods Pro.  
  • Home AV News

    8

    Scenic Labs launches LX1 affordable bias lighting

    by Andy Bassett
    Scenic Labs launches LX1 affordable bias lighting
    Producers of the revered Spears & Munsil image benchmark discs, Scenic Labs has introduced LX1 Bias Lighting, an accurate and affordable addition to the TV viewing experience.  
  • Movies & TV News

    35

    Apple TV app now available on Android TV devices

    by Andy Bassett
    Apple TV app now available on Android TV devices
    Owners of TVs and streaming devices running the Android TV operating system will now have access to the Apple TV app.  
  • Movies & TV News

    33

    What's new on UK streaming services for June 2021

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on UK streaming services for June 2021
    UPDATED 10-Jun-2021: Raya and the Last Dragon comes to Disney+ subscribers at no extra cost this month, while Apple TV+ features an adaptation of Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story by the author himself no less. Meanwhile Bosch comes to Amazon Prime UK features for one final season.  
  • Movies & TV News

    3

    What's new on Sky and NOW UK for June 2021

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Sky and NOW UK for June 2021
    Sky has recently been facing the double whammy of increasing competition from the forces of video-on-demand streaming services and the dearth of audience attention-grabbing blockbuster movie fare for its Sky Premiere movie channel after a year without cinema releases. What does that mean for its June selection?  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Balanced Audio Technology announces VK-3500 integrated amp

    by Andy Bassett
    Balanced Audio Technology announces VK-3500 integrated amp
    Delaware based Balanced Audio Technology has taken its 25 years of expertise in high-end vacuum tube and solid-state audio design and introduced the new VK-3500 hybrid integrated amplifier.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Melco N1Z devices receive storage and power supply upgrades

    by Andy Bassett
    Melco N1Z devices receive storage and power supply upgrades
    Melco Audio has upgraded its two flagship digital music libraries, the HA-N1Z/2EX-H50 and HA-N1Z/2EX-S40, to include new, improved power supplies and higher-performance single-drive storage.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    7

    Q Acoustics launches Q Active 400 floorstanding speakers

    by Andy Bassett
    Q Acoustics launches Q Active 400 floorstanding speakers
    British audio specialist Q Acoustics continues the rollout of its first ever range of active speakers with the launch of the Q Active 400 floorstanders.  
  • Home AV News

    10

    Denon launches new flagship AVC-X8500HA AV amplifier

    by Andy Bassett
    Denon launches new flagship AVC-X8500HA AV amplifier
    Denon has revealed a new flagship version of its X8500H AV amplifier, with the new AVC-X8500HA promising 8K compatibility, HDMI 2.1 features supporting 40Gbps transmission, new HDR format support plus the addition of DTS:X Pro.  
  • Home AV News

    9

    Marantz unveils new flagship AV8805A AV pre-amplifier

    by Andy Bassett
    Marantz unveils new flagship AV8805A AV pre-amplifier
    Marantz has announced a new, top of the range version of its renowned AV8805 AV pre-amplifier. The brand new AV8805A promises 8K compatibility, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth support up to 40Gbps plus the addition of DTS:X Pro and new HDR formats.  

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