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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  • Movies & TV Shows

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    Where to watch the 2024 Oscar best picture nominees

    by Andy Bassett
    Where to watch the 2024 Oscar best picture nominees
    UPDATED with winners 11-Mar-2024: With the 2024 Oscar ceremony having just taken place, we look at the streaming services where you can quickly catch this year’s best film nominees so you can now 'agree to disagree' with the Academy's choices if you so wish.  
  • TV

    9

    TCL confirms 115 inch MiniLED TV heading for Europe in Q2 2024

    by Andy Bassett
    TCL confirms 115 inch MiniLED TV heading for Europe in Q2 2024
    TCL’s headline grabbing TV at CES this year was the world’s largest Mini LED model at 115 inches with both it, and the other announced models, bound for the US market. Now the company has confirmed this behemoth will be heading to Europe at the start of Q2 and also drew back the curtain on some of its future developments.  
  • TV

    7

    TCL unveils new miniLED TVs plus Dolby Atmos soundbars at CES 2024

    by Andy Bassett
    TCL unveils new miniLED TVs plus Dolby Atmos soundbars at CES 2024
    UPDATED 12-Jan-2024: TCL takes its miniLED TVs very seriously indeed and used CES 2024 as a launch pad for a number of expanded and enhanced models alongside new Dolby Atmos soundbars.  
  • TV

    25

    Hisense reveals latest ULED and ULED X TV line-ups at CES 2024

    by Andy Bassett
    Hisense reveals latest ULED and ULED X TV line-ups at CES 2024
    Having laid down the mini LED marker for its TVs in 2023, Hisense pushes forward with new entries to its ULED and ULED X line-ups including an eye frying 10,000 nit model.  
  • Home AV

    1

    Sharp adds new audio products to home cinema line-up at CES 2024

    by Andy Bassett
    Sharp adds new audio products to home cinema line-up at CES 2024
    Sharp expands its home cinema audio options with three new devices that support Dolby Atmos including a compact soundbar which launches alongside surround speakers and a subwoofer that debut the company’s AQUOS Wireless Surround technology.  
  • TV

    LG Display showcases latest OLED innovations at CES 2024

    by Andy Bassett
    LG Display showcases latest OLED innovations at CES 2024
    The world’s biggest producer of OLED displays unveils its latest updates at the world's biggest tech show, covering TVs, gaming monitors, the automotive industry and commerce.  
  • Hi-Fi

    27

    WiiM launches debut streaming amplifier

    by Andy Bassett
    WiiM launches debut streaming amplifier
    The newly launched WiiM Amp caps a successful year for the company as WiiM broadens its portfolio with its very first streaming amplifier.  
  • TV

    16

    Gaming TVs vs. Gaming Monitors: Which One Should I Buy?

    by Andy Bassett
    Gaming TVs vs. Gaming Monitors: Which One Should I Buy?
    Not sure whether a dedicated gaming monitor or feature packed TV is the best way to experience your latest video game purchases? We provide the guidance and advice necessary to help you decide which will be best for you.  
  • Deals

    4

    Amazon TCL TV deals great for gamers

    by Andy Bassett
    Amazon TCL TV deals great for gamers
    TCL’s latest C841K and C741K models are strongly positioned to satisfy gaming as well as viewing requirements and now represent good value with modest discounts in the Amazon Prime Big Deal Days event.  
  • Deals

    Panasonic 4K OLED TV for under £1000 in Amazon Prime Big Deal Days event

    by Andy Bassett
    Panasonic 4K OLED TV for under £1000 in Amazon Prime Big Deal Days event
    For many TV enthusiasts, Panasonic OLED TVs represent the pinnacle of image quality when it comes to movie watching, and last year’s 55 inch LZ800 falls below the £1k mark for the first time.  
  • Deals

    Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV at lowest ever price in Amazon Prime Day sale

    by Andy Bassett
    Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV at lowest ever price in Amazon Prime Day sale
    One step down from Samsung’s QN95C flagship Neo QLED TV for 2023 comes the QN90C range which sports many of the same features and gets healthy discounts for two of its models.  
  • Deals

    Battle for 75in TV bargains hots up in Amazon Prime Big Deal Days sale

    by Andy Bassett
    Battle for 75in TV bargains hots up in Amazon Prime Big Deal Days sale
    With larger TV screen sizes becoming more popular with viewers, TV manufacturers are looking to get a grip on the market. In particular, two of Hisense’s 75 inch models have dipped under the crucial £1000 mark in Amazon Prime Big Deal Days.  
  • Deals

    75 inch Samsung TV available for under £800 in Prime Big Deal Days sale

    by Andy Bassett
    75 inch Samsung TV available for under £800 in Prime Big Deal Days sale
    Part of the immersive experience of TV watching is having a lovely big image to be pulled into. Samsung’s 75 inch CU7110 4K HDR Smart TV promises to do just that and is now at a discounted price in Amazon’s latest sale.  
  • Deals

    Samsung's entry level QLED TV gets entry level price

    by Andy Bassett
     Samsung's entry level QLED TV gets entry level price
    Samsung’s renowned Quantum Dot TVs get a nod in Amazon’s Prime Big Deal Days sale with 2023's Q65C serving as an entry level QLED solution as a second TV for the office or kitchen.  
  • Deals

    2023 LG OLED TV gets Prime Day discount

    by Andy Bassett
    2023 LG OLED TV gets Prime Day discount
    Getting a hefty discount on a 2023 OLED TV during end of year sales season is not always guaranteed, so this current LG B3 stands out as something of a front runner if you’re looking for a bargain on current OLED TV technology.  
  • Deals

    4

    Amazon kicks Sony PlayStation 5 deal into Uncharted territory

    by Andy Bassett
    Amazon kicks Sony PlayStation 5 deal into Uncharted territory
    Sony’s PlayStation 5 console is available with EA FC 24 and Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves in a bundle that definitely scores from the spot.  
  • Deals

    4

    Panasonic MX610 4K LED TV gets Amazon price cut

    by Andy Bassett
    Panasonic MX610 4K LED TV gets Amazon price cut
    All four screen sizes in Panasonic’s budget MX610B 4K LED series get a price drop which could put them into contention as a budget second room TV where critical viewing is nowhere near the top of the wish list but value is.  
  • Deals

    1

    Sony 55A80L OLED TV drops to lowest price

    by Andy Bassett
    Sony 55A80L OLED TV drops to lowest price
    Sony’s 55A80L OLED TV has recently fallen to its lowest price since its May launch and could be a good buy for anyone prepared to pay a touch more than the competition for the Sony name.  
  • TV

    6

    Philips OLED808 TV UK prices and availability confirmed

    by Andy Bassett
    Philips OLED808 TV UK prices and availability confirmed
    Philips’ original UK launch date for its OLED808 TV was August but plans change and mice and men react accordingly. Now the company has confirmed a new release slot and it’s not too far away.  
  • TV

    4

    Samsung TVs offer Starfield on Gaming Hub

    by Andy Bassett
    Samsung TVs offer Starfield on Gaming Hub
    You don’t need an Xbox Series S/X or PC to boldly go where no… ok, wrong franchise … but if you fancy some deep space adventuring in Starfield directly on your Samsung TV sans console or PC, then Gaming Hub is your launch pad.  
  • TV

    22

    The Best Gaming TVs for the PlayStation 5

    by Andy Bassett
    The Best Gaming TVs for the PlayStation 5
    UPDATED 25-AUG-2023: If you’re looking for the best experience from your PlayStation 5, you’ll find our list of the best gaming TVs that support everything Sony’s latest console has to offer the perfect place to start…  
  • TV

    10

    The Best TVs for PC Gaming

    by Andy Bassett
    The Best TVs for PC Gaming
    UPDATED 25-AUG-2023: Sometimes overlooked in the wake of the PlayStation and Xbox gaming leviathans, PC’s need some gaming display love too. We take a look at the gaming TVs that will bring out the best of a PC based rig.  
  • TV

    32

    The Best Gaming TVs

    by Andy Bassett
    The Best Gaming TVs
    UPDATED 18-AUG-2023: Looking for a TV that will satisfy your next-generation console needs as well as your movie and streaming requirements? We take you through the best options out there to maximise your gaming experience across a range of scenarios.  
  • Movies & TV Shows

    13

    What's new on UK streaming services for June 2023

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on UK streaming services for June 2023
    June sees the third biggest movie of all time hitting Disney+ along with Marvel’s eagerly anticipated next TV show, Secret Invasion. And while these may be stealing most of the bandwidth, Prime Video and AppleTV+ have enough interesting projects in the mix to keep subscribers engaged.  
  • Movies & TV Shows

    37

    Disney+ to remove dozens of shows from its library by end of May 2023

    by Andy Bassett
    Disney+ to remove dozens of shows from its library by end of May 2023
    May the 26th will see over 50 of Disney+’s shows, movies and specials permanently removed from the streaming service as Disney CEO Bob Iger continues his streamlining and cost cutting measures in the face of tough operating conditions.  
  • Movies & TV Shows

    190

    What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for June 2023

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for June 2023
    Sky Cinema movie premieres in June sees a range of genres from fictionalised literary biopics to gay rom-coms and from on-the-nose sci-fi to 50’s period psychological mystery while, Sky Comedy gets a number of returning series and James Spader finally signs off on his list: that’s ‘Black…’ not ‘Shopping…’  
  • Movies & TV Shows

    26

    What's new on UK streaming services for April 2023

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on UK streaming services for April 2023
    UPDATED: 07-Apr-2023: Even with April the 1st on the horizon there’s no fooling UK streaming fans, so the three big streamers are each serving up a high profile movie along with an Easter basket full of new and returning drama and comedy series. Whichever service you end up watching, there’s plenty of choice to accompany your chocolate eggs.  
  • Movies & TV Shows

    28

    What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for April 2023

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for April 2023
    UPDATED 31-MAR-2023: Sky has a couple of original movies for April to accompany the blockbuster duo of Nope and DC League of Super-Pets, while Dreamland and Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies hands over comedy, drama and musical airtime to showcase the female perspective.  
  • Movies & TV Shows

    17

    What's new on UK streaming services for March 2023

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on UK streaming services for March 2023
    UPDATED 08-MAR-2023, APPLE TV+: Two streaming titans both return for third seasons in March as The Mandalorian makes the jump to lightspeed on Disney+ and Ted Lasso aims for the corner of the net on Apple TV+. Does anything else get a fair look in from under the shadow of these flagship SVOD shows? Read on to find out…  
  • Movies & TV Shows

    14

    What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for March 2023

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for March 2023
    UPDATED 06-MAR-2023: Throw on your rhinestone covered jumpsuit, quiff up whatever hair you’ve got left and put your back out trying to copy his moves… Elvis comes to Sky Cinema in March to make sure you’re all shook up! Thank yuh veruh much!  
  • Movies & TV Shows

    31

    What's new on UK streaming services for February 2023

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on UK streaming services for February 2023
    Wakanda Forever, the last big Marvel movie of 2022 is February’s big opening player on Disney+ while Picard S3 draws its last pension cheque on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+ sends The Reluctant Traveller off into the wilderness.  
  • Movies & TV Shows

    32

    What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for February 2023

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Sky, NOW and Paramount+ UK for February 2023
    UPDATED 10-FEB-2023 Paramount+: February sees the biggest event in the American sporting calendar, a new channel for kids, Brad Pitt’s most recent Bullet-based blockbuster and a couple of keenly awaited Sky Originals. So, looking good for the month of love and pancakes then…  
  • TV

    16

    Samsung QD-OLED TVs outsell those from Sony in 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    Samsung QD-OLED TVs outsell those from Sony in 2022
    Released with barely a whisper in 2022, Samsung’s S95B QD-OLED TV made a quiet debut to the market before a price drop in the second half of the year accelerated sales. Now the company appears to be adopting a more conventional strategy for 2023.  
  • Home AV

    Piega launches Ace Wireless speakers

    by Andy Bassett
    Piega launches Ace Wireless speakers
    Updated 10th Jan 2023: Now with integrated Apple AirPlay 2 support. The lifestyle-oriented Ace Wireless collection of loudspeakers from Piega consists of the Ace 50 floorstander, the Ace 30 bookshelf units and the Ace Center centre channel model, all featuring the company’s signature aluminium cabinets and AMT ribbon tweeters.  
  • TV

    8

    Portrait Displays and MediaTek announce Calman Ready TV chip

    by Andy Bassett
    Portrait Displays and MediaTek announce Calman Ready TV chip
    Combining their respective expertise, colour calibration experts Portrait Displays and semiconductor manufacturer MediaTek have confirmed a collaboration that will see optimised and precise colour solutions for televisions become even easier to achieve via the Pentonic family of smart TV chips.  
  • Home AV

    34

    Dirac announces Active Room Treatment feature for Dirac Live

    by Andy Bassett
    Dirac announces Active Room Treatment feature for Dirac Live
    Dirac’s latest addition to its Live room correction software suite is a new feature called Dirac Live Active Room Treatment which aims to eliminate boomy bass and deliver cleaner, tighter low end.  
  • Hi-Fi

    7

    Focal launches Vestia speaker range

    by Andy Bassett
    Focal launches Vestia speaker range
    Focal’s new speaker range features the Vestia N°1 compact bookshelf model which is accompanied by a choice of N°2, N°3 and N°4 floor standing models with the Vestia Center providing the centre channel for your movie and TV needs.  
  • Hi-Fi

    JBL Classic Series entries & 4329P speakers lead audio products for 2023

    by Andy Bassett
    JBL Classic Series entries & 4329P speakers lead audio products for 2023
    JBL’s lineup of audio products unveiled at CES 2023 includes the Spinner BT Bluetooth enabled turntable, the 4329P Studio Monitor powered speakers and four new entries into the company’s Classic Series.  
  • Home AV

    268

    JBL announces Bar 1300; 15-channel Dolby Atmos soundbar

    by Andy Bassett
    JBL announces Bar 1300; 15-channel Dolby Atmos soundbar
    Featuring over 1000W of output across its 15 channels, a wireless subwoofer and detachable wireless surround speakers, JBL’s new Bar 1300 slots in as the flagship model in the lineup of Bar Series soundbars.  
  • TV

    8

    LG Display confirms 3rd gen OLED TV panel with MLA technology

    by Andy Bassett
    LG Display confirms 3rd gen OLED TV panel with MLA technology
    LG Display officially confirms the Micro Lens Array (MLA) tech at the heart of its latest OLED panels and promises a brightness boost of up to 2,100 nits, even better viewing angles and improved energy efficiency.  

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