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 News

    11

    What's new on UK streaming services for July 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on UK streaming services for July 2022
    UPDATED 28-JUN-2022: With summer in full swing and nothing now keeping folks from travelling around (apart from the usual airport chaos) is there enough on Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+ to keep you indoors?  
  • TV Thread

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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.  
  • TV Thread

    15

    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

    62

    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

    24

    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

    26

    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

    22

    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?  
  • Movies & TV News

    19

    What's new on Sky and NOW UK for July 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Sky and NOW UK for July 2022
    UPDATED 30-JUN-2022: The biggest movie of last year drops on Sky Cinema with the requisite superhero landing plus Sky Atlantic’s The Baby is here to fill its nappy with the stuff of nightmares… actually, that’s what babies do anyway isn’t it?!  
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    10

    What's new on Netflix UK for July 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Netflix UK for July 2022
    UPDATED 20-JUN-2022: Netflix’s summer schedule continues with one of its most high profile movies to date, The Gray Man and, after the Infinite Darkness animated series, the streamer’s long-awaited live-action take on Resident Evil is finally here.  
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    28

    What's new on UK streaming services for June 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on UK streaming services for June 2022
    UPDATED 02-JUN-2022: June appears to be the month of returning favourites with Disney+, Prime Video and Apple TV+ all seeing fan approved and critically rated shows coming back for second or third outings. It does mean though that, across the board, Ms. Marvel is the only real standout debutante.  
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    21

    What's new on Netflix UK for June 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Netflix UK for June 2022
    UPDATED 07-Jun-2022: With job cuts, axed shows and twitchy subscribers to contend with, Netflix turns to some of its proven mainstays with Adam Sandler and Chris Hemsworth original movies and a Korean remake of one of the streamer’s most successful international shows.  
  • Home AV Thread

    38

    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

    22

    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

    14

    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

    19

    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

    58

    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

    27

    What is your best memory of gaming on an Atari ST or Amiga?

    by Andy Bassett
    What is your best memory of gaming on an Atari ST or Amiga?
    For the heritage gamers among you, what are your best memories of the Atari ST and Amiga machines? Did you use it for more than games? Share your rose-tinted nostalgia in the discussion thread.  
  • TV News

    28

    Sony announces A95K QD OLED prices for UK

    by Andy Bassett
    Sony announces A95K QD OLED prices for UK
    Sony’s flagship A95K QD OLED TV will start at £2,699 as the Japanese TV manufacturer goes toe to toe with Samsung in the battle to get ahead with the latest OLED TV display technology.  
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    25

    What's new on Sky and NOW UK for June 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Sky and NOW UK for June 2022
    UPDATED 27-MAY-2022: The big news this month is the launch of the Paramount+ streaming service which is available free to Sky Cinema subscribers and enables access to an estimated 8,000 hours of content.  
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    21

    What's new on UK streaming services for May 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on UK streaming services for May 2022
    May sees Disney going back to the Star Wars well for its next big series, Amazon Prime brings in a contractor and Apple treats subscribers to the wonders of the prehistoric world.  
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    What's new on Netflix UK for May 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Netflix UK for May 2022
    UPDATED 09-MAY-2022: The squeeze is now officially on for Netflix as it faces the biggest combination of challenges in its history. Can May’s movies, shows and documentaries help steady the ship and reassure hesitant subscribers?  
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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

    12

    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?  
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    35

    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

    38

    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,  
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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?  
  • Movies & TV News

    11

    What's new on Sky and NOW UK for May 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Sky and NOW UK for May 2022
    UPDATED 06-MAY-2022: Here’s a look at the films and TV shows of note coming to Sky and NOW subscribers in May 2022 which includes sequels to two beloved movie franchises and the return of Kaley Cuoco as The Flight Attendant.  
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    What's new on UK streaming services for April 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on UK streaming services for April 2022
    Updated 07-APR-2022 Amazon Prime - NO TIME TO DIE ADDED: It’s Amazon and Apple which grab the headlining shows and movies in April but all the streaming services feel like they’re taking a pause before unleashing their flagship series in early summer.  
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    Samsung officially unveils S95B OLED TV

    by Andy Bassett
    Samsung officially unveils S95B OLED TV
    UPDATED 18-MAR-2022: Samsung’s Quantum Dot OLED range of TVs has become a reality with the company releasing a UK press statement and updating its US webpage to officially announce the arrival of its S95B OLED television.  
  • 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.  
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    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?  
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    Sky to broadcast 2022 F1 season in 4K HDR

    by Andy Bassett
    Sky to broadcast 2022 F1 season in 4K HDR
    UPDATED 17-MAR-2022: Sky Q and Sky Glass TV owners will be able to watch live F1 action in 4K Ultra HD HDR when the 2022 season kicks off on Friday 18th March - dependent on kit and subscription of course.  
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    54

    LG reveals 2022 OLED TV prices for Europe

    by Andy Bassett
    LG reveals 2022 OLED TV prices for Europe
    UPDATED: 15-MAR-2022: LG has announced the European prices for its 2022 lineup of OLED TVs along with a better idea of expected availability.  
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    15

    What's new on Netflix UK for April 2022

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Netflix UK for April 2022
    UPDATED 06-APR-2022: Childhood space fantasies, the final seasons of fan favourite drama shows, plenty of anime and two films with ‘Bubble’ in the title are all on offer in April on Netflix.  
  • TV News

    25

    Is Samsung's first QD OLED TV nearing launch?

    by Andy Bassett
    Is Samsung's first QD OLED TV nearing launch?
    Could Samsung be readying its first QD OLED TV for an imminent launch? On-line reports pointing to a retailer listing could be the first indication that things are now moving in this direction for the world’s largest TV manufacturer.  

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