Mark Hodgkinson

Mark Hodgkinson (Twitter, Google+) produces reviews and articles for the site, as well as participating in podcasts.

Mark has been reviewing Audio-Visual kit – including Televisions, Blu-ray Players & Soundbars - for the best part of a decade and is our resident Video Streaming devices expert, having spent the last five years surrounded by little black boxes. Mark is also a Level 2 qualified THX and isf Video Calibrator so he knows his way around a TV, how video processing works, what a calibrated image should look like and is abreast of all the developments in Standards, as we transition to a new era in home video. This includes 4K Ultra HD and beyond.

As well as being a qualified video calibrator, Mark is also a fully trained chef and has a degree in English.

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    JVC announce native 4K projectors

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    JVC has finally produced a new range of D-ILA projectors featuring a native 4k resolution. The range topping NX9 is also equipped with 8K e-shift.  
  • TV News

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    Sony IFA 2018 Press Conference

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Sony added new products to its smartphone and Hi-Fi sectors while announcing pricing and availability of the MASTER Series TVs in Europe.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones introduced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Sony is claiming to take noise cancellation to the next level with its new WH-1000XM3 headphones, announced at IFA 2018.  
  • TV News

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    Sony announces AF9 OLED and ZF9 LCD Pricing

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Sony has announced availability and pricing details for its MAster Series ZF9 LCD and AF9 OLED TVs.  
  • TV News

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    Philips Android TVs to get Amazon Alexa

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    All of Philips P5 equipped TVs will get Alexa compatibility with the Oreo update in the final quarter of 2018 - including the 2017 sets.  
  • TV News

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    Philips 903 OLED TV announced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    The first fruits of the partnership between Philips TV and Bowers and Wilkins has been unveiled in the shape of the 903 OLED TV. The 903 features the latest panel, a 2nd gen P5 Processor and three sided ambilight.  
  • TV News

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    Samsung IFA 2018 Press Conference

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Samsung outlines its vision for products and services for the next era of connected living, enabled by AI, IoT and 5G  
  • TV News

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    Samsung Q900R 8K QLED TV available September 2018

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Samsung's promised 8K TV unveil at IFA materialises with the Q9000R. It's available in four screen sizes, features 8K upscaling based on AI and will be in stores in time for Black Monday and the Christmas holiday buying season.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Panasonic HD605N headphones announced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Panasonic is showing off the latest additions to its range of wireless headphone range at IFA 2018, including the noise cancelling HD605N.  
  • TV News

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    Panasonic IFA 2018 Press Conference

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Panasonic's 2018 IFA Press Conference focussed on the future of transport, smart cities and smart homes with only passing references to its TV and AV line-ups.  
  • TV News

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    LG introduces first 8K OLED TV

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    LG is showing off the World's first 8K OLED TV at IFA and it's an 88-inch monster.  
  • TV News

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    HDR10+ First Adopters Announced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    HDR10+ is gearing up for full launch with a number of organisations now listed as official adopters, including SoC vendors, content creators and electronics manufacturers.  
  • TV News

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    IFA 2018: What to Expect

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    IFA 2018 is set to kick-off and this year's show promises 8k TVs, yet more AI powered devices and maybe the odd surprise, or two, along the way. What are you hoping to see emerge from Berlin?  
  • Home AV News

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    Klipsch Introduce New Reference Series Speaker Range

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Klipsch’s 6th generation Reference Series speaker line feature an array cosmetic and technical improvements over the predecessor and includes replacements for the R-14PM and R-15PM active monitor speakers, with built-in DACs, phono stages and amplification.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Quad Artera Play+ Announced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    A new version of the CD player/DAC/preamp from Quad’s Artera Series adds features and improves performance, whilst also lowering the price  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Monitor Audio and Roksan adopt BluOS hi-res Multiroom Streaming Platform

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Monitor and Roksan throw their multirom hats in to the ring along with the NAD pioneered BluOS hi-res multiroom audio platform.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Bowers & Wilkins New 600 Series Speakers announced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    The sixth iteration of Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series improves the range's combination of value and audio performance. With trickle-down technologies from the flagship 800 Diamond Series.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Pro-Ject Primary E Turntable announced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    The Primary E is a vinyl record player based on Pro-Jects respected existing designs. It promises not to hurt your records, it’s made in Europe and it’s available now for £149.00  
  • Tech News

    NEWS: ASUS announce new AMD B450 Gaming Motherboards

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    ASUS has confirmed worldwide availability of its new AMD motherboards aimed at a spectrum of gamers.  
  • TV News

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    TCL launches into UK TV Market

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    TCL has officially launched in the UK with a range of 4K HDR TVs with pricing that might set the cat among the pigeons.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Denon CEOL N10 Network Music System launching

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Denon's latest 'lifestyle' network music system, the CEOL N10, features CD Player, Network playback, an AM/FM tuner, a USB port and a couple of optical inputs. There’s also Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, and HEOS, Spotify and TIDAL streaming, as well as Amazon Alexa voice compatibility.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    KitSound BoomBox 2+ launched

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Kitsound has a new addition to its range of Bluetooth, portable speakers in the shape of the BoomBox 2+  
  • Home AV News

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    Marantz SR5013 and SR6013 AV Receivers announced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Marantz announces a brace of new AVRs with support for all the latest audio and video formats along with added features and improved components.  
  • TV News

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    Samsung MicroLED TVs to release in 2019?

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Samsung has stated to the Korean media that it plans to domesticate its MicroLED 'Wall' technology in 2019 with high-end TVs available to everyday consumers (with lots of money). That means we should get eyes on at CES 2019, if not before.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Hugo M Scaler announced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Chord's new upscaler is claimed to be able to take any 44.1kHz digital source and scale it right the way to 768kHz with a new custom FGPA to thank.  
  • Home AV News

    Dynaudio in-wall/ in-ceiling speakers announced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    After 40 years in the hi-fi, pro-studio and automotive markets, Dynaudio is bringing its expertise to the custom install space with a range of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers with unique tool-free clip-in speaker modules.  
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    Denon AVR-X4500H & AVR-X3500H AV Receivers launched

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Denon introduces a pair of new AVRs, the AVR-X4500H and AVR-X3500H featuring support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X and Auro-3D in addition to Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG and eARC.  
  • Tech News

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    Polk Assist Google Assistant Smart Speaker Launched

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Polk Assist, a smart speaker with Google Assistant support and Chromecast built in, has been launched and is one of the few built on the Android Things System-on-Modules platform.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Bowers & Wilkins 802 and 805 ‘Prestige’ Speakers launched

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Bowers & Wilkins have taken its iconic 800 speakers, applied a luxurious Santos Rosewood finish to them and created the Prestige range. They take around 40% longer to manufacturer so you can expect them to cost substantially more...  
  • Gaming News

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    Dolby Vision coming to Xbox One X and S

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    The Xbox One X and One S are to be updated to allow Dolby Vision HDR. For now, it's streaming services only, i.e. Netflix.  
  • Home AV News

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    BT Sport 4K UHD coming to Virgin TV

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Virgin Media has announced a renewal of its deal with BT Sport which will see its Ultra HD Channel added to qualifying packages. The new channel launches on 30th July.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Raidho X-5 and XT-5 speakers launched

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    When is a flagship product not a flagship product (at least not in conventional terms)? When you redefine those terms, which is what Danish loudspeaker legend Raidho has done with its latest duo, the X-5 and XT-5 floorstanding loudspeakers.  
  • Tech News

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    Microsoft Surface Go announced

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Microsoft has announced the Surface Go two-in-one with a 10-inch screen, 7th Gen Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and configurable RAM options starting at £380  
  • Home AV News

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    New BT TV App Extra launches

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    The new BT TV App allows you to view all your BT content across four devices and includes support for Apple TV, Chromecast and Samsung Smart TVs with Fire TV support to follow. It costs £5 per month while the existing, free app, has been updated to include downloads.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Aesthetix Saturn Series: Saturn Eclipse available in the UK

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    High-end US audio brand, Aesthetix, has just made its highest-end audio components available in the UK and it's all about the power.  
  • Movies & TV News

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    Netflix Ultra Membership threatens an 'HDR Tax'

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Netflix Italy is apparently set to trial an Ultra tier of membership with exclusive features including four simultaneous streams and HDR content. Would you be willing to pay more for HDR?  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Krell K-300i integrated amplifier unveiled

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    High-end US brand, Krell, announce a new take on of its most important products with the latest in digital and analogue technologies.  
  • Hi-Fi News

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    Klipsch RF 7 III Speakers launch in UK

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Klipsch is bringing its popular high-end speaker over from the US. The newly updated RF-7 III replaced the popular Reference II model in the USA during early 2018 – and now it’s finally in the UK too.  
  • Tech News

    ASUS Zenfone 5 available in the UK

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    With a Snapdragon 636, high-end camera abilities, a 6.2-inch display and AI features, the Zenfone 5 packs in a lot of features at a very affordable price-point. There's also £50 off for early orders.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Tivoli Andiamo Bluetooth Speaker launching

    by Mark Hodgkinson
    Tivoli's first portable audio product is the Andiamo, a compact Bluetooth speaker with a luxury finish but is soon to be followed by more in the new Tivoli Go range.  

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