Phil Hinton (Twitter) has managed the editorial content on AVForums since 2002. With the assistance of AVForums founder Stuart Wright, he established and built the editorial section starting with DVD reviews and news. Over the last 12 years it has grown substantially to include new subject areas such as home cinema, tech and gaming along with regular podcasts and videos.
As Editor-in-chief, he is responsible for all news stories, articles, reviews, podcasts and videos produced by the site in all the subject areas.
The editorial content produced by AVForums covers all aspects of home entertainment including home cinema, technology, games and movies. In order to help with the accuracy and objectivity of AVForums reviews, Phil is also a fully qualified video calibrator.
After leaving school, Phil studied radio/TV production & journalism at college, before leaving home at 17 and working in a number of jobs. He has had a keen interest in home cinema from the early days of Pro-logic & LaserDisc. In 1998 Phil joined the Police in a career that lasted 10 years. It was during that period that he started building the editorial in his spare time and finally joined AVForums full time as Editor-in-chief in 2008. His passions include cars, home cinema, movies, music, photography & film making.
This week we look forward to the TV year ahead, discuss if OLED has reached its peak and the return of Loewe. We review Bad Boys for Life and 1917 at the cinema, cover the latest film releases as well as dissecting Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Hisense U7 4K LCD TV Preview
by Phil Hinton
The Hisense U7 is the company's midrange 4K ULED TV with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos.
VIDEO: TCL Show next-gen Vidrian Mini LED, plus QLED models coming to UK
by Phil Hinton
We interview Marek Maciejewski, Director of Product Development at TCL to find out what TVs will make it to the UK in 2020. Plus, we learn more about the new 'Vidrian' Mini LED TV as well as taking a look at some ultra-slim mini LED concepts.
We interview Javier Foncillas from Dolby Europe about the new Dolby Atmos music format which is now available via apps from Amazon Music and Tidal via a smart speaker and mobile devices with headphones.
VIDEO: Panasonic HZ2000 OLED Full Details and Specs
by Phil Hinton
We interview Paul Williams from Panasonic about the new HZ2000 4K OLED TV announced at CES 2020. It features a custom pro panel with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support as well as the new Dolby Vision IQ and Filmmaker picture modes.
The Q80R offers some of the high-end QLED features seen on the Q90R but does away with the One Connect box. It has the Quantum Processor 4K AI-enhanced image processing, Ultra Viewing Angle filter and a Full Array Local Dimming panel with 50 zones.
The E9 features the second-generation Alpha 9 processor and the introduction of HDMI 2.1, enabling High Frame Rate and lossless object-based audio. There's support for every flavour of HDR, bar HDR10+, and Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro makes sure the E9 is displaying the best HDR10 image quality. So is it worth the higher cost compared to the C9?
This week we cover the Editor's Choice Awards for Projectors, Steve reviews a soundbar and Ed reviews some Hi-Fi. Plus, we review Knives Out at the cinema, The Irishman on Netflix and also cover the best of the month.
The NX9 is a 4K native and 8K/e-shift projector featuring new 0.69-inch native 4K D-ILA device. It has a 100mm diameter, 18 element, all-glass lens and supports HDR10 using Auto Tone Mapping and Frame Adapt. So is it worth the massive price premium over the N5 and N7? Let's find out.
VIDEO: Philips demo Dolby Vision and P5 Picture Processing on their OLED TVs at Dolby HQ
by Phil Hinton
Around 30 AVForums readers were invited to a Philips OLED TV event at Dolby HQ to see demonstrations of the P5 picture processor and the Dolby grading suite and cinema. Find out what happened by watching our video report.
In this week's edition of the podcast, we cover the world of TV calibration and what a professional calibrator actually does. Should you hire a professional calibrator? What does the calibrator actually do? Why does it cost so much? Is it worthwhile?
The second from top 4K OLED+ TV from Philips with a 2.1.2-channel sound system from Bowers & Wilkins, along with Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, HDR10+, 3-sided Ambilight, Android and built-in Google Assistant. So is it any good?