Phil Hinton

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 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 American cars, home cinema, movies, music, photography & film making.

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  • Home AV

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    AVForums Podcast: Home AV Edition 15th April 2024

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: Home AV Edition 15th April 2024
    This week we look at the one item which could transform the performance of your Audio and Visual system at home - your room!  
  • TV

    4

    AVForums Podcast: 8th April 2024 - LG Interview and Best TV Picture Mode

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 8th April 2024 - LG Interview and Best TV Picture Mode
    This week we interview James Thomas from LG about the 2024 TV range (focussing on the G4) and we discuss the best out-of-the-box picture mode for your TV.  
  • TV

    49

    VIDEO Review: LG G4 OLED Evo TV

    by Phil Hinton
    VIDEO Review: LG G4 OLED Evo TV
    The LG G4 adds in a new Alpha 11 AI Processor, Dolby Vision Filmmaker Mode, AI Director, MLA+ and Meta Technology 2.0 and promises to replace the G3 as the Best in Class OLED TV for almost all users. Is the G4 worth the upgrade? Watch our video.  
  • Hi-Fi

    7

    AVForums Hi-Fi Podcast 1st April 2024 - Turntables and more...

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Hi-Fi Podcast 1st April 2024 - Turntables and more...
    This month we look at Hi-Fi turntables and explore the technology and the vinyl journey. Should you start a vinyl collection from scratch or is the cost just too prohibitive? What are the best turntables to buy and what are the differing technologies and approaches to the playback of vinyl?  
  • TV

    261

    LG G4 (OLED65G4) OLED Evo TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    LG G4 (OLED65G4) OLED Evo TV Review
    UPDATED 03-April-24 with UK pricing: The 2024 TV review season kicks off in style with our review of the 65-inch LG G4 OLED TV. Can this flagship continue where the G3 left off last year and be the Best in Class yet again? Let's find out...  
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  • Movies & TV Shows

    8

    AVForums 4K and Blu-ray Podcast: 28th March 2024

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums 4K and Blu-ray Podcast: 28th March 2024
    Cas and the team discuss the latest 4K Discs and if it is still worth consuming your content on physical media compared to digital & streaming.  
  • Movies & TV Shows

    6

    AVForums Movies and TV Show Podcast: 25th March 2024

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Movies and TV Show Podcast: 25th March 2024
    This month Cas and the movies team bring you the Top 10 films and TV shows to watch in March and look at how to best adapt books for the big screen.  
  • Home AV

    11

    AVForums Podcast: Home AV Edition 18th March 2024

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: Home AV Edition 18th March 2024
    This week we ask if home theatre/home cinema is still a popular addition to homes or are people consuming music, movies, sports and TV in different ways in their living spaces. Is Home Cinema or Home Theater as we used to know it, now dead?  
  • TV

    3

    AVForums TV, Display and Calibration Podcast - 11th March 2024

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums TV, Display and Calibration Podcast - 11th March 2024
    This week we look at whether you should consider buying last year’s TV models instead of waiting for the 2024 versions and save yourself a lot of money doing so?  
  • Hi-Fi

    5

    AVForums Hi-Fi Podcast - 4th March 2024

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Hi-Fi Podcast - 4th March 2024
    This week Ed reports back on all the new Hi-Fi products launched at the Bristol Show and we discuss how to get started building a Hi-Fi System in 2024 and what you need.  
  • TV

    8

    AVForums Podcast: TV, Displays and Calibration 12th February 2024

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: TV, Displays and Calibration 12th February 2024
    In this week’s podcast, we discuss what makes a perfect TV and the use cases end users have when it comes to choosing the correct TV for them. Plus, what do we think the big trends of 2024 will be when it comes to TVs, displays and calibration?  
  • TV

    VIDEO: Philips OLED+959 - New MLA+ Panel, 8th Gen P5 chip and Ambilight

    by Phil Hinton
    VIDEO: Philips OLED+959 - New MLA+ Panel, 8th Gen P5 chip and Ambilight
    We report back from the Philips LIVE 2024 event in Barcelona where the company unveiled its new flagship OLED+959 with a new dual-chip P5 AI processor featuring a Pentonic 1000 chip, a new 2.0 MLA panel and a new version of Ambilight for its 20th birthday!  
  • TV

    12

    AVForums Podcast: CES Special 2024

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: CES Special 2024
    In our first podcast of 2024 we take you through the TV highlights of CES and two stand out AV products.  
  • TV

    50

    The Best TVs of CES 2024

    by Phil Hinton
    The Best TVs of CES 2024
    We give you a video round-up of the most promising and best TVs of CES 2024.  
  • Home AV

    13

    CES VIDEO: This is not a soundbar! Canvas TV HiFi System

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: This is not a soundbar! Canvas TV HiFi System
    Canvas HiFi are a start-up with a very interesting proposition for your TV sound. The promise is high-quality luxury HiFi sound thanks to a two-channel speaker system that can integrate with your TV using room EQ and the BACCH 3D system.  
  • TV

    1

    WIN our CES 2024 Panasonic Lumix S5iiX camera body with MPB

    by Phil Hinton
    WIN our CES 2024 Panasonic Lumix S5iiX camera body with MPB
    MPB sponsored our CES 2024 coverage and also loaned us a Panasonic Lumix S5iiX camera which you can now win in our giveaway.  
  • TV

    3

    CES VIDEO: Samsung Stand Tour

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Samsung Stand Tour
    We present a video tour of the Samsung stand at CES 2024.  
  • Home AV

    2

    CES VIDEO: SVS launch new Ultra Evolution speaker line-up

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: SVS launch new Ultra Evolution speaker line-up
    We interview Nick Brown from SVS and find out more about the brand-new Ultra Evolution speaker range launched at CES 2024.  
  • Tech

    1

    CES VIDEO: Sony Stand Tour

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Sony Stand Tour
    We give you a video tour around the Sony CES 2024 Stand.  
  • TV

    5

    CES VIDEO: Panasonic Stand Tour

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Panasonic Stand Tour
    We take you on a tour of the Panasonic CES 2024 stand.  
  • TV

    1

    CES VIDEO: Hisense Stand Tour

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Hisense Stand Tour
    We take you on a tour of the Hisense stand at CES 2024  
  • TV

    20

    CES VIDEO: Hisense confirm the 110 inch UX Mini LED TV for the UK

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Hisense confirm the 110 inch UX Mini LED TV for the UK
    We interviewed Rob Andrews from Hisense UK about the new TV product range for 2024 including the massive 110-inch UX Mini LED TV.  
  • Home AV

    CES VIDEO: Hisense Laser TV and C1 Laser Projector

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Hisense Laser TV and C1 Laser Projector
    We catch up with Hisense at CES 2024 and look at the new range of UST Laser TVs and the new C1 laser projector with blending technology.  
  • TV

    23

    CES VIDEO: Massive 115 inch Mini LED TV launched by TCL

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Massive 115 inch Mini LED TV launched by TCL
    We interview Marek Maciejewski, TCL Product Development Director Europe, about the massive 115-inch Mini LED flagship model and more...  
  • TV

    46

    CES VIDEO: Panasonic Z95A and Z93A OLED TVs launched

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Panasonic Z95A and Z93A OLED TVs launched
    We interview Dirk Schulze from Panasonic about the new flagship Z95A and Z93A OLED TVs due to be launched later this year.  
  • TV

    6

    CES VIDEO: Samsung Display third generation QD-OLED launched

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Samsung Display third generation QD-OLED launched
    Chirag Shah from Samsung Display takes us through the improvements made with the 3rd generation of QD-OLED TV.  
  • TV

    4

    CES VIDEO: LG Stand Tour showing Transparent OLED T in style

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: LG Stand Tour showing Transparent OLED T in style
    We give you a walkaround of the LG CES 2024 stand with its impressive transparent OLED and WebOS demo areas and more...  
  • TV

    15

    CES VIDEO: LG Transparent OLED and C4, G4, M4 OLED Evo TVs launched

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: LG Transparent OLED and C4, G4, M4 OLED Evo TVs launched
    We visit the LG Suite at CES 2024 to take a closer look at the new M4, G4 and C4 OLED Evo TVs, as well as the new OLED T transparent model with Dave Seperson.  
  • TV

    5

    CES VIDEO: Samsung updates Tizen Smart TV OS for all!

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Samsung updates Tizen Smart TV OS for all!
    In our final video from the Samsung First Look event, we discover the latest Tizen OS system and why it will be updated for existing TV owners as well as 2024 models.  
  • TV

    3

    CES VIDEO: Samsung MicroLED in new sizes and a Transparent Concept

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Samsung MicroLED in new sizes and a Transparent Concept
    In our third video from the Samsung First Look event we take a look at the new MicroLED TV sizes launched at CES, along with the concept transparent MicroLED. Watch our video.  
  • TV

    1

    CES VIDEO: Samsung launch QN900D 8K QLED TV

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Samsung launch QN900D 8K QLED TV
    In our second video from the Samsung First Look event at CES 2024, we take a closer look at the QN900D QLED flagship TV  
  • TV

    3

    CES VIDEO: Samsung's new 42 & 48-inch OLED TVs with LG Display panels?

    by Phil Hinton
    CES VIDEO: Samsung's new 42 & 48-inch OLED TVs with LG Display panels?
    We visited the Samsung First Look event at CES and got hands-on with the new S95D QD-OLED model, plus some interesting S85D and S90D screens that appear to use LG Display panels and not Samsung Display QD OLED versions. Watch our video...  
  • TV

    CES 2024: Click here for the latest News and Videos

    by Phil Hinton
    CES 2024: Click here for the latest News and Videos
    Click here for all of our news, articles, videos and interviews from CES, the World's largest consumer electronics show taking place this week in Las Vegas.  
  • TV

    22

    VIDEOS: Philips OLED+908: Why MLA? Ambilight and Bowers & Wilkins sound

    by Phil Hinton
    VIDEOS: Philips OLED+908: Why MLA? Ambilight and Bowers & Wilkins sound
    AVForums was invited to Abbey Road Studios for a closer look at the Philips OLED+908 with its MLA META panel and 7th Generation P5 processor.  
  • TV

    66

    TVs and Projectors of 2023/24 - Editor's Choice Awards

    by Phil Hinton
    TVs and Projectors of 2023/24 - Editor's Choice Awards
    We once again round-up our favourite TVs and projectors from the year and present our winners to you. Will you agree or disagree with our choices? It has certainly been the toughest year yet to name the absolute best...  
  • TV

    60

    TCL C745 (55C745K) 4K QLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    TCL C745 (55C745K) 4K QLED TV Review
    The TCL C745 is an incredibly affordable QLED TV with support for all HDR formats, Dolby Atmos and DTS sound, as well as two HDMI 2.1 ports, a games menu, fast input lag and eARC on an HDMI 2.0 port. So, is it any good and does it manage to offer excellent value for money?  
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  • TV

    735

    Philips OLED+908 (55OLED+908) 4K MLA OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Philips OLED+908 (55OLED+908) 4K MLA OLED TV Review
    Philips latest flagship OLED+908 offers MLA (Micro Lens Array) and META technology for increased brightness along with the 7th Gen P5 processor and Bowers & Wilkins Soundbar. So is it a contender for TV of the year?  
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  • TV

    6

    VIDEO: Panasonic MX950 Mini LED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    VIDEO: Panasonic MX950 Mini LED TV Review
    We present our video review of the Panasonic MX950 Mini LED TV.  
  • TV

    9

    VIDEO: Panasonic MZ1500 Review

    by Phil Hinton
    VIDEO: Panasonic MZ1500 Review
    We present our video review of the Panasonic MZ1500 OLED TV.  
  • TV

    41

    Panasonic MX950 (TX-55MX950B) 4K Mini LED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Panasonic MX950 (TX-55MX950B) 4K Mini LED TV Review
    Panasonic dips its toes back into the flagship LED LCD TV market with the nicely specified MX950B, so is it onto a winner?  
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