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 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.

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    AVForums Podcast: 2nd August 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 2nd August 2020
    This week it's the best of the month with Ed's vinyl, album and playlist suggestions along with the best films, 4K discs and TV shows.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 26th July 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 26th July 2020
    This week Ed gets a drinking partner with Tom joining us to talk AV news, TV reviews and movies as well as the normal off topic discussions.  
  • TV Review

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    Hisense U7QF 4K TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Hisense U7QF 4K TV Review
    The Hisense U7QF is the company's mid-range 4K ULED TV with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos. It also features a FALD backlight and support for Wide Colour Gamut (WCG) along with a low latency mode for gaming, so is this the bargain LED LCD TV for 2020?  
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    AVForums Podcast Special: Denon and Marantz Interviews

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast Special: Denon and Marantz Interviews
    We Interview Denon, Marantz and Sound United product specialists Philip Jones, Oliver Kriete and Roger Batchelor about the new Denon 2020 AV Amplifier and receiver models. We also cover HDMI 2.1 connectivity, 8K/60 and 4K/120 compatibility as well as the new DTS:X Pro sound support.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 19th July 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 19th July 2020
    This week we continue the physical media debate with forum members comments on 4K UHD Disc buying. Phil is reviewing and comparing the 55-inch LG CX vs. the Panasonic HZ2000 OLEDs, while Steve looks at a laser projector from LG, plus there's the latest AV, Hi-Fi and Movie news.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 12th July 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 12th July 2020
    This week we pay tribute to Ennio Morricone, ask if LCD TVs are any good for serious movie viewing, are 4k UHD discs dying out and we discuss the best Matt Damon movies and more...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 5th July 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 5th July 2020
    This week we review a Samsung soundbar, look at the latest AV news and TVs that are in for review and ask if Samsung is pulling out of IFA. Plus there's the best and worst of Brad Pitt. Listen or watch here.  
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    LG CX (OLED65CX) 4K OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    LG CX (OLED65CX) 4K OLED TV Review
    The LG CX is the latest midrange 4K OLED TV that boasts a host of new features including Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Vision IQ.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 28th June 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 28th June 2020
    This week we cover the best of the month for movies, music and discs, plus Steve is reviewing an LG Soundbar, Ed and Tom are drinking buddies and we discuss the best and worst of Sigourney Weaver.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 21st June 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 21st June 2020
    This week we look forward to a review of the JBL Bar 9.1 soundbar and a video review of the LG CX, plus new kit arriving for review from Hisense, LG, Lyngdorf and Arcam along with new testing equipment for TV reviews. We also get the latest Hi-Fi and Movie news and ask what are the best Will Smith films?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 14th June 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 14th June 2020
    This week Panasonic launch another OLED TV for its 2020 line-up, Bowers & Wilkins face take-over talk from Sound United, Ed gives us his 50 best live albums for leaving lockdown, plus, Steve and Phil discuss Dolby Atmos Music, we answer your AV questions, and what are the best and worst Tom Hanks movies.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 7th June 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 7th June 2020
    This week we round-up the AV news including new OLED TVs from Philips and CES 2021, plus Ed's new car, BFI opinions, competitions, 8K AV Receivers from Denon as well as 4K disc news and the Best of Clint Eastwood...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 31st May 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 31st May 2020
    This week we have two new OLED TVs in for review, we give our thoughts on Dolby Atmos Music and Sky HLG HDR content. Plus, there's competitions, movies and the best of the month!  
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    Yamaha MX-A5200 11-Channel Power Amplifier Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Yamaha MX-A5200 11-Channel Power Amplifier Review
    Yamaha's latest 11-channel power amplifier offers serious amounts of power to drive your Atmos home cinema system, but it also adds in the ability to bridge the front channels to add even more grunt to your two-channel music. What's not to like?  
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    Yamaha CX-A5200 11.2 AV Processor Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Yamaha CX-A5200 11.2 AV Processor Review
    The CX-A5200 is a replacement for the long-running CX-A5100 processor and adds some better audio components and also changes some of the inputs available. The big updates are new DACs and a new power transformer, as well as the addition of Surround:AI to the Cinema DSP HD3 processing for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio formats.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 24th May 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 24th May 2020
    This week Sky goes HDR at last, Sony announces pricing for 8K and OLED screens, Ed cooks a Chilli, Phil's car gets a Spa week, Steve drools over The Rock, Cas talks movies and we answer your questions...  
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    BenQ TK850 4K DLP Projector Review

    by Phil Hinton
    BenQ TK850 4K DLP Projector Review
    A new 4K DLP projector offering a 10-element, 8-group lens which also features HDR-PRO technology that brings enhanced tone mapping and claims to cover 98% of the Rec.709 colour gamut. With so many new DLP projectors on the market, what makes the TK850 stand out?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 18th May 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 18th May 2020
    This week we discuss the latest AV, movie and Hi-Fi news, review some earphones and a 4K projector, discuss the best and worst of Tom Cruise and answer questions from the audience...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 11th May 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 11th May 2020
    This week we have Special guest Craig Cunningham from Samsung on the show, plus we review a Sharp soundbar, Ed gives us 50 albums for lockdown and we answer viewers' questions.  
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    AVForums Podcast LIVE! 3rd May 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast LIVE! 3rd May 2020
    This week our podcast goes LIVE for the first time ever. We did have some technical gremlins and apologise for the audio quality. We cover BenQ projector and Samsung Q95T TV reviews, Hi-Fi, Best of the Month and movies with Cas. Plus, we finish with a Q&A section.  
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    AVForums LIVE! Our first Q&A Podcast

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums LIVE! Our first Q&A Podcast
    Last night we tested our video podcasts with our first ever Q&A session and you can watch the video back by clicking here. We welcome your feedback and comments.  
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    BenQ TK810 4K DLP Projector Review

    by Phil Hinton
    BenQ TK810 4K DLP Projector Review
    The BenQ TK810 is a new entry-level home cinema 4K single-chip DLP projector. It offers wireless screen mirroring, app support and a USB 3.0 port for source playback as well as 4K HDR compatibility. So for just over a grand, is it a home cinema bargain?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 27th April 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 27th April 2020
    This week we review the LG GX and Philips 754 OLED TVs. Ed talks music and self-isolation, plus we round-up movie news, reviews and TV shows. And finally, we go over the best and worst of Harrison Ford.  
  • TV Review

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    Philips 754 (55OLED754) 4K OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Philips 754 (55OLED754) 4K OLED TV Review
    The OLED754 is a budget 4K OLED TV with Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, HDR10+, 3-sided Ambilight, Sapphi Smart TV and built-in Amazon Alexa. Available for under £1000 is it the bargain it appears to be?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 20th April 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 20th April 2020
    This week we have special guest Paul Gray, who is a TV industry analyst, and we try to work out what effect the current crisis will have on the TV and display industry. Plus, we have the latest movie, 4K disc news and TV show reviews and our favourite Keanu Reeves films.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 13th April 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 13th April 2020
    This week we discuss our AV lockdown thoughts, review an 11-channel power amp from Emotiva and the Audioquest Dragonfly Cobalt. Plus, we look at new movie releases and the latest AV and film news...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 6th April 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 6th April 2020
    This week we discuss the recent LG OLED pricing, Samsung stopping LCD production, as well as reviews of the Lyngdorf MP60 AV Processor and Pro-Ject T1 Turntable. Plus, film news, 4K and Blu-ray releases and our favourite feel-good musicals or music-based films.  
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    JVC DLA-N5 (RS1000) Native 4K Projector Review

    by Phil Hinton
    JVC DLA-N5 (RS1000) Native 4K Projector Review
    It might be the entry-level native 4K projector from JVC but the DLA-N5 is also one of the best HDR projectors we have seen at the price point. Should you go for the more expensive N7 or does the N5 offer everything you need? Read the full review.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 30th March 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 30th March 2020
    This week we review a new 8K TV from Samsung and a 4K projector from JVC along with some Hi-Fi from Naim. We also give our initial thoughts on Disney Plus and round-up the best of the month.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 23rd March 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 23rd March 2020
    This week we have a soundbar round-up so you can improve your stay at home experience, Ed reviews a Bluetooth DAC and we look at cinema releases now available on VOD, plus, streaming vs. physical media.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 16th March 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 16th March 2020
    No football, no toilet rolls, no hand sanitiser, empty shelves and the possible end of large group meeting or concerts, but the AVForums Podcast is still here! We talk about lots of today's burning issues and subjects we have no expertise in, as well as AV.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 9th March 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 9th March 2020
    This week we discuss the latest hardware news, discover MiniDisc day is a thing, review a subwoofer from Q Acoustics and a turntable from Vertere, plus, we round-up the latest cinema, disc and TV show news, reviews and suggestions...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 2nd March 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 2nd March 2020
    This week we have reviews of the Epson TW9400 LCD Projector and Kudos Titan 505 speakers, plus we discuss the latest hardware news and look back at the best of the month for February...  
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    JVC DLA-NX9 4K Projector Review

    by Phil Hinton
    JVC DLA-NX9 4K Projector Review
    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. UPDATED to add video review.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 24th February 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 24th February 2020
    This week we report back from the Panasonic OLED and LCD TV launch at Pinewood studios and the Bristol Hi-Fi show. Plus, we review cinema releases, round-up the disc news and talk about our favourite storm based movies...  
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    Philips OLED+934 OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Philips OLED+934 OLED TV Review
    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. UPDATED: with Video review  
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    AVForums Podcast: 17th February 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 17th February 2020
    This week we preview the Bristol Hi-Fi Show, review an SVS Subwoofer and discuss the Samsung release news for 8K and 4K TVs in Europe. Plus we ask, what are the best pandemic or apocalypse movies?  
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    BenQ W5700 4K DLP Projector Review

    by Phil Hinton
    BenQ W5700 4K DLP Projector Review
    BenQ releases a home cinema focussed single-chip 4K DLP projector which promises accurate colours out of the box thanks to factory calibration. So can it really do everything it claims? Let's find out...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 10th February 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 10th February 2020
    This week we pay tribute to a Hollywood great, review the 77-inch LG C9 OLED TV and Acoustic Energy AE500 speakers as well as name our Oscar winners and more...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 3rd February 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 3rd February 2020
    This week we have reviews of a 4K DLP projector from BenQ, a speaker system from Polk and the Naim Mu-So QB Gen2. Plus, Cas provides us with four movie reviews and we round-up the best of the month for January...  

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