Phil Hinton (Twitter, Google+) 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.
Samsung Q60R (QE55Q60R) QLED TV Review
by Phil Hinton
The Q60R is the entry-level QLED TV from Samsung for 2019. This is an edge-lit LCD panel that features the Quantum Processor 4K to give AI-enhanced image processing and HDR10+ and HLG compatibility.
This week we have some gaming content from Mark. Steve reviews the B&W Formation Flex, Bass and Bar speakers, Ed looks at a network streamer and Phil wraps up on the GZ950, C9 and Samsung Q60R reviews. We also have a spoiler review of Midway at the end of the show.
The Panasonic GZ950 offers all of the image processing and accuracy of the higher models in the range, but ditches the custom OLED panel of the GZ2000 as well as the speakers from that and soundbar from the GZ1500. So, does it feel like the GZ950 misses out on the sound and brightness, or is this the true dark horse bargain TV set of 2019? Let's find out.
The OLED854 is identical to the OLED804 model apart from the stand and features three-sided Ambilight, Dolby Vision and HDR10+ dynamic metadata systems and the new 3rd Generation P5 image processor, so is this mid-range screen worthy of your interest? Let's find out.
This week we review some speakers from Focal, a soundbar from LG and yet another OLED TV from Philips. Plus, we cover the best of the month and end with a spoiler-heavy review of Terminator: Dark Fate.
The Panasonic GZ2000 is a high-end 4K OLED TV with the new HCX PRO Intelligent processor and it supports HDR10, HLG, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision. It also has a soundbar tuned by Technics and support for Dolby Atmos with upward-firing speakers. So does it offer enough quality for the high-end price tag?
This week we review the Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV and look at the new firmware for the N series JVC Projectors and discuss the new information on the PS5. Plus, we have a review of Gemini Man in 3D HFR and wrap up with the best disc, film and TV show news.
AVForums Podcast: 7th October - Nanosys Quantum Dots
by Phil Hinton
In a bumper packed podcast this week, we interview Jason Hartlove, the CEO of Nanosys, to discuss Quantum Dots and the future of TVs. Plus, we review Joker at the cinema and round-up the best cinema, discs and TV for this week.
The Samsung QE55Q85R sits just under the Q90R flagship for 2019 with all the same features available, but fewer dimming zones and a slightly different design to the stand and bezel. Just how different is the performance and value for money when compared with its big brother?
This week we sit down with Stacey Spears and Don Munsil to talk about their new benchmark UHD disc and their history. We also review Ad Astra, Rambo Last Blood and Hustlers at the cinema and wrap up with the latest cinema, disc and streaming news.
The Hisense U7B is the latest edge-lit 2019 LCD TV from the Chinese manufacturer that is available in 50-, 55-, and 65-inch screen sizes. With the addition of Dolby Vision HDR at a much lower price point, is it enough progress from Hisense in the mid-market level?
This 4K 60-inch model features HDR, Active Motion 400 and 79% coverage of the BT2020 colour gamut, Ace Pro Ultra Engine, Freeview HD, integrated Harman/Kardon audio and smart features from Aquos Net+ O/S. So is it value for money?
The GZ1500B features the HCX Pro Intelligent processor and Dolby Atmos audio is supported via a Blade speaker built into the TV, plus, for the first time, both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision dynamic metadata HDR formats are supported. A Netflix Calibrated mode is also available.
This week we review a soundbar from Sennheiser, a new Hi-Fi product from Naim and a 4K projector from BenQ. Plus, we look forward to the latest movies and 4K discs and ask what films we would like to see get made.
The podcast returns after our holiday and we review new Citation speakers from Harman Kardon and preview the GZ1500 OLED TV from Panasonic that is with Phil for review. Plus, we cover the best of the month.
This week in an eight-hour special, Steve reviews some Klipsch Reference speakers, Ed reviews some headphones and Phil looks at the Sony AG8 OLED TV. Plus we wrap up the best of the month... (it's not eight hours long but it feels like it).
The RX-A3080 is the latest flagship AV Receiver from Yamaha for 2019. It includes Surround:AI technology but does it offer enough new features and an improved sound over previous models? Let's find out in our in-depth video review.
It may be second from bottom in the 2019 QLED range, but the Q70R doesn't miss out on all the recent advances including the 4K Quantum Processor, FALD backlight with 50 zones of local dimming and HDR10+.
The XG95 is the top end LED LCD TV from the company for 2019 boasting the X1 Ultimate chipset, Netflix calibrated mode, Acoustic multi-audio, Dolby Vision and Xtended Dynamic Range Pro, to name just a few features, so can it live up to the hype?
This week we see a young Ed from 20 years ago, Steve reports on his gigging at 50, we review the Sony XG95 TV and some Samsung soundbars along with Godzilla at the cinema. Plus, it's the end of the month round-up for music, films and TV.
The latest AV Receiver from Marantz has many of the same features as its predecessor, with up to date connections for 4K HDR including Dolby Vision & HLG, along with all current immersive formats and IMAX Enhanced. So is it any good?
This week we get the low down on TV market research from IHS Markit and if 8K has a future, plus industry news including Onkyo and Pioneer joining Sound United. We review John Wick Chapter 3 at the cinema and wrap up with more Disney news...
Samsung's latest flagship 4K LCD TV boasts new ultimate viewing angles to rival OLED screens, plus Quantum AI processing for upscaling video sources along with local dimming and a full FALD panel. So is it the best in class?