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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    LG G1 (OLED55G1) 4K OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    LG G1 (OLED55G1) 4K OLED TV Review
    With new models on the way following CES 2022, is it worth picking up the 2021 G1 OLED TV now that prices are reduced and it has so many great features? Let's find out...  
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    Sony A80J (XR-65A80J) 4K OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Sony A80J (XR-65A80J) 4K OLED TV Review
    With new models announced for 2022 at CES, is it worth picking up the 2021 A80J? Let's find out...  
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  • TV Review

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    Samsung QN95A (QE65QN95A) Neo QLED Mini LED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Samsung QN95A (QE65QN95A) Neo QLED Mini LED TV Review
    We take a look at Samsung's flagship 4K Mini LED TV for 2021 and test it to see if it is worthy of a place in an AV enthusiast's living room now that prices are starting to fall. So, does this Neo QLED offer enough performance to warrant its flagship status? Let's find out...  
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    AVForums Podcast: The 2021 Christmas Special

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: The 2021 Christmas Special
    This week the entire team are back for our end of year extravaganza! We go over the best 4K Ultra HD discs, home cinema hardware, gaming releases, the best albums of 2021 as well as our home cinema experiences and visits to the actual cinema. Plus, we’ll answer your questions.  
  • Home AV News

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    AVForums Podcast: 8th December 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 8th December 2021
    This week we look at the best TV of 2021 plus we discuss our favourite and most memorable products of the year. We get Ed's album of the week and Steve's favourite recent 4K disc releases and round-up what we have been watching recently.  
  • TV News

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    Best TVs of 2021 - Editor's Choice Awards

    by Phil Hinton
    Best TVs of 2021 - Editor's Choice Awards
    It's that time of the year yet again where we round up our choices for the best TVs in various categories and hand out the gongs. So, who won what?  
  • Movies & TV News

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    AVForums Movies Podcast: 1st December 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Movies Podcast: 1st December 2021
    This week we discuss cinema in a post-pandemic landscape and the new regime of expediting theatrical releases to streaming services. We also talk about the future of cinema, as well as some of the hidden gems which bypassed it altogether and landed direct on streaming. All this plus our top Blu-ray sets of the year AND a podcast exclusive competition.  
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    Panasonic JZ2000 (TX-55JZ2000) OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Panasonic JZ2000 (TX-55JZ2000) OLED TV Review
    This is Panasonic's flagship TV for 2021 featuring the Custom Professional OLED panel and a Dolby Atmos soundbar and up-firing speaker setup, along with the new HCX AI processor. So, does it perform as a flagship should? Let's find out...  
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    Samsung AU9000 (UE50AU9000) LED LCD TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Samsung AU9000 (UE50AU9000) LED LCD TV Review
    We take a look at the top of the Crystal UHD TV range from Samsung, the AU9000. This affordable LED LCD TV offers gaming features such as ALLM and VRR with 120Hz, as well as HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG high dynamic range support and Tizen Smart TV. So, is this the bargain performance TV from Samsung for TV, sports and gaming? Let's find out...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 24th November 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 24th November 2021
    This week Phil gives us his final thoughts on the Panasonic JZ2000. We also ask the question - Should you calibrate your TV? Plus, we round up the 2021 Editor's Choice Awards for Hi-fi with Ed. And Finally, we wrap up on the album of the week and what we have been watching.  
  • Movies & TV News

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    AVForums Movies Podcast: 17th November 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Movies Podcast: 17th November 2021
    This week we discuss the best science fiction from this year from cinema, streaming and disc releases. We also talk about the future of the genre over the next 12 months, as well as Disney's move further away from physical media with its Disney+ IMAX content. PLUS a podcast exclusive competition.  
  • TV News

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    Philips OLED TV shootout at Abbey Road Studios - The Results!

    by Phil Hinton
    Philips OLED TV shootout at Abbey Road Studios - The Results!
    Philips held its fourth OLED TV shootout at Abbey Road Studios on the 16th of November 2021 with invited AVForums' members scoring the screens in a totally blind test over two different sessions. So, which screens came out on top?  
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    Philips 936 (65OLED+936) OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Philips 936 (65OLED+936) OLED TV Review
    We take a look at the OLED+936 luxury OLED TV from Philips that features a Bowers & Wilkins speaker bar, a new Emission Layer OLED panel boasting a 20% brightness increase, two HDMI 2.1 inputs, four-sided Ambilight and support for all the major HDR formats. So, is it any good?  
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  • Home AV News

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    AVForums Podcast: 10th November 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 10th November 2021
    This week Phil discusses the new Philips OLED806 and OLED+936 OLED TVs which have been sent for review recently and that competes against the more established names, plus we look at hints and tips for your home cinema build and Steve looks at an Ultra Short Throw projector from XGIMI. We also have Ed’s album of the week and round-off with the best 4K discs and what we have been watching...  
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    Philips 48-inch 806 (48OLED806) OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Philips 48-inch 806 (48OLED806) OLED TV Review
    Philips adds a 48-inch screen size to its OLED range with the 48OLED806. It features all the current HDR formats including HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, plus, two new HDMI 2.1 inputs and gaming features such as VRR, AMD FreeSync Premium and ALLM, a first for the brand. So, is it any good?  
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    AVForums Movies Podcast: 3rd November 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Movies Podcast: 3rd November 2021
    This week we discus the release of BFI's first 4K disc, The Seventh Seal and, in honour of it, our favourite foreign language releases. We'll also be talking Criterion, BFI and Arrow boxsets and which our favourite world cinema collections are. PLUS a podcast exclusive competition.  
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    LG C1 (OLED48C1) 4K OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    LG C1 (OLED48C1) 4K OLED TV Review
    We take a quick look at the 48-inch version of the 2021 C1 OLED TV from LG. Is it the best all round premium OLED TV for this year? Let's find out...  
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  • Home AV News

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    AVForums Podcast: 27th October 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 27th October 2021
    This week we get a review of the Anthem AVM 70 AV Processor from Steve, Phil updates us on the TV reviews coming soon and Ed gives us the latest Hi-Fi news. Plus, we discuss room EQ and how to apply this to your dedicated Home Cinema build. We will also round up the best album and 4K discs of the week and more...  
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    AVForums Movies Podcast: 20th October 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Movies Podcast: 20th October 2021
    This week we go head to head as we argue for our favourite decade of horror movies and look at some of your choices too! PLUS a podcast exclusive competition.  
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    LG C1 (OLED55C1) 4K OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    LG C1 (OLED55C1) 4K OLED TV Review
    We take a quick look at the 55-inch version of the 2021 C1 OLED TV from LG. Is it the best all round premium OLED TV for this year? Let's find out...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 13th October 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 13th October 2021
    This week we discuss the latest AV news including the new Sky Glass TVs and 4k laser projectors announced by Epson. Plus, we have a soundbar round-up from Steve looking at Hisense and Denon models, plus in our latest discussion on building a dedicated home cinema, we look at subwoofers and their placement in your room. Plus, we have the usual album and 4K discs of the week.  
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    AVForums Movies Podcast: 6th October 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Movies Podcast: 6th October 2021
    This week we discuss the release of the 25th Bond movie, No Time To Die. We also discuss the Bonds we grew up with and whether we think there's still a future for the character. PLUS a podcast exclusive competition.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 29th September 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 29th September 2021
    This week we cover the subject of which speakers you should choose for your dedicated home cinema build and the best placement points for them. Plus, Ed looks at the iFi Zen Stream and Steve looks at the Paradigm Founder 70 LCR speakers, and we give you the album and 4K discs of the week.  
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    Panasonic JZ1500 (TX-65JZ1500) 4K OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Panasonic JZ1500 (TX-65JZ1500) 4K OLED TV Review
    The 2021 Panasonic JZ1500 offers the custom professional panel normally found on the flagship model, but without the soundbar and upwards firing speakers, giving enthusiasts the monitor style panel they have been asking for. So, does it perform like a flagship? Let's find out!  
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    AVForums Podcast: 22nd September 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 22nd September 2021
    This week we cover sources and how you can integrate these into your home cinema system for the best quality film and TV viewing. Plus, Ed gives us a review of the Bowers & Wilkins 805D4 speakers and we cover the best album and 4K disc of the week, plus we discuss what we have been watching recently.  
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    AVForums Movies Podcast: 15th September 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Movies Podcast: 15th September 2021
    This week we discuss the 4K release of the first four Star Trek movies. We also find out your opinions on the best and worst of the Trek movies. PLUS a podcast exclusive competition.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 8th September 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 8th September 2021
    This week we report on the new OLED+ TVs announced by Philips late last week as well as the new native 4K projector line-up from JVC. Plus, in our continuing series on building your own dedicated home cinema, we look at which projectors you should consider…  
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    AVForums Movies Podcast: 1st September 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Movies Podcast: 1st September 2021
    This week we discuss the 4K and Blu-ray publishing labels making cult classics available again. With streaming becoming monolithic, is this the only way we're going to get to see these movies again? We also find out your opinions on the best boutique releases. PLUS a podcast exclusive competition  
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    Sony A90J (BRAVIA XR-65A90J) OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Sony A90J (BRAVIA XR-65A90J) OLED TV Review
    We put Sony's flagship Master Series A90J OLED TV up against its main rivals to see who takes the title for best OLED TV of 2021. Can the A90J produce the goods and take the crown? Let's find out!  
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    AVForums Podcast: 25th August 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 25th August 2021
    This week the team discuss building a home cinema and the types of screens best suited to such a set-up, including the best aspect ratios and screen materials. We get an update on the reviews being worked on as well as a quick review of the Samsung NEO G9 Gaming Monitor from Greg. Plus, we have Ed’s album and Steve’s 4K disc choices for this week!  
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    AVForums Movies Podcast: 18th August 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Movies Podcast: 18th August 2021
    This week we discuss the greatest action stars of the 80s and 90s, their legacies and the state of the movies they're making now. Is there a future for action heroes in cinema? We also find out your opinions on the best and worst action movies. PLUS a podcast exclusive competition.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 11th August 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 11th August 2021
    This week Phil gives us his initial thoughts on the 65-inch Panasonic JZ1500 OLED TV which has just arrived for review. This is the Custom Pro OLED panel usually found in the flagship JZ2000, but in a chassis without the Technics tuned Dolby Atmos speakers. Plus, we discuss the various routes to building your own dedicated cinema room.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 4th August 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 4th August 2021
    We discuss the phenomenon of basing movies and TV shows on toys and board games and try and work out if it has ever been a good idea. We also find out your opinions on the best and worst toy-inspired movies. AND there will be a podcast exclusive competition.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 28th July 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 28th July 2021
    This week Steve gives us a review of the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset he has been using for the last few weeks and Ed reviews the Rotel A14 MkII Integrated Amplifier. Plus Tom joins us to discuss the best of the month for music, movies and TV.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 21st July 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 21st July 2021
    This week Steve Withers gives us the rundown on the Samsung HW-S60A and LG SP8YA soundbars, while Ed Selley reviews the KEF LS50 Wireless II Streaming System. Plus, we have the latest AV news as well as a movie and TV show round-up from Cas Harlow.  
  • Movies & TV News

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    AVF Movies Podcast: Black Widow – MCU Phase 4: Do we still care?

    by Phil Hinton
    AVF Movies Podcast: Black Widow – MCU Phase 4: Do we still care?
    This month we watch the new MCU entry, Black Widow and discuss how we're feeling about the continued dominance of comics at the box office. We also find out your opinions on the best and worst superhero movies. PLUS a podcast exclusive competition.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 30th June 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 30th June 2021
    This week we get the first thoughts on the new OLED TV from Hisense as well as reviews of the top of the range soundbars from LG and Samsung, while Ed tells us all about a valve amplifier. Plus we round up the best of the month.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 23rd June 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 23rd June 2021
    This week we look at the top of the range soundbars from Samsung and LG to see just what you can get for your money in terms of performance and features. Plus, Ed reviews a streaming product from HiFi Rose and Cas rounds up the movie and TV Show news and reviews.  
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    Hisense A7G (50A7GQ) QLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Hisense A7G (50A7GQ) QLED TV Review
    We take a look at the Hisense A7G, an entry-level QLED model with HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision compatibility as well as HDMI 2.1 eARC, ALLM and VRR features for gaming and Dolby Atmos sound decoding. So how does it perform? Let's find out...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 16th June 2021

    by Phil Hinton
    AVForums Podcast: 16th June 2021
    This week Phil gives us his thoughts on the new Sony A90J OLED TV and Steve has been looking at the madVR Envy Extreme video processor, while Ed has an exclusive review of the Sonus faber Lumina II speakers. Plus, Cas rounds up the latest movie and TV show news and reviews…  

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