Phil Hinton

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.

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    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.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 11th November 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    Panasonic GZ950 4K OLED Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 4th November 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we have the first in a series of calibration podcasts. Our special guest Tyler Pruitt from CalMAN discusses the basics, how CalMAN can be used by enthusiasts and more...  
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    LG OLED TVs get NVIDIA G-SYNC update this week

    by Phil Hinton
    2019 LG OLED TVs will be receiving a firmware update, allowing for gameplay via NVIDIA G-SYNC® Compatible technology, LG has confirmed that the update will take place this week.  
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    LG C9 (OLED65C9) 4K OLED Review

    by Phil Hinton
    LG's new 65-inch C9 OLED 4K TV boasts all the same features found on last year's models but adds the Alpha 9 Gen 2 processor, HDMI 2.1, Amazon Alexa, AirPlay2 and HomeKit.  
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    Philips 854 4K OLED Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 28th October 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 21st October 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we review the Philips OLED854 & OLED+984 TVs and the new Amazon Music HD service. We also cover the latest cinema, streaming and disc news and ask if Hollywood will ever run out of sequels?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 14th October 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    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.  
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    BenQ W2700 4K DLP Projector Review

    by Phil Hinton
    The latest 4K DLP projector to use the new upgraded 0.47" TI DMD, the W2700 promises wide colour gamut coverage, 100% Rec.709 and HDR playback, but can it actually manage that? Let's find out...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 30th Sep - Bowers and Wilkins

    by Phil Hinton
    This week, we interview Andy Kerr from Bowers & Wilkins as well as rounding up the best of the month for music, films, discs and TV Shows.  
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    Samsung Q85R 4K QLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 23rd Sept - Spears and Munsil

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    Hisense U7B (H55U7BUK) 4K TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 16th September 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we review the latest all-in-one from NAD and a soundbar from Panasonic. Plus, what is Filmmaker mode and is it worthwhile, the latest cinema releases, disc news and Disney+ issues.  
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    Sharp LC-60UI7652 LED LCD TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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?  
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    AVForums Podcast - 9th September 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    This week the podcast returns with an IFA show report from Berlin, the best of the month for August and more...  
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    Sony AG9/A9G (KD-55AG9) OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Sony's latest MASTER Series flagship OLED TV, the AG9 (A9G), promises excellent accuracy to the industry standards with class-leading motion and video processing. Does it deliver?  
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    Panasonic GX800 (TX-58GX800) 4K LED LCD TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    Offering Dolby Vision and HDR10+ together in the same TV along with Atmos sound and a very reasonable price, can this edge-lit LED LCD TV from Panasonic make the grade?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 19th August 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    Once upon a time in...podcast land, we talk Klipsch soundbars, AKG headphones along with Sharp and Samsung LCD TVs. Plus, we review Once Upon a Time in...Hollywood with SPOILERS.  
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    Panasonic GZ1500 (TX-55GZ1500B) 4K OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 12th August 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 5th August 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we look at a soundbar from LG and the Foundation Wedge from B&W, round-up the best TV from July and give you a full-on spoiler review of Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 29th July 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    Sony AG8 (KD-55AG8) 4K OLED Review

    by Phil Hinton
    The Sony AG8 is the company's latest midrange 4K Ultra HD OLED TV with the X1 Extreme processor and support for HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 8th July 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    This week Ed talks about his recent injuries, we announce our summer holidays, Phil reviews a Panasonic TV and Steve looks at a BK subwoofer, while Ed reviews Hi-Fi product.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 1st July 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    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).  
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    Yamaha RX-A3080 AV Receiver Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 24th June 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we have reviews of a Yamaha RX-A1080 AVR from Steve and a Primare I15 Prisma from Ed. Cas reviews Toy Story 4 at the cinema and we discuss the best films set in New York.  
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    Sony VPL-VW870ES 4K SXRD Laser Projector Review

    by Phil Hinton
    This native 4K projector from Sony costs a staggering £25,000 and uses a Z-Phosphor laser light source. So does the performance match that massive price tag?  
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    Samsung Q70R (QE55Q70R) QLED Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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+.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 17th June 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we report back from the 8K Summit held in New York, Phil gets hands-on with the Panasonic GZ2000 OLED TV, Ed reviews some Polk speakers and Mark wraps-up the E3 news.  
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    Sony XG95 (KD-55XG9505) 4K TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 3rd June 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    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.  
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    Marantz SR7013 AV Receiver Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 20th May 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    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...  
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    Samsung Q90R (QE65Q90R) QLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    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?  
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