• 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.

  • Editor's Choice Awards – Best Hi-Fi 2018

    2018 saw some outstanding products hit the market but this is the gear that really stood out.

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 13, 2018 at 8:17 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 10th December 2018

    This week Ed tells the tale of the Legion of Santa Claus, we discuss beer sponsors and can Steve sleep in a Panama hat? Phil reviews the Sony ZF9 and gives his initial thoughts on the 8K Samsung Q900, plus Editor's Choice Awards and Christmas...

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 10, 2018 at 7:56 AM

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    Sony ZF9 (KD-65ZF9) Review

    Part of the new Sony MASTER SERIES of TVs the ZF9 replaces the highly regarded ZD9 LED LCD TV. So can this new kid on the block offer image quality to match a reference monitor and better the outgoing ZD9? Let's find out...

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 8, 2018 at 7:30 AM

  • Editor's Choice Awards – Best Home AV 2018

    AV receivers, surround speakers, subwoofers and disc players are amongst our chosen home AV products of 2018. We round-up the best of the best in our second annual Editor's Choice Awards.

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 6, 2018 at 11:33 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 3rd December 2018

    This week Ed admits to having a safe word, Mark realises a financial mistake and Steve admits to wearing unusual things to bed. Meanwhile, Phil interviews Danny Tack from Philips, we review the Marantz AV8805 and round-up the best of November.

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 3, 2018 at 7:05 AM

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    Sony VPL-VW570ES Review

    The latest native (4096 x 2160) SXRD projector from Sony claims full bandwidth HDMI ports, 4K MotionFlow, Reality Creation and HDR, along with a claimed contrast of 350,000:1. So does it measure up?

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 2, 2018 at 12:13 PM

  • AVForums Podcast: 26th November 2018

    The podcast returns with first thoughts on the Sony ZF9 LED LCD TV and the Arcam AVR390 AV receiver, plus, Ed explains audio formats, Steve reviews Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and we round-up with the latest film and disc news.

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 26, 2018 at 6:23 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 12th November 2018

    This week Ed declares he wants a steamroller and Steve visits the Mary Rose. We have reviews of 4K projectors from ViewSonic and Sony as well as reviews of B&W 700 and Wharfedale D320 speakers. Plus we review Overlord at the cinema and round-up...

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 12, 2018 at 7:29 AM

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    ViewSonic PX747-4K DLP Projector Review

    If you're looking for big screen 4K images for watching sporting events, films and gaming there are now quite a few 4K DLP projectors to choose from. So what does the ViewSonic do to stand out from the crowd?

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 10, 2018 at 7:44 AM

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    Sony KD-55AF9 (AF9/A9F) OLED TV Review

    The MASTER SERIES AF9 OLED from Sony boasts picture quality that gets you closer to what the creator intended with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10 and featuring a form of Dynamic Tone Mapping and the Acoustic Surface+.

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 6, 2018 at 7:40 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 5th November 2018

    We review the Philips 803 and Sony AF9 OLED TVs, Ed preaches Electronic Music and Mark reviews Red Dead 2 and why it's not HDR. Plus film news and more...

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 5, 2018 at 12:04 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 29th October 2018

    This week we review the Denon X6500 AV amplifier, finally discover what IMAX Enhanced is, get Ed's pick of the month for music, review Bohemian Rhapsody and wrap up the best of the month.

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 29, 2018 at 7:40 AM

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    Philips 803 (65OLED803) Review

    Philips 803 is their entry-level OLED 4K TV and the new model boasts a 2nd Gen P5+ processor, HDR10+ support, three-sided Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 28, 2018 at 8:54 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 22nd October 2018

    This week we get a curry update from Ed while Mark further learns the art of Krav Maga. We review the Panasonic UB9000 4K Player, Hisense's budget bargain LCD TV and some Yamaha MusicCast speakers. We also finally get around to reviewing First...

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 22, 2018 at 7:40 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 15th October 2018

    The pub quiz, extremely hot curries and home made soup dominate this week's conversation, as well as 8K TVs from Samsung, and new OLED's from Philips and Sony. We also talk £250 loudspeakers and the latest movies...

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 15, 2018 at 7:24 AM

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    LG 55B8 (OLEDB8SLC) OLED Review

    LG has been busy moving the OLED TV game on but unlike last year, the B8 seems to be pegged back from the rest of the family line-up with the use of a lower grade processor. But does that really impact on the level of performance?

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM

  • AVForums Podcast: 8th October 2018

    We're back! Tune in for a bumper edition of the podcast where we discuss the LG B8 OLED, round-up the latest immersive audio soundbars and get the best of the month for September.

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 7, 2018 at 11:06 PM

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    Samsung Q8DN (QE55Q8DN) Review

    Samsung's Q8 range has a late entry for it's UK release with the introduction of the Q8DN, a direct backlit FALD set which promises Q9 image quality with less cost and zones, so does it measure up?

    by Phil Hinton, Sep 19, 2018 at 7:18 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 17th September 2018

    This week we look at a 75-inch TV from Hisense and powered speakers from US manufacturer Klipsch. We also ask if anyone still cares about new iPhone announcements and support famous directors campaigning for reference settings on TVs.

    by Phil Hinton, Sep 17, 2018 at 6:48 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 10th September 2018

    This month we pay tribute to the Bandit, talk John Deere tractors, tanks and school dinners. We also discuss some AV subjects and review the Samsung Q8DN TV and HW-N950 soundbar, Ed forgets to give us his 'best of' music selections and we...

    by Phil Hinton, Sep 9, 2018 at 11:54 PM

  • AVForums Podcast: IFA Special

    We round-up our opinions of the TV demos and products we saw at this year's IFA show in Berlin, including 8K TVs, new native 4K projectors and more...

    by Phil Hinton, Sep 3, 2018 at 3:36 PM

  • VIDEO: The Best TVs and Projectors of IFA 2018

    We report back from this year's IFA show in Berlin. There were new 4K Native projectors from JVC and Sony, new OLED TVs from Philips and Sony, and new TV manufacturers like TCL. All that and more in our bumper video report.

    by Phil Hinton, Sep 1, 2018 at 6:17 PM

  • Click here for our IFA 2018 Coverage

    Read all our IFA show reports from the 2018 event by clicking here.

    by Phil Hinton, Sep 1, 2018 at 7:56 AM

  • Sony Launch VPL-VW270ES, VW570ES and Laser VPL-VW870ES at IFA 2018

    Sony has announced their new native 4K projector line-up for 2018/19 and AVForums managed to get an early hands-on with the units a few weeks ago. Click to read the full story and watch our video.

    by Phil Hinton, Aug 30, 2018 at 12:16 PM

  • AVForums Podcast: 20th August 2018

    This week we look at budget level TVs, a musical mobile phone and a Sonos soundbar. We also review The Meg at the cinema and much, much more...

    by Phil Hinton, Aug 20, 2018 at 6:39 AM

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    Cello P50ANSMT-4K Review

    Cello are probably not a brand many AVForums members have heard about, but this British company have some big plans ahead, so we look at their current 50-inch 4K LCD TV to see what you get at this level of the market.

    by Phil Hinton, Aug 16, 2018 at 8:40 AM

  • Quest HD Launches on Freeview

    Quest HD is launching on Freeview, giving football fans access to enjoy highlights from the English Football League for free.

    by Phil Hinton, Aug 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM

  • AVForums Podcast: 13th August 2018

    Sharks with arms and legs, wet sanding your paint job, rebels and orange cars are discussed this week. Plus we remember it's an AV podcast so also talk Arcam amps, REL subwoofers and favourite aquatic movies... listen in.

    by Phil Hinton, Aug 12, 2018 at 11:02 PM

  • Sony Launch New Budget UBP-X500 4K Blu-ray Player

    Sony have launched their latest budget 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player the UBP-X500. It supports most formats and files, but is strictly HDR10 only with no Dolby Vision support.

    by Phil Hinton, Aug 7, 2018 at 9:03 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 6th August 2018

    This week it's toddler tanks, fantasy island and what Mark does for a living. Sony announce new OLED and LCD flagship TVs, TCL enter the UK TV market, Ed gives us his playlist, album and vinyl of the month, plus lots more...

    by Phil Hinton, Aug 6, 2018 at 6:36 AM

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