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  • 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.

  • AVForums Podcast: 23rd April 2018

    This week we discover what our favourite musicals are, whilst Phil and Steve give their initial impressions of the Sony XF90 and Samsung Q9FN TVs they are reviewing. Ed is still talking music streaming services and Hodge actually talks...

    by Phil Hinton, Apr 23, 2018 at 7:45 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 16th April 2018

    This week we wonder if the world needs another Lord of the Rings franchise, albeit on TV this time. Sony announce OLED pricing, Steve reviews some home cinema speakers and a rather large sub, while Ed ponders life and best buy speakers that cost...

    by Phil Hinton, Apr 16, 2018 at 7:58 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 9th April 2018

    This week we review the latest laser 4K projector from Sony, JVC announce their first 4K DLP projector, we lament the passing of OPPO and Ed reviews more music streaming services while hung-over. Plus we talk movies and the cinema.

    by Phil Hinton, Apr 9, 2018 at 6:52 AM

  • Breaking News: OPPO Digital to cease development of new products

    Oppo have announced that they are to cease making UHD Blu-ray players, Hi-Fi products and all development of new products. Oppo UK will close its doors in the summer.

    by Phil Hinton, Apr 2, 2018 at 10:07 PM

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    BenQ W1700 (HT2550) 4K DLP Projector Review

    The BenQ W1700 is one of the cheapest routes to 4K projection on the market, but is it any good? Let's find out!

    by Phil Hinton, Mar 27, 2018 at 7:29 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 26th March 2018

    This week we get a report from Steve about his visit to Madrid to see LG's new TV line-up. We also ask if your home is smart and does it need to be? Plus Cas Harlow joins us for the monthly round-up of the best albums, playlists, vinyl, cinema...

    by Phil Hinton, Mar 25, 2018 at 11:00 PM

  • AVForums Podcast: 19th March 2018

    This week we discover the new demo facilities at Arcam HQ, Steve reviews a home cinema headset, Ed buys a new TV and wires up an AV receiver and Steve and Phil review Annihilation on Netflix.

    by Phil Hinton, Mar 19, 2018 at 12:03 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 12th March 2018

    This week the team are on message with round-ups of the latest TV news from Samsung, LG and Sony. Ed also tells us why CD is probably going to die soon and Mr. Botwright goes to the cinema!!

    by Phil Hinton, Mar 12, 2018 at 12:01 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 5th March 2018

    This week the guys survive the 'Beast from the East' and Storm Emma to talk AV amplifiers, projectors, albums, playlists and vinyl of the month. Plus movie news and the best films, discs and TV shows of the month.

    by Phil Hinton, Mar 5, 2018 at 12:02 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 26th February 2018

    This week Ed and Steve report back from the Bristol Sound and Vision Show with their thoughts on what they saw and the best demos. Plus we review Mute on Netflix and more...

    by Phil Hinton, Feb 26, 2018 at 12:08 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 19th February 2018

    This week Steve gives us the full run-down of what happened at the Panasonic European Convention including the TVs and AV gear that was announced. Ed wonders what is in store for HiFi in the year ahead, we review Black Panther & The Shape of...

    by Phil Hinton, Feb 19, 2018 at 7:17 AM

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    Yamaha RX-A3070 9.2 AV Receiver Review

    Yamaha's new RX-A3070 flagship AVR looks just like the last two models so is it any different and does it still excel? Let's find out...

    by Phil Hinton, Feb 17, 2018 at 8:51 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 12th February 2018

    This week Steve reports back from the Sony UK Trade Show, Ed gives us his album and playlists of the month, we discuss the Solo trailer and wonder if streaming will soon rule the world.

    by Phil Hinton, Feb 12, 2018 at 12:11 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 5th February 2018

    This week we discuss the expansion of Dolby Atmos on Sky Q, find out about a new short throw laser projector from Epson and look forward to the Bristol Sound Show. Plus we talk movies, discs, cinema releases and the films we're looking forward to...

    by Phil Hinton, Feb 5, 2018 at 12:24 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 29th January 2018

    This week Steve reports back from the Philips TV launch in Amsterdam, we discuss the Dolby Vision/HDR10+ debacle and also test out Dolby Cinema in Vegas. We wrap up with a spoiler heavy look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

    by Phil Hinton, Jan 30, 2018 at 7:58 AM

  • The End of CES Post Mortem Podcast: 22nd January 2018

    We go through everything we saw at CES 2018 and pick out the highlights for the year ahead. We also look at the most promising concepts for the future, including Samsung's Micro-LED tech and more...

    by Phil Hinton, Jan 22, 2018 at 12:01 AM

  • CES 2018: The End of Show Post Mortem Video

    We had water leaks, the flu, chest infections and Ed's drinking habits to contend with this year, but we also produced a lot of TV content and saw some nice shiny things, so here are our thoughts of CES 2018.

    by Phil Hinton, Jan 19, 2018 at 8:06 AM

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    JVC DLA-X7900 D-ILA Projector Review

    JVC have launched their latest HDR compatible e-shift5 4K projectors in the UK and here we have the mid-range X7900 model which promises improved HDR performance and brighter colour profiles over the previous models. But does it still offer value...

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 22, 2017 at 6:45 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 18th December 2017

    This week we interview Philips picture guru Danny Tack and round-up the latest movie news with a spoiler-free review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM

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    BenQ W1050 1080P DLP Projector Review

    BenQ release yet another short throw 1080P DLP home entertainment projector at the £700 price point, but is it any good?

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 12, 2017 at 7:36 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 11th December 2017

    This week we cover the Editor's Choice Awards for Streaming Devices & Services, Tech & Mobile and Best Projectors. Plus, Ed tells loads of fibs about eating Carolina Reaper chillis or does he? Do we care? Is Star Wars here yet? Will we end up...

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 11, 2017 at 12:05 AM

  • Editor's Choice Awards – Best Tech & Mobile 2017

    Technical innovation moves at a frightening pace these days and this year has seen a number of key innovations that will undoubtedly change our lives over the coming years. So here are our choices for the best mobile phone, tech innovation and...

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 9, 2017 at 8:01 AM

  • Editor's Choice Awards – Best Projectors 2017

    We pick the best projectors of 2017 in our first ever end-of-year awards. We choose the best projectors of the year.

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 7, 2017 at 7:14 AM

  • Editor's Choice Awards – Best AV Streaming Services & Devices 2017

    It's not easy to stay on top of the world of streaming, just as standards seem to be settling something new comes along and there's so many apps that you'll never get one box that does it all but we've rounded up the best for a given set of duties.

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 5, 2017 at 4:39 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 4th December 2017

    This week we discuss the Editor's Choice Awards for Home AV and Hi-Fi products of the year. We find out why this is the season to be jolly, uncover Ed's hidden KFC secrets and have some very off topic conversations... as always.

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 4, 2017 at 12:08 AM

  • Editor's Choice Awards – Best Hi-Fi 2017

    It has been another strong year for two channel audio and these are the best of the best.

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 3, 2017 at 8:31 AM

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    Sony VPL-VW360ES 4K SXRD Projector Review

    Sony have released yet another native 4K SXRD projector in the UK, but does it offer the right amount of features, performance and value to compete with the faux 4K models that are considerably cheaper?

    by Phil Hinton, Dec 2, 2017 at 8:49 AM

  • Editor's Choice Awards – Best Home AV 2017

    AV receivers, surround speakers, subwoofers and disc players are amongst our chosen home AV products of 2017. We round-up the best of the best in our first annual Editor's Choice Awards.

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 29, 2017 at 7:36 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 27th November 2017

    This week the three old men say bah humbug to Christmas decorations in November, dream about pubs where nobody talks to each other, and spreading the joy of the Transformers boxset on 4K UHD. Plus the Editor's Choice Awards, some AV talk and best...

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 26, 2017 at 10:24 PM

  • Editor's Choice Awards – Best TVs 2017

    It has been another outstanding year for television technology and picking our favourite models of 2017 hasn't been easy but here is our round-up of the absolute best of the best...

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 24, 2017 at 2:44 PM