• 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: 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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    Hisense H55U7AUK 4K TV Review

    Hisense's new mid-range U7A ULED HDR 4K TV is the official model for the FIFA World Cup and promises a host of new features. How does it stack up against competing screens at this price point?

    by Phil Hinton, Aug 2, 2018 at 8:19 AM

  • AVForums Editorial Changes and News

    We have made some changes to how the editorial is staffed along with a new badge to replace the Reference Status. Plus there are opportunities to join the team!

    by Phil Hinton, Aug 1, 2018 at 3:53 PM

  • Sony introduce calibrated Netflix mode on new AF9 and ZF9 TVs

    Sony BRAVIA MASTER Series TVs will have an exclusive Netflix calibrated mode so you get more of what the director intended.

    by Phil Hinton, Jul 31, 2018 at 4:41 PM

  • Sony AF9 OLED and ZF9 LCD TVs Unveiled

    Sony have released the full details of their new AF9 and ZF9 TVs at an event in New York. We have the full details here...

    by Phil Hinton, Jul 31, 2018 at 4:19 PM

  • AVForums Podcast: 30th July 2018

    This week we discuss MicroLED TV and wonder if a 2019 debut is really possible. Phil has a large stash of TVs to review in the weeks ahead, while Steve will be listening to soundbars. Mission Impossible: Fallout was our film of the month and we...

    by Phil Hinton, Jul 30, 2018 at 6:42 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 23rd July 2018

    Pottery news, data management and DIY are all on the menu this week, along with AV news, IFA 2018 preview, headphone reviews, movie news and is Netflix killing traditional pay TV services?

    by Phil Hinton, Jul 23, 2018 at 7:20 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 16th July 2018

    This week we give our final impressions on the BBC HLG 4K tests, Ed reviews the Monitor Audio Monitor 50 speakers, Cas reviews Mission:Impossible - Fallout and Phil reviews Skyscraper. Plus movies news, cars, the Rock, Cas's racing puma and more...

    by Phil Hinton, Jul 16, 2018 at 7:37 AM

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    Panasonic FZ952 (TX-65FZ952B) Review

    Panasonic continue their push for image quality as the content creators intend with their flagship 65-inch FZ952. With Home Screen 3.0, Dynamic Blade speaker and HDR10+ support can it offer the best in image quality without Dolby Vision on-board?

    by Phil Hinton, Jul 12, 2018 at 9:18 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 9th July 2018

    Hot weather and football punditry could set us up for failure given this was recorded on Friday... Are Netflix looking to increase prices, Phil looks at the best OLED TVs of the year so far and Steve is still playing with high-end home cinema...

    by Phil Hinton, Jul 8, 2018 at 11:00 PM

  • AVForums Podcast: 2nd July 2018

    This week we get the full review of the Panasonic FZ952 65-inch OLED TV, Steve reviews some seriously high-end home cinema processors and Ed is still reviewing all-in-one Hi-Fi systems. Plus the cinema, disc, 4K and movie news, and the best of...

    by Phil Hinton, Jul 2, 2018 at 6:47 AM

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    Sony KD-55AF8 (AF8/ A8F) Review

    Sony's new BRAVIA AF8 OLED 4K TV includes all the picture features on the A1 such as HDR, Dolby Vision and the Acoustic Surface but adds a simplified stand.

    by Phil Hinton, Jun 28, 2018 at 9:51 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 25th June 2018

    We give our first impressions of the Panasonic FZ952 OLED TV, Ed has been travelling again, Steve celebrates yet another birthday and Mark watches lot's of football. Plus relevant AV talk...

    by Phil Hinton, Jun 25, 2018 at 6:33 AM

  • LG C8 65-inch OLED TV Video Review

    Steve Withers brings us a video review of the 65-inch LG C8 OLED TV which won our Reference Status badge for 2018.

    by Phil Hinton, Jun 19, 2018 at 11:23 AM

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