• 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.

  • 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

  • AVForums Podcast: 18th June 2018

    This week we kick off the World Cup with reviews of two 5.1 speaker packages and the Sony AF8 OLED TV, plus Steve reports from the Sound United conference in Spain and we talk 4K Blu-rays and dinosaurs in other genres...

    by Phil Hinton, Jun 17, 2018 at 11:06 PM

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    BenQ TK800 4K DLP Projector Review

    BenQ has yet another faux 4K budget projector in its line-up, but this time it is aimed at the home entertainment and sports fan. So is this the right projector for some big screen World Cup viewing?

    by Phil Hinton, Jun 15, 2018 at 6:49 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 11th June 2018

    This week we review Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at the cinema and the Naim Uniti Star all in one system. Phil previews the BenQ TK800 4K Projector and we discuss the best films based on true events...

    by Phil Hinton, Jun 11, 2018 at 7:20 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 4th June 2018

    This week Ed goes to the cinema and gives us his review of Solo: A Star Wars Story. We review a Pro-ject all-in-one Hi-Fi system and a Samsung soundbar, we get a preview of the Panasonic UB9000 4K disc player, the BBC announces plans to broadcast...

    by Phil Hinton, Jun 4, 2018 at 6:16 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 28th May 2018

    This week we have a man of the year, a new pottery star, Ed is on tour in his Fiesta ST and Steve meets his fans in Belfast. We preview the Sony AF8 OLED and review the Sony X700 4K disc player. We also round-up the best of the month.

    by Phil Hinton, May 28, 2018 at 8:16 AM

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    electriQ 55 OLED Review

    Can you get an OLED TV with good quality SDR and HDR picture performance, as well as smart TV features for just £850? Well let's find out...

    by Phil Hinton, May 26, 2018 at 8:49 AM

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    Optoma UHZ65 Projector Review

    Optoma follow up the success they had with the UHD65 by adding this bigger brother laser powered unit, the UHZ65. So is it the best faux 4K projector we have seen yet? Lets find out...

    by Phil Hinton, May 22, 2018 at 7:29 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 21st May 2018

    This week we jump on the scales to talk German sausage with Ed, we update our thoughts on the ElectriQ OLED, cover a Samsung soundbar and review the Egreat media box. Plus we go to the cinema for Deadpool 2 and Mark reveals his new disc buying...

    by Phil Hinton, May 20, 2018 at 11:17 PM

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    Sony XF90 (KD-55XF9005) Review

    Sony's new BRAVIA XF90 TV promises a full array backlight with local dimming, the X1 Extreme Processor and Dolby Vision support via a firmware update – all on a 55-inch screen size. So does it live up to the promise?

    by Phil Hinton, May 19, 2018 at 8:51 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 14th May 2018

    This week the gang are reduced to just three as TV season hits with a vengeance. We talk about the LG C8 and ElectriQ OLED TVs, and the Samsung Q9FN. Plus the latest movies news and more...

    by Phil Hinton, May 14, 2018 at 7:34 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 30th April 2018

    This week we up the professionalism on the podcast with some neat segues and interesting subjects, or at least we try. We talk about Avengers: Infinity War without spoilers, Phil reviews another laser projector, Steve reviews Atmos speakers and...

    by Phil Hinton, Apr 30, 2018 at 7:32 AM

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    Sony VPL-VW760ES 4K Laser Projector Review

    Sony release their most ambitious semi-professional laser projector yet, the 4K SXRD native VW760ES, which just might produce the best HDR projected image we have seen - at a cost, of course.

    by Phil Hinton, Apr 29, 2018 at 7:32 AM

  • 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

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