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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: 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

  • AVForums Podcast: 20th November 2017

    It's episode 201 and we have a full house! It's also Black Friday week yet again, so are the team ready to go bargain hunting? We review mid-range TVs from Sony and Panasonic, Ed looks at a stereo amplifier from NAD and we recommend some the TV...

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 19, 2017 at 10:07 PM

  • AVForums Podcast: 13th November 2017

    We discuss the results of the Philips OLED shootout event and review the JVC X5900 projector, along with the Roku Streaming Stick Plus. We also discuss Disney's plan to buy Fox, there's a new Star Wars Trilogy on the way and LG want to launch 8K...

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 12, 2017 at 10:10 PM

  • AVForums Podcast: 6th November 2017

    This week we review the Denon X4400H AV Receiver and the Chord Electronics Poly. Apple are to update the 4K TV making it an even more tempting prospect and Mark covers the competing Fire TV 3 and new Roku Stick. Plus the latest cinema and UHD...

    by Phil Hinton, Nov 6, 2017 at 12:10 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 30th October 2017

    This week we take a look at another 4K HDR LCD TV from Hisense, Ed chooses his favourite bookshelf speaker best buys and we review Thor: Ragnarok at the cinema, along with our best products and films of the month.

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 30, 2017 at 12:26 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 23rd October 2017

    We return after a two week break and review two new native 4K projectors from Sony, Ed looks at the KEF Q350 speakers and we all rave about Blade Runner 2049. Plus the latest cinema, disc and Star Wars news...

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 22, 2017 at 11:00 PM

  • Smart EV charger uses surplus solar power to charge your car for free

    For those people with both an electric car and solar panels, a new EV charger can charge the car for free using surplus solar power.

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 3, 2017 at 3:04 PM

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    Acer V7850 4K DLP Projector Review

    The Acer V9800 was the company's first 4K UHD capable projector but now we have the smaller brother which offers the same features but at an even more affordable price – is it now worth the outlay?

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 3, 2017 at 6:19 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 2nd October 2017

    Alexa tries to interrupt proceedings as Mark reviews the Minix Neo Mini PC, we also look at the new Apple TV 4K while Amazon fights back with the new Fire TV 4K HDR. We also wrap up with the best cinema, Blu-ray and 4K releases of the month.

    by Phil Hinton, Oct 1, 2017 at 11:14 PM

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    Optoma UHD65 4K DLP Projector Review

    Following on from our review of the Acer 4K DLP machine we have the first entry into Ultra HD DLP from Optoma, the UHD65. So can this projector offer better performance than it's rivals?

    by Phil Hinton, Sep 27, 2017 at 6:59 AM

  • AVForums Podcast: 25th September 2017

    Boldly going forward because we can't find reverse, this week the podcast covers such subjects as, vinyl, playlist and album of the month, the Optoma UHD65 4K Projector, Samsung UE55MU7000 4K TV and some 1970's style speakers. Plus Star Trek...

    by Phil Hinton, Sep 24, 2017 at 11:00 PM