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Steve Withers

Steve Withers (Twitter, Google+) is a professional calibrator and freelance journalist who regularly contributes to AVForums, reviewing audio and video products, writing articles, appearing on our podcast and presenting numerous videos.

Steve has been writing about audio and video products for nearly ten years and, along with AVForums, he also contributes to Tech Radar, Trusted Reviews, Pocket-lint, Home Cinema Choice, Stuff, and Wired.

Steve is a professional audio and video calibrator who is Level 2 certified with THX, the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and the Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). As such he remains abreast of all AV technology developments and the latest industry standards as we transition into a new era in home video and audio.

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  • Home AV Review

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    Acoustic Energy AE300 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    Acoustic Energy keeps things simple with the new AE300 Series, but the result is an excellent midrange package that not only sounds impressive but is also great fun.  
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  • Hi-Fi Review

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    Ruark Audio R5 All-in-One System Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Ruark Audio R5 is a high-end all-in-one system that combines retro styling and a built-in CD player with all the latest wireless features.  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Paradigm Persona 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Paradigm Persona Series of speakers offer uncompromising build quality, components and performance. But do they do enough to justify their wallet-busting price tag?  
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  • TV Review

    27

    Samsung Q950TS QLED 8K TV Hands On

    by Steve Withers
    The Samsung Q950TS QLED 8K TV is the company's flagship model for 2020 and boasts numerous high-end designs and features.  
  • TV News

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    CES 2020 News: Panasonic launches flagship HZ2000 4K OLED TV

    by Steve Withers
    UPDATED: Panasonic launches its new HZ2000 flagship 4K OLED TV with an updated custom professional panel, increased peak brightness and Filmmaker Mode.  
  • TV News

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    CES 2020 News: Filmmaker Mode adds Samsung and Philips

    by Steve Withers
    The Ultra HD Alliance held a press conference where it presented an updated Filmmaker Mode, including the surprise involvement of Samsung and Philips.  
  • TV News

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    CES 2020 News: Sony announces full 4K, 8K and OLED TV line-ups

    by Steve Withers
    Sony has announced a new 8K Full Array LED TV, new 4K OLED TVs (including a 48-inch model) and new 4K Full Array LED TVs, all with advanced picture and sound capabilities.  
  • TV News

    4

    CES 2020 News: TCL launches Roku, 8K and Mini-LED TVs

    by Steve Withers
    TCL launched a host of new products at CES 2020, with Roku TVs, 8K and the new Vidrian Mini-LED TV taking centre stage.  
  • TV News

    6

    CES 2020 News: Hisense launches new 4K ULED and Laser TVs

    by Steve Withers
    Hisense used its press conference at CES to launch two new Quantum Dot ULED 4K TVs and a TriChroma Laser TV that can hit 100% of Rec.2020.  
  • TV News

    4

    CES 2020 News: LG launches new 4K and 8K NanoCell TVs

    by Steve Withers
    LG launches its new NanoCell LCD TV line-up with 4K models and no less than three 8K models in 65- and 75-inch screen sizes.  
  • TV News

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    CES 2020 News: LG launches new 4K and 8K OLED TV line-up

    by Steve Withers
    LG launches its new X Series of 4K and 8K OLED TVs, now with Alpha9 Gen 3 processor, Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Vision IQ.  
  • Home AV News

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    CES 2020 News: Samsung launches lifestyle TVs and soundbars

    by Steve Withers
    Samsung used its unveiling event at CES to roll out its Frame, Serif and Sero ranges of lifestyle TVs, along with the HW-Q800T and HW-S600T soundbars.  
  • TV News

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    CES 2020 News: Samsung launches Q950TS and Q800T QLED 8K TVs

    by Steve Withers
    Samsung expands its ever-growing line-up of QLED 8K TVs with the flagship Q950TS and the more affordable Q800T.  
  • TV News

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    CES 2020 News: Samsung launches 75-inch Micro LED TV

    by Steve Withers
    Samsung announces a complete line-up of Micro LED TVs for 2020, ranging from a fixed screen model at 75 inches up to the modular Wall at a massive 292 inches.  
  • Home AV Review

    39

    REL S/812 Subwoofer Review

    by Steve Withers
    The new REL S/812 is the latest subwoofer from the company and represents a complete transformation of its Serie S mid-sized range. The new model has been upgraded to incorporate elements of the high-end Reference Series, but also adds increased power and a redesigned driver for a seriously impressive performance.  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Focal Astral 16 AV Processor/Amplifier Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Focal Astral 16 is a high-end AV processor and amplifier that has 12 channels built-in, but can decode up to 16 for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. There's also Dirac Live and sophisticated web-based interface, but does it do enough to justify the hefty price-tag.  
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  • Home AV Review

    11

    Yamaha YAS-209 Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Yamaha YAS-209 is the company's latest soundbar, with virtual DTS:X and built-in Amazon Alexa, making it a fully-functioning smart speaker with more immersive sound.  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Canton Smart Soundbar 10 Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Canton Smart 10 soundbar includes Dolby Atmos, virtual surround, built-in Google Assistant and plenty of Germanic precision. But does it do enough to justify the price tag?  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    We put the new Bowers & Wilkins Formation Bar soundbar through its paces before adding the Formation Bass subwoofer for extra low end, and then a pair of Formation Flex wireless speakers to create a full 5.1 system.  
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  • Hi-Fi Review

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    Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex Wireless Speaker Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex is a cracking little wireless speaker that's as flexible as its name suggests. Thanks to the Formation Suite of products you can create a stereo pair, add the Bass subwoofer, or even build a full 5.1 system with the Bar soundbar.  
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  • TV Article

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    8K or not 8K? – that is the question.

    by Steve Withers
    There has been a great deal of controversy recently about what actually constitutes 8K resolution, but is there more to a TV than just the number of pixels?  
  • TV News

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    What is Contrast Modulation?

    by Steve Withers
    There's been a lot of talk recently about contrast modulation being used to measure the 'real' resolution of 8K TVs – but what is it and does it really matter?  
  • Home AV News

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    Best Home AV Products 2019 - Editor's Choice Awards

    by Steve Withers
    AV receivers, soundbars, speaker packages, subwoofers and 4K disc players are amongst our chosen home AV products of 2019. We round-up the best of the best in our third annual Editor's Choice Awards.  
  • Home AV Review

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    LG SL10YG Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The LG SL10YG supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, delivering a big and bold but rather front-heavy soundstage. It also has Google Assistant built-in, making it a smart and well-specified soundbar.  
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  • Home AV Review

    9

    Samsung HW-Q60R Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Samsung HW-Q60R is the entry-level option in the Q Series of premium soundbars. It looks good on paper but has the company cut too many corners to reach a lower price?  
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  • Home AV Review

    9

    Bose Soundbar 700 Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Bose Soundbar 700 adds built-in smart assistants and eARC, but without Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, does it do enough to justify the price tag?  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Vizio SB362 Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Vizio SB362 is the first model the company has released in the UK, but since it's the number one soundbar brand in the States, big things are expected from this budget entry.  
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  • TV Review

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    Philips 984 (65OLED984) 4K TV Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Philips OLED+ 984 is the company's latest flagship 4K TV that not only boasts Dolby Vision, HDR10+, Dolby Atmos, Android and 4-sided Ambilight, but also a custom-built B&W sound system.  
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  • Home AV Review

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    JVC DLA-N7 4K D-ILA Projector Review

    by Steve Withers
    UPDATED: After eight months of testing and a major firmware update, we deliver our final verdict on the JVC DLA-N7B, the mid-range model in the company's N Series of 4K HDR D-ILA projectors.  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Panasonic SC-HTB900 Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Panasonic SC-HTB900 successfully delivers Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio thanks to 3.1-channels and psychoacoustic processing but lacks a few key features.  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Sennheiser Ambeo Soundbar arrives on the back of plenty of fanfare and hyperbole-filled reviews that make it sound like the Second Coming. So is this soundbar really the best thing since sliced bread?  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Klipsch BAR 48 Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    Klipsch brings its horn-loaded tweeters to the soundbar market in the shape of the simple but effective BAR 48.  
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  • TV Review

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    Philips OLED 754 4K TV Hands On

    by Steve Withers
    The Philips 754 is a 4K OLED TV that despite a budget price, still boasts HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, P5 processing and 3-sided Ambilight.  
  • TV Review

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    Philips OLED+ 934 4K TV Hands On

    by Steve Withers
    The Philips OLED+ 934 is a mid-range 4K TV with Dolby Vision, HDR10+, Dolby Atmos, Android, 3-sided Ambilight, and a 2.1.2-channel B&W sound system.  
  • TV News

    18

    The Best TVs and Projectors of IFA 2019

    by Steve Withers
    We report back from IFA 2019 where, aside from Philips, the big manufacturers concentrated on features and tech, leaving room for some of the smaller names to announce new models.  
  • TV News

    9

    Philips launch OLED 754 budget 4K TV

    by Steve Withers
    Although Philips didn't mention the OLED 754 at its press conference, this new budget 4K TV boasts all the main features and some very aggressive pricing.  
  • Movies & TV Review

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    Spears & Munsil UHD HDR Benchmark 4K Blu-ray Review

    by Steve Withers
    The third edition of Spears & Munsil goes Ultra HD with a 4K Blu-ray release that not only supports HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision but also includes all the test patterns you need to set-up, calibrate and evaluate your TV or projector.  
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  • Home AV Review

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    LG SL9YG Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The LG SL9YG increases its IQ with the inclusion of Google Assistant, and delivers Dolby Atmos and DTS:X thanks to a 4.1.2-channel configuration and a little help from Meridian.  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Harman Kardon Citation Bar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Harman Kardon Citation Bar combines Scandinavian design, sophisticated sound quality, multiroom functionality, and Google Assistant, to create a super-smart soundbar.  
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  • Home AV Review

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    Klipsch Reference Premiere 5.1.2 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Klipsch Reference Premiere 5.1.2-channel speaker system uses the company's iconic horn tweeters to deliver an immersive system that delivers scale and sensitivity.  
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