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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    LG HU85LS CineBeam Laser 4K Projector Review

    by Steve Withers
    LG HU85LS CineBeam Laser 4K Projector Review
    The LG HU85LS ultra short-throw 4K laser projector offers a cost-effective and lounge-friendly alternative to a big-screen TV.  
    8
  • Home AV Review

    45

    LG SN7CY Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    LG SN7CY Soundbar Review
    The LG SN7CY is a single-unit soundbar that produces a 3.0.2-channel system for delivering Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based audio. But is the lack of a separate subwoofer a mistake?  
    7
  • Home AV Review

    22

    Samsung HW-Q800T Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    Samsung HW-Q800T Soundbar Review
    The Samsung HW-Q800T is the company's latest mid-range soundbar that not only supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, but now adds eARC and Amazon Alexa.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    124

    SVS PC-2000 Pro Subwoofer Review

    by Steve Withers
    SVS PC-2000 Pro Subwoofer Review
    The SVS PC-2000 Pro is the latest iteration of this popular cylindrical ported subwoofer – promising deep bass from a limited footprint and at a competitive price.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    155

    JBL BAR 9.1 Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    JBL BAR 9.1 Soundbar Review
    The JBL BAR 9.1 promises to deliver the complete object-based audio experience thanks to a 5.1.4-channel layout, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, wireless subwoofer, and detachable wireless rear speakers.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    133

    REL S/510 Subwoofer Review

    by Steve Withers
    REL S/510 Subwoofer Review
    The REL S/510 is the smaller entry in the company's Serie S range, and like the other models it boasts increased power and a redesigned driver for an improved performance.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    138

    Vizio SB36512-F6 Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    Vizio SB36512-F6 Soundbar Review
    The Vizio SB36512-F6 Dolby Atmos soundbar delivers a genuinely immersive audio experience without breaking the bank thanks to a simple setup that includes a separate subwoofer and rear speakers.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    11

    Sharp HT-SBW800 Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    Sharp HT-SBW800 Soundbar Review
    The Sharp HT-SBW800 delivers affordable 5.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos thanks to upwards- and sideways-firing drivers combined with a wireless subwoofer.  
    8
  • Home AV Review

    112

    Emotiva XPA-11 Gen3 11-Channel Power Amplifier Review

    by Steve Withers
    Emotiva XPA-11 Gen3 11-Channel Power Amplifier Review
    The Emotiva XPA-11 Gen3 11-channel power amplifier brings plenty of American muscle to your system thanks to the company's modular design and SMPS technology.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    15

    Denon DHT-S516H Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    Denon DHT-S516H Soundbar Review
    The Denon DHT-S516H 2.1-channel soundbar expands the company's line-up, not only incorporating the HEOS multi-room system, but adding the ability to work with smart assistants.  
    8
  • TV Review

    329

    Samsung Q95T Review

    by Steve Withers
    Samsung Q95T Review
    The Samsung Q95T is the company's flagship QLED 4K TV for 2020. It includes the majority of new features, and offers a high-end alternative for those not interested in 8K.  
    9
  • TV Review

    219

    LG GX (OLED65GX) 4K OLED TV Review

    by Steve Withers
    LG GX (OLED65GX) 4K OLED TV Review
    The new LG GX OLED 4K TV not only boasts almost every feature imaginable, including Dolby Vision IQ and Filmmaker Mode, but also manages to cram everything into a panel that's less than 20mm deep.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    368

    Lyngdorf MP-60 AV Processor Review

    by Steve Withers
    Lyngdorf MP-60 AV Processor Review
    The Lyngdorf MP-60 is the company's new 16-channel AV processor with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D and RoomPerfect. But does it live up to its billing?  
    10
  • Home AV Review

    147

    Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage Review

    by Steve Withers
    Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage Review
    The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Stage is the company's first soundbar, but does the design and performance justify the price tag?  
    8
  • Home AV Review

    237

    Zappiti One SE 4K HDR Media Player Review

    by Steve Withers
    Zappiti One SE 4K HDR Media Player Review
    The Zappiti One SE 4K HDR adds a second HDMI output for audio, but remains a simple solution to streaming virtually any media format.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    54

    MK Sound LCR750 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    MK Sound LCR750 Speaker Package Review
    The MK Sound LCR750 speaker package offers the studio monitor performance of the S150, but without the associated price premium.  
    9
  • TV Review

    597

    Samsung Q950TS (QE75Q950TS) QLED 8K TV Review

    by Steve Withers
    Samsung Q950TS (QE75Q950TS) QLED 8K TV Review
    The Samsung Q950TS QLED 8K TV is the company's flagship model for 2020, and boasts a gorgeous new design, state-of-the-art picture and sound enhancements, and numerous high-end features.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    22

    Q Acoustics Q B12 Subwoofer Review

    by Steve Withers
    Q Acoustics Q B12 Subwoofer Review
    Q Acoustics expands its subwoofer range with the new Q B12, which features a 12-inch driver to provide a more solid bass foundation to the company’s Concept and 3000i Series speakers.  
    8
  • Home AV Review

    229

    Epson EH-TW9400 Projector Review

    by Steve Withers
    Epson EH-TW9400 Projector Review
    The Epson EH-TW9400 is the latest flagship lamp-based home cinema LCD projector from the company, and it promises 4K HDR support and a host of useful features. Is this another Best Buy?  
    9
  • TV Article

    15

    What is Filmmaker Mode?

    by Steve Withers
    What is Filmmaker Mode?
    The Filmmaker Mode is an initiative involving the Ultra HD Alliance, Hollywood studios and TV manufacturers that lets consumers watch content as the director intended using one simple picture setting.  
  • TV Article

    20

    What is Dolby Vision IQ?

    by Steve Withers
    What is Dolby Vision IQ?
    Dolby Vision IQ is the latest feature added to the company's dynamic metadata HDR format that now works in conjunction with a sensor in the TV, adjusting the tone mapping for the ambient light in the room.  
  • Home AV Review

    79

    SVS SB-2000 Pro Subwoofer Review

    by Steve Withers
    SVS SB-2000 Pro Subwoofer Review
    The SVS SB-2000 Pro is the company’s latest iteration of its most popular sealed subwoofer, integrating features found further up the range to deliver deep bass at a competitive price.  
    9
  • TV Review

    241

    LG C9 (OLED77C9) 4K OLED TV Review

    by Steve Withers
    LG C9 (OLED77C9) 4K OLED TV Review
    LG’s 77-inch C9 is a featured-packed 4K OLED TV that promises a superior big screen performance at a surprisingly affordable price.  
    9
  • TV Article

    28

    What is Mini LED?

    by Steve Withers
    What is Mini LED?
    Mini LED is a display development based on existing LED LCD TVs, but instead of hundreds of LEDs and dimming zones in the backlight behind the panel, there are tens of thousands of small (or mini) LEDs and thousands of local dimming zones.  
  • Home AV Review

    2

    Polk Signature E 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    Polk Signature E 5.1 Speaker Package Review
    The Polk Audio Signature E Series of mid-range speakers look surprisingly subdued for the manufacturer, but include a host of new features and are competitively priced.  
    9
  • TV Article

    304

    Has OLED reached its peak?

    by Steve Withers
    Has OLED reached its peak?
    For over five years OLED has been the display technology of choice for TV enthusiasts but, as video delivery continues to evolve, has it reached the limit of its capabilities?  
  • Home AV Review

    8

    Acoustic Energy AE300 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    Acoustic Energy AE300 5.1 Speaker Package Review
    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.  
    9
  • Hi-Fi Review

    26

    Ruark Audio R5 All-in-One System Review

    by Steve Withers
    Ruark Audio R5 All-in-One System Review
    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.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    71

    Paradigm Persona 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    Paradigm Persona 5.1 Speaker Package Review
    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?  
    10
  • TV News

    94

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

    by Steve Withers
    CES 2020 News: Panasonic launches flagship HZ2000 4K OLED TV
    UPDATED: Panasonic launches its new HZ2000 flagship 4K OLED TV with an updated custom professional panel, increased peak brightness and Filmmaker Mode.  
  • TV News

    8

    CES 2020 News: Filmmaker Mode adds Samsung and Philips

    by Steve Withers
    CES 2020 News: Filmmaker Mode adds Samsung and Philips
    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

    72

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

    by Steve Withers
    CES 2020 News: Sony announces full 4K, 8K and OLED TV line-ups
    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
    CES 2020 News: TCL launches Roku, 8K and Mini-LED TVs
    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
    CES 2020 News: Hisense launches new 4K ULED and Laser TVs
    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

    5

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

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

    111

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

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

    6

    CES 2020 News: Samsung launches lifestyle TVs and soundbars

    by Steve Withers
    CES 2020 News: Samsung launches lifestyle TVs and soundbars
    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

    10

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

    by Steve Withers
    CES 2020 News: Samsung launches Q950TS and Q800T QLED 8K TVs
    Samsung expands its ever-growing line-up of QLED 8K TVs with the flagship Q950TS and the more affordable Q800T.  
  • TV News

    32

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

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

    40

    REL S/812 Subwoofer Review

    by Steve Withers
    REL S/812 Subwoofer Review
    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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