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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    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.  
    8
  • Home AV Review

    3

    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.  
    8
  • TV Review

    30

    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

    54

    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 Review

    44

    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.  
    9
  • 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

    108

    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.  
    10
  • Home AV Review

    14

    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.  
    8
  • Home AV Review

    3

    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.  
    8
  • Home AV Review

    40

    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.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    37

    Samsung HW-Q80R Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Samsung HW-Q80R soundbar supports Atmos/DTS:X but reduces its price by dropping the wireless surround speakers included with the HW-Q90R. So does the lower cost make up for the loss of any rear action?  
    8
  • Home AV Review

    109

    BK Electronics P12-300SB-PR Subwoofer Review

    by Steve Withers
    The BK Electronic P12-300SB-PR subwoofer benefits from the company's experience and direct retail model to deliver a winning combination of performance and value.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    24

    Yamaha RX-A1080 AV Receiver Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Yamaha RX-A1080 is the latest addition to the company's AVENTAGE line-up of AV Receivers. It's got Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and MusicCast but is the addition of Intelligent Sound enough of an upgrade?  
    8
  • Home AV Review

    53

    Sony UBP-X1100ES 4K Blu-ray Player Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Sony UBP-X1100ES is a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player that originates from the company's professional division but boasts features and functionality that's sure to please enthusiasts.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

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    Samsung HW-Q90R Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Samsung HW-Q90R changes the model number making it easier to pair with the company's QLED TVs, but retains Atmos/DTS:X and rear speakers. It also has an upgraded subwoofer that promises an even better 7.1.4 performance.  
    10
  • Home AV Review

    88

    Samsung HW-Q70R Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Samsung HW-Q70R soundbar and subwoofer combo boasts acoustic beam technology with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. But is it any good?  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    81

    SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer Review

    by Steve Withers
    SVS's latest subwoofer the SB-3000 uses a new high-excursion 13-inch driver and promises an 'iron fist inside a velvet glove'. Hyperbole or fact? Let's find out if it lands a KO punch.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    19

    REL HT/1205 Subwoofer Review

    by Steve Withers
    REL continues its return to the home theatre market with the HT/1205, another excellent subwoofer from a company that's synonymous with deep bass.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    27

    Fyne Audio F3-12 Subwoofer Review

    by Steve Withers
    Fyne Audio evolves out of Tannoy and delivers the excellent and affordable F3-12 subwoofer, proving that there's no substitute for simplicity and experience.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    86

    Definitive Technology BP9000 Series 5.4.4 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    Definitive Technology's BP9000 Series includes a range of floorstanders with built-in subwoofers, dedicated centre speakers, and upward-firing modules for Atmos/DTS:X.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    17

    Polk Command Bar Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Polk Command Bar isn't just a great-sounding 2.1-channel unit with a host of useful features and a cracking price, it's got Amazon's Alexa literally built in.  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    13

    Monitor Audio Monitor 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Monitor Audio Monitor is the company's latest entry-level speaker range that boasts a confusing moniker and unusually-coloured drivers. This Monitor 5.1 system is competitively priced but is orange the new black?  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    8

    Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series is an entry-level set of speakers that incorporate the new Continuum driver into a more affordable cabinet. There's no denying this system offers value, but how does it perform?  
    9
  • Home AV Review

    24

    Wharfedale Vista 200S Soundbar Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Wharfedale Vista 200S stereo soundbar and wireless subwoofer combination promises an affordable price and a low-profile form factor, but can it also deliver a big sound?  
    9
  • TV Article

    10

    What is TV AI Artificial Intelligence?

    by Steve Withers
    TV manufacturers are all talking about AI (Artificial Intelligence) and are adding it to everything from image processing and sound quality to smart features and viewing recommendations, but what is it?  
  • TV Article

    48

    What is Micro LED?

    by Steve Withers
    There has been a lot of talk recently about Micro LED and how it could change not just picture quality but also the very nature of what constitutes a TV. That sounds exciting, but what is Micro LED?  
  • Home AV Review

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    JVC DLA-N7 4K D-ILA Projector Review

    by Steve Withers
    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.  
    10
  • Home AV Review

    33

    Epson EH-TW7400 3LCD Projector Review

    by Steve Withers
    The Epson EH-TW7400 is an entry-level 3LCD projector with 4K pixel shift, HDR10 support, calibration controls, a lens memory, and even a motorised lens cover. Is this the bargain of the year?  
    9
  • TV Article

    114

    What is 8K TV? Everything You Need to Know.

    by Steve Withers
    What is 8K Ultra HD, do we really need it, and will we ever get it here in the UK?  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    Tivoli Andiamo Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

    by Steve Withers
    Tivoli Audio bring some Italian style to the Andiamo Go portable Bluetooth speaker. While it might look good, the big question is how does it sound?  
    8
  • Home AV Review

    15

    Elipson Prestige Facet 7.2.4 Speaker Package Review

    by Steve Withers
    French manufacturer Elipson offer a full 7.2.4-channel package based on its Prestige Facet speakers, and we find out if this multifaceted multichannel system can immerse you in sound.  
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  • TV News

    24

    CES 2019 News: TV manufacturers form 8K Association

    by Steve Withers
    A number of major TV manufacturers have formed the 8K Association to promote the Ultra HD resolution format and establish an effective 8K ecosystem.  
  • TV News

    1

    CES 2019 News: Sharp embraces 8K, AIoT, and Google

    by Steve Withers
    Sharp used CES 2019 to announce a partnership with Google in Europe, adding Android to its TVs. The company was also championing an 8K ecosystem and the latest AIoT support.  
  • TV News

    307

    CES 2019 News: Panasonic GZ2000 4K OLED TV with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision

    by Steve Withers
    Panasonic announces its new GZ2000 Professional Edition 4K OLED TV at CES 2019. It's the first TV in the world to support both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision.  
  • Home AV News

    46

    CES 2019 News: Sony announces UBP-X800M2 4K Blu-ray player

    by Steve Withers
    Sony has announced the UBP-X800M2 with Dolby Vision support at CES 2019.  
  • Home AV News

    20

    CES 2019 News: Sony announces HT-X8500 and HT-S350 soundbars

    by Steve Withers
    Sony announces the HT-X8500 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundbar, along with the HT-S350 soundbar at CES 2019.  
  • TV News

    171

    CES 2019 News: Sony announces XG95, XG90, XG85 TV line-up

    by Steve Withers
    Sony announces its full 4K TV lineup at CES 2019, with the AG8 OLED and XG95, XG90, and XG85 LED models.  
  • TV News

    209

    CES 2019 News: Sony unveils AG9 OLED and ZG9 8K TVs

    by Steve Withers
    Sony unveils its Master Series AG9 4K OLED TV and ZG9 8K LCD TV at CES 2019.  
  • TV News

    1

    CES 2019 News: Hisense expands 4K Roku TV lineup in the US

    by Steve Withers
    Hisense announces an expanded range of 4K Roku TVs at CES 2019, launches two new Laser TVs, and showcases the One.  

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