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  • Steve Withers

    Assistant Editor

    Steve Withers (Twitter, Google+) assists Phil Hinton in the management of all editorial content on AVForums. He has been the Assistant Editor for over four years with responsibility for articles, reviews and podcasts produced by the site.

    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, Steve is also a fully qualified video calibrator.

    After university, Steve tried his hand at music journalism before an unexpected but lucrative career as an investment banker. Steve worked in the financial industry for nineteen years, spending ten of them in Asia where he lived in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

    Steve has been an AV enthusiast for nearly thirty years, happily spending a small fortune on increasingly elaborate home cinema setups. Although he still laments the passing of LaserDisc and plasma.

  • Panasonic expands 4K TV line-up with new LCDs at European Convention

    Panasonic used their 100th anniversary European Convention to expand their TV line beyond OLED, adding four new LED LCD ranges with IPS panels and HDR10+ support.

    by Steve Withers, Feb 16, 2018 at 12:37 PM

  • Panasonic announces DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player

    Panasonic surprised attendees at their 2018 European Convention by announcing the high-end DP-UB9000 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support.

    by Steve Withers, Feb 14, 2018 at 9:01 PM

  • The Best 4K Blu-rays of 2018

    The first quarter of any year is always good for big titles arriving on disc and 2018 is no exception, so here are the 4K Blu-rays that are worth picking up between now and the end of March.

    by Steve Withers, Feb 13, 2018 at 7:48 AM

  • Sony's 2018 AV line-up boasts Dolby Atmos and Vision

    Sony's new AV line-up for 2018 includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray player that supports Dolby Vision and soundbars and AV receives that support both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

    by Steve Withers, Feb 7, 2018 at 8:19 PM

  • Sony launch 2018 OLED and LCD TV line-up for UK

    Sony held a UK press launch for their 2018 OLED and LCD TV line-up and whilst the new models look good the big question is what happened with the Dolby Vision firmware update?

    by Steve Withers, Feb 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM

  • The 25 Most Anticipated Films of 2018

    It's shaping up to be another blockbuster year at the cinema with sequels, reboots, remakes, adaptations and comic book movies galore. So here's our choice for the most anticipated films of 2018.

    by Steve Withers, Feb 6, 2018 at 7:29 AM

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer Finally Arrives

    Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in just over three months but until now there hasn't been a trailer. Why so late? Who knows but now that the trailer is here, what do you think?

    by Steve Withers, Feb 5, 2018 at 7:50 AM

  • Philips talk OLED and LCD TVs, P5 processing and HDR10+

    We speak to Philips's picture guru Danny Tack about the new features on their latest OLED and LCD TVs, talk HDR10+ and take a closer look at their new line-up.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:16 PM

  • Philips 65PUS6503 LED 4K TV Preview

    Philips's entry-level LCD 4K TV in their 2018 line-up is represented by the 6503 which still supports HDR, includes Ambilight and uses their new Saphi Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:11 PM

  • Philips 55PUS6503 LED 4K TV Preview

    The 6503 is the entry level model in Philips's 2018 LCD 4K TV line-up but it still supports HDR, includes Ambilight and uses their new Saphi Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:11 PM

  • Philips 55PUS7303 LED 4K TV Preview

    The lower end of Philips's mid-range 7000 Series is represented by the 7303 but it still includes a VA panel, direct LED backlight, P5 processor, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:10 PM

  • Philips 65PUS7303 LED 4K TV preview

    The 7303 represents the lower end of Philips's mid-range 7000 Series but still includes a VA panel, direct LED backlight, P5 processor, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:10 PM

  • Philips 55PUS7803 LED 4K TV Preview

    The 7803 is the latest 2018 mid-range LCD TV from Philips with a direct LED backlight, VA panel, P5 processor, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:10 PM

  • Philips 65PUS7803 LED 4K TV Preview

    The Philips 7803 is the latest mid-range LCD TV for 2018 with a direct LED backlight, VA panel, P5 processor, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 3:09 PM

  • Philips 55PUS8303 LED 4K TV Preview

    Philips's 8303 is their mid-range LCD 4K TV for 2018 but it still boasts an IPS NanoLED panel, the P5 picture processor, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 8:03 AM

  • Philips 65PUS8303 LED 4K TV Preview

    The 8303 is Philips's mid-range LCD 4K TV for 2018 but it still offers an IPS panel with NanoLED, the P5 picture processor, HDR10+ support, an Android Smart TV platform and Ambilight.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 8:02 AM

  • Philips 55PUS8503 LED TV Preview

    The Philips 8503 is their flagship LCD TV for 2018 and uses an IPS panel with NanoLED and P5 processing. There's also support for HDR10+, the Android Smart TV platform and Ambilight.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 8:02 AM

  • Philips 65PUS8503 LED 4K TV Preview

    Philips's new flagship LCD TV uses an IPS panel a NanoLED backlight and the P5 processor. It also supports HDR10+, uses the Android Smart TV platform and includes Ambilight.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 31, 2018 at 8:02 AM

  • Philips 65OLED973 4K TV Preview

    The 973 represents Philips's flagship OLED 4K TV for 2018 with a 65-inch screen size, a built-in soundbase and the P5 processor with support for HDR10+.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:09 PM

  • Philips 65OLED803 4K TV Preview

    Philips will launch the 803, their entry level OLED 4K TV later in the year, and the new model will boast P5 processing, HDR10+ support, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:08 PM

  • Philips 55OLED803 4K TV Preview

    The 803 is Philips's new entry level OLED 4K TV and will be available later in the year with P5, HDR10+ support, Ambilight and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:08 PM

  • Philips 65OLED873 4K TV Preview

    The long awaited 65-inch version of the award-winning Philips 9002 has arrived, albeit with a different model number. So the 873 will have exactly the same design, use the P5 processor and support HDR10+.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:08 PM

  • Sony KD-49XF8005 LED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's new XF80 is their latest entry level BRAVIA LCD TV with edge LED backlighting, 4K and HDR support and the Android Smart TV platform with a smaller screen size.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:07 PM

  • Sony KD-55XF8005 LED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's entry level BRAVIA LCD TV is the XF8005 and along with 4K and HDR support it also uses edge LED backlighting and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 5:07 PM

  • Sony KD-65XF8505 LED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's 65-inch XF8505 BRAVIA LCD 4K TV offers the chance for big screen action coupled with an edge LED backlight, HDR support and the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 1:52 PM

  • Sony KD-55XF8505 LED 4K TV Preview

    The Sony XF8505 is the latest mid-range BRAVIA LCD TV from the manufacturer. It uses edge LED backlighting, supports HDR and includes the Android Smart TV platform.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 1:51 PM

  • Sony KD-65XF9005 LED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's 65-inch BRAVIA XF9005 LED LCD HDR 4K TV offers the majority of the same features as the flagship ZD9 and even a few new ones but at a more competitive price point.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:29 AM

  • Sony KD-55XF9005 LED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's new BRAVIA XF90 LED LCD HDR TV promises a full array backlight with local dimming, the X1 Extreme Processor and Dolby Vision support – all on a 55-inch screen size.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:29 AM

  • Sony KD-65AF8 OLED 4K TV Preview

    Sony's new BRAVIA AF8 uses a simplified stand that drops the annoying incline but keeps the Acoustic Surface and excellent picture quality.

    by Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:28 AM

  • Sony KD-55AF8 OLED 4K TV Preview

    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 Steve Withers, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:28 AM