• 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, Hi-Fi Choice 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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    Hisense A6200 (H50A6200UK) Review

    The Hisense A6200 is incredibly cheap for a 4K HDR TV, but is there a catch or is this the budget TV of the year?

    by Steve Withers, Oct 23, 2018 at 10:19 AM

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    Samsung HW-N850 Soundbar Review

    The Samsung HW-N850 is identical to the N950 but without the rear wireless speakers, but is it a good alternative for those on a budget or do you need those surround channels?

    by Steve Withers, Oct 19, 2018 at 7:56 AM

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    Sony HT-ZF9 Soundbar Review

    Sony's HT-ZF9 soundbar not only supports both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, but promises to deliver immersive audio from 3.1 channels thanks to its Vertical Surround Engine.

    by Steve Withers, Oct 17, 2018 at 7:29 AM

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    LG SK10Y Soundbar Review

    The LG SK10Y is the company's new flagship soundbar. It was developed with Meridian and includes Dolby Atmos processing, but a lack of DTS:X support puts it at a disadvantage.

    by Steve Withers, Oct 11, 2018 at 7:14 AM

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    Bose SoundTouch 300 Soundbar Review

    The Bose SoundTouch 300 soundbar delivers a big and open soundstage, but a lack of bass, setup issues, and a hefty price mar an otherwise great performance.

    by Steve Withers, Oct 10, 2018 at 7:56 AM

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    Elipson Prestige Facet 6B BT Speaker Review

    Elipson's Prestige Facet range is an updated version of the company's 70s classic. Does the multifaceted ring that surrounds the drivers make a difference and can the 6B BT deliver connected high fidelity?

    by Steve Withers, Oct 9, 2018 at 7:38 AM

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    Tangent Spectrum W1 Speaker Review

    The Spectrum W1 from Danish manufacturer Tangent, is a wireless multiroom speaker with Bluetooth and Google Chromecast built in, stylish looks and great sound quality.

    by Steve Withers, Oct 6, 2018 at 8:23 AM

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    Hisense U9A (H75U9AUK) Review

    The Hisense 75U9A ULED TV delivers a seriously big 75-inch screen that's also truly bright, with over a thousand dimming zones. But how does it compare to the more established brands?

    by Steve Withers, Oct 2, 2018 at 6:13 AM

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    Acoustic Energy Aego BT2 Speaker Review

    Acoustic Energy's Aego BT2 compact Bluetooth speaker promises portability and value, without compromising on sound quality.

    by Steve Withers, Sep 25, 2018 at 7:40 AM

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    Sonos Beam Soundbar Review

    The Sonos Beam soundbar is smaller, cheaper and arguably better than its predecessor.

    by Steve Withers, Sep 6, 2018 at 6:58 AM

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    Samsung HW-N950 Soundbar Review

    The Samsung HW-N950 builds on the success of the earlier HW-K950, but adds side speakers and DTS:X, for a complete 7.1.4-channel experience.

    by Steve Withers, Aug 27, 2018 at 7:52 AM

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    REL HT/1003 Subwoofer Review

    REL go full home theatre with the excellent HT/1003, an affordable subwoofer that delivers plenty of sonic boom for your buck.

    by Steve Withers, Aug 21, 2018 at 6:38 AM

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    dARTS 535 Series Digital Theater Review

    dARTS 535 Series Digital Theater offers a 7.2-channel amplifier and speaker system that has been perfectly calibrated in the factory, thus ensuring optimal performance in your room.

    by Steve Withers, Jul 31, 2018 at 11:31 AM

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    Acurus ACT 4 AV Processor Review

    The Acurus ACT 4 13.3-channel AV pre-amp processor brings clever design, flexibility and Dolby Atmos/DTS:X support to the high-end market, but how does it compare to the competition?

    by Steve Withers, Jul 19, 2018 at 7:52 AM

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    Trinnov Audio Altitude16 AV Processor Review

    The Trinnov Altitude16 promises unparalleled performance and flexibility with sixteen channels of processing and support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D.

    by Steve Withers, Jul 10, 2018 at 9:21 AM

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    Q Acoustics 3050i Cinema Pack Review

    Q Acoustics gives its 3000 Series an update, trickling down tech from the Concept 500 and delivering another cinema pack that combines a superb performance with great value.

    by Steve Withers, Jul 6, 2018 at 6:14 AM

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    Samsung HW-N400 Soundbar Review

    Samsung's HW-N400 entry-level model is nicely designed and very well made, but a lack of power and key features limits an otherwise decent soundbar.

    by Steve Withers, Jun 22, 2018 at 6:35 AM

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    Hisense U7A (H65U7AUK) Review

    The Hisense U7A is not only the company's mid-range model for 2018 but also the official TV for this year's FIFA World Cup. So is this the ideal TV to deliver your football fix this summer?

    by Steve Withers, Jun 20, 2018 at 8:24 AM

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    Sony UBP-X700 4K Blu-ray Player Review

    The Sony UBP-X700 is the company's latest 4K Blu-ray player and promises Dolby Vision support and a lower price point. So is this the disc spinner that Sony fans have been waiting for?

    by Steve Withers, Jun 6, 2018 at 7:44 AM

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    Samsung HW-N650 Soundbar Review

    Samsung's HW-N650 is their latest soundbar, building on the success of last year's models but adding a more panoramic sound thanks to acoustic beam technology.

    by Steve Withers, Jun 2, 2018 at 5:59 AM

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    Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos Speaker Package Review

    Focal's Sib Evo 5.1.2-channel speaker package has been specifically designed for object-based audio soundtracks like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

    by Steve Withers, May 28, 2018 at 10:10 PM

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    Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

    Solo finally arrives in cinemas after a very troubled production, and fills in the backstory to everyone's favourite Corellian space smuggler. But is this new entry in the Star Wars film franchise a welcome addition or a pointless prequel? Read...

    by Steve Withers, May 24, 2018 at 10:43 AM

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    LG C8 (OLED65C8PLA) Review

    LG's new 65-inch C8 OLED TV offers all the benefits of their higher range 2018 models but without the price tag. So is this the sweet spot for OLED TVs this year?

    by Steve Withers, May 14, 2018 at 3:58 PM

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    Samsung Q9FN (QE65Q9FN) Review

    Samsung's flagship Q9FN QLED 4K TV arrives with a full array backlight and the expectations of AV enthusiasts on its shoulders. Thankfully it doesn't disappoint.

    by Steve Withers, May 10, 2018 at 8:57 PM

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    SVS PB-4000 Subwoofer Review

    SVS's new 4000 Series adds more power than their 13-Ultra models and includes features found on their 16-Ultra models to produce a subwoofer that combines performance and value in order to deliver serious bass to a wider audience.

    by Steve Withers, May 4, 2018 at 6:20 AM

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    Royole Moon AV Headset Review

    Royole's Moon promises to be a virtual 3D mobile theatre but just how good is it and can you really use it when on the move?

    by Steve Withers, Apr 19, 2018 at 7:11 AM

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    Arendal 1723 S THX 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    Arendal Sound's new 1723 S range takes the performance of their Monitor, Center and Surround speakers and puts them in smaller cabinets, whilst adding THX Ultra certification at the same time.

    by Steve Withers, Apr 10, 2018 at 6:24 AM

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    XTZ Spirit Series 5.1 Speaker Package Review

    XTZ's Spirit Series brings performance and price to bear on the multi-channel speaker market with the Spirit 2, Spirit 6 and Spirit Sub12 forming a winning 5.1-channel combination.

    by Steve Withers, Mar 31, 2018 at 8:11 AM

  • LG demo OLED and SUPER UHD 2018 TVs

    LG held their first European wide TV event at their Madrid office, where they demonstrated the latest features on their 2018 OLED and SUPER UHD TVs.

    by Steve Withers, Mar 22, 2018 at 8:02 AM

  • Arcam Dolby Atmos and Dirac Home Cinema Excellence

    Arcam demo Dolby Atmos and Dirac Live in their new Centre of Cinematic Excellence but with a name like that they had better deliver!

    by Steve Withers, Mar 18, 2018 at 8:11 AM

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