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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?