Andy Bassett

Andy started contributing to AVForums in mid 2018 and is responsible for supporting the editorial team led by Phil Hinton. Initially bought on board to update the product database behind the site and proof read the many reviews and articles the editorial team creates, Andy started looking after the AVForums' social media feeds and ensures a steady, daily stream of posts informing members of the regularly updated news and reviews available on the main site.

At the start of 2019 he began to contribute to the site's main news items and now provides daily updates on developments in the home cinema and Hi-Fi fields.

During his teenage years, Andy discovered a passion for writing and playing music and he spent several years as a professional musician. It was during this time that he became interested in the audio production side of music and how the psycho-acoustic perceptions of the human brain can be manipulated by audio technology.

A life long film buff, the video-age was a revelation to him and helped build his knowledge of cinema. He is also interested in PC gaming, though refrains from competing against anyone under the age of 30 for fear of a drubbing by younger fingers and faster responses - LucasArts style graphic adventures are much more his scene.

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  • Hi-Fi News

    2

    Bowers & Wilkins launch 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers

    by Andy Bassett
    Bowers & Wilkins launch 600 Series Anniversary Edition speakers
    Bowers and Wilkins are celebrating the 25th birthday of its hugely popular and award-winning 600 Series speaker range by treating music fans to an Anniversary Edition.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Philips unveils premium ANC headphones for 2020

    by Andy Bassett
    Philips unveils premium ANC headphones for 2020
    Philips introduces three models in its 2020 premium performance ANC headphone range, which includes the H9505 over ear model and two TWS in-ear buds, the T8505 and T5505.  
  • Home AV News

    Philips TV and Sound Wireless Home System launched

    by Andy Bassett
    Philips TV and Sound Wireless Home System launched
    In support of its Play-Fi based wireless ecosystem, Philips plans a range of supporting products including the upcoming W6505 and W6205 wireless speakers and the new 8000 series of soundbars featuring five models.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Philips launches Fidelio L3 ANC headphones

    by Andy Bassett
    Philips launches Fidelio L3 ANC headphones
    The newly relaunched Fidelio range from Philips increases its premium audio membership with the L3 over ear ANC headphones.  
  • TV News

    36

    Philips announces OLED+935 flagship TV for 2020 (Prices added)

    by Andy Bassett
    Philips announces OLED+935 flagship TV for 2020 (Prices added)
    Philips tends to hold a little something back TV and audio wise for the second half of the year and despite the challenges thrown at the electronics industry in 2020, it has now pulled a new flagship TV out of the hat - the OLED+935.  
  • Home AV News

    15

    Philips launches Fidelio B95 and B97 soundbars

    by Andy Bassett
    Philips launches Fidelio B95 and B97 soundbars
    Philips recently relaunched its premium Fidelio range of audio products and it’s not just limited to headphones as two new high performance soundbars join the brand - the B95 and B97.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    51

    Marantz launches MODEL 30 amplifier and SACD 30n Network CD player

    by Andy Bassett
    Marantz launches MODEL 30 amplifier and SACD 30n Network CD player
    Marantz introduces the next phase in its product development with a new look to its latest releases, the next generation MODEL 30 Integrated Amplifier and SACD 30n Network Audio Streamer and SACD Player.  
  • Movies & TV Article

    45

    What's new on Amazon Prime Video UK for September 2020

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Amazon Prime Video UK for September 2020
    September hoves into view and TV fans right across the UK might feel that a few good streaming binge sessions of some brand new content will help ease them into autumn. So, what does Amazon Prime UK have to offer?  
  • Movies & TV News

    70

    Chadwick Boseman, Marvel's Black Panther, dies aged 43

    by Andy Bassett
    Chadwick Boseman, Marvel's Black Panther, dies aged 43
    Chadwick Boseman, the 43 year old actor, who so memorably played Marvel’s King T’Challa in Black Panther, has died after a four year battle with colon cancer.  
  • Movies & TV News

    8

    What's new on Sky and NOW TV for September 2020

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Sky and NOW TV for September 2020
    As summer fades and with autumn just around the corner, Sky Cinema still has a couple of extra, big-gun, tentpole movies from 2019 to treat audiences to.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Rotel announces Tribute Edition A11 amplifier and CD11 CD Player

    by Andy Bassett
    Rotel announces Tribute Edition A11 amplifier and CD11 CD Player
    In celebration of the collaboration between Rotel and the hugely influential audio pioneer Ken Ishiwata, two new versions of the company’s popular A11 Integrated Amplifier and CD11 CD Player models will be released as Tribute Editions.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    1

    Bang & Olufsen luxury Beoplay H95 headphones launched

    by Andy Bassett
    Bang & Olufsen luxury Beoplay H95 headphones launched
    To celebrate 95 years of innovation in sound, design and craftsmanship, Danish purveyors of luxury audio, Bang & Olufsen has announced the H95 headphone to accompany the well heeled traveller.  
  • Hi-Fi Review

    1

    Record Store Day 2020 first 'Drop' due on 29th Aug

    by Andy Bassett
    Record Store Day 2020 first 'Drop' due on 29th Aug
    Record Store Day’s 13th year has indeed proved unlucky and the event has had to make alternative arrangements in order to deal with the current pandemic.  
  • TV News

    1

    Samsung offers free Galaxy S20 with 2020 8K QLED TVs

    by Andy Bassett
    Samsung offers free Galaxy S20 with 2020 8K QLED TVs
    Samsung is offering purchasers of any of its 2020 range of QLED 8K TVs a complimentary Galaxy S20 smart phone or up to £400 cashback.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    4

    Philips Fidelio X3 headphones on sale in UK

    by Andy Bassett
    Philips Fidelio X3 headphones on sale in UK
    Announced back in January, the new Fidelio X3 headphones from Philips will be available in the UK from 31st August.  
  • Movies & TV News

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    Disney+ UK confirms Mulan for £19.99

    by Andy Bassett
    Disney+ UK confirms Mulan for £19.99
    Disney has finally confirmed what most UK fans and industry watchers were expecting, Mulan is coming to subscribers of its Disney+ UK streaming service for a Premier Access fee of £19.99 from 4th September.  
  • Home AV News

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    Yamaha announces new look RX-V4A and RX-V6A AV receivers

    by Andy Bassett
    Yamaha announces new look RX-V4A and RX-V6A AV receivers
    Yamaha’s latest AV receivers bring multiple 8K inputs, a more curved aesthetic and greater immersion.  
  • TV News

    13

    LG 2020 TVs regain access to BBC iPlayer

    by Andy Bassett
    LG 2020 TVs regain access to BBC iPlayer
    The BBC iPlayer service comes to LG’s 2020 range of OLED and NanoCell TVs.  
  • Movies & TV Article

    30

    What's new on Disney+ UK for September 2020

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Disney+ UK for September 2020
    Disney continues to slowly let the content rope out, hand over hand in a controlled and measured fashion. Now, September will see the streaming service feature its biggest release yet in the shape of the live action Mulan.  
  • Home AV News

    10

    Mission launches LX MkII speakers

    by Andy Bassett
    Mission launches LX MkII speakers
    British loudspeaker manufacturer Mission has upgraded its LX speaker range to a second iteration, the LX MkII.  
  • Home AV News

    10

    Bang & Olufsen joins with LG for Beosound OLED package

    by Andy Bassett
    Bang & Olufsen joins with LG for Beosound OLED package
    Bang & Olufsen, the Danish denizen of design-led AV tech, has launched a new TV stand created for its Besound Stage soundbar which it claims is able to accommodate any flat screen TV from 40- to 65-inches. And it’s leading off with an offer that includes one of the very best TVs currently available - the LG OLED CX.  
  • Home AV Thread

    16

    Where should Dolby Atmos ceiling speakers be placed?

    by Andy Bassett
    Where should Dolby Atmos ceiling speakers be placed?
    Yes, yes... in the ceiling, we get it. But what's the best position for just a pair of speakers and would you have to then relocate them if you later expanded to four? And how wide can you make the main listening position so the whole family can enjoy the overhead effects?  
  • Tech News

    8

    Scenic Labs launches MediaLight Mk2 Bias Lighting range

    by Andy Bassett
    Scenic Labs launches MediaLight Mk2 Bias Lighting range
    Scenic Labs might be best known amongst TV enthusiasts for producing the Spears & Munsil UHD HDR Benchmark disc but the company also has a suite of bias lights and the latest MediaLight Mk2 range has some models which may prove useful for extended TV viewing sessions.  
  • Movies & TV News

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    Disney+ ready to add adult themed content?

    by Andy Bassett
    Disney+ ready to add adult themed content?
    While it’s highly unlikely that Disney would drop the family friendly badge that has served it so well for decades, recent reports indicate that the Disney+ streaming service may well start handling more mature themed content.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    34

    Marantz launches PM6007 integrated amplifier and CD6007 CD player

    by Andy Bassett
    Marantz launches PM6007 integrated amplifier and CD6007 CD player
    The new entry level PM6007 integrated amp and CD6007 compact disc player are aimed at audiophiles and everyday listeners alike and come in towards the more affordable end of the two channel audio spectrum.  
  • Movies & TV Article

    23

    What's new on Netflix UK for September 2020

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Netflix UK for September 2020
    UPDATED: 24th August. August was a quiet month for all the streaming services in terms of standout original content being released, so can Netflix shake September up a bit?  
  • Home AV News

    3

    Yamaha announces SR-B20A and SR-C20A soundbars

    by Andy Bassett
    Yamaha announces SR-B20A and SR-C20A soundbars
    Yamaha is expanding its range of soundbars with two additional entry level models, the SR-C20A and SR-B20A both designed to bring out the details and the dialogue in movie and TV viewing.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    6

    Pro-Ject announces new Debut Carbon EVO turntable

    by Andy Bassett
    Pro-Ject announces new Debut Carbon EVO turntable
    Since the original Debut was conceived by Pro-Ject as an affordable introduction to vinyl for a generation of music fans bought up on CD, the Debut has undergone a number of updates. The latest update for this hugely popular turntable is the Debut Carbon EVO.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    7

    Rotel announces Michi X3 and X5 integrated amplifiers

    by Andy Bassett
    Rotel announces Michi X3 and X5 integrated amplifiers
    After Rotel’s announcement of the relaunch of its Michi brand name last year, the Japanese audio specialist has now unveiled two new integrated amplifiers - the X3 and X5.  
  • Home AV News

    13

    John Williams' iconic movie themes get Dolby Atmos treatment

    by Andy Bassett
    John Williams' iconic movie themes get Dolby Atmos treatment
    Legendary film composer John Williams has his recent Live in Vienna concert released in Dolby Atmos.  
  • Home AV News

    11

    NAD launches T 758 V3i surround sound receiver

    by Andy Bassett
    NAD launches T 758 V3i surround sound receiver
    NAD announces the launch of the T 758 V3i surround sound receiver, with Dolby Atmos, DTS Master Audio, BluOS Hi-Res multi-room audio, Dirac Live, 4K UHD Video and Apple AirPlay 2 all built-in as standard.  
  • Movies & TV News

    23

    Sky unveils next tranche of HDR content

    by Andy Bassett
    Sky unveils next tranche of HDR content
    The next slate of HDR material available for Sky Q customers with a compatible set top box has been revealed and includes Britannia, Cobra and Bulletproof.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    3

    Acoustic Energy launches AE520 flagship speakers

    by Andy Bassett
    Acoustic Energy launches AE520 flagship speakers
    A new addition at the top end of the company’s recently launched 500 Series speakers, Acoustic Energy introduces the AE520 floorstander.  
  • Movies & TV News

    16

    Disney drops all 20th Century Fox branding

    by Andy Bassett
    Disney drops all 20th Century Fox branding
    The fanfare, logo backdrop and sweeping searchlights may remain but the emblematic 20th Century Fox name will now be consigned to entertainment history.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Kitsound launches Funk 25 wireless earphones

    by Andy Bassett
    Kitsound launches Funk 25 wireless earphones
    British Audio brand Kitsound has announced the arrival of the Funk 25 true wireless earbuds.  
  • Gaming News

    5

    THX Spatial Audio app brings 360 degree sound to any headphone

    by Andy Bassett
    THX Spatial Audio app brings 360 degree sound to any headphone
    The THX Spatial Audio app is now available to add a fully immersive audio experience to any headphone or earbuds and new audio profiles are available for 18 games.  
  • Gaming News

    6

    Xbox Series X November launch confirmed

    by Andy Bassett
    Xbox Series X November launch confirmed
    Updated: Is a launch date of 5th November on the cards? Microsoft has confirmed that its Xbox Series X next generation gaming console will launch in November with thousands of games available - unfortunately. that won’t include Halo Infinite, which has been rescheduled for 2021.  
  • TV News

    8

    Xiaomi OLED is world’s first mass produced transparent TV

    by Andy Bassett
    Xiaomi OLED is world’s first mass produced transparent TV
    As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, Xiaomi has unveiled the 55-inch Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition.  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

    35

    Do new Hi-Fi amps need a run in period in the same way speakers do?

    by Andy Bassett
    Do new Hi-Fi amps need a run in period in the same way speakers do?
    If you get your brand new Hi-Fi amp back from listening to a demo version at the dealer and it doesn't sound quite the same, does it need some run-in time? If not, what else could account for the change in sound between the store and your home?  
  • Movies & TV News

    9

    Tron 3 lands star and director for Disney

    by Andy Bassett
    Tron 3 lands star and director for Disney
    With Garth Davis recently announced as director, Jared Leto has now confirmed he will star in the next Tron movie as things appear to be gathering apace for the Disney project.  

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