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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

    Monitor Audio launches IMS-4 music streamer

    by Andy Bassett
    Monitor Audio, although probably best known for its loudspeakers, has unveiled the IMS-4 music streamer which features BluOS and Apple AirPlay 2 and is suitable for custom installations where premium sound quality is required.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Absolute Sounds prepares upcoming Hi-Fi launches

    by Andy Bassett
    Absolute Sounds have a suite of high end audio companies under its wing, all with plans to launch new hardware and while Covid-19 may have changed the method of launch, the lineup of exciting new products remains the same.  
  • TV News

    7

    LG 48-inch OLED TV now available in UK

    by Andy Bassett
    LG Electronics has announced the availability of its long awaited 48-inch CX OLED TV in key European markets, including the UK.  
  • Movies & TV News

    168

    Sky HDR launch rumoured for 27th of May

    by Andy Bassett
    UPDATED with hardware list, 27th May 2020: Sky is launching two new channels and a number of online sources indicate that it could be using this as an opportunity to roll out HDR compatibility too.  
  • Tech News

    2

    LG launches Gram laptops for 2020

    by Andy Bassett
    LG Electronics’ Gram range of laptops for 2020 is designed to be light, durable and have an impressive battery life. Plus, the company has revealed some interesting lockdown study results regarding the use of technology.  
  • TV News

    25

    Hisense U8QF TV heads UK 2020 range

    by Andy Bassett
    Hisense announces its UK TV range for 2020 with the higher end U8QF and U7QF models featuring Quantum Dot Colour Technology and both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ HDR support.  
  • TV News

    3

    Samsung unveils Terrace weatherproof 4K QLED TV for outdoor viewing

    by Andy Bassett
    Samsung has added to its 2020 Lifestyle range of TV models with the weatherproof Terrace 4K QLED TV, designed for outdoor viewing.  
  • Movies & TV Article

    21

    Movies Leaving the BBC iPlayer by the End of May

    by Andy Bassett
    The BBC iPlayer is the place that everyone forgets has a plentiful and varied supply of freely available cinematic content. However, movies don't hang around forever - here’re the films leaving the service over the next week that you might not want to miss.  
  • TV News

    30

    Sony 2020 8K LED and 48-inch OLED TV prices leaked

    by Andy Bassett
    UPDATED 22-May-2020 - Prices and availability confirmed: Some UK retailers jumped the gun and listed prices for Sony’s forthcoming 2020 8K LED TV, the ZH8. Does this mean the UK launch is imminent and what do the prices tell us?  
  • Hi-Fi News

    1

    iFi launches iPhono3 Black Label phono stage

    by Andy Bassett
    Audio tech specialist iFi Audio has unveiled a new flagship phono stage, the iPhono3 Black Label, designed to help vinyl fans really get the best out of their turntables.  
  • Movies & TV News

    22

    HBO Max to air 'Snyder Cut' of Justice League in 2021

    by Andy Bassett
    As competition between streaming services hots up, HBO Max has officially announced it will be airing Zack Snyder’s mythical cut of 2017’s Justice League in 2021.  
  • Movies & TV News

    Sky reveals shows for Documentary and Nature channels

    by Andy Bassett
    With Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature due to launch later this month, Sky has announced a slate of new factual shows due to reach these new channels by the end of 2020 and into 2021.  
  • Movies & TV News

    5

    Oscars 2021 could be postponed

    by Andy Bassett
    The first hints that the 2021 Oscars could be seriously impacted by a ravaged film release schedule have come out of Tinseltown, with reports that a delay is ‘likely’.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    1

    T+A launches P3100 HV preamplifier

    by Andy Bassett
    The latest preamplifier in the company’s HV series, the P 3100 HV boasts reference quality components and a unique circuit board layout, matched by its premium end price.  
  • TV News

    1

    LG relocates domestic TV production lines overseas

    by Andy Bassett
    LG Electronics is relocating two of its domestic TV production lines to its operation in Indonesia in an effort to increase efficiency.  
  • Movies & TV News

    10

    Apple acquires Tom Hanks’ ‘Greyhound’ amidst TV+ content expansion

    by Andy Bassett
    Apple’s TV Plus content ethos was based around productions commissioned specifically for the streaming service. This approach could now be changing.  
  • Home AV News

    1

    IFA 2020 gets new format for upcoming event

    by Andy Bassett
    Back in April, the news came through from IFA organisers that they were putting plans in place for an ‘alternative approach’ to the event in light of the restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus outbreak. A few details of these new proposals have now been announced.  
  • Home AV News

    Polk launches Signa 3 soundbar with built-in Chromecast

    by Andy Bassett
    The latest version of Polk Audio’s Signa universal TV soundbar and wireless subwoofer system sees an update from S2 to S3 and the addition of built-in Chromecast support.  
  • Movies & TV News

    3

    Movies leaving BBC iPlayer tonight

    by Andy Bassett
    The BBC iPlayer plays host to almost 100 feature films and is often forgotten about when considering which streaming service is going to supply the goods for your next movie session.  
  • TV News

    29

    Sony XH90 4K LCD TV available from £1,299

    by Andy Bassett
    Sony’s midrange XH90 4K TV range will be on sale in Europe from the end of May  
  • Movies & TV Article

    9

    What's New on Sky and Now TV UK for May 2020

    by Andy Bassett
    Sky promises a new movie premiere every night and usually has some pretty high profile blockbusters lined up for its Friday and Saturday night slots. As we hit the halfway point in May, we take a look at what films and TV shows have made it to our screens over the last few weeks and what is still waiting to have the wraps taken off.  
  • Movies & TV Thread

    17

    Should we be watching more international films and TV shows?

    by Andy Bassett
    With increasing numbers of quality global film and TV productions, should we be making an effort to broaden our viewing habits beyond just English language content? After all, visual storytelling is a universal medium. Let us know if you enjoy content that's not in your native language and if not, why not?  
  • Movies & TV Article

    21

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

    by Andy Bassett
    Moving into May, Amazon Prime Video sees the addition of new satirical fantasy series Upload, Homecoming season 2, Reece Witherspoon's new project Little Fires Everywhere and documentary series The Last Narc. Plus there's a smorgasbord of movies including rare outings for The Final Countdown and Top Secret!  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

    26

    Would adding a DAC improve my laptop based sound system?

    by Andy Bassett
    There are lots of affordable DACs available, so is it recommended adding one to a source such as a laptop or smartphone? Will there be a definite quality boost or just a relative one? Why not let us know what you've done with your setups and what the results were?  
  • TV News

    10

    Toshiba hands-free Alexa TV is UK first

    by Andy Bassett
    Toshiba has announced the WK3 range of TVs with Alexa built-in and a far field bezel mounted mic, meaning the entire operation can be hands-free.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    4

    Campfire Audio launches Ara and updates Andromeda and Solaris earphones

    by Andy Bassett
    US personal audio experts Campfire Audio has announced a brand new 7 driver earphone, the Ara, along with updated 2020 versions of its Andromeda and Solaris models.  
  • Home AV News

    33

    Sony launches HT-G700 Dolby Atmos soundbar

    by Andy Bassett
    Sony has announced the midrange HT-G700 Dolby Atmos supporting soundbar along with an entry level 5.1 channel model, the HT-S20R.  
  • TV News

    28

    TCL launches C71 and C81 4K QLED TVs in UK

    by Andy Bassett
    TCL has announced availability and pricing of its latest 4K Quantum Dot televisions to head for the UK - the C715K and C815K.  
  • Movies & TV Article

    29

    What's new on Netflix UK for May 2020

    by Andy Bassett
    Netflix UK sees the return of Dead to Me, Schitt’s Creek, Working Moms along with new limited series Hollywood and The Eddy. Plus, there's Steve Carrel’s return to scripted TV comedy in Space Force.  
  • Home AV News

    3

    LG 2020 soundbars launched in US

    by Andy Bassett
    In preparation for this year’s CES, LG announced its planned range of soundbars for 2020 revealing the inclusion of AI Room Calibration. Now the US pricing and availability of the premium SN11RG, SN10YG , SN9YG, SN8YG and SN7Y models has been unveiled.  
  • TV News

    66

    Sony A8 4K OLED TV available now in Europe

    by Andy Bassett
    Sony has announced the European price and availability of its latest 4K HDR OLED television, the A8 series.  
  • Home AV News

    169

    Sonos Arc soundbar launches with Dolby Atmos support

    by Andy Bassett
    Sonos first launched its Playbar soundbar back in 2013 and the intervening years have seen strong competition from rivals. Now the multi-room audio pioneer is back with a replacement - the Sonos Arc, which features the long awaited addition of Dolby Atmos.  
  • Movies & TV News

    6

    Sky TV classic and recent box sets available again

    by Andy Bassett
    From May 8th, Sky reloads some of its most popular box sets as part of its ReWatch campaign, allowing customers a chance to reconnect with some of their favourite shows.  
  • Movies & TV Thread

    49

    What's your favourite public bathroom scene in movie?

    by Andy Bassett
    Gleaming white tiles to show off blood smears, rows of cubicles within which lurk unknown menaces, washbasin mirrors to reflect your haunted gaze… no wonder the latrine is a popular location for a significant scene. So, including facilities in hotels, airports, shopping malls, office blocks and the like, what’s your favourite scene set in a public bathroom?  
  • TV Review

    Xiaomi adding Dolby Vision to upcoming L65M5-OD TV?

    by Andy Bassett
    Hugely popular in China and India, Xiaomi are rumoured to be adding Dolby Vision to its TV lineup for the first time and it could be showcased on the upcoming LM65M5-OD.  
  • Movies & TV News

    46

    Sony to release hundreds of IMAX Enhanced titles

    by Andy Bassett
    IMAX Enhanced is to be given a boost with the announcement that Sony Pictures Entertainment will be expanding the number of home releases that feature the format over the next two years.  
  • Movies & TV News

    10

    Virgin and O2 plan merger to take on Sky and BT

    by Andy Bassett
    Liberty Global, the owners of Virgin Media are in confirmed talks with British mobile operator O2 which could see the creation of a new TV and mobile service in the UK.  
  • Home AV Thread

    19

    What are the benefits of bi-wiring speakers and when is it recommended?

    by Andy Bassett
    Do any Home Cinema and Hi-Fi enthusiasts bi-wire their speakers if they have the option, and what difference does it make? And just what is the difference between bi-wiring and bi-amping? Please post your opinions / experiences in the thread for others.  
  • Movies & TV Thread

    73

    What's your favourite bridge scene in movie?

    by Andy Bassett
    Building bridges... or burning them? What's your favourite bridge based movie or scene? Join in the conversation to see what others are suggesting and whether you agree with them  
  • TV News

    Samsung and LG TV sales face Q2 challenges

    by Andy Bassett
    South Korean electronics giants LG and Samsung have reported their Q1 finances and both seem to be having a similar experience operating under the spectre of a global pandemic.  

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