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

    Melco anniversary edition N10 library announced

    by Andy Bassett
    Melco anniversary edition N10 library announced
    Celebrating its 45th birthday, Melco wraps its N10 library in champagne gold as a celebratory gift in a limited run.  
  • Movies & TV News

    11

    What's new on Disney+ UK for November 2020

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Disney+ UK for November 2020
    The UK service is still playing catch up to its US counterpart but this month sees the appearance of some long awaited content alongside the more usual synchronous launches, bringing Disney+ UK closer to parity with its transatlantic cousin.  
  • Home AV News

    54

    Denon, Marantz and Yamaha AV receivers hit by HDMI 2.1 bug

    by Andy Bassett
    Denon, Marantz and Yamaha AV receivers hit by HDMI 2.1 bug
    It seems that the implementation of HDMI 2.1 in some of the most recently launched AV Receivers is problematic and not delivering the fully promised 4K 120Hz experience.  
  • Home AV News

    4

    McIntosh launches MX100 AV processor and MI347 power amp

    by Andy Bassett
    McIntosh launches MX100 AV processor and MI347 power amp
    McIntosh’s busy release schedule for 2020 continues with something for home cinema enthusiasts as it unveils the all digital MX100 AV processor and MI347 7-channel power amplifier.  
  • TV News

    2

    Samsung updates and expands access to Samsung TV Plus

    by Andy Bassett
    Samsung updates and expands access to Samsung TV Plus
    Samsung Electronics has announced that all Samsung Smart TV owners will have exclusive complimentary access to its Samsung TV Plus platform.  
  • Movies & TV News

    5

    Disney+ UK introduces GroupWatch co-viewing feature

    by Andy Bassett
    Disney+ UK introduces GroupWatch co-viewing feature
    A new feature called GroupWatch aims to bring viewers together and is now available to UK subscribers of the Disney+ streaming service.  
  • Movies & TV News

    22

    What's new on Netflix UK for November 2020

    by Andy Bassett
    What's new on Netflix UK for November 2020
    Winter’s here, nights are longer and Covid-19 just won’t go away. The good news is that Netflix is one way of forgetting about the woes of the outside world and it’s clear the streaming giant intends to ramp up its Christmas feel good content in a big way.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    3

    Harman Kardon launches Citation Amp

    by Andy Bassett
    Harman Kardon launches Citation Amp
    The Citation amp is a high power, wireless streaming stereo amplifier from Harman Kardon and is the latest addition to the company’s wireless home entertainment products.  
  • TV News

    7

    LG SIGNATURE OLED R TV now available in South Korea

    by Andy Bassett
    LG SIGNATURE OLED R TV now available in South Korea
    LG’s long awaited rollable OLED TV, the SIGNATURE OLED R, has finally made it to consumer stores.  
  • TV News

    2

    LG Display teams with Disney for OLED Projects

    by Andy Bassett
    LG Display teams with Disney for OLED Projects
    LG Display, has announced an innovation partnership with Walt Disney Studios’ StudioLAB to develop the use of cutting edge OLED displays in the content production process.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Campfire Audio updates Vega and Dorado earphones

    by Andy Bassett
    Campfire Audio updates Vega and Dorado earphones
    American personal audio specialists, Campfire Audio has refreshed its Vega and Dorado earphones to create new 2020 versions for its IEM portfolio.  
  • TV News

    5

    Oppo launches S1 and R1 4K smart TVs

    by Andy Bassett
    Oppo launches S1 and R1 4K smart TVs
    Oppo joins the burgeoning Chinese smart TV market with the launch of the S1 and R1 series of 4K smart TVs.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Lithe Audio AirPlay 2 ceiling speakers world's first

    by Andy Bassett
    Lithe Audio AirPlay 2 ceiling speakers world's first
    The first smart ceiling speakers with Apple’s AirPlay 2 built-in allow for discreet multi-room, multi-brand audio solutions.  
  • Home AV News

    70

    Humax launches AURA 4K Freeview Play Recorder

    by Andy Bassett
    Humax launches AURA 4K Freeview Play Recorder
    Digital TV set-top box manufacturer Humax has unveiled AURA, the first 4K Freeview Play Recorder powered by Android TV technology.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    5

    Fyne Audio adds new standmounts to F1 speaker range

    by Andy Bassett
    Fyne Audio adds new standmounts to F1 speaker range
    Adding the F1-5 and F1-8 standmount speakers to its flagship F1 speaker series brings the possibility of Fyne’s high end, point source music reproduction to smaller listening environments.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Mark Levinson expands 5000 Series with amplifiers and players

    by Andy Bassett
    Mark Levinson expands 5000 Series with amplifiers and players
    Mark Levinson, the high end audio equipment brand, has unveiled the new No5302 amplifier and No5206 pre-amplifier which join the already shipping No5105 turntable and No5101 streaming SACD player in expanding the 5000 Series.  
  • TV News

    15

    Sony launches Apple TV app on XH90 TVs

    by Andy Bassett
    Sony launches Apple TV app on XH90 TVs
    From today, Apple's streaming service Apple TV+, Apple TV channels and more will be available to Sony customers in Europe as the Apple TV App comes to the XH90 series of LED LCD TVs.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    8

    DALI introduces the OBERON C active speaker series

    by Andy Bassett
    DALI introduces the OBERON C active speaker series
    DALI launches its ‘zero loss’, complete wireless Hi-Fi system, the OBERON C which aims for a convenient, high quality audio setup.  
  • Tech News

    14

    Apple iPhone 12 range first to feature 5G

    by Andy Bassett
    Apple iPhone 12 range first to feature 5G
    Apple’s new iPhone 12 range consists of 4 handsets; the iPhone 12 Mini, the standard iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone 12 Pro Max - all powered by the 5nm A14 Bionic chip and all with 5G capabilities.  
  • Deals News

    25

    Amazon Prime Day deals available for members

    by Andy Bassett
    Amazon Prime Day deals available for members
    UPDATED: 13-Oct-2020 with Projectors, TVs and Soundbars: Amazon Prime Day 2020 is taking place on 13th and 14th October and kickstarts the upcoming festive sales season.  
  • Movies & TV News

    1

    Freeview Play coming to Amazon Fire TV Edition sets

    by Andy Bassett
    Freeview Play coming to Amazon Fire TV Edition sets
    Freeview Play, the UK’s most watched TV service, will soon be launching on select Fire TV Edition televisions.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    5

    iFi Audio unveils Micro iDSD Signature DAC

    by Andy Bassett
    iFi Audio unveils Micro iDSD Signature DAC
    The Micro iDSD Signature DAC / Headphone amp is an updated version of the Micro iDSD Black Label DAC and builds on its predecessor both internally and externally.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    3

    McIntosh announces MA12000 integrated amplifier

    by Andy Bassett
    McIntosh announces MA12000 integrated amplifier
    McIntosh, the US maker of high-end audio products, has introduced the most powerful integrated amplifier in its 71-year history - the MA12000.  
  • Movies & TV News

    78

    LOTR and Hobbit trilogies coming to 4K UHD

    by Andy Bassett
    LOTR and Hobbit trilogies coming to 4K UHD
    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that Peter Jackson's The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies will finally be available on 4K disc from 30th November.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    23

    Bowers & Wilkins acquired by Sound United

    by Andy Bassett
    Bowers & Wilkins acquired by Sound United
    Bowers & Wilkins had been at the centre of management and takeover rumours for a while but the uncertainty is over as Sound United has announced that the renowned UK speaker company is now part of its audio family.  
  • Movies & TV News

    34

    Sky Q now offers HDR on Netflix

    by Andy Bassett
    Sky Q now offers HDR on Netflix
    From today, Sky Q customers can now experience Netflix HDR enabled content through a compatible Sky box, with more HDR content coming.  
  • Hi-Fi Thread

    37

    How do enthusiasts de-dust and clean their Hi-Fi equipment?

    by Andy Bassett
    How do enthusiasts de-dust and clean their Hi-Fi equipment?
    Soap and water? Baby wipes? Compressed air? What are the best ways of getting your speakers, cables, amps etc. looking good as new again?  
  • Home AV Thread

    33

    What's the best movie disc to showcase Dolby Atmos at home?

    by Andy Bassett
    What's the best movie disc to showcase Dolby Atmos at home?
    Member mason1970 plans to demo a Samsung HW-Q950T 9.1.4 soundbar - what's the best Dolby Atmos movie track he can use to assess the hardware?  
  • Hi-Fi News

    4

    Bang & Olufsen unveils updated Beogram 4000c turntable

    by Andy Bassett
    Bang & Olufsen unveils updated Beogram 4000c turntable
    Available in a special run of only 95 units, the Beogram 4000c Recreated Limited Edition turntable is a resurrected blast from the past.  
  • Home AV News

    27

    Marantz announces AV7706 8K AV surround pre-amplifier

    by Andy Bassett
    Marantz announces AV7706 8K AV surround pre-amplifier
    The new AV7706 AV pre-amplifier features the latest surround sound audio formats, 8K compatibility, 11.2 channels and plenty of connectivity.  
  • TV News

    11

    LG clarifies OLED TV recall reports

    by Andy Bassett
    LG clarifies OLED TV recall reports
    Overheating powerboards on certain LG OLED TV models are being addressed in Korea but LG confirms there’s no recall programme in place in Europe.  
  • Home AV News

    1

    BenQ introduces iSeries of Android TV powered projectors

    by Andy Bassett
    BenQ introduces iSeries of Android TV powered projectors
    BenQ has added an updated range of three DLP projectors based around the Android TV smart platform.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    24

    Q Acoustics launches Q Active speakers

    by Andy Bassett
    Q Acoustics launches Q Active speakers
    The Q Active 200 bookshelf is Q Acoustics’ first ever active speaker, with the floorstanding Q Active 400 due to arrive early next year.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    1

    Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2021 event cancelled

    by Andy Bassett
    Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2021 event cancelled
    Organisers have announced that the Bristol Hi-Fi Show 2021 has been cancelled with alternative options now being explored.  
  • Deals News

    Sonus faber offers trade up scheme

    by Andy Bassett
    Sonus faber offers trade up scheme
    Sonus faber has announced a refund of the full original cost of a trade-in speaker against a range of new models.  
  • Movies & TV News

    177

    Cineworld expected to close UK cinemas for foreseeable future

    by Andy Bassett
    Cineworld expected to close UK cinemas for foreseeable future
    British cinema chain Cineworld will close all of its UK and Ireland based screens from next week putting thousands of jobs at risk.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    1

    Yamaha launches new wireless headphone range with adaptive technologies

    by Andy Bassett
    Yamaha launches new wireless headphone range with adaptive technologies
    Yamaha has revealed a new range of wireless headphones and true wireless earphones that use a raft of adaptive technologies to optimise the whole listening experience.  
  • Hi-Fi News

    Cambridge Audio unveils new-look SX speaker series

    by Andy Bassett
    Cambridge Audio unveils new-look SX speaker series
    Cambridge Audio’s 2013 SX range of compact and affordable speakers has undergone a refresh for 2020.  
  • Tech News

    20

    Google unveils Pixel 5 and 4a 5G smartphones

    by Andy Bassett
    Google unveils Pixel 5 and 4a 5G smartphones
    Google is pitching its newer smartphones away from the bruising powerhouse flagships of Samsung and iPhone and its latest Pixel 5 and 4a 5G models show off decent mid range specs with plenty of clever software.  
  • Movies & TV News

    64

    Google launches new Chromecast with Google TV

    by Andy Bassett
    Google launches new Chromecast with Google TV
    Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle has had a revamp and now comes with a much requested remote and a new browsing and recommendation layer called Google TV.  

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