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Phil Hinton

Phil Hinton (Twitter) has managed the editorial content on AVForums since 2002. With the assistance of AVForums founder Stuart Wright, he established and built the editorial section starting with DVD reviews and news. Over the last 12 years it has grown substantially to include new subject areas such as home cinema, tech and gaming along with regular podcasts and videos.
As Editor-in-chief, he is responsible for all news stories, articles, reviews, podcasts and videos produced by the site in all the subject areas.

The editorial content produced by AVForums covers all aspects of home entertainment including home cinema, technology, games and movies. In order to help with the accuracy and objectivity of AVForums reviews, Phil is also a fully qualified video calibrator.

After leaving school, Phil studied radio/TV production & journalism at college, before leaving home at 17 and working in a number of jobs. He has had a keen interest in home cinema from the early days of Pro-logic & LaserDisc. In 1998 Phil joined the Police in a career that lasted 10 years. It was during that period that he started building the editorial in his spare time and finally joined AVForums full time as Editor-in-chief in 2008. His passions include cars, home cinema, movies, music, photography & film making.

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    AVForums Podcast: 17th February 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we preview the Bristol Hi-Fi Show, review an SVS Subwoofer and discuss the Samsung release news for 8K and 4K TVs in Europe. Plus we ask, what are the best pandemic or apocalypse movies?  
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    BenQ W5700 4K DLP Projector Review

    by Phil Hinton
    BenQ releases a home cinema focussed single-chip 4K DLP projector which promises accurate colours out of the box thanks to factory calibration. So can it really do everything it claims? Let's find out...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 10th February 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we pay tribute to a Hollywood great, review the 77-inch LG C9 OLED TV and Acoustic Energy AE500 speakers as well as name our Oscar winners and more...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 3rd February 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we have reviews of a 4K DLP projector from BenQ, a speaker system from Polk and the Naim Mu-So QB Gen2. Plus, Cas provides us with four movie reviews and we round-up the best of the month for January...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 27th January 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we discuss the Philips TV launch event in Amsterdam and the new products announced. Ed reviews a cross-over Hi-Fi and AV product from Marantz, plus we review Star Trek: Picard on Amazon and our favourite TV shows over the festive period.  
  • TV News

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    VIDEO: Philips launch 805, 855 and 865 OLED TVs | Will they guarantee against burn-in?

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview Philips picture guru Danny Tack about the new TV models as well as burn-in suppression technology, smooth gradation technology along with Filmmaker mode and why there is no HDMI 2.1  
  • TV Review

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    Samsung Q800T 8K QLED TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The Samsung Q800T is the company's new affordable 8K option, but still includes 4.2.2-channel OTS+, wide viewing angle and full array backlight.  
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    AVForums Podcast: 20th January 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we look forward to the TV year ahead, discuss if OLED has reached its peak and the return of Loewe. We review Bad Boys for Life and 1917 at the cinema, cover the latest film releases as well as dissecting Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.  
  • TV Review

    Hisense U7 4K LCD TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The Hisense U7 is the company's midrange 4K ULED TV with support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and Dolby Atmos.  
  • TV Review

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    Hisense U8 4K LCD TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The Hisense U8 is the company's latest flagship 4K ULED TV with a new JBL sound system.  
  • TV Review

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    Sony XH90 4K LCD TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The Sony XH90 is the company's latest midrange 4K LCD TV with full array local dimming and Apple support.  
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    Sony XH95 4K LCD TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The Sony XH95 is the company's latest high-end 4K LCD TV with full array local dimming and X-Wide Angle technology.  
  • TV Review

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    Sony A9 4K OLED TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The Sony A9 is the company's latest 4K OLED TV, and now includes X-Motion Clarity and a 48-inch screen size.  
  • TV Review

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    Sony A8 4K OLED TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The Sony A8 is the company's latest midrange 4K OLED TV, and now includes X-Motion Clarity.  
  • TV Review

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    Panasonic HZ2000 4K OLED TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The Panasonic HZ2000 is the company's latest flagship 4K OLED TV with a custom pro panel, Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Vision IQ.  
  • TV Review

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    LG GX 4K OLED TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The LG GX is the company's new high-end Gallery 4K OLED TV which is only 20mm deep and comes with a dedicated no-gap wall mount.  
  • TV Review

    LG BX 4K OLED TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The LG BX is the latest entry-level 4K OLED TV that boasts a host of new features including Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Vision IQ.  
  • TV Review

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    LG CX 4K OLED TV Preview

    by Phil Hinton
    The LG CX is the latest midrange 4K OLED TV that boasts a host of new features including Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Vision IQ.  
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    AVForums Podcast: CES 2020 Special

    by Phil Hinton
    Phil and Steve wrap-up the CES coverage with discussions on the latest TV announcements from this year's show and what to look forward to in 2020.  
  • TV News

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    VIDEO: Sony launch ZH8 8K, A9 and A8 4K OLED TVs and XH90, XH95 4K FALD TVs

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview Gavin McCarron about the new TV line-up from Sony in 2020. We cover the latest 8K screens, new OLEDs and two new FALD backlit LCDs.  
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    VIDEO: TCL Show next-gen Vidrian Mini LED, plus QLED models coming to UK

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview Marek Maciejewski, Director of Product Development at TCL to find out what TVs will make it to the UK in 2020. Plus, we learn more about the new 'Vidrian' Mini LED TV as well as taking a look at some ultra-slim mini LED concepts.  
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    VIDEO: Hisense launch new QLED TVs for the UK, but NO ULED XD!

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview Arun Bhotoye the UK senior marketing manager for Hisense. We take a look at the QLED FALD TVs to be launched in the UK in Q2 2020 and discuss why ULED XD is not coming to the UK.  
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    VIDEO: LG CX and GX OLED Picture Settings, Picture Quality and Panel Details

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview Neil Robinson from LG about the 2020 LG OLED picture settings and image quality updates, gaming modes, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Vision IQ along with calibration features added this year.  
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    VIDEO: Full LG CX, GX OLED, NanoCell 8K and Mini LED concept walk through

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview James Thomas the product manager from LG UK about the new BX, CX and GX OLEDs, 8K screens and NanoCell, along with the Mini LED concept and more...  
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    VIDEO: What is Filmmaker Mode?

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview UHD Alliance President Mike Fidler and ask him to explain what Filmmaker Mode is and what it does to your TV picture quality.  
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    VIDEO: What is Dolby Vision IQ?

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview Javier Foncillas about the new Dolby Vision IQ features and what it does with the light sensor in the TV. Is it still the creator's intent?  
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    VIDEO: What is Dolby Atmos Music?

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview Javier Foncillas from Dolby Europe about the new Dolby Atmos music format which is now available via apps from Amazon Music and Tidal via a smart speaker and mobile devices with headphones.  
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    VIDEO: Panasonic HZ2000 OLED Full Details and Specs

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview Paul Williams from Panasonic about the new HZ2000 4K OLED TV announced at CES 2020. It features a custom pro panel with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support as well as the new Dolby Vision IQ and Filmmaker picture modes.  
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    VIDEO: LG BX, CX, GX OLED AutoCal updates for 2020 announced at CES

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview Tyler Pruitt from Portrait Displays about the new AutoCal features available in the 2020 OLED TVs from LG.  
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    VIDEO: Samsung Micro LED, why 8K QLED and why no Dolby Vision?

    by Phil Hinton
    We interview Craig Cunningham from Samsung Europe and get more details about Micro LED TVs, why we need 8K and why there is no Dolby Vision or Atmos support on the 2020 TVs and more...  
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    VIDEO: Samsung 8K QLED TVs launched at CES 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    Samsung's flagship 8K QLED TVs were launched at the First Look event at CES 2020.  
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    VIDEO: Samsung Micro LED TV range unveiled at CES 2020

    by Phil Hinton
    We report from the Samsung First Look event which saw the release of a full range of Micro LED TVs for 2020.  
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    LG B9 4K OLED Review

    by Phil Hinton
    LG's new entry-level 55-inch B9 OLED 4K TV boasts all the same features found on last year's models but adds the Alpha 7 Gen 2 processor and Amazon Alexa.  
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    Samsung Q80R (QE55Q80R) QLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    The Q80R offers some of the high-end QLED features seen on the Q90R but does away with the One Connect box. It has the Quantum Processor 4K AI-enhanced image processing, Ultra Viewing Angle filter and a Full Array Local Dimming panel with 50 zones.  
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    AVForums Podcast: Christmas Special

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we wrap up the year with our best TVs, Home Cinema, Hi-Fi, films, 4K discs and TV shows of 2019. We also look forward to CES and what we might expect to see...  
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    AVForums Podcast: 9th December 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we tell Ed some home truths, interview Danny Tack from Philips, review high-end home cinema and Jumanji: The Next Level at the Cinema...  
  • TV Review

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    LG E9 (OLED55E9) OLED TV Review

    by Phil Hinton
    The E9 features the second-generation Alpha 9 processor and the introduction of HDMI 2.1, enabling High Frame Rate and lossless object-based audio. There's support for every flavour of HDR, bar HDR10+, and Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro makes sure the E9 is displaying the best HDR10 image quality. So is it worth the higher cost compared to the C9?  
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    AVForums Podcast: 2nd December 2019

    by Phil Hinton
    This week we cover the Editor's Choice Awards for Projectors, Steve reviews a soundbar and Ed reviews some Hi-Fi. Plus, we review Knives Out at the cinema, The Irishman on Netflix and also cover the best of the month.  
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    Best Projectors of 2019 - Editor's Choice Awards

    by Phil Hinton
    We round-up the best projectors of 2019 from the entry-level to the super high-end. So which beamers won out over the rest as the best of 2019? Click to find out...  

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