AVForums is both an audio-visual forum and a website containing information, reviews and articles on home theater, hi-fi, technology, movies, music, video games, and much more. Founded in 2000, the British site now has users in over 200 countries. The UK’s most visited AV forum also has a social media presence, with over 100,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel.
Every year, this specialist site rewards the best performing audio-video devices of the year with the prestigious AVForums Editor’s Choice label. The winning equipment is divided into several categories: televisions, projectors, home theater and hi-fi. As a result, you will find soundbars, subwoofers, AV receivers, OLED TVs, wireless hi-fi speakers, turntables and hi-fi headphones among the many winners. Sony, LG, Devialet, SVS, Yamaha, McIntosh, Focal, Sonus faber… Here are some of the lucky winners.
Televisions & projectors
In the TV category, Japanese manufacturer Sony has done well with the models in the Sony A95K range, named the best TVs of 2022 by AVForums. Equipped with a bright QD-OLED panel and Sony’s Cognitive Processor XR image processor, the Sony XR-A95K televisions offer “image quality that gets as close as possible to a reference grading monitor.”
For gaming, LG’s OLED G2 TVs were awarded by the AVForums editorial team. LG OLED G2 TVs are perfectly suited for video games with support for VRR G-Sync and FreeSync technologies. In addition, they are capable of displaying 4K images at up to 120 Hz, include HDMI 2.1 ports for smooth images at up to 4K 120 FPS, and offer direct access to Cloud Gaming services. As an added bonus, the excellent Game Optimizer menu offers a shortcut to all the LG OLED G2 TV settings that are essential for gaming.
“The gaming performance of the LG G2 is class-leading for OLED panels”
This year, AVForums awarded the title of best ultra short-throw home theater projector to the LG HU715QW. Equipped with a powerful RGB laser lamp, this model of the Korean manufacturer offers “the most all-round enjoyable and consistent video picture quality of any UST model we’ve seen” according to the specialized site. The LG HU715QW projector also benefits from the LG WebOS home interface to access many entertainment services, including Netflix, Apple TV+, Disney+, Prime Video and YouTube.
Discover the LG HU715QW ultra short-throw projector review on the Son-Vidéo.com blog.
In the home theater category, the Devialet Dione soundbar caught the attention of AVForums with one of the “most distinctive designs in the soundbar world”. The first soundbar of the French manufacturer also offers excellent sound performance, with 17 drivers and an amplification of 950 watts RMS to immerse the listener in a real sound bubble.
Discover the review of the Devialet Dione soundbar on the Son-Vidéo.com blog.
The SVS 3000 Micro subwoofer is considered by AVForums journalists to be “the best value subwoofer”. This sleek model delivers ultra-powerful, deep bass down to 23Hz in a compact package thanks to its dual 8-inch drivers and Sledge STA-800D2M amplification capable of delivering 800 watts RMS with peaks of over 2500 watts.
“the SVS 3000 Micro offers incredible value, performance and functionality in a miniature package”
Still in the home theater field, AVForums chose to reward the Yamaha Aventage RX-A6A amp for its superb stereo and Dolby Atmos performance. This 9.2 channel AV receiver has 150 watts per channel to power most speakers. It features MusicCast multi-room technology, Yamaha YPAO calibration, and HDMI jacks that support 4K/120 and 8K/60 for optimal viewing quality. “It’s an excellent mid-level performer offering almost everything a modern AV fan needs” AVForums concludes.
In the hi-fi category you will find the McIntosh MA950 hi-fi amplifier, considered by AVForums as “the best high-end stereo amplifier” of the year. Capable of delivering up to 2 x 200 watts at 2, 4 or 8 ohms and equipped with the American brand’s Autoformer, Power Guard and Sentry Monitor technologies, this exceptional model offers an outstanding sound experience.
“The McIntosh MA8950 can handle almost any spread of sources, power almost any pair of speakers and work comfortably in almost any room”
The Sonus faber Omnia connected speaker is also among the winners of the AVForums Editor’s Choice award. This stylish wireless speaker features seven drivers in a four-way configuration for a wide, spacious and realistic soundstage. Once connected to the WiFi network, the Omnia offers many streaming options to make the most of digital music. “The Sonus faber surprised with enough aplomb that we stopped thinking of it as a wireless speaker and simply appreciated it as a piece of music equipment,” says AVForums.
Read the Sonus Faber Omnia review on the Son-Vidéo blog.
Once again, the French brand Focal is among the favorites of the AVForums editorial staff with this year’s Focal Utopia 2022 hi-fi headphones. Featuring an open structure and proprietary pure beryllium drivers, the new headphones offer “a level of performance that is sometimes supernatural.” Moreover, the Focal Utopia 2022 headphones combine design, elegance and comfort with high-quality materials such as carbon and leather.
Find our review of the Focal Utopia 2022 headphones on the Son-Vidéo.com blog.
“The Focal Utopia 2022 is, realistically, the best headphone on the planet right now”
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