Home Theater United Podcast

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January 5, 2022  

Replay: Hey Kids, Whatcha Watchin’?

Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten talk about what they have watched in 2020 -- the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Listen in, as they try to guess where each other’s selections ended up.

January 4, 2022  

Replay: Home Video Library, Memorabilia and Tchotchkes

Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten take a deep dive into how they store, organize, and display their home theater media collection.  Sam embraces chaos, Brian is way more thoughtful.  They also discuss the tchotchkes and other items that bring personality to their home theater areas.

December 27, 2021  

Episode 32 - Adrian Silva of Stewart Filmscreen

Home Theater United

Episode 32

December 27,  2021 8:00 PM EST

Special Guest Adrian Silva of Stewart Filmscreen



  • Whatcha get for Christmas and or Boxing day???
  • Sam’s got no screen on the wall, oh no!  But the carpet is back and the walls are darker, dun dun dun!
  • JVC NZ8 still delayed
  • Matrix DRM Disaster
  • Denon 1700h still delayed (best buy had stock for about an hour tho!)
  • CES is coming!
  • Brian’s Outlaw amp

Guest Interview Adrian Silva of Stewart Filmscreen:

  • What's the general history of Stewart, have you always focused exclusively on screens?
  • What are the different lines of screen materials and form factors?
  • Can you tell us about your automated masking systems?
  • Do you sell more 16x9 or ultra wide?
  • How does someone make the call on materials?  Can you talk about your web program that goes question by question to narrow it down?  
  • White versus grey?
  • How do you select gain?
  • Are laser sparkles and PJ hot spots big considerations?
  • Can you order direct from Stewart or must you use a local rep / store?
  • Can you tell us more about the Kaleidescape deal?
  • Is there really a need for different materials with 8k?
  • What’s in your own home theaters?
  • Do you think CES 2022 will go?  Will you attend  or are you CEDIA focused?

Quick Good Bad and Ugly:

Sam - Spider-Man No Way Home Dolby Cinema

Brian - Mortal Kombat 2021 (Dick Tracy quick mention)

Adrian - A Christmas Story

December 23, 2021  

Replay: Stranded On A Desert Island

Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten are joined by reviewers and owners from HTF to discuss which movies they would bring with them while stranded on a desert island.  This discussion took place during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, of which most people were isolated more than ever, and thus inspired the episode. Special guests include Neill Middlemiss, Todd Erwin, Dave Upton, Josh Steinberg, Cameron Yee, Adam Gregorich.

December 22, 2021  

Replay: Spoilers

Join Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten as they talk about all things related to spoilers and movie secrecy.

December 20, 2021  

Replay: Aspect Ratios

Join Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten as they talk about movie aspect ratios, from their history, why we need them, and optical physics that help define them.  Topics such as soft and hard matting, constant image height projection, and comparisons of television, computer and movie aspect ratios are explored.

December 14, 2021  

Replay: Visiting Criterion Collection

Sam Posten and Home Theater Forum Co-Owner Ron Epstein visit Criterion Collection in New York.  Sam interviews Technical Director Lee Kline, Producer Abbey Lustgarten and Audio Supervisor Ryan Hullings about how they work with assets provided by film rights-holders to put out the best series of serious films.  Although the tag on the YouTube video indicates there are more videos in the series, we were only authorized to publish this one.

December 10, 2021  

Replay: Shelf Regret: Why Did I Buy This?

Join Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten as they talk about titles in their collection that they now wonder why they spent actual money on.

December 7, 2021  

Replay: Home Video: Buy, Rent or Stream?

In this episode of The Home Theater Forum Podcast hosts Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten discuss the merits of buying, renting or streaming media, and where they personally choose to acquire media from.

December 2, 2021  

Replay: Defining Home Theater

In this episode of The Home Theater Forum Podcast hosts Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten dig into just what defines a modern home theater. They talk about the history of home theater from the 1950s onward, then narrow down the definition to a specific space designed for the critical appreciation of movies, regardless of the room’s cost, size, or technology.

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