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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.

November 30, 2021  

Replay: Favorite Movie Scenes To Demo For Others

Introducing the new Home Theater Forum Podcast!  In this episode, hosts Brian Dobbs and Sam Posten detail their history in the home theater hobby, talk a little bit about their current theater setups, and describe what makes their top five demo scenes so memorable. A selection of other honorable mention demos are also touched upon.

November 22, 2021  

Episode 31 - Robert Zohn of Value Electronics on Black Friday Part Deux

Home Theater United

Episode 31

November 22, 2021 8:00 PM EST

Black Friday Part DEUX With special guest Robert Zohn of Value Electronics


Reconnection (5m or less):

  • Whatcha get so far for pre-black friday sales?


Black Friday (Target time 1h give or take): Interviewing Robert Zohn of Value Electronics

  • How do you plan out for holiday specials
  • Are holiday specials going on now?  Will they change on the ‘real’ black friday?
  • Can you provide any hints =)
  • How are you able to compete with chains like bestbuy and online with Amazon
  • How, as a retailer, do you feel about Black Friday becoming a ‘season’ and not a single day?  
  • What were the results of your TV shootout and will that affect your holiday sale plans
  • You are an advocate for short throw projectors, can you tell us more about that?  How did that evolve
  • What's your own home theater like, if you have one =)
  • Are you disk only???
  • How has the pandemic affected you / Value?
  • Any word on the 2021 JVC monsters being released
  • Do you think CES 2022 will go?  Will you attend?

Quick Good Band and Ugly:


Sam - Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Brian - Police Academy 1-7

Robert - Not submitting, just guessing


Notes: national anthem - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIVu0afUbfY

November 15, 2021  

Episode 30 - Black Friday with Todd Erwin

Black Friday With special guest Todd Erwin

Reconnection (5m or less):

  • Republishing first handful of episodes in feed?
  • Sam’s Basement update, new mac, new mic! Watching shows in the living room.
  • ANOTHER SHOW next Monday!
  • Films to be buried with and other podcasts

Black Friday (Target time 1h or less):

  • What Black Friday means to you
  • When BF actually starts, and how long it lasts?
  • Current deals?
  • Future deals?
  • Is Black Friday really the best time to buy a new TV?
  • Black Friday tracking: Slickdeals, Twitter, Other web resources?
  • Camping out?  
  • Quick mention - cosmos: possible worlds, predestination

Quick Good Band and Ugly:

Sam - The Imitation Game, Rogue

Brian - Lion

Todd - Only Murders in the Building

October 18, 2021  

Episode 29 - Room within a room - With Dave Upton

October 18, 2021 8:00 PM EST

Room Within A Room With special guest Dave Upton, co-owner Home Theater Forum

Reconnection (5m or less):

  • Black Friday is coming up!
  • Sam’s theater is demolished!  The Podcast studio too.
  • New Macbooks plus Apple Logic now natively encodes Dolby Atmos!

Room Modes (Target time 1h or less):

Quick Good Band and Ugly:

Sam - Green Knight UHD Disk and extras 

Brian - Westworld Season 2

Dave - Lost City of Z

September 23, 2021  

Episode 28 - Room Modes with Dave Upton

Reconnection (5m or less):

  • Mike Alder music video - TV TOO HIGH! =)
  • Christopher Nolan Oppenheimer
  • Value Electronics Shootout winners
  • Sam - baby did a bad bad thing

Room Modes (Target time 1h or less):

September 6, 2021  

Episode 27 - Home Theater Snacks Nom Nom


  • RIP Michael K Williams
  • CEDIA was a bust
  • Connections made via CEDIA, Powershades and MantelMount
  • Value Electronics Shootout next weekend!

Snacks Nom Nom:

  • History of theater snacks
  • What are your favorite snacks?
    • Sam

      • ‘Secret’ mix popcorn
      • Candy choices go!
    • Brian
      • Popcorn
      • Chips
      • Bags vs. bowls
      • Drinks
      • Bathroom breaks
      • Eating at the theater
August 9, 2021  

Episode 26 - What Are You Watching

Home Theater United

Episode 26

August 9, 2021 800 PM EST

What are you watching?


Reconnection (5m or less):

  • Sam’s got booth time lined up for CEDIA.  STAY AWAY COVID!
  • Brian’s 2003 CEDIA memories

Interview (Target time 1h or less):

  • What are you watching?
    • Sam
      • Ted Lasso
      • The Green Knight
      • Suicide Squad
      • Mr. Corman
    • Brian
      • Olympics
      • 500 Nations
      • Wyatt Earp / Tombstone
      • 1917
      • Selma
      • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quick Good Band and Ugly:

Sam - Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

Brian - Nymphomaniac 5-hour director’s cut



Infinite Jest

21 hour Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


July 27, 2021  

More on Amps with John Rice and John Dirk

John Rice returns to fill in some of the details on amps and separates we didn't get to.  And longtime HTF member John Dirk joins to bring another perspective and talk about his journey from receiver to separates.  Brian and Sam get schooled on why higher wattage doesn't necessarily mean 'louder'.  And the John's get to show how they would spend Sam's upgrade budget to move to separates while being able to run HDMI 2.1, VRR and other new tech.

  • Introducing John Dirk

    • John’s history with amps
    • What John is running today
  • Round two on amps and separates versus integrated receivers
    • John Rice had points he didn’t get to make last time
  • Build Sam a recommended Amp stack
    • Can it do HDMI 2.1?  Only two inputs or more?


Quick Good Band and Ugly:

Sam - Spiral from the book of Saw

Brian - Birds Of Prey

John Rice - Colossal

John Dirk - Cowboys and Aliens

July 12, 2021  

Home Theater Forum’s Todd Erwin and Neil Middlemiss return to talk reviews, streaming, and helping new members

Special Guests/topic: Todd Erwin and Neil Middlemiss from the HTF Review Crew return

  • Atmos music
  • Guiding home theater beginners with buying advice
  • Streaming frustrations update
  • Sam’s THX Onyx Review follow up
  • Latest Reviews with Todd and Neil
  • Good, Bad and Ugly
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