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April 28, 2022  

Episode 36 - Pro Reviewer Caleb Denison of Digital Trends

April 28, 2022 4:30 PM EST

Pro Reviewer Caleb Denison of Digital Trends

Caleb Denison | Senior Editor, Digital Trends


  • Sam’s pain:  Got G2 77” on Monday.  Installer not coming til next week. 
  • Sony tries to beat JVC’s 2022  projectors, Sam is not super impressed 

Pro Reviewer Caleb Denison of Digital Trends:

  • How would you describe your job, and how does Digital Trends fit in to the wider internet and home theater landscape?
  • What's got you jazzed about 2022 panels, and what other tech are you tracking and reviewing?  How has your “most anticipated” article shaken out so far?  You dig the latest Macbooks I see, Love mine!
  • How do you see the role of pro reviewers evolving given the flood of independent tech enthusiasts?  
  • You follow all the tiers of the market, right?  How do you see the low end evolving?
  • What's going on with 3D?
  • Have we reached saturation and maturity on display tech?  What do you see the next great leap being?
  • What do you see as the biggest home theater issues that most users are facing?  It’s 2022 and we are still using one way (ie dumb) RF tech to try to coordinate all our components.  How has nobody fixed this?  CAN anyone ever fix it?
  • Is HDMI as big a mess as Sam thinks it is?
  • Got an opinion on physical media vs streaming / buying digitally?  Is it “And” or “Or” for you?
  • Going big and going small.  42" and 97 OLED are finally arriving. The waiting is the hardest part.. Think either end will make any big waves in the market?
  • Can projectors hope to compete and survive with panels nearing and beating 100 inches?  

Quick Good Bad and Ugly:

Sam - The Northman

Caleb -  Dune

March 29, 2022  

Episode 35 - 2022 Flat Panel Preview Round Table

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Episode 35

March 29, 2022 7:30 PM EST

2022 new flat panel round table


Stop the Fomo

Whisper Status 74

Tech with KG

Keep it classy tech


Reconnection (5m or less):

  • Brian on sabbatical 

2022 flat panel round table (Target time 1h or less):

  • What's got you jazzed about the new panels?
  • LG seems to be smashing it with C2/G2 line, is anyone else able to keep up?
  • Launch prices seem pretty reasonable, is it worth buying launch window or is Black Friday / closeout still the way to go?
  • Buying a closeout c1/g1 worth it?
  • Are the heatsinks the real deal?  
  • It's 2022, and reviewers are still talking about OLED burn in, especially for gaming.  Is this FUD or reality?
  • Going big and going small.  42" and 97. The waiting is the hardest part..
  • $25k for 97 reasonable?
  • Can projectors hope to compete and survive with panels nearing and beating 100 inches?  
  • Do you think CEDIA 2022 will go?  Will you attend?
February 7, 2022  

Episode 34 - Directors

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Episode 34

February 7, 2022 8:00 PM EST

Directors Rountable Discussion


Reconnection (5m or less):

  • Reflecting on MD trip, visit to Sam’s, movies, filling suitcase
  • Revisiting Brian’s Scariest Movie
  • Sam’s “new” projector
  • Sam cleared out 500+ disks!
  • Todd: Does the LOTR collection “hold up”
  • Ghostbusters Afterlife at home better than Dolby Cinema?

Directors (Target time 1h or less):

  • How much power does a director really have?
  • “Final cut” 
  • What’s the best analogy for director: conductor, dictator, somewhere in between?
  • Favorite Directors?
  • Shitty Directors?
  • Who had the best career?
  • Who are you most excited about from the crop of new directors? 
  • What director is influencing/mentoring the most? Back to Corman

Quick Good Band and Ugly:

Sam - Pam and Tommy

Brian - Godzilla vs. Kong, WW84

Todd - Reacher

Neil - it’s a secret

January 18, 2022  

Episode 33 - We Have Questions!

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Episode 33

January 15,  2022 8:00 PM EST

We have questions! The Lipton and Films to be buried with quizzes


Reconnection (5m or less):

  • Basement coming along
  • Covid


Lipton questions:


  • What is your favorite word?
  • What is your least favorite word?
  • What turns you on?
  • What turns you off?
  • What sound or noise do you love?
  • What sound or noise do you hate?
  • What is your favorite curse word?
  • What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  • What profession would you not like to do?
  • If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Films To Be Buried With Questions


  • What was the first-ever film you saw?
  • What was the film that scared you the most?
  • What was the film that made you cry the most?
  • What film is TERRIBLE but you love it?
  • What is the film you once loved but watching it now you realise it’s terrible?
  • What is the film that means the most to you? Not because of the film it’s self, but because of the memories, you have of it.
  • What is the sexiest film?
  • Which film do you most relate to?
  • Which film is objectively the greatest ever?
  • Which film is the one you’ve watched the most?
  • What’s the worst film you’ve ever seen?
  • What is the film that’s literally made you laugh out loud the most?

Quick Good Bad and Ugly:

Sam - Don’t look up

Brian -  Tenet

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

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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.

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