Visiting Criterion Collection

For show notes, please visit our corresponding discussion thread.  Full Criterion visit documented in the podcast episode, available via the audio player below. 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 […]

Magnificent Obsession – Criterion Blu-ray Review

In the 1950’s, two studios seemed to have a lock in producing melodramatic movies of high quality: 20th Century Fox (Peyton Place being the most notable example) and Universal-International. The latter studio benefited from the presence of Douglas Sirk, a director who began his career in Germany before moving to […]

Mothra Blu Ray Review

Mill Creek Entertainment has released Ishiro Honda’s 1961 Kaiju classic and fan-favorite Mothra on Blu Ray.  This release includes both the 90-minute dubbed American theatrical cut and uncut 101-minute subtitled Japanese version.  Mothra has more of a fairy tale quality than its predecessors and in fact, bears greater resemblance to […]

Sound United and Onkyo terminate transfer deal

You may recall that we reported in May that Sound United, with its portfolio of brands including Denon, Polk Audio and Marantz, was poised to take on all Onkyo and Pioneer consumer business, but it looks that deal is no longer happening. We received news this week from Onkyo explaining […]

Howard Stern helms first LA radio show in nearly 20 years

Howard Stern commemorated the official opening of SiriusXM Hollywood Studios this week with his first broadcast in almost 20 years from Los Angeles, and by interviewing several Hollywood stars including Jennifer Aniston, Robert Downey, Jr., Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Levine, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The live broadcasts represented a special week of […]

McIntosh introduces three new home theater products

McIntosh has announced three new home theater products: the MX170 (pictured above) and MX123 AV Processors and the MC255 5-Channel Home Theater Amplifier. The 15.1-channel MX170 processor (MSRP $15,500) includes 4K UHD architecture, High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities, and immersive audio processing. It has 8 HDMI inputs and 4 HDMI […]

Weekly RoundUp 10-15-2019

  Where to find the Best Deals on Movies & TV Shows on 4k/UHD, Blu-ray and DVD… The Features   – 3 From Hell – 2019   – Our Hospitality – 1923   – Stuber – 2019   – Haxon – 1922 – Anton Walbrook & Dame Edith Evans (The […]

Vertere Acoustics launches new Redline Cables

UK-based Vertere Acoustics has confirmed the availability of a new Redline series of cables, all of which are designed to preserve the “dynamics, harmonic structure and detail” of music. Vertere believes it has addressed the common issue of corruption of delicate audio signals with a unique conductor design and internal […]

TCL offers ‘most advanced’ Roku TV at Best Buy

TCL has announced the U.S. availability of the 8-Series TVs at Best Buy stores only. The new models feature a “revolutionary picture” with QLED tech and Dolby Vision HDR, and immersive audio decoding with Dolby Atmos. The company says the new TVs also include Quantum Contrast and are the first […]

Mixcder HD901 Bluetooth Headphones Review

Back in July of this year, I was sent a press release that announced the availability of Mixcder HD901 Bluetooth Headphones. The headline on the release stated that they were “the lightest, most comfortable, lowest cost foldable Hi-Fi wireless headphones on the market.” That is a pretty bold and lofty […]

Toy Story 4 Blu-ray Review

Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang have settled in with new owner Bonnie (Madeline McGraw), who is about to enter kindergarten. Her parents have a strict rule that no toys can go to school, but Woody, fearing that Bonnie may feel lonely, stows away in her backpack during school orientation. Just as Woody feared, Bonnie is left to sit [...]

Sony announces content for 360 Reality Audio

Sony has announced that its new immersive sound technology, 360 Reality Audio, will be made available on Amazon Echo Studio with Amazon Music HD in the US, UK, Germany and Japan this year. The new system was announced at CES in January and uses Sony’s object-based ‘spacial audio’ technology. Artists […]