My initial (Day 1) Submersive F2 HP (2400w) impressions:
Appearance & Build Quality
Upon placing the order for the Seaton Submersive F2 HP subwoofers, I had no doubt in my mind that the aesthetics portrayed on the Seaton Forum and on AVS would be even more positively striking in person. This assertion was correct, as the appearance of these F2 subwoofers in the Rosenut finish is something that must be beheld in-person in order to truly be appreciated. The design details (i.e. the sloping of the cabinet, leading to the front baffle, and the angular rear construction) is visually pleasing enough to be actual furniture. The Submersive F2 itself is satisfyingly heavy and can be difficult to position. I would recommend furniture sliders for those with a penchant for excessive positioning and tweaking.
The physical setup of these F2 subwoofers was as simple as it gets. The unit ships with a fairly long power cable and a single endedàXLR (Balanced) cable adapter. I already had two runs of single-ended cable from prior equipment, so these adapters were quite useful. I connected the existing subwoofer cable to the XLR adapters, and then plugged the adapters’ XLR connection into the appropriate input on the rear of the F2. I then plugged the power cable into each F2, which required a clockwise turn until a soft snap is heard, at which point, the connection becomes secure. After that, I connected it to a dedicated 20 Amp circuit (one of two in my room). Once complete, I set the power switch to the “On” position, and prepared to have my life changed.
Setup of the subwoofer in the equalization realm was a bit more difficult for me. When I first turned the subwoofer on, my door nearly rattled off its hinges when I queued up my go-to bass scene from around the 1:50:00 mark in the penultimate set-piece battle on the Transformers Blu Ray. I was so shocked at the output that I had to scramble for the mute button while I proceeded to lower the gain on both Submersives. Once this was done, I ran Audyssey XT/32 (which required that I set each subwoofer to the 75Hz test tone), Once Audyssey was completed, the sound was extremely subdued (pun intended) and I began to worry that I had just wasted money. Initially, I thought my corner bass traps (GIK Tri-Traps) were the culprits, so I removed them from the room and re-did the setup, but to no avail. The sound was still quite muffled and subdued, so I replaced the tri-traps and re-ran Audyssey again. Then, I began tweaking the volume knob on each subwoofer, and I realized that Audyssey simply set my subwoofer volume too low on the a/v processor. Auto-EQ is meant to be a starting point for fine-tuning audio, and I wholeheartedly took that philosophy for all it was worth. I turned the subwoofer up 5 clicks from the lowest setting, and instantly, I had bass such as I had never witnessed before in either room nor Cineplex. That is when I smiled and I knew that I had purchased something very very special. Let me state that at no point was either Submersive F2 at fault here, but rather the Audyssey processing utilized.
The music and movies I tested out yesterday are too numerous for me to provide detailed narratives for each; however, I will divulge the media that offered the best immediate experience with the Submersive F2 HP subwoofers. The first is a 96/24 track called Heartbeat from Head Fi’s compilation “Open Your Ears” album. This track has pulsating bass that goes extremely loud. When I first played the track, I wondered why the bass wasn’t booming throughout the room as it had when I had my SVS; it was at that point that I realized that what I was listening to actually sounded like a heartbeat—taut and defined, instead of a series of BOOMS that cheaply rattle the ears with no definition. Make no mistake, too often, people confuse “boom” with “good bass.” This is not the case at all. The first time you hear true definition within a bass track, you can never go back to boomy bass. I believe this extreme definition is resultant of the combination of the GIK tri-traps and the Submersive’s raw bass reproduction prowess.
Next, we have the pod emergence scene from War of the Worlds. Up until yesterday, I never know what the big fuss was, in regards to this scene. I’ve seen it mentioned many times on various subwoofer threads; however, never have I been impressed by the scene with my equipment; thus—as human nature insisted—I proceeded to instill the belief within myself that this scene was simply overhyped as it built momentum over the years.
I was wrong.
When I turned on that pod-emergence scene, my perception of the scene began the way it always did in the past. “Here we go, time to be underwhelmed again.” Well, when that first crack began running through the street, I kid you not—I began grinning, shouting “oooooh,” and, most importantly, I turned the volume UP to reference (my eyes are still shaking)! Once that scene was over, I sat there in a daze as the rest of the film continued to play for 4-5 minutes. Is this what being a Submersive owner is all about? Why yes, yes it is.
Last but not least, there’s a Demonstration disc from Datasat Digital called Crop Circle. This Demonstration doesn’t have overwhelming bass, but is has GREAT bass integrated with some of the best audio I’ve ever witnessed. The Submersive worked seamlessly within this demonstration and had me smiling from ear-to-ear. I cannot emphasize this enough: The Submersive F2 HPs are not merely for rattling teeth; there can be subtle as well, as it shows in this Datasat Crop Circle demonstration.
Material used to test out the Seaton Submersive F2 HP subwoofers consisted of
War of the Worlds
Datasat Digital Crop Circle Demonstration Clip.
Master & Commander: Far Side of the World
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Toy Story 3
Too much to list.
COD: Modern Warfare 3
Uncharted 2 & 3
Dead Space 2
The Seaton Submersive F2 HP subwoofer has opened my ears and I never want to close them. The bass goes low and remains clean and taut, thus preserving definition at any volume; setup is easy, albeit the equalization of your preamp may require fine-tuning; and last but not least, the Submersive F2 cabinets are absolutely mesmerizing to look at. Seaton Sound has found a customer for life.