It's high time we at AVS had a dedicated Seaton Sound non-subwoofer thread and here it is!
The focus of this thread is discussion of Mark Seaton's current loudspeaker offerings, specifically the CATALYST and the SPARK. It can certainly be used as a repository of information and discussion area for any new speakers Mark designs.
First things first: Here is the link to Mark Seaton's forum: www.seatonsound.net
. A great deal of information regarding technical specifications, sizes, prices, etc. can be found here in addition to a series of lively discussions.
Second: Here is the AVS link to Peter's (fugueness) excellent Catalyst thread. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1094517
Peter, who just this past weekend opened up his home once again for a large enthusiast GTG, is a great photographer and it is he who provided the "money shots" of the Catalyst in addition to insightful commentary. His observations of the Catalysts carry particular weight given he is "in the business."
As for me, I was fortunate enough to find out about Mark Seaton's other
loudspeaker designs after investigating and finally purchasing a SubMersive subwoofer. Like many others I was so pleased with the performance of the SubMersive I couldn't get my wallet out fast enough to order up a set of 3 Catalysts for LCR and 2 Sparks for surround duty. I will admit some trepidation in placing an order for loudspeakers I had not auditioned (usually a big no-no) but decided after much research that I would place my trust in Seaton. While I am still waiting patiently
for my Catalysts to arrive, I did receive my 2 Sparks early and am for now using them as a 2.1 system. Pictures below...
Well, I needn't have worried even a little. To MY EARS these are the best possible choice I could have made. They are EXACTLY what I was looking for in a loudspeaker! The dynamics are impossible to imagine for such a compact speaker. I'm sure this has much to do with the DSP controlled ICEpowered design (160W/140W). What is really striking is the unbelievable clarity of the Spark. A good quality female vocal leaves me slack-jawed.
I have never experienced such perfect crystal clarity in all my years with audio.
Unlike most AVS'rs, my emphasis will be on music first, HT second. While I look forward to the arrival of the Catalysts, for now I am a very happy camper with the Sparks.
Let the discussions begin!