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post #241 of 764
Art Sonneborn is in Battle Creek Mi.He is all over this Site.
post #242 of 764
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Originally Posted by dave98svt View Post

Hudda, Did you get your catalysts yet? Does anyone in Michigan have any Seaton speakers or subs? I would love to hear them.

I am in Novi, MI and you are welcome to PM me if you want to come and listen to the Catalysts. My system includes: Catalysts (LCR), dual Terraforms with the sound calibration done by Mark.

We just had a eight guys in the theater watching Transofrmers 2 at reference... the sound is just incredible.

Here are some pics to hold you over until you drop by...







and some pics of the latest with the the veneered finishes... mine are simple black and are hidden behind the screen. I have seen some of these in person and they are really nice... they may even get spousal approval ;-)




post #243 of 764
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by dave98svt View Post

Hudda, Did you get your catalysts yet? Does anyone in Michigan have any Seaton speakers or subs? I would love to hear them.


No, not yet although we are getting close. The monkey wrench was me changing the order at the last minute to get the new veneered versions of the Catalysts. Mine will be in merlot cherry. No sonic changes, just cosmetic ones which I thought made sense because mine won't be behind a screen.

If I lived anywhere near you I'd take Itai up on his kind offer. He's got more woofage than most of us anyway. I'm envious of his setup. The Catalyst he posted above is the first sample in black oak. Very sharp if you ask me but I'm still looking forward to seeing Catalysts in the other new finishes.

Chris
post #244 of 764
Time to bump up the thread
Finally got on the build que for 3 Sparks - mid March estimate
I'll start with these and if I really like will move up to some Catalysts
be a big change for me - been using Celestion monitors in one sort or another since back in the glory days of the SL700, Sl600 etc
post #245 of 764
Ok im thinking about taking the plunge and going with 3 Sparks LCR, im currently using Klipsch RF 7's with an Emotiva 1000watt for an amp. Has anyone heard both speakers to give me an idea what to expect as far as pros/cons to this idea?
post #246 of 764
I have got the submersive on the way... time to start thinking about these... hmmm...
post #247 of 764
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Originally Posted by RICKVALLEJOS View Post

Ok im thinking about taking the plunge and going with 3 Sparks LCR, im currently using Klipsch RF 7's with an Emotiva 1000watt for an amp. Has anyone heard both speakers to give me an idea what to expect as far as pros/cons to this idea?

3 Sparks for LCR would be quite a sweet step up. Would you mate the Sparks with dual Submersives @ 100hz crossover?

There is also the Danley SM-60 coming out sometime this year, or going with passive JTR T8's are great options.
post #248 of 764
I currently have only 1 submersive so time to think about maybe another 1 or maybe go with the Tarraform XL. Im just not sure if the sparks would be a big upgrade over the RF 7's or not.
post #249 of 764
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Originally Posted by RICKVALLEJOS View Post

I currently have only 1 submersive so time to think about maybe another 1 or maybe go with the Tarraform XL. Im just not sure if the sparks would be a big upgrade over the RF 7's or not.

Are you unhappy in someway with the Klipsch RF 7 performance? What do you hope to get out of the change?
post #250 of 764
Very good question, im actually very happy with the Klipsch its just after reading what an incredible peaker this Spark is im getting upgradeitis I suppose.
post #251 of 764
Do the Klipsch actually compare to the Seatons speakers?
post #252 of 764
Im not to sure if they compare thats why I was hoping somebody has heard the two.
post #253 of 764
I am interested in Catalysts for my HT but I have not been able to demo the speakers. I will be in northern NJ the week of March 9 and I was wondering if anyone has a setup that I could listen to? I would be eternally grateful...
post #254 of 764
Well half my speakers Catalysts LCR's and 2 SubMersives arrived the other day, still have 4 sparks to come.

I am slowly getting the speakers setup and I have them at a place where they sound awesome with out any EQ. (I would love to hear them with some EQ but the Yamaha amp is not playing ball. )

After a bit trouble with the speakers humming (completely my fault) and trying to figure out the speaker positions I was able to run an auto setup on the Yamaha, but it was giving back funny settings. It set the Catalysts to Large and crossed the sub at 160hz, which sounded terrible. So I manually override the setings and changed them to small and have being testing the sub cross over at 60 and 80hz. At the present time I am finding everything sounds better with the cross over at 60hz. But this hurts my surrounds as they can't handle those frequencies, but once the 4 sparks arrive I am sure that problem will be solved.

Let me just say the effortlessness of the catalysts are just incredible. I have been listening to them at about reference -20db and the sound is just incredible and at this level they are not even breaking a sweat. I dared to turn it up to about -10 and with the dual SubMersives going to and sufice to say it was the first I was scared that something would break in the house. The wife came down from upstairs (the living room is open to the rest of the house) and I got an earful about how she was not going to be explaining to the neigbours when they come complaining. The clarity and dyanamic sound is really hard to explain. My temperary room is terrible with all concrete walls and no treatments and is about 8000 cubic ft, but as I said before the speakers still sound incredible. I am so looking forward to the dedicated room being built so I can really explore the speakers limits (that is if I can) and hear them in a space where they will shine even more than they already do.

I had problems with the clipping light comming on when the SubMersives where set to 6 on the dial on the amp. So I turned the dial down 18 and reset the speakers level on the preamp and the difference in sound was night and day. The clipping light did not come on and the bass was just so clean and destroying. I don't understand the reason why this happens, I just folowed what Mark has said previously in other threads.

I rewatched transformers 2 and there were some scenes that I did not even know had bass in them b/c the SubMersives really do go that low.

Anyway, I am planning to update again once I have them in the new room.
post #255 of 764
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Originally Posted by JapanDave View Post

Well half my speakers Catalysts LCR's and 2 SubMersives arrived the other day, still have 4 sparks to come.

I am slowly getting the speakers setup and I have them at a place where they sound awesome with out any EQ. (I would love to hear them with some EQ but the Yamaha amp is not playing ball. )

After a bit trouble with the speakers humming (completely my fault) and trying to figure out the speaker positions I was able to run an auto setup on the Yamaha, but it was giving back funny settings. It set the Catalysts to Large and crossed the sub at 160hz, which sounded terrible. So I manually override the setings and changed them to small and have being testing the sub cross over at 60 and 80hz. At the present time I am finding everything sounds better with the cross over at 60hz. But this hurts my surrounds as they can't handle those frequencies, but once the 4 sparks arrive I am sure that problem will be solved.

Let me just say the effortlessness of the catalysts are just incredible. I have been listening to them at about reference -20db and the sound is just incredible and at this level they are not even breaking a sweat. I dared to turn it up to about -10 and with the dual SubMersives going to and sufice to say it was the first I was scared that something would break in the house. The wife came down from upstairs (the living room is open to the rest of the house) and I got an earful about how she was not going to be explaining to the neigbours when they come complaining. The clarity and dyanamic sound is really hard to explain. My temperary room is terrible with all concrete walls and no treatments and is about 8000 cubic ft, but as I said before the speakers still sound incredible. I am so looking forward to the dedicated room being built so I can really explore the speakers limits (that is if I can) and hear them in a space where they will shine even more than they already do.

I had problems with the clipping light comming on when the SubMersives where set to 6 on the dial on the amp. So I turned the dial down 18 and reset the speakers level on the preamp and the difference in sound was night and day. The clipping light did not come on and the bass was just so clean and destroying. I don't understand the reason why this happens, I just folowed what Mark has said previously in other threads.

I rewatched transformers 2 and there were some scenes that I did not even know had bass in them b/c the SubMersives really do go that low.

Anyway, I am planning to update again once I have them in the new room.

Having heard the Catalyst’s and Submersive’s in Fugueness’s home, I have inkling as to what you are hearing. You are at the very top of the HT audio food chain and having the best is a lot of fun and very gratifying. Enjoy and be sure to post pictures when you get the room setup.
post #256 of 764
I acquired 3 Catalysts, 2 Sparks and 2 Submersives and recently installed them. Here's my review over on the Australian DTV Forum:

http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtopic=87579

In brief it's the best HT purchasing decision I've made to date.

Cheers

Blade
post #257 of 764
Great review. Thanks
post #258 of 764
I just recently stumbled upon Seaton Sound offerings. Much like others, I had not been exposed to them before recently joining the forum. I am in the design process of my HT. Dedicated room in the basement, about 19ft w x 25ft l x 8 foot ceilings. I have heard eveything from Triad, B&W, Klipsch, Paradigm, Revel, did I forget any.. in my audition phase of equip selection. I just haven't heard anything yet that "grabbed" me, but did it in a good way. The B&W offerings were nice, smooth, but didn't grab me. The Klipsch certainly grabbed me, but did it in a manner that made me want to run the other way.

After all this, I though the B&W CT series would be the one, but then the issue of what electronics to run...These offerings from Mark seem to get very high praise and could be the answer for me. Is there anyone nearby to CT that would be willing to audition these for me. If not, I completely understand, and if anyone has any other suggestions on hearing the catalysts and sparks, please let me know. Thanks in advance

Jake
post #259 of 764
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Originally Posted by ChopShop1 View Post

I just recently stumbled upon Seaton Sound offerings. Much like others, I had not been exposed to them before recently joining the forum. I am in the design process of my HT. Dedicated room in the basement, about 19ft w x 25ft l x 8 foot ceilings. I have heard eveything from Triad, B&W, Klipsch, Paradigm, Revel, did I forget any.. in my audition phase of equip selection. I just haven't heard anything yet that "grabbed" me, but did it in a good way. The B&W offerings were nice, smooth, but didn't grab me. The Klipsch certainly grabbed me, but did it in a manner that made me want to run the other way.

After all this, I though the B&W CT series would be the one, but then the issue of what electronics to run...These offerings from Mark seem to get very high praise and could be the answer for me. Is there anyone nearby to CT that would be willing to audition these for me. If not, I completely understand, and if anyone has any other suggestions on hearing the catalysts and sparks, please let me know. Thanks in advance

Jake

Hi Jake,

There are some Catalysts headed to the east coast in the next week or two, and zamboniman, cubesys and fugueness here on AVS have had meets and guests over for a listen with thoughts posted here, in the Area HT meet forum as well as on our own user forum.

Are you planning to place the speakers behind an acoustically transparent screen in your new HT or out in the room?
post #260 of 764
Hi Mark,

Thanks for the quick response.

I am planning on an AT screen and placing the lcr's behind it. At this point, we are still in design phase. I am having a large addition put on th house, and I will be finishing the basement area under the new portion. As it sits now, the 19x25x8 looks to be what the inside dimensions will be(keep in mind that this includes a build out of 2 ft for a false on the front wall, so the gross inside legnth is almost 27ft) I would certainly be willing to rework the front wall build-out to suite the needs of my audio though. I would also like to get two rows of seating in. Thanks again for your input
post #261 of 764
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Originally Posted by ChopShop1 View Post

Hi Mark,

Thanks for the quick response.

I am planning on an AT screen and placing the lcr's behind it. At this point, we are still in design phase. I am having a large addition put on th house, and I will be finishing the basement area under the new portion. As it sits now, the 19x25x8 looks to be what the inside dimensions will be(keep in mind that this includes a build out of 2 ft for a false on the front wall, so the gross inside legnth is almost 27ft) I would certainly be willing to rework the front wall build-out to suite the needs of my audio though. I would also like to get two rows of seating in. Thanks again for your input

I'll add more later, but I think many others who have built out their own room would only suggest you consider going deeper/taller to allow more height in the room, which might just be excavating the front row area, but keeps the back row from getting too tall and makes things fit nicely with the screen.
post #262 of 764
Going with a 9ft ceiling shouldn't be a problem at all. If that is going to make the theater that much better, I can't see not doing it.
post #263 of 764
Well, I am very impressed after my first conversation with Mark. He spent the last hour(while he was trying to eat his lunch) very patiently explaining the featurs/uses/etc. of his porducts. He obviously has passion for this stuff, you can hear it in his voice. The Seaton Sound offerings sound like one of the few final contenders for my HT. I look forward to go over the setup in more detail as the time gets closer. Thanks Mark.
post #264 of 764
Thread Starter 
These are slated for delivery to me tomorrow. They are the new Red Cherry Catalysts. Since I can't use an AT screen/FP in my current house I thought this solution was a good one. Mark did a great job as always.

Chris
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post #265 of 764
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Originally Posted by Hudda View Post

These are slated for delivery to me tomorrow. They are the new Red Cherry Catalysts. Since I can't use an AT screen/FP in my current house I thought this solution was a good one. Mark did a great job as always.

Chris

Even with the subpar lighting conditions, they look GORGEOUS!! :drool:

Looking forward to your detailed impressions, Chris!




post #266 of 764
Thread Starter 
^^^

I agree Peter. Mark has taken something already special to the next level with these aesthetic upgrades. IMO, WAF/SOA just got a whole lot better for Seaton Sound. What's not to like?

I'll post my impressions for sure but I'm already thinking about adding more subs as I've only got the one SubMersive. The room is very small at 13' x 18' though so perhaps I don't NEED more woofage. We'll see.

Chris
post #267 of 764
Very nice. I like the cherry as well.
post #268 of 764
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hudda View Post

These are slated for delivery to me tomorrow. They are the new Red Cherry Catalysts. Since I can't use an AT screen/FP in my current house I thought this solution was a good one. Mark did a great job as always.

Chris

Wow, those are beautiful Chris and they sound even better than they look.

Enjoy!
post #269 of 764
Wholy cow Mark, those look great... Excellent job, and the Magnetic grills are spectacular as well...
The Catalysts have come a long way in the looks dept... That should truly increase sales as well...

post #270 of 764
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RMK! View Post

Wow, those are beautiful Chris and they sound even better than they look.

Enjoy!

Thanks RMK. It really is win-win isn't it? They arrived 10 minutes ago. The big Russian Fedex driver was huffin' and puffin' to get them out of the truck! When he got the last one off he said, in a thick Russian accent, "heavy."

Chris
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