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post #751 of 764
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Originally Posted by Interleave View Post

Dont you think it should be Mark telling the buyers this and not a person who has visited the factory? I am sure the buyers are happy with the sounds of this message and thanks for updating them!

Nevermind
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I have been listening and tweaking my Seaton Sound system for a month now... this stuff sounds and looks good!!! Of course the SACD and Blue Ray concerts sound the best. However, I have found that streaming MOG and Beats Music (320b music) through SONOS and Oppo 105 DACS and the Seaton Equipment as close to Audio Nirvana as I have ever been. Millions of high res songs at your fingertips and the ability to approach 130db of clean sound has resulted in day after day, night after night of audio fun! My hat goes off to Mark Seaton for making my 40 year audio quest conclude. Attached are a




couple of iPhone photos of the 12c's and stands and F2 subs on the front stage. The surrounds are 8c's all in a Rosenut finish. The pictures do not come close to portraying the quality and beauty of Mark's cabinet makers
post #753 of 764
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Originally Posted by saddlesore View Post

I have been listening and tweaking my Seaton Sound system for a month now... this stuff sounds and looks good!!! Of course the SACD and Blue Ray concerts sound the best. However, I have found that streaming MOG and Beats Music (320b music) through SONOS and Oppo 105 DACS and the Seaton Equipment as close to Audio Nirvana as I have ever been. Millions of high res songs at your fingertips and the ability to approach 130db of clean sound has resulted in day after day, night after night of audio fun! My hat goes off to Mark Seaton for making my 40 year audio quest conclude. Attached are a




couple of iPhone photos of the 12c's and stands and F2 subs on the front stage. The surrounds are 8c's all in a Rosenut finish. The pictures do not come close to portraying the quality and beauty of Mark's cabinet makers

Beautiful! Not too many pictures of veneered catalysts. Rosenut and espresso are my favorite finishes. 8c for surround - nice! Thanks for sharing. How is the cc given the positioning? Do you have to tilt it up?
post #754 of 764
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Originally Posted by kma100 View Post

Beautiful! How is the cc given the positioning? Do you have to tilt it up?

I purchased some rubber cabinet feet that are roughy 1" high to help tilt the cc upward toward listening position. The ever so slight toe in of the LR actually made the most difference. The slight toe in made the front soundstage sound wider than when I swapped the 12c's and f2's as shown in the photos. The coaxial drivers in the catalysts are so forgiving compared to other speakers I have owned as far as positioning goes... The sweet spot is HUGE and as soon as the "tilts and twists" were "enough to make a difference, the sound wasn't enhanced by exaggerating the tilt and swivel of the front stage mains.
post #755 of 764
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Originally Posted by saddlesore View Post

I have been listening and tweaking my Seaton Sound system for a month now... this stuff sounds and looks good!!! Of course the SACD and Blue Ray concerts sound the best. However, I have found that streaming MOG and Beats Music (320b music) through SONOS and Oppo 105 DACS and the Seaton Equipment as close to Audio Nirvana as I have ever been. Millions of high res songs at your fingertips and the ability to approach 130db of clean sound has resulted in day after day, night after night of audio fun! My hat goes off to Mark Seaton for making my 40 year audio quest conclude. Attached are a




couple of iPhone photos of the 12c's and stands and F2 subs on the front stage. The surrounds are 8c's all in a Rosenut finish. The pictures do not come close to portraying the quality and beauty of Mark's cabinet makers

Men these are Beautiful Speakers they look bad ASS
post #756 of 764
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Originally Posted by saddlesore View Post

I have been listening and tweaking my Seaton Sound system for a month now... this stuff sounds and looks good!!! Of course the SACD and Blue Ray concerts sound the best. However, I have found that streaming MOG and Beats Music (320b music) through SONOS and Oppo 105 DACS and the Seaton Equipment as close to Audio Nirvana as I have ever been. Millions of high res songs at your fingertips and the ability to approach 130db of clean sound has resulted in day after day, night after night of audio fun! My hat goes off to Mark Seaton for making my 40 year audio quest conclude. Attached are a




couple of iPhone photos of the 12c's and stands and F2 subs on the front stage. The surrounds are 8c's all in a Rosenut finish. The pictures do not come close to portraying the quality and beauty of Mark's cabinet makers

Outstanding!
post #757 of 764
The Seaton's are indeed a beautiful and remarkable product. It's reassuring to see that someone is still focused on such quality.
post #758 of 764
Its quite funny as you have two guys producing amazing products, Mark from Seaton Sound and Jeff from JTR. Both of these guys produce speakers that are world class, but I have to hand it to Mark his range also is world class in the cosmetic department. They are beautifully finished, whereas Jeff's industrial finish is brilliant for an AT setup. When the ugly ducklings are hidden who cares as in my opinion they are the equal to a Catalyst in a passive setup. Moving from the JTRs to the Catalysts didnt give me the jump the JTRs gave me. Mind you I havent seent Jeff's veneer finished product but the finesse that Mark has put into his range is second to none.
post #759 of 764
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Originally Posted by saddlesore View Post

However, I have found that streaming MOG and Beats Music (320b music) through SONOS and Oppo 105 DACS and the Seaton Equipment as close to Audio Nirvana as I have ever been. Millions of high res songs at your fingertips and the ability to approach 130db of clean sound has resulted in day after day, night after night of audio fun!

Amen to that! Sonos is an unbelievable tool for music exploration and, as you say, the quality of so much of it is incredible. I'm surprised Sonos doesn't have more traction on these forums.

Also, those pics of your system are fantastic! I love Mark's designs.
post #760 of 764
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Originally Posted by Gooddoc View Post


Amen to that! Sonos is an unbelievable tool for music exploration and, as you say, the quality of so much of it is incredible. I'm surprised Sonos doesn't have more traction on these forums.

Also, those pics of your system are fantastic! I love Mark's designs.

Thankfully, they have traction in the market.  their last earnings report had their revenue at half-a-billion dollars!  They cater to everyone!  Enthusiasts can use their Connect modules while casual listeners can use their Play and Soundbar products.  So rarely does an audio-only company do both categories so well!

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Saddlesore,

 

That is one absolutely marvelous system you've got going there! WOW--just looking at them is inspirational.  The veneer blends well into your room as well.

post #762 of 764
I was recently in the market to upgrade my single SVS PB-13 Ultra subwoofer when some people told me about Seaton Sound. I heard a great demo of the F2+s and was all set to place an order for dual F2+s when I realized I couldn't get either the F2+ or the HP+ to fit. So instead I opted to get another PB-13 Ultra.

Anyway, the experience of listening to the F2+s got me to interested in learning more about Seaton Sound. (Also, the process of adding just one more component inevitably leads one to notice all the other things you want to upgrade! biggrin.gif) My next upgrade will be my LCRs and my amplifier. (For context, I currently run Paradigm Titan Monitors for the LR and a Paradigm CC-390 for the center. I have a Denon 4308ci as the receiver.) As I've been doing my research, I've seen absolute rave reviews of the Catalyst 12C ($3800) from users. (Can't find anything on professional review sites. though.) Other than the Meridians, I don't know of any other internally amplified LCRs.

Of course, upgrading all 3 LCR speakers AND getting a new amp is expensive, so I'm going to hold off until I can do it right. So long way around to asking this question but when thinking about my overall budget for these speakers, can I leave the amp upgrade out of the equation since the Catalyst 12Cs are self-powered? In other words, would it be $3800 x 3 = $11,400 all in? It's still definitely on the high side for me (current budget is only around $3-4k - which is why I'm waiting), but not needing a $4000 amp to power these makes it a bit easier to justify.
post #763 of 764
Correct, you would not need additional amplification. Multiple amps are "in" the Catalysts. Just analog out from your preamp / processor to the speakers with an interconnect (preferably balanced if a long run and also to avoid using an adapter, as the Catalysts are balanced in only).
post #764 of 764
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Originally Posted by Landmonster View Post

When you say that all Seatons are "active" speakers, I assume you mean they are powered by internal amps?

If so, are the amps top-tier quality?


How do you "drive" or manage active speakers.... will a standard receiver work? Or do you need a preamplifier or something?
As Mike said, the amps are Speaker power amps and I have them in my PSA Triax's. So far they have been flawless, I push em pretty good.
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