Originally Posted by pennynike1
That's cool Patrick. Your living room sounded excellent with your current set-up. I was just glad to hear that you also shared an interest in the Seaton Catalysts. I have always had the impression that people go for sealed rooms for dedicated home theater sound.
The Catalysts are great, no question - obviously with trade offs - as with my own speakers...
Well that was a huge choice of mine, I see so many people that build out this full dedicated HT room and its awesome for a while, then it becomes a destination that one has to commit to going to... and becomes less and less used... I'll be honest - I find myself spending more time in my bedroom system, after a long day at work I just sit back and relax... I tend to have a good amount of parties at my place so that main rig setup gets used quite a bit, and add into that the cold winters & Packer Games the fireplace is very inviting to many.... I have a rather large place - but don't forget that most parties end up in the Kitchen just like they did that evening.... I do find it nice that when I like to chill out on the 4 seasons room by the pond, I can open my dining room windows and have music in the background....
I found that I liked how the speakers and subs sounded in your large living room with the vaulted ceiling. You might be on to something about setting up the system in the room that you are most likely to spend time in.
Be careful with this thought process and think it out properly.... That large room comes at a cost - yes the vaulted ceilings and corner placement of the front 3 lend itself well to less reflective issues, its also a bit more lively in there which I prefer over a totally dead room, a good balance is nice IMO, but lets not kid ourselves here it was expensive
to get enough bass to pressurize the place... Even now, with as much bass as I have and don't come close to using all of their potential, the room itself is not "pressurized" IMO.... Yes there is a ton of awesome clean full bass, but a sealed room is a whole different presentation with the proper amount of bass...
I made a conscious decision to go with sealed over ported subs, and for large rooms such as that one - its likely a very poor choice.... LOL, unless your willing to open your wallet, and my wallet only stretched so far, which is why I went the DIY route... The cost for me to get those 3 subs up and running wasn't as bad as you'd think.... Put it this way, it was a little over the cost of a Paradigm Sub 2. And each of mine have close to 3x more output then a Sub2.
So chew on that when you approach a similar design