Well, here is my review of the speakers/event, coming from an audio enthusiast that likes speakers mainly for multi-channel home theater. I seldom listen to music at home, so this should be considered when reading my review. This was also the first GTG like this I have attended.
Special thanks to TJHUB for hosting, to Nuance for the PM's and for making arrangements for these fantastic vendors to attend. A huge thank you to Jeff Permanian and Mark Seaton for taking the extra time to set-up their speakers again after the stereo demos to play some movies. It was fantastic and it was great meeting each of you!
I should note, I had been researching a potential purchase of JTR or Seaton speakers prior to attending this event. I did not know that they would be at the event until a few days prior to it taking place, but I had hoped that they would make an appearance. I was ecstatic to discover that Jeff and Mark were both attending this event with speakers! My focus was placed on their speakers in particular at the event based upon what I have read on the AVS forum, with dreams of setting up a 7.1 or 7.2 system to replace my former M&K Professional set-up (which consisted of 3 MPS-2510P’s, 4 MPS-2525P’s and 1 MPS-5410 subwoofer).
The main demonstration consisted of each speaker playing a list of several songs. I thought each speaker sounded very good in the demonstration, and I found myself utilizing the crescendo in the “Dream On” song as a good point for comparison. I thought that the JTR and Seaton shined at this particular point in the song. I heard the Dream On song first with the JTR’s, and I remember making an involuntary huge smile at the mid-point of the song.
Despite the defective midrange in the SoundScape 10, I was still quite impressed with how it sounded in the demonstration. I had the benefit of being seated on the floor near the right speaker when the SoundScape 10 was playing, and the left speaker was the one with the defective midrange. The right-sided speaker sounded quite clear and effortless.
I would agree with Jeff’s earlier comment about output on the JTR, Seaton and Soundscape 10 as being the three speakers that didn’t seem to show signs of stress. These were my three favorite speakers of the day for 2 channel for song playback. I am sure others may have different opinions about the 2 channel playback, but that is my opinion.
After the GTG for the 2 channel playback, Jeff and Mark were gracious enough to stick around and show off how their speakers sounded alongside Terry’s DIY 18" TC Sounds LMS-Ultra dual sub-woofers. I was impressed with each of their home theater demonstrations, although I didn’t get as much freedom to see material or adjust volume on the JTR’s as I would have liked due to several people also giving input on what they wanted to listen to. That was to be expected and I want to say thanks again to Terry and Jeff for taking time to set-up the JTR's for a 2nd time!
At the end of the day, Terry and Mark set-up the Catalysts for a 2nd time. Thanks again Terry and Mark for their patience and willingness to do this! Mark Seaton, Archaea (Jonathen) and I were seated on the couch and we were stretching the legs out a bit on the Catalysts. After we had essentially “taken over the room,” I had more of an opportunity to hear exactly what I wanted with the Seatons alongside Archaea and Mark due to only having 3 people sitting there as the sun came down. There was a slight intermission where Archea decided to play the live track from Justin Bieber again, but what can you do?
With an increase in volume to -10db, the Catalysts, alongside Terry’s dual subs, shined tremendously in scenes from the movies: Terminator Salvation, U-571, War Of The Worlds, Iron Man 2, Tron, etc. I was literally amazed at how terrific the scenes sounded at below reference level. I had seen the majority of these movies in the theater, and I can honestly say that Terry’s living room with Mark’s Catalysts was a much more dynamic listening experience in these scenes. There were bursts of sound in moments that brought huge smiles to my face!
The Seaton Catalysts are beautiful to behold, and I would give them the edge on the looks department of the speakers in attendance (the size doesn't bother me for the left/right channels). I was impressed with the performance of the JTR and Seaton speakers in the home theater demonstration, although I had more time to listen to the Catalysts after the number of people in the room depleted.
In the end, I had a terrific experience and met some great people at the event. It was an amazing day and I had a blast!