Originally Posted by Chrisx510
Has anyone heard both Seaton and Genelec?
I've heard both, however not extensively enough to give a full comparative opinion. That said, I'm familiar with the thoughts of others that have, and the differences existed in the area of subjective smoothness, and listen-ability with no apparent listening fatigue,...all positive traits of the Seaton
Catalyst and those comments were in comparison to the Genelec.
I'd not consider these findings surprising either, as a studio monitor and a high-output, low-distortion HT main have entirely different tasks and environments in which they need to excel. Then, considering the value of the Seaton, I find it a very attractive option. A fully active 3-way 2kw, DSP optimized, coaxial compression HF/MF with freedom from off axis lobing effects, and perhaps the finest mid-bass section in existence, the Catalyst is quite the offering.
Genelec also has an active, three-way coaxial
at almost twice the price. However it's output capability isn't geared toward HT, with ~150watts per driver. Their bigger, more powerful monitors like their 1038
is more comparable wrt to output with the Seaton, however it's a bit expensive. Sure, there's other very important elements aside from low distortion, high output capability, but I'm confident the Seaton Catalyst would be viewed very favorably up against comparably priced Genelec offerings.