Here are some pictures I managed to get today at AXPONA. I am not a good photographer, and these pictures do not do justice to how nice these subs really look, so don't judge the finish of the subs by my photos. Hopefully the Deep Sea Sound (love that name!) website will get some good pics of these:
The dude at the end is David Gage, who runs Deep Sea Sound, a cool and easy-going guy. Nick from Stereo Integrity (he makes the driver) was there, and he was also a friendly and relaxed guy to talk with, although he was not in room when I was getting these pics. The speakers were a JTR model which used 12" woofers, but I can't recall the model name. The sub under it is a mid bass module using a JBL 2225 woofer- nice! The subwoofer on the left side is the Mariana 24SC, which has a 28" x 28" x 27" cabinet. The right side one is the Mariana 24SR, which is shallower but taller at 28" x 37.7" x 21.3". They are both the same except for the cabinet dimensions. The have a 4 kW (continuous, not peak) SpeakerPower plate amp.
The bass sound was amazing in quantity and excellent in quality. We played the pods rising scene from War of the Worlds, and the bass was crunchy and articulate, not a muddy rumble like how some other systems render that scene. And of course, the bass was FELT, not just heard. We couldn't play it too
loud as there was a loudness limit at the audio show, but I have a feeling Dave and Nick might just have slightly exceeded that limit, just a little bit. But the two 24" subs completely owned in that small hotel room, it created an absolutely gigantic sound. Words can not do justice to the experience, it is truly epic. These subs were producing monster bass, but the cones were hardly moving at all- it was a totally effortless sound. It is terrifying to think what these subs could do without the social restraints of being exhibited in an high-end audiophile convention.
These subs are a bit pricey at $4k each, but considering the sheer amount of air displacement on tap, they are a bargain when looked at from the perspective of dollar per dB. For sealed subs it would be rivaled only by the JTR S2 and Funk 18.2 as far as displacement goes, at least if I have done my math right. Dave mentioned using one as an endtable, which has to be a staggering experience. This really would be the ultimate end-table subwoofer.