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The 3 day audio extravaganza known as Axpona is quickly approaching on Friday April 25th through Sunday April 27th.  The show is again hosted here in Chicago less than 7 miles from our office.  Fortunately the weather is starting to resemble spring and there are even more exhibitors and a better location up the road from last year's hotel.

Last year's participation was a last minute decision, but we still were able to pull together an impressive home theater system in a small hotel room.  I had posted a few quick pics of the room to the facebook page last year you can find here:

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As you can see, last year's setup was a strong display of red cherry.  This year, we have a MUCH larger conference room in the lower level "Streeter" room (no waiting in elevators!).  Filling that room will be a full Rosenut front stage of 3 Catalyst 12Cs, 2 stacks left & right of SubMersive F2+ & SubMersive F2-Slave.  Yes, that's a 6 foot tower of SubMersive in both front corners, with a set of rosenut SubMersive HP+ & HP-slaves at the rear.  Filling out surround duties will be 4 Catalyst 8Cs.

This year we are keeping the surround processor more pedestrian simply using my own Onkyo PR-SC5508 (similar to Integra 80.2).  I'll have a manual EQ managing the front/rear blending of the subwoofers, and I'm an Audyssey pro calibrator so we will run Audyssey, tinker and make the call of what sounds best.

This year's room is a much larger 27' x 27' x 10' high.  We will have a projector and acoustically transparent screen, with some much appreciated help from Ken Whitcomb of Calibrations Inc.  Among many impressive projects, many will recall Ken's involvement with Art Sonneborn's Sun Cinema.  I'll add more details on the supporting cast over the course of the next week.

I look forward to meeting many current and future customers in person!
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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Also on display at the Axpona show will be our slick new option to power your SubMersives, the SS2-8000 amplifier (SS2-12000 available for 200-240VAC operation):
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The SS2-8000 is a 2RU amplifier housing 2 complete and separate amplifier channels from our HP+/F2+ which allows this single chassis to power FOUR SubMersive slaves where you are free to mix/match HP & F2 slave units.

The above amplifier is available to purchase for $3100 (SS2-1200 is $3500).  Connecting 2 SubMersives per channel requires a slave plate having a looping speakON connection which adds $50.  All told, this works out to a $300 premium for this outboard amplification on a pair of HP+ or F2+ models, even including the $100 savings on multiple units, and $400 premium powering 4 SubMersives.  

Connection to the SubMersive slaves requires a 4 conductor speakON connection, and we now stock 2 style slave plates.  The dual speakON slave plates add $50, but only one is required when 2 SubMersive slaves are powered from one channel (ie when 3 or 4 SubMersives are connected).
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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With all of the preparations for T.H.E. Show following so soon after Axpona I see I never posted up a link to some coverage of our setup.

Wayne Myers aka AudiocRaver of Home Theater Shack also did a lot of reporting from the show, including this little bit on his visit to the room.
Here is what he had to say:
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I spent about 15 minutes in the Seaton Sound room while the Movie How To Train Your Dragon played on the full-surround system with the big screen at the front of the room (it was dark, so no photos). It made me wish I had carved out time to watch the entire movie on that setup.

During action scenes, the combination of impact and fidelity that the system delivered gave me chills. I had reviewed Mark Seaton's Catalyst 8C speakers previously, but had not heard a complete surround setup with the 12C's as fronts and Mark's Submersive subwoofers handling the bone-shaking frequencies. All I can say is: I have heard a few pretty nice home theater systems, but none with the impact AND fidelity of that Seaton Sound system. It was awesome!


Audioholics posted a little write up here in their coverage.

They posted a couple pictures as well:
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From the write up:
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Pictured here is the Seaton Catalyst 12C powered loudspeaker and behind it is the Submersive F2+ and F2 slave subwoofer stack. The Catalyst is self-powered with a 2kW amplifier, which uses two 12” bass drivers and a coaxial 8” mid/woofer with an inner 1” compression tweeter. As you might imagine, the Catalyst packs a punch. Dynamic range is nearly limitless with the Catalyst, and the Seaton room was fortunate in that they were seemingly exempt from the 85dB limit in place in other parts of AXPONA where the rooms were much closer together. Filling in the low end were several Submersive subwoofers. The Submersive is based around two 15” drivers and comes in a handful of different configurations. The Submersive F2+, as seen above, mounts both drivers in a front-firing form factor. The amplifier in the ‘+’ models can also be used to drive a passive Submersive, which is stacked on top in this photo.

The Seaton Sound room was one of the few at AXPONA with a surround sound setup. Bass heavy movie demos drew in crowds and made the Seaton room tremendously popular. I could hear the deep bass from the Submersives even when I was two rooms away. In the Seaton room, three Catalyst 12Cs comprised the front stage, two Catalyst 8Cs served as surround speakers, and four active and two passive Submersives provided the low end. The Seaton Catalyst 8C, as seen above, is simply a scaled down version of the 12c, using 8” bass drivers instead of 12”s, and a 1 kW amplifier instead of a 2 kW amp. In any other room, the 8C would be a beast, but in the Seaton room it was the little guy. The base cost of the Catalyst 12C is $3,800 and the 8C is $2,800. The base cost of the Submersive is $2,700, but as shown in the F2 model, $2,900. The passive ‘slave’ sub base cost is $1,200 but for the pictured F2 version, $1,400. Shipping and finer finishes are added charges.
 
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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