Mark_Seaton
At a recent subwoofer gathering in Omaha, Nebraska, I brought an espresso cherry SubMersive HP with to let guys play with and hear.  Technosponge on AVS had his camera out taking photos at the time, and did me the favor of snapping a set of pics while Jeff from JTR & I unpacked the SubMersive.  This should be mostly obvious, but there are a few little tips to make the process go more easily.  This can easily be a one person job, as you only flip and lift the box off the SubMersive. 

I am also posting this to better show those who are considering purchasing a SubMersive so all can see the thought and effort we've put into both the robustness of the packing and the practicality of handling and unwrapping such a beast once in your home.  Our packing methods and practices have continued to evolve with a switch to even heavier grade, custom cardboard containers about a year ago.  While it doesn't change the sound you hear in your room, it does insure the precious cargo arrives without disappointment and is packed with the care we put into the assembly.

Owners receive the packed SubMersive in the same manner for all shipment methods.  When packed on a pallet, slide off the pallet and begin the process from here.  On the intended end to open you will find the orange label, typically the same side where the shipping label is affixed:

We use a fiberglass reinforced kraft paper tape which is strong enough for the 139 lb  packed weight and to withstand the cold temperatures occasionally encountered when shipped during the colder months from our location in Chicago and to various destinations.  Many clear tapes you find in stores will in fact fall off of the heavy duty cardboard we use below 30-40 deg F.  This requires a machine to activate (by water) and cut the tape.

With a box opener or similar knife, first cut the short sides followed by the length in the middle making an H cut to open the box:


Once open, fold back the 4 flaps.  Now remove the power cord, adapter and any other cables we have shipped with your SubMersive:

You can see the 4 cut outs for the feet in the 2" thick foam packing which encapsulates the entire subwoofer.  You are looking at the bottom of the SubMersive under the foam.  You can also see the 2"x2", laminated paper (fully recycled material) edge protectors we use on all 12 edges of the SubMersive's packing.  Corner drops and edge damage on curbs and truck tailgates are the most common damage seen in shipping heavy packages.  With a very heavy duty carton and the edge protectors inside backed with 2" thick polystyrene foam, the packed speaker becomes very resilient to the worst the shipping companies throw at us.

Now remove the 4 visible edge protectors:

... followed by the foam cap to reveal the bottom of your SubMersive:

Assuming you are on a carpeted or other soft surface you can hold down either of the long flaps and flip the SubMersive down on its side as shown.  (If working by yourself, 2 pieces of tape at opposite corners can tape the flaps down to each other.)

Now you can grab each of the 2 folds of the bag, and slide your SubMersive a few inches out of the box.  You may need to lift a little as you pull if you have set it on the amplifier side:

Once you pull the edge of your SubMersive from the packing, tuck the edges of the plastic bag over the edge of the SubMersive so it won't be stuck under the feet once you flip it upright:

Now flip the box upright and onto the feet.  You can then lift the box up off of your SubMersive:


Pull off the thick plastic bag (please keep away from children!) and remove the foam sheet which protects the top and driver faces during shipping:


A black, nylon paint brush or clean brush for a dust pan works well to clear any dust or imprints that may be visible on the grills.  Check with the quick setup notes I posted in this thread, and enjoy!


Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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MikeDuke

I know mine was probably a test case . This packing looks more sturdy but I had no problems with the sub, even with Mark rolling it UP a flight of stairs.  Looks llke a great finish.

I simply love this stuff.
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audioguy
For those considering this sub (or any other of Mark's speakers) they are packed incredibly well. 

I first dragged/bounced mine up some stairs into my home, slid them down a hallway, slid mine down  a flight of stairs, slid them into the theater, flipped them over, removed the packaging, walked/bounced them into place and made an appointment with the Chiropractor !!

All that said, and as great as these speakers are packed, look  and sound, I am still most fascinated by the magnetic grills --- but then again I am easily amused

(My guess is that there is some moron in high end audio land who would attribute some portion of the sound of Mark's speakers to the magnets !!!)

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Brendan
Apparently you two got the memo on the wardrobe.  
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FOH

audioguy wrote:
(My guess is that there is some moron in high end audio land who would attribute some portion of the sound of Mark's speakers to the magnets !!!)


........... Moron?

At bare minimum, the rare earth elements add significant mass enough to provide an entirely inert platform ideally conducive for proper wave-launch.    
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Mark_Seaton
FOH wrote:

audioguy wrote:
(My guess is that there is some moron in high end audio land who would attribute some portion of the sound of Mark's speakers to the magnets !!!)


........... Moron?

At bare minimum, the rare earth elements add significant mass enough to provide an entirely inert platform ideally conducive for proper wave-launch.    


Audioguy did mean it as a joke, as I think you might have as well, but he was referring to the magnets in the grills!
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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FOH




I thought he was referring to embedded magnets in the front baffle, ... I was

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HuskerOmaha
Mark,

Thanks again for coming and bringing a SubM.  That thing rocked.  My favorite of the day.  Great finish and style in the build as well.

If the blind GTG in KC in January identifies the SubM as my favorite again; I'll be following your exact instructions to the T unpacking a pair of those.   If I can't tell what is what; I'm sure I'll be back to driving in circles.

Oh, my wife is happy to be in your unpacking photos.


-Greg
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crabalocker
I heard many......I mean I read many good things about 'that sub' so I bought..... 'that sub'. I hope it sounds as good as it looks!
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audioguy
crabalocker wrote:
I heard many......I mean I read many good things about 'that sub' so I bought..... 'that sub'. I hope it sounds as good as it looks!


I had owned many, many, many subs before I purchased a SubMersive(s). I purchased based soley on user comments and a return option. Easily the most fun upgrade I have ever made in more than 40 years of audio. You won't be dissappointed!
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audioguy
Mark_Seaton wrote:
FOH wrote:
audioguy wrote:
(My guess is that there is some moron in high end audio land who would attribute some portion of the sound of Mark's speakers to the magnets !!!)

........... Moron? At bare minimum, the rare earth elements add significant mass enough to provide an entirely inert platform ideally conducive for proper wave-launch.    
Audioguy did mean it as a joke, as I think you might have as well, but he was referring to the magnets in the grills!


Yes I was joking. But I do love the idea of the magnetic grills!!!
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capecodorthopod
Thanks for the unpacking tips Mark. I hope to put them to good use this week.
When I ordered mine Nov 1st Mark and I spoke for a while about a run of bad luck I've had with 4 consecutive HT pieces arriving damaged or DOA. Looks I won't have to worry about that with my dual Rosenut HP's.
I guess some vendors hope freight companies are not too rough while the good ones prepare for it.
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