FOH
Anyone on the fence about attending this year's Axpona, I'd strongly recommend checking it out.

Living with Cat12c LCRs, w/multiple SubMs myself (listening to them often several hours hours a day), I know what they bring to the table. That said, the amazing capabilities of this show system are really something to behold.

Just as I did last year, I traveled from Indianapolis to Chicago to hang out and help field questions and staff the Seaton Sound room all three days of Axpona. I did get the opportunity to check out some very nice systems throughout the show, sitting down and briefly listening to quite a few. However, listening to a system is one thing, but this Seaton room is certainly next level! High quality material ... at visceral playback levels (yet very clean) ... is an experience.

Quite simply, experiencing this system in this room is extraordinary.

Simply the shear size of the space (~60'×30'×12') allows the LCRs to be nicely spaced way off the adjacent side wall, as well as way off the front wall behind the speakers. All that coherent energy isn't corrupted by SBIR related nulls. So you really experience the "impact band" nicely intact ... as it should be. Also, it’s not all low distortion crushing impact fun. Up front, the geometry and spacing of the loudspeaker/room interface, resolves the recorded image detail quite well. The soundstage is realistically deep and wide when called for. And the surrounds can fully immerse the three row seating area.

All this space is a tall order to fill, it really facilitates some nice breathing room ... they're really stretching their legs. Oh yeah, ... there's the (16) 15"s, compliments of 8 SubMersive cabinets, ... there's that. Toss in the new redesign Sparks, which are wonderful little powerhouses in a form factor that makes perfect sense. The experience is helped by some very tall/thick drapes around the entire room.

Oh yeah, superb video projection/calibration by Ken Whitcomb. I can't help with the details there (that's really out of my wheel house), however I know the image quality is killer. The projector is a big, megabuck Sony 4k, projected onto a Seymour AT screen.

Come on by and say hello, it’s most impressive. Westin Ohare, lobby level, Lasalle ballroom.


Kevin

(as soon as I get the opportunity, I will add some images for those unable to attend, Mark and I shot a simple walk thru iPhone video last night)
Quote 0 0
balbol
Sounds interesting! waiting for the pics and videos! thanks. [biggrin]
Quote 0 0
Stereodude
I think you're a little confused about how the Internet works...  You're supposed to lead with the pictures, then tell the story.  Not start with the story and post the pictures later if/when you get time. [tongue]
Quote 0 0
Kain
Patiently waiting for "supporting media". [tongue]
Quote 0 0
kirbybreezy
Well, I guess I'll direct people to the Seaton Sound Facebook page since no one else has. Walkthrough video is up. 
Quote 0 0
Stereodude
Facebook?  Really?!?!?  How do the social media users get taken care of before the forum regulars?
Quote 0 0
Mark_Seaton
Stereodude wrote:
Facebook?  Really?!?!?  How do the social media users get taken care of before the forum regulars?


The convenience of a quick video upload won out here.  I have a little better walk through video (landscape w/better view of the room) I'll have posted up shortly as there were some format issues in trying to post it previously.  The walk through video was an idea I had at dinner on Saturday night and we shot once we returned (that's my beer next to the computer).  FOH (Kevin) was nice enough to jump in behind the camera/iPhone and help make that walk through happen.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
Quote 0 0
Mark_Seaton
Many thanks to Todd Anderson of Home Theater Shack for their "Killer Room Award" at Axpona 2015. It was great to share what we create with so many over this weekend!

Quote:
"You might think it would be hard to pick a “favorite room” at an event that showcases gear that costs tens of thousands of dollars, but it’s not. At least not when Seaton Sound is in town. Let’s just say that Mark Seaton and his team brought their A-game to their hometown court and laid down the law with a sonic hammer."


[ax152]  
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
Quote 0 0
Lsc
Mark_Seaton wrote:
Many thanks to Todd Anderson of Home Theater Shack for their "Killer Room Award" at Axpona 2015. It was great to share what we create with so many over this weekend!

Quote:
"You might think it would be hard to pick a “favorite room” at an event that showcases gear that costs tens of thousands of dollars, but it’s not. At least not when Seaton Sound is in town. Let’s just say that Mark Seaton and his team brought their A-game to their hometown court and laid down the law with a sonic hammer."


[ax152]  


Thank you Mark for the private sound check demo. It was literally the greatest 45 minutes of audio bliss I've ever experienced. Especially since I went to the show specifically to listen to the Submersive F2 but I got so much more! And I just got out of hearing some super high end speakers. It was the highlight of my day!

I won't be changing out my Revel Performa3 speakers anytime soon but if I ever do, the amazing Catalyst would be on the top of my list. I wish I can buy the F2 and the slave right now but my wife would shoot me [frown]. So I gotta wait...boo!
Quote 0 0
Mark_Seaton
Lsc wrote:
Mark_Seaton wrote:
Many thanks to Todd Anderson of Home Theater Shack for their "Killer Room Award" at Axpona 2015. It was great to share what we create with so many over this weekend!

Quote:
"You might think it would be hard to pick a “favorite room” at an event that showcases gear that costs tens of thousands of dollars, but it’s not. At least not when Seaton Sound is in town. Let’s just say that Mark Seaton and his team brought their A-game to their hometown court and laid down the law with a sonic hammer."


Thank you Mark for the private sound check demo. It was literally the greatest 45 minutes of audio bliss I've ever experienced. Especially since I went to the show specifically to listen to the Submersive F2 but I got so much more! And I just got out of hearing some super high end speakers. It was the highlight of my day! I won't be changing out my Revel Performa3 speakers anytime soon but if I ever do, the amazing Catalyst would be on the top of my list. I wish I can buy the F2 and the slave right now but my wife would shoot me [frown]. So I gotta wait...boo!


It was great to meet you and let you be the test listener while I made the last adjustments to the system once things were up and running on Friday.  Very nice to hear how much you enjoyed it. [thumb]
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
Quote 0 0
Mark_Seaton
Hi all,

This year's Axpona 2015 was far and away our most ambitious undertaking and largest public demonstration we have set up. It was wonderful to share such an exciting home theater experience with so many enthusiasts and see their enjoyment of the end result. We plan to set up in the same room for next year and hope kick it up even a step higher next year! I also want to express special thanks to Ken Whitcomb of Calibrations, Inc. for delivering a great image from the Sony VPL-VW1100ES projector and Seymour AV's Enlightor 4k 115" wide, 132" diagonal screen. Thank you to all who made it to the room to join in the fun! [cool]

Below are a few shots I was able to get of the very dark room.  While the black and dark blue curtains were wonderful help with the acoustics when spaced well off the walls, they did make picture taking rather tricky.  Next year we'll work out more lighting and control of the lighting:

Walking in the double doors to our room at the end of the hall on the lobby level of the Westin visitors were greeted with a static display of an SubMersive HP+ in espresso cherry, 2 of our new Spark HC loudspeakers in black maple and a SubMersive F2+ in our vintage cherry finish. The tall blue curtain helped both with acoustics and to maintain the beautiful image of the Sony projector on the 115" wide screen even as people streamed in and out of the double doors at the back of the room.
[image]

This was the view attendees walked into as they stepped around the big blue curtain above:
[image]

A little brighter view of the 3 Catalyst 12C internally tri-amplified speakers and 4 SubMersive F2-Slave subwoofers powered by 8kW of power remotely from the equipment rack.  There were 2 more stacks of SubMersive HP+ & HP-Slave units in each rear corner of the room for 8 total SubMersives with 16kW of power and another 8kW of power between the 3 Catalyst 12Cs and 4 Spark HC speakers in the room.
[image]

It was also a great pleasure to have Jerry McNutt, Eminence's Product Design Manager, spend some time the room. It was even more fun to let him experience what 16kW of power can do with 16 of the 15" drivers he and Eminence have helped me bring to market.
[image] 
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
Quote 0 0
Stereodude
That has all the makings of one of those MasterCard commercial parodies.

8 Submersive subwoofers - $x
3 Catalyst 12C speakers - $x
4 Spark HC speakers - $x
Sony VPL-VW1100ES projector - $x
Seymour AV Enlightor 4k 115" wide / 132" diagonal screen - $x

Getting a bill for structural damage to the Westin O'hare - Priceless!!!
Quote 0 0
Mark_Seaton
Another bit of nice feedback from Wayne, aka AudioCraver at Home Theater Shack in his show coverage:

Quote:
Seaton Sound

As reported by HTS writer and reviewer Todd Anderson, the cinema system by Seaton Sound was a must-behold showstopper. Mark Seaton always puts together a great demo, but he outdid himself at AXPONA this year.

The big demo room, 32 x 60 x 13 feet, contained 8 Submersive subwoofers with 2 ,000 Watts of power each, delivering the most natural and awe-inspiring movie sub-bass I have ever witnessed. The same had to be said for the setup in general, with its Seymour AV 115" wide 4k Screen / Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4k Projector combo ($32,000 value for the two).

The $35,000 audio system, with total power capability of 24,000 Watts, sounded tremendous with concert videos and with clips from Ender's Game, Interstellar, and Tron Legacy. It was hands down the "Fun" room of the show, demonstrating impact sound with audiophile sound sensibilities in quantity AND quality.

Mark pretty much summed up the show: "Because we can." What a great time to be alive!

Read more.

 

Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
Quote 0 0
Stereodude
Mark_Seaton wrote:
I have a little better walk through video (landscape w/better view of the room) I'll have posted up shortly as there were some format issues in trying to post it previously.

Is it shortly yet? [crazy]
Quote 0 0
Mark_Seaton

Mark_Seaton wrote:
Stereodude wrote:
Facebook?  Really?!?!?  How do the social media users get taken care of before the forum regulars?


The convenience of a quick video upload won out here.  I have a little better walk through video (landscape w/better view of the room) I'll have posted up shortly as there were some format issues in trying to post it previously.  The walk through video was an idea I had at dinner on Saturday night and we shot once we returned (that's my beer next to the computer).  FOH (Kevin) was nice enough to jump in behind the camera/iPhone and help make that walk through happen.


It took a while for me to get around to figuring out how to convert an accidental slo-mo video to upload and playback normally, but I just uploaded it while quickly setting up a YouTube channel I hope to use a lot more in the future.  This was an idea we had over dinner on Saturday night, so we headed back to the room and quickly shot this with my iPhone.  We'll have to work on much better lighting with a real camera for the future, but it was a good proof of concept and practice.  This was a 2nd take that gave a little better view of the items in the room in landscape view vs. the first one which was portrait that some saw on FB.  Thanks again to Kevin (FOH) for jumping behind the camera/phone to shoot this for us.  This really was a very fun and impressive system we plan to expand on next year.





Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
Quote 0 0
MikeDuke
Very nice video Mark.  That must have been a very impressive room.  I use a Baetis also as my server [smile].  Congrats on being able to really showcase your gear in a monster way.
I simply love this stuff.
Quote 0 0
Kain
Good stuff.
Quote 0 0
Stereodude
Well I for one enjoyed the video walk through even if it is 3 months late. [tongue]
Quote 0 0
Mark_Seaton
Stereodude wrote:
Well I for one enjoyed the video walk through even if it is 3 months late. [tongue]


Glad you enjoyed it.  Better late than getting lectured about a video shot in portrait mode or at a wacky frame rate. [tongue]
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
Quote 0 0
Ewardjr69
Great job Mark! I love to see both you and your company grow and people really get a feel for both your genius and passion for your speakers. I still smile from ear to ear when I hear my Submersives roar. I missed Axpona this year for the first time but I'll be back next year.

Keep up the good work!
Quote 0 0