boomboompow
I had written 2 e-mails to Mark and never saw a response so I thought I would post my question.  I was wondering if anyone has input on speaker choices to go along with the Submersive.  SVS has their M-series that seem to be decent speakers, but I am looking for other options in that price range.  I would not ask except for Mark not having non-powered speakers.

Thanks
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Mark_Seaton
boomboompow wrote:
I had written 2 e-mails to Mark and never saw a response so I thought I would post my question.  I was wondering if anyone has input on speaker choices to go along with the Submersive.  SVS has their M-series that seem to be decent speakers, but I am looking for other options in that price range.  I would not ask except for Mark not having non-powered speakers.

Thanks


Hi Eric,

Sorry for not getting to your e-mail, but I am still behind on e-mails and need to first answer those asking to purchase.  This is a better place to get this sort of input on products from others by myself and other members of the forum.

The SubMersive is designed to be very flexible in the speakers it can compliment.  It is capable of making tiny, bass-shy M&K S-150s sound big and impressive, while also complimenting monsters like the Catalysts or full range speakers (which should generally still be set to "small" or crossed over in most cases.

I have only briefly heard the first crossover implementation of the SVS M series, and I've heard the current/final version sounds better.  You didn't mention where these were going in your home.  Is this for a living room/space or a dedicated home theater / purpose-built media room?  I'm not a big fan of the looks of the SVS speakers, but that's a personal decision.  I do believe they should be good performers. 

I'm a bad person to ask as my expectations in speakers are pretty high, and I haven't been hugely impressed with much of what's currently available.  I would actually suggest checking out the entry and mid level Revel products, as well as the 3 way Triad offerings and some of the speakers from Paradigm or even Snell.  I have always been fond of the Aerial acoustics speakers, but most of their models are both expensive and very inefficient.  Many here are quite happy with the Rocket 850s and 200 center, which are available for a steal of a price right now, but are slightly lacking in intelligibility for my own tastes.  I'd also caution that lead times on AV123 products which aren't in stock have a bad history, so if you are looking for quick gratification, head elsewhere.  NHT used to have some great home theater products, and the Classic Three & ThreeC could be some great values at their direct prices.

I suspect other forum members can remind me of some options I'm forgetting, as others have kept up with the current offerings better than I.

I do want to enter the passive speaker market down the road, but that's not even on the calendar at this point, as it will be dependent on other factors.  The other issue is that where I can currently offer the most performance and best value is going to be in the $1000-2500 per speaker range.  I have ideas for less expensive products, but I have to be realistic in what I can effectively deliver and support.  Of course if SubMersives, Sparks and Catalysts keep moving as they have been with TerraformXLs and further designs continuing the trend, hopefully we'll reach that point much sooner than later.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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boomboompow
Thanks for the response, Mark.  I am planning on using the speakers in a 13 x 19 room but it isn't a dedicated HT room.  I guess the best thing for me to do is just wait and see if you come out with some passive speakers since I generally like to buy matched pieces if all of them are quality speakers.  I would welcome suggestions from others based on their speaker choices.


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Sean_W_Smith
curious?

why passive?

Sean

Silicon Valley, CA and Huntsville, UT

and Formerly Raleigh, NC. Loving the mild weather, hating the cost of EVERYTHING!
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boomboompow

I was planning on buying an A/V receiver and a separate amp.

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Mark_Seaton
boomboompow wrote:

I was planning on buying an A/V receiver and a separate amp.



Sean is right.  If you are considering an external amp as part of your plan, you loose a good deal of the value proposition, and Sparks + a SubMersive start looking very attractive, especially when you can then have your receiver power some more modest cost surround speakers.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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dave
Crap, I wrote a whole long post about the technical reasons that powered speakers are usually better, and I lost it due to a browser glitch.

Suffice it to say that I'd bet my engineering degree that 9 times out of 10, powered speakers are a much better value proposition than seperates, especially in non-dedicated rooms.

And I'm not saying that because I like Mark's products.... I'm saying it as the
owner of more than a handful of nice amplifiers totally more than a handful of kW of output power, and a TON of speaker cables.
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