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smithmike53
Mark_Seaton wrote:


Hi Mike,

The speakers in the video are the Catalyst 12C's on their matching stands.  Here is the speaker itself standing 38" tall:

[Catalyst-Front-blk-oak][Catalyst-Back-blk-oak]

You can see in this thread how we set the pair up at RMAF 2014 on stands as a stereo pair:

[RMAF-T-20] 
[RMAF-T-05] 
[RMAF-T-39][RMAF-T-36]

The Sparks are very close to shipping.  We'll have a few units getting installed in the next few weeks.  I'll be posting plenty as soon as we're set to deliver them in a reasonable lead time.


Thanks Mark! Awesome pictures. Those stands just blend right into the speakers like they're a part of them. Appreciate the response. Will be calling you in the next week. Want to chat with you about some things.

Mike Smith
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Kain
Quick question...

Is there a reason, other than cost, why an Altitude32 was not used to incorporate more channels? That is quite a large space.
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Mark_Seaton
Kain wrote:
Quick question...

Is there a reason, other than cost, why an Altitude32 was not used to incorporate more channels? That is quite a large space.


The dealer who sold the original electronics handled the new pre-processor with my input.  At the time when we settled the electronics and started working on the plans, the Trinnov processor's capabilities were not completely clear yet and the DataSat did all we were looking for in this system.  95% of the viewing in this room is 2-4 people sitting in the main row.  The owners didn't see themselves wanting more than the channels available in the RS20i, and I knew we could get great sound in the room with it.  If we would have wanted the Trinnov it would have been a bit trickier as the dealer was not yet a dealer for Trinnov like he is now.  

With the realities of available speaker placement locations in the room, there are only a few additional speaker locations that might be useful.  Having heard what it sounds like from the middle 2 seats and even the outer seats of the main row, I don't feel like there would have been much benefit for current formats.  The large dimensions of the space help greatly to reduce variations across the row and make the panning of sounds more realistic since exact seating location is less important to getting the desired effect (you have a larger ideal listening area).  

Getting an appropriate vertical elevation on the front and rear height channels made for very good height envelopment, and the big upgrades to the 8x F18 were absolutely the right fit for the movies, concerts and playback levels the owners enjoy.  It is literally a hair-shaking experience when appropriate, while still being exceptionally detailed.  The acoustic updates and the associated construction was a significant investment but it has made a HUGE improvement in the sound quality, clarity and detail through the midbass range while making the room much more comfortable at all levels.  

This past weekend they set up the stage and had 2 very talented performers for an annual party the owners have.  Even though it mostly looked the same to the musicians, they instantly commented it sounded different in the room, and liked the improvement.  Listening to the live performance was hugely improved as the front and rear wall treatment kept the average energy down for more comfortable listening at fun levels, while the front wall treatment greatly reduced the sound coming back from the performer's monitors.  This was definitely the best the performances have ever sounded.  I have a picture and a video or 2 I will post up later.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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KlipschHead281
Post 'em already. [wink]

I can only imagine how this room sounds. Wow.

AVR/Blu-Ray - Marantz SR7009 (9.2.2) - Blu-Ray Oppo UDP 203 - Apple TV
Front Height Amplifier - 2 Marantz MA6100's
Speakers - Klipsch RF-82 - Center RC-64 - Front Wide 2 RP-160M, Front Height 2 RB-10
Rear Surround - Surround Back 2 RS-52, Surround 2 R-14M
Subs - Dual MFW15's (Seaton Sound ICE amplifiers, soon to be triple MFW's)
TV -Samsung 55" 8500
2CH - Klipsch "The Sixes" and 1 MFW15


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Mark_Seaton
Since everyone's sharing various Star Wars fun on this May the fourth, let's bump the walk through before renovation of this awesome and tasteful Star Wars theater:



And for contrast, the look after the front wall was renovated and bumped out with 7" of acoustic treatment to incorporate the 14' wide screen from Seymour-Screen Excellence, 3 Catalyst 12C speakers, and 8 x F18 subwoofers in 2 stacks.  Complimenting as surrounds are 4 each Spark and Spark XC speakers for a 7.1.4 Atmos system with processing handled by the DataSat RS20i.  All of the construction, fabric track, and acoustic materials were handled by Accurate Acoustics who also demonstrated with us at Axpona 2017.

Here is a quick recap of pictures through the thread showing the result:
[SWHT-Prep-Day1] 
[SWHT-Prep-Day2] 
[SWHT-Screenwall-1] 
[SWHT-Screenwall-2] 
[SWHT-Screenwall-4blue] 
[SWHT-ScreenIn-1HeightChs] 
[MSeaton-SW-AVS] 
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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KlipschHead281
It amazing what can be done with the right budget. Very nice.

AVR/Blu-Ray - Marantz SR7009 (9.2.2) - Blu-Ray Oppo UDP 203 - Apple TV
Front Height Amplifier - 2 Marantz MA6100's
Speakers - Klipsch RF-82 - Center RC-64 - Front Wide 2 RP-160M, Front Height 2 RB-10
Rear Surround - Surround Back 2 RS-52, Surround 2 R-14M
Subs - Dual MFW15's (Seaton Sound ICE amplifiers, soon to be triple MFW's)
TV -Samsung 55" 8500
2CH - Klipsch "The Sixes" and 1 MFW15


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zdoggz
Very nice, Mark! So you noticed a huge improvement going from the 4 HPs to the 8 F18s in this room?

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Mark_Seaton
zdoggz wrote:
Very nice, Mark! So you noticed a huge improvement going from the 4 HPs to the 8 F18s in this room?


Certainly.  Doubling the number of similar size cabinets should and did make a dramatic improvement in headroom and low distortion deep bass.  In this size room with the huge improvement to the acoustics the added headroom was very welcome and used as the comfortable playback level increased significantly with the upgrade.
Mark Seaton
Seaton Sound, Inc.
sales@seatonsound.net
773-290-8436
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Thomas_Smith
I am really interested to see how much they spent on renovating all of those things.
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