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Old 07-18-2005, 02:44 PM   #1  
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Iím thinking about getting a tactile transducer, probably the Buttkicker. Is it worth the $600 for the transducer and amp? Would mounting it to the floor under my chair give me a realistic feeling of the bass? I already have a subwoofer for the sound but want to feel explosions and such in movies.
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Iím thinking about getting a tactile transducer, probably the Buttkicker. Is it worth the $600 for the transducer and amp? Would mounting it to the floor under my chair give me a realistic feeling of the bass? I already have a subwoofer for the sound but want to feel explosions and such in movies.
$600? Trying to bounce bodies off the ceiling?

I have a $30 pair of Aura transducers from Part Express running in series off a single channel Audiosource MonoAmp. I use a Y connector off the line going to my sub. Most the time I have it off. But when the opportunity presents itself, it is a 'kick'...

One 'kicker' under each seat (or 2 per couch). We get plenty of action for thumps, explosions, and thunder. Of course, as with everything you can spend more for bigger.

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/pshow...27&rak=302-610

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I have a pair of Aura BassShakers (older models) bolted to the bottom of the couch. They are a blast for action movies. Bolted to the floor might give you some ugly sounding resonances in the room, i.e. make your heating ducts buzz, or other things.
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I have a pair of Aura BassShakers (older models) bolted to the bottom of the couch. They are a blast for action movies. Bolted to the floor might give you some ugly sounding resonances in the room, i.e. make your heating ducts buzz, or other things.
Agreed. Bolted to the chair/sofa frame is best. And requires the least amount of power. Like a lot of things, subtle is sometimes better. This is definitely something you can overdo. But finely tuned really does add another dimension to action movies.
The huge ships, carrying the delegation, coming in to land in the beginning of Star Wars II and the resonance of the light sabers, etc. are impressive as hell! Great demo disk for shakers.
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Iím thinking about getting a tactile transducer, probably the Buttkicker. Is it worth the $600 for the transducer and amp? Would mounting it to the floor under my chair give me a realistic feeling of the bass? I already have a subwoofer for the sound but want to feel explosions and such in movies.
If you also want to feel the bass on the floor, it's best to mount the LFE on a platform floor that you'll probably have to fabricate. BK provides instructions on floor platform mounting.

You can get the BK HT system online easily for under $500. I was lucky to get it from Amazon for $413 three months ago.

Read their reviews as apposed to other transducers. I was very satisfied with the BK HT system after skeptically trying it out so I purchased another LFE for the loveseat. We notice their quick precise response without having any left-over resonance that the others produce. One LFE is all you need for a sofa as apposed to installing six smaller tactile transducers for the same effect. You can also adjust the amp if you want a subtle effect to change preferences for different program sources.

Nice thing about tactile tranducers is that you can feel the base while using earphones and also during those low-volume occasions.

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