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Receiver for bass shakers?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Chris PC, May 4, 2005.

  1. Chris PC

    Chris PC Well-Known Member

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    I bought Four 25 watt aura bass shakers and will wire them in series so that I have a load of 8 ohms for each 50 watt channel. I have an old Sony receiver that has 40 watts per channel, but the specs only rate from 40 hz on up. (Also the receiver could be a little flaky, or it may just need cleaning, regardless, I'm looking at other receivers).

    Do I need a receiver with better specs? I see other people selling receivers I could use but some of those also only have specs listed to 40 hz.

    thanx in advance for any input

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  2. John Garcia

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    What's your price range? Onecall has the Onkyo TX-8011 for $150.

    I'd just use the one you have, and if it dies, find something better [​IMG]
     
  3. Jon Bell

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    Use the one you have, and see if you are happy with it. If not, look on ebay or Best Buy closeouts. I ended up getting a Teac stereo receiver (2 channel, not surround) from Parts Express for about $120. Onecall might have something cheaper-- their prices amaze me.
     
  4. DonnyD

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    A dedicated sub amp from Parts Express is gonna be the best option. I've used old receivers but the shakers just never seemed right.......
     
  5. Jon Bell

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    DonnyD, could you elaborate? Did they shake too much/ too little? At AVS forum, some have used an FMod (frequency modulator?) to limit the frequency of what goes to the receiver/ shakers.
     
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    FMod is a passive inline filter.
     
  7. DonnyD

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    Jon.... I'll try to remember back that far...LOL
    When I first hooked up some shakers, I had the original smaller ones that came with a small Aura amp.... they were pretty active.... until upgradeitis hit. I went with the Pro Auras hooked to an older Yamaha amp... a "M" something, bout 120x2 I think. Then I tried an old Technics amp; Fed it the lfe signal of course but the shakers seemed to be not getting enough juice or the correct frequency to make'em shake good.... I bit the bullet and bought a PE 120w sub amp and that's when my shakers came ALIVE.....and I am still using the same ones..... My son is using the originals that had the Aura amp with them and they too are still kicking.
    SO>>>> my experience with amps other than a true sub amp is limited although I can say, going with the true sub amp did make quite a difference.
    Hope this helps.....but remember my sig.... [​IMG]
     
  8. Chris PC

    Chris PC Well-Known Member

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    I will keep those comments in mind.


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  9. TimForman

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    I can't imagine buying a receiver to drive shakers other than a used one. Are there any stores near you that sell used equipment? If not, I'd look at a couple of smaller sub plate amps. I happened to have an old Realistic receiver that is still going strong.
    http://www.timn8er.com/bass_shakers.htm
     
  10. Dave Simpson

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    Chris,



    What Tim said, man! But we've been over this, haven't we?

    Cheers, pal!

    DS.
     
  11. Chris PC

    Chris PC Well-Known Member

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    Yep. My only concern with the older receivers is the power specs only rated to 40 hz. I'll try the one I have and if it doesn't satisfy, perhaps I'll try something else. For comparisons sake, I'll try one of my Marantz receivers and see if I can tell the difference.
     
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    tag
     
  13. Matt^Brown

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    Chris I am going with Donny on this one. Get a dedicated sub plate amp. You can buy them for next to nothing off of ebay and they will work perfectly. I have a 40 watt RMS plate amp driving 4 shakers just fine. Yes some may say that is not enough power but it shakes enough for me with out taking away from the movie.
     
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    I agree. Plate amp connected to the receiver sub output is the best way to go. Cheap too.
     

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