Aura shakers vs. Sony SA-WM40

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  1. peter_anderson

    peter_anderson Stunt Coordinator

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    I know that under ideal circumstances bass shakers should only be used to enhance the movie experience for an already complete system with a real subwoofer. Having just moved, I no longer have a good place for my old SA-WM40 in the "theater" area, and was wondering if a pair of Aura shakers, if properly placed, amplified and calibrated (volume) could serve as an adequate replacement for the SA-WM40? My receiver always crosses over the sub output at 80 or 60. Having never experienced tactile transducers in person, I turn to you for guidance!
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    I would probably mount the transducers to the underside of the queen-size futon which is in the middle of the listening area. It is very heavy, and has a metal frame. I would mount them to an MDF board or something.
     
  2. dan scorpio

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    yes get the shakers they are awsome, i can never watch a movie without them again......
     
  3. ChrisClearman

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    First I'd lose that fouton and the lava lamp, then I'd get the shakers.
     
  4. Chuck Bogie

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    You can't caliberate 'em with a sound meter. You gotta calibrate 'em with your butt.

    Find a home for the sub. You'll need it too.
     
  5. Alan M

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    As Dan said,once you experience shakers,its hard to live without them.
     
  6. peter_anderson

    peter_anderson Stunt Coordinator

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    thanks, Chuck. I guess there is no substitute even for a mediocre sub!
     
  7. GregLee

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    I agree that the bass shakers can't substitute for a sub. In fact, using the shakers may make you feel the lack of a sub more acutely, because there will be notes you can feel but not hear.

    There may be a perfectly good reason for mounting the shakers to a board instead of attaching them directly to the metal frame of the futon, but I don't know what it is. You might try just tying or wiring them to the frame, first, to see how that feels.
     
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  11. peter_anderson

    peter_anderson Stunt Coordinator

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    Thank you all for the responses! I have decided to live with non-ideal placement of the sub (and play with the phase switch) until I can afford to have a decent sub and *then* add tactile transducers (the cost of which I have found is more than I originally expected).

    For the record, I have never owned a lava lamp [​IMG]
     

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