tactile transducer question

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  1. Terry Flink

    Terry Flink Stunt Coordinator

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    Living in a condo has its challenges for a home theater. The shared walls mean that "earth shaking" bass from my SVS 20-39CS needs to be occasional at best. I was wondering about the experiences of people with tactile transducers as this may allow me to "feel" the bass, while still being kind to my neighbors.
     
  2. Thomas J. Coyle III

    Thomas J. Coyle III Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi Terry

    Do a search on "bass shakers" and your questions will all be answered. I personally have four Aura Bass Shaker Pros attached to an "L" shaped sectional and they work very well. I was driving them with an Audio Source 5.1 amp that puts out 100wrms into 4 ohms. I am now driving the shakers with a ButtKicker power amp that puts out 1000wrms into 4 ohms. I also have a ButtKicker2 bass shaker that will eventually replace the Aura shakers. The bass shakers work very well, but you have to keep the drive signal below 50 Hz for them to work well. My ButtKicker amp has a variable low pass filter that I have set to between 40 and 45 Hz. I am also experimenting with a Rane PE17 parametric equalizer so I can improve the drive signal in the 20-40 Hz region.
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    TCIII
     
  3. John H

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    I have been using tactile transducers in my system for 6 years. I use them to activate a queen size bed in a bedroom based system.

    I have used RBH (ultra high performance Aura's), Clark Synthesis 329F and Platinum models and currently use 4 platform mounted original Buttkickers driven by a bridged pair of Crown K2 power amplifiers. I use a 20Hz 24db per octave lowpass on their signal.

    I highly recommend a TT arrangement.

    John
     
  4. Gabriel_Lam

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    John,

    How are the Clark Platinums compared with the Buttkickers?
     
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  6. DonnyD

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    Tactile transducers are an excellent way to "feel" the lfe without having the walls shaking too.... My son HAD a wife who couldn't stand the sub sound (I think it must have rattled her airhead) so he installed some shakers to suppliment his sub feel..... solved his problem......

    Personally I"ve had TT's for over 2 years now and now my HT simply isn't the same without them. Love to shake my booty..........[​IMG]
     
  7. MikeLi

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    For my info... what are most of you folks doing as I am interested. Are you attaching them to your sofa or chair or under your wood floor? My problem is a large couch which is the main watching area but have two large chairs off to the side that if everyone is watching something together would need them as well if they had to be mounted in chairs or couches only. I consider myself an average do it yourselfer guy when I have time. Is this something I really can consider doing myself? I have heard or read horrer stories here about people getting their shakers with no instructions and such. I would not know the difference between wiring in parrellel or series and stuff without some reference to work with. Thanks
     
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  9. MikeLi

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    So in other words with a large family room with multiple chairs the buttkicker is the way to go or would one need more than one mounted under the wood floor?
     
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    John H:

    Thanks for the info!
     
  11. DonnyD

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    Mike, For a simple installation and great tactile feedback, I'd recommend putting two shakers in your couch and one each in your chairs. Two paiar can be hooked to anamp at 4 ohms and do a great job. When you get your hands on everything, post and some of us will guide you through the wiring......... which really isn't as complex as it may seem.........
     
  12. MikeLi

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    Thanks for the help offer. So I take it that the bass shakers under the couch and chairs are a better idea than the butt kicker under the entire seating area?
     
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