What's The Difference Between

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  1. AbelM

    AbelM Second Unit

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    Shakers and subs? Are they the same thing? I always hear, I am gonna use an amp to power my shakers, then another amp to power my SVS sub...well isn't that the same thing?!
     
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    A sub (subwoofer) is an actual loudspeaker to reproduce low frequency sound.
    A shaker (bass shaker) is used to make furniture, usually seats or sofas, vibrate. The innards are in principle the same as a loudspeaker, a coil of wire that vibrates within a magnet.
    With enough speakers all around as in a (real) theater auditorium, the lower frequency sound coming from them may be enough to give your body the sensation of "feeling" the audio. A shaker achieves that effect without endangering your hearing with as much audio in the smaller home theater room.
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  4. Clinton McClure

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    I remember when this was poorly introduced into car audio a few years back. Alpine paved the way with their line of Bass Engines. It was all the rave for about a month, then people began having trouble with the shakers drawing too much power from the amps and overheating them during extended playing. Fortunately, for the car audio world, it slipped silently away in the night, hopefully never to return.
    I never quite saw the need for it in car audio, but home audio seems to have a good application.
     
  5. AbelM

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    Thanx guys, are they much cheaper than subs? And who's a good brand name?
     
  6. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

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    Much cheaper, Aura pairs go for 30 - 40 bucks on Ebay, some other brands get very expensive.

    Run them like an unpowered sub.
     
  7. AbelM

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    Thanx Collin. [​IMG]
     
  8. Ken Seeber

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    Abel,

    No offense intended, but in your profile you claim to be a home theater set-up designer. You don't know the difference between a bass shaker and a subwoofer?
     
  9. Mark Austin

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    That's a good question Ken.
     
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    Oh boy.....
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    Intresing yes!
     
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  12. AbelM

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    That was put in there a joke...sorry [​IMG]
     
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    I'm glad I'm not the only one...
     

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