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Has anyone tested this new unit out yet from Buttkicker? I am thinking of buying it but wanted some opinions.

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No one???
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I did. Installed it an hour ago. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

On Batman Dark Night at 1:16 when they transport Dent, OMG!!!!!!!!!!

How cow this thing is awesome. When the Tumbler slides the whole couch really gives it to you.

So, it bolted it directly to my couch so it is totally invisible. fantastic!!! mother in law didn't want to get off the couch. Can't wait for my wife to get home!!
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mother in law didn't want to get off the couch.

creepy...and compelling...

Actually I'm wondering if this is any faster than the buttkicker 2, I'm hoping it might be more subtle as well....
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I am unsure about speed. But it seems to punch the couch at the same time the subwoofer pushes.

My only real issue this far I found with Doomsday. The audio mix during battle scenes is strong, you feel the mix and the explosions. I can see where dBox wouldn't have this problem. But for the price of the BKA300, I don't care.
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I am unsure about speed. But it seems to punch the couch at the same time the subwoofer pushes.

My only real issue this far I found with Doomsday. The audio mix during battle scenes is strong, you feel the mix and the explosions. I can see where dBox wouldn't have this problem. But for the price of the BKA300, I don't care.

I have had difficulty finding specs. How low does this new model go and is it an upgrade to the BK LFE?
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Seems like a reasonable price for buttkicker/amp/wireless adapter/couch plate!!!

I have two Butkicker LFEs and I have already a monster sub system...I barely have the buttkicker amp past 1/4 to just give the extra sensation.

BTW, the Dark Night is the worst of all the new movies from great bass.

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The manual says it will go as low as 5hz if that helps.
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The manual says it will go as low as 5hz if that helps.

Helps indeed! One last thing does it have any kind of xover or does it rely on bass mgt from your receiver? Sometimes shakers in general can be distracting if playing too high up in frequency.
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No crossover at all. It does have a remote with 3 presets. Movie which takes 25hz and outputs to the transducer what it gets, music which adds +6db to 25hz and game which subtracts -6db from 25hz. And of course volume. I don't know abou the previous model so I am sorry if this is common knowledge.

The led on the amp is bright as hell. Gonna put electrical tape over it.

I have the Buttkicker amp setup in my Harmony remote. So its all good now!!! Back to one remote.
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No crossover at all. It does have a remote with 3 presets. Movie which takes 25hz and outputs to the transducer what it gets, music which adds +6db to 25hz and game which subtracts -6db from 25hz. And of course volume. I don't know abou the previous model so I am sorry if this is common knowledge.

The led on the amp is bright as hell. Gonna put electrical tape over it.

I have the Buttkicker amp setup in my Harmony remote. So its all good now!!! Back to one remote.

Thanks for the info. I was kinda interested before but it seems like they have winner with this new version. Might just have to try one out.
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I was wondering if any of you who have tried the BKA300 on hardwood floors? Does the product rattle the floor at all??
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Originally I assembled it the way they suggest and there was no rattling at all on my hard wood floors.
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I'm thinking purchasing this system but was wondering if it will be compatible with my current set up. I have a reciever that does not have a sub-woofer out. And I have a Polk PSW10 sub connected through speaker line inputs from my Front Polk Monitor 40s. How would I go about connecting the BKA300???
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Oh yeah my sofa is a small $149 Ikea love seat! Will this thing destroy my furniture? haha...
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It comes with an adapter to convert the negative and positive wires into RCA for use with the BK300A Amplifier. Maybe you can connect it in "series" to the subwoofer using the Polk Monitor 40s. Or use either the left or right output from the PSW10 and with the positive/negative Y-RCA cable and that should work too.

And it will be great on the love seat. at $149, who cares if it falls apart. Buy another, but I am sure it will be fine.
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so, the couch leg just sits on the platform of the buttkicker, right? I have an expensive 3 piece sectional, so I am trying to figure out how to make this work...

Any tips?
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Yep, it sits under one leg and all the others are raised with these little 1" rubber lifts. Make NO mistake, the whole couch will feel it, but whomever sits closer to the leg with the transducer will get SIGNIFICATNLY greater vibrations. That is why I flipped the couch and screwed it to the middle of the back.
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Yep, it sits under one leg and all the others are raised with these little 1" rubber lifts. Make NO mistake, the whole couch will feel it, but whomever sits closer to the leg with the transducer will get SIGNIFICATNLY greater vibrations. That is why I flipped the couch and screwed it to the middle of the back.

I ordered one and it will be here on the 31st. Can you elaborate on screwing into the middle of the back I don't quite understand?
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I will snap a pic and post it later!!!!
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I will snap a pic and post it later!!!!

Cool thanks!
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I did. Installed it an hour ago. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !

On Batman Dark Night at 1:16 when they transport Dent, OMG!!!!!!!!!!

How cow this thing is awesome. When the Tumbler slides the whole couch really gives it to you.

So, it bolted it directly to my couch so it is totally invisible. fantastic!!! mother in law didn't want to get off the couch. Can't wait for my wife to get home!!

I hooked mine up last night and tried that very scene- NICE! I like it and was pleasantly surprised that it does shake the whole couch. It has plenty of power and I have not found the limits as of yet. I turned it down more than up if anything to try and get a nice blend cause there are certain parts where it will be too much and other parts where it's just right. Then you have to factor in that it splits off the LFE so for my case whatever Audyssey is doing to my subs it also does to the shaker. I have some more experimentation to do but so far I definitely like it more with it than without it. On another note with music (although not my intended use) I put on a song by Maxwell where there is a sick bass guitar solo and it feeling it with the Buttkicker in the mix took it to another level!
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I have a SVS PB12+ x2 1,000 watt Bash amp 12.3 series.
I shake my dedicated HT room, but with my Rti series polk speakers still feel a tiny bit of machine gun mid bass emptiness unless I CRANK it. Wife usually comes down and gives me the look... the house is coming apart.

Im wanting to combo Big Sub and Buttkickers...any comments ?

I'm considering ordering Buttkickers to compliment my SVS.
I read the post, wow ! factor in adding the LFE buttkicker.
I wish I could demo one.
I have 6 theatre seats to look after.

Could I Feel the machine guns, without CRANKING the Rti8 fronts ?

CSI5 centre, Fxi5 surrounds and Rti6 rear surrounds. Yamaha 6190 receiver.
BDP 51fd, AE3000 pj(2.35:1). Da-lite Hp.
I am going to pick up a pair of Rti10's this afternoon to see if that could add a bit of 160 to 200 hz punch to the room.(over the rti8's) 8's will be for sale.

Any Buttkicker / subwoofer combo user comments or info to add ?
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If you want the effect of subwoofers all around attempting to blow up a building, then a transducer like the Buttkicker is for you. Since it has its own 300 Watt BASH amp, you can do whatever you want!! The amp is also designed to daisy chain more Buttkicker BASH amps for more transducers.
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I finally got around to installing my BKA1000 amp and two LFE's last night. I watched some Cloverfield and the effect was awesome. I actually caught myself feeling some anxiety because the effect was making me think the volume was cranked too high and I might disturb the neighbors.
Anyway I have more testing to do but so far a big thumbs up.
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Would you say it would give the effect of relacing the floor standing sub or just compliments it. I know I could adjust the volume, but I thought ?? feeling one directly through my HT seat and one filling the room may give a More Complete sensation of the different freq. ?? Just a thought ? and MOST important.. can they blend well, not feel like 2 subs, but one sound or senssation in unity ? I guess is my main Q?
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Everyone seems to have such High reviews of these.
What is the TOP model for Home Theatre.
Are these designed for don't disturb the neighbours set ups ? Or is that just a side bonus ?
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You definitely want to use a sub with the shakers for the full effect, I think thats what is recommended. I am using the lowest crossover setting 40hz, letting the buttkickers handle the low stuff and letting my sub (HSU STF3) handle the audible stuff. This seemed to work really well, when I watched cloverfield only the lowest booms activated the buttkickers. When I had Aura shakers I didn't have the equipment to cross them over really low and I wasn't happy. I'll give the Aura's another try in my media room some day but these buttkickers seem to be in another league.
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Both!

I have an incredible sub system and I do not need buttkickers to feel down into single digits but sometimes we have to run the HT room a lower volumes and the buttkickers help give that very low frequency.

Even at higher SPL where my subs are incredible I like the added low end rumble of my seats during certain scenes. I have my crossover on my BK amp set really low so I only feel the buttkicker once in awhile. I believe I have the prefect setup now except I want to machine some better buttkicker plates. Wider to cover two chairs instead.

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