Getting a second Buttkicker mini-LFE to add to my sofa.
Got one yesterday from Parts-Express. But it arrived DOA. I know this because I swapped it out for a working one. Easy to copy the wiring that way.
I contacted Parts-Express, and they said for me to ship my unit back to them (they were going to email me a mailing label), they would test it, and if it was broken then they would ship me a replacement. I'm thinking weeks.
I had already been talking with The Guitammer Company (the manufacturer) about Buttkicker questions in general, and I mentioned to them about the DOA unit. They said that they handle warranty work, and that they would UPS me a replacement unit, and when I got it, I could use the included shipping label to send it back. Wow, that was easy and painless.
When I asked the Guitammer Company about my mini-LFE bottoming out during several well-known deep bass movie scenes they said:
Adding a second unit should completely solve the bottom out issue. You're moving a lot of mass with a single unit and on the very deep bass we're simply reach what it's capable of doing. The 75 watt rating of the APA150 is RMS, at the level it's being driven it is most likely in some clipping and reaching closer to peak wattage (unfortunately that spec isn't published).
ps - I am very happy with my Buttkicker mini-LFE, and I look forward to adding a second unit to my sofa. My son was so impressed with mine that he has bought his own mini-LFE and Dayton Audio APA150 amp. His installation will be more difficult because it will be to the bottom of a rocker/recliner chair (not much room under there). I still think that all home-theater enthusiasts need to add Buttkickers as they let you feel the missing 4th dimension, without blowing out your ears or your wallet.
General suggestions for The Guitammer Company
- Since all your wiring diagrams show positive and negative connections and wires, have the wires on your units labeled as positive (or +) and negative (or -). Or include a piece of paper in the box that says the black lead wire is negative, and the white lead wire is positive. Or change your wiring diagrams to show the black and white wire leads.
- Include two twist-on wire connectors for connecting wires (from the amplifier) to the unit's black and white lead wires.