Originally Posted by BrolicBeast
Thanks for the link....well, looks like I found my amp! Lol. Now, I must ask...what are the benefits of setting delays for a bass transducer? I had no idea that was a factor and definitely want optimal performance.
The sound from the subs and the shaking from the shakers should be timed properly. Depending on how they're connected, there could be different latencies of the signal sent to the sub's vs. the signal sent to the shakers. (The Bass Management can cause some latency as can the processing in the sub itself, (LPF's, HPF's, phase controls, etc.) The shaker is a more direct connection, especially if you connect the way I do right out of the Oppo BDP. The signal will get to the shaker earlier than the signal gets to the subwoofer. You don't want to "feel" shaking before you "hear" sound. That would be unnatural and gimmicky. You want to feel the shaking at the same time, (or maybe slightly delayed), from the sound. The iNUKE has a DSP based delay control that can be used to delay the signal to get them timed better.
I am currently using the subwoofer Distance setting in my Oppo to set the delay, but that is less precise than the delay in the iNUKE. I've made it work in my system, and in MikeDuke's system, but if I were to start over, I would go with the INUKE. It's even cheaper than the Buttkicker amp.
I think I'm going to take a page out of your book and place two transducers so each one can shake two chairs. One will be where the left and center seats join, and one will be where the right and center seats join (the center main lp effectively getting one half on each side.
Another amp to consider is the Crowson amp, which can do "stereo" shaking. I haven't tried that, but Randy Crowson tells me it works:
It's a more expensive option however. In addition, I LPF my Crowsons at 40 Hz. I doubt there is much "stereo" content below 40 Hz, so I doubt you would realize much actual "stereo" motion. Nonetheless, it's out there.