What a great post - after plenty of reading I think I know how I'll wire my recently ordered 6 Bass Shakers (25W) to the PE 120W mono subwoofer amp. My question is a more basic - how to pre-wire in anticipation of using these.
I'm getting to the end of my HT buildout, unfortunately, I didn't think ahead about adding shakers, I just decided this past week after some great input from AVSers. All my speaker cable is in conduit (7.1) behind double drywall, so running conduit now isn't going to happen. However I am installing GOM on the walls, that starts this week. So what I'll do run speaker wire from the equipment rack to the chair row & cover that with Linacoustics/GOM. It will be hidden so no problems.
I guess my question has to do with the fact since I have no chairs yet and can access the floor, how/where should I terminate wire? I will have 2 rows of 3 and I'm not exactly sure where they will be, but I'm pretty sure of their approximate location. I'm thinking of a couple of different options:
1. have the speaker cable from the amp terminate in a wall plate on my side wall. Then when I get the chairs (which will most likely be pretty tight to the side wall, get a jack to finish the wiring. I guess I would run the wire under the chairs and hide any exposed wiring with some sort of cover.
2. Another option is I am in the middle of installing Dricore on the floors and I could run wire under it. For those not familar with it, Dricore is about 1" high, it has polyethylene cleats on the bottom with OSB on top http://www.dricore.com/en/einstallation.htm
). So there is a gap between the cleats for air flow, speaker wire could go there. So in this case I could run speaker wire from the amp, through the floor to appoximately where the chairs would be & have the wire poke up through the Dricore. I think I could leave excess wire in the floor and when it came time to install, I could pull it up through the floor. Only problem with this is I'd have to poke a hole through the carpet as well, so maybe the first approach would be better.