Hi - I made a post in the sticky Shaker thread but no-one answered so I'm hoping someone will notice here (if so I will delete the other post, to avoid duplicates):
My girlfriend just got me a Buttkicker Advance (BK4-4) for Christmas. I'm new to shakers.
- Denon X4400H (125W), set up as 5.1 with Klipsch speakers, has Zone 2/3
- I don't have any stand alone amps.
- I also have an old unused htib AVR Onkyo HT-R550 (110W), has Zone 2
- 3 seat sofa
- 80% gaming Xbox One X, 20% movies
1. Can I use the Denon to power the 4-ohm BK4-4?
(Note: I saw
's helpful posts about using AVR's LFE output back into the AVR's Zone 2's CD input to power a shaker, but I don't know if this being 4-ohm is an issue? https://www.avsforum.com/forum/usert...hash&hash=2860
2. The BK4 says minimum of 75W, max 400W. 75W sounds like a pretty significant load to hang full time on an AVR...? I imagine my Klipsch speakers are only using a few watts most of the time.
3. If an external amp is necessary - suggestions? Could something like a Outlaw 5000 or Emotiva XPA-5 home theater amp be a reasonable interim solution for the shaker, that I could later repurpose in my next home theater build?
4. Is there any reason I'd want a different brand or a Buttkicker LFE over the BK4?
5. I'm in a condo: I have neighbors below me. Will the shaker transmit noticeably? Are there effective ways to mitigate?
6. For gaming, I use Sony XM3 headphones plugged into my Xbox controller with Dolby Atmos For Headphones, and I turn the AVR MV to mute so the 5.1 speakers are silent. If I use the
solution with Zone 2 feeding the shaker, will the LFE to Zone 2 keep the shaker active even if Zone 1 MV = mute?