I am wondering what others are using for their Buttkicker crossover settings and also if anyone can explain the difference between the two switches and one dial.
The documentation suggestes 80hz on the dial and turning high pass filter on... 80hz seems like it is a little high... seem to get a lot of shaking when you don't want it.
Also, if you have any suggested output levels -- obviously this is dependent on your receiver output settings, however if you can give an example of a movie and how hard you feel a particular sound -- like "saving private ryan, scene 10, you should feel machine gun but no door closing" something like that.
Good question, I was wondering too. I've been moving mine around alot lately, I like it when I can feel gunshots and such in a movie, but then you often get vibration when you don't want it like during background music. I'd be interested to hear what settings others are using.
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I run mine at 40hz. If you only want to feel the really low effects...thus the LFE... then running them any higher will cause them to vibrate whenever anything higher than 40hz is sent to the sub-out. You also need to "probably" set the gain/volume control on the amp running the shakers to relatively low. Otherwise when something comes across at 40hz or lower and it is too "loud" too many watts, it may cause your amp to clip or the circuit breaker on the amp to pop and need resetting.
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before I had a decent sub I ran mine at about 55ish hz, but now I have it at 40hz (minimum with the buttkicker amp). Feeling those low frequencies without hearing them just as loud is unpleasent -- and feeling rumble at 60+hz also feels off.
I have my two BKA1000 Buttkicker amps set low and I've recently had a thought. When listening to music that has some lows I can hear the Buttkickers in the 4 chairs and I've been considering adding better isolation to the 4 chairs so that the vibrations stays out of the floor. The Berkline chairs should have been made with better isolation I think.
recently got the kit and have 1 buttkicker for a rather long (13') and soft couch. after experimenting, i have left the crossover at 45, with the amp at 50%. it's so real, when friends have watched movies and felt the shake they always believed it came from the subwoofer (not a chance) not an attached shaking device. highly recommend the kit!