Hey guys... Quick update from yesterday.... Yesterday was a bit of a nightmare in terms of trying to mount the ButtKicker into the sofa.. As can be seen in the pictures below, I have mounted the ButtKicker on a piece of timber (1 inch thick and 6 inches wide).
I used a bit of extra off cut timber where the ButtKicker is mounted in order to give is extra grip for the screws to get into...
On first installation I thought it was all good but when I flipped the sofa back over and sat down I could feel the timber underneath me and wasn't comfortable. I took it apart and then used little blocks under the timber to separate it further in order for me not to feel it beneath me.
Also I placed the ButtKicker slightly off centre and not bang in the middle of the timber.. It's more towards the front of the couch.. This was recommended by
who also was extremely kind and helpful to guide me setting it up within inuke after the installation (Thank you
After installing the timber in the sofa the second time round I noticed that there would probably be some rattling caused by the springs under the seating so thought it would be a good idea to put some left over polly filling I already had in between the springs and the timber in order to prevent any possible rattling.. Also note that I placed a little rubber mat directly under the ButtKicker between the timber and the ButtKicker in order to also prevent any kind of rattling..
I can't feel the timber like before when fully sat down but I think because I know it's there, psychologically I can still very slightly feel it beneath me.. What I'm intending on doing is removing it and placing a piece 4 x 2 timber on the main sofa strips and then installing the flat board with the ButtKicker on.
Also instead of having the timber dead centre of where I sit, I am going to move it to the right hand side and mount it directly under the join of where the two seatings are.. That way I can screw the 4 x 2 timber into the side plywood of the sofa as well, as can be seen in the pictures... I hope this makes sense but if not I will upload more pictures once I have changed the configuration again...
So.... After I had spent a good few hours installing it into the sofa which I have now decided to change again probably tomorrow lol.. I finally got to the setup stage.. As mentioned above, credit and my gratitude goes out to @biga6761
as he was very kind in taking the time to call me and go through the inuke settings.. Basically we used BI-AMP 1 mode and set a delay in Channel B for the ButtKicker along with applying a HS12 filter etc..
I understand and appreciate this will be a long process in getting the delay bang on to match my subwoofer and what's on the screen, however so far it seems to be in sync already.. I will no doubt spend a lot more time tweaking and learning things along the way however first impressions were WOW
In all honesty for the first couple of minutes it took me out of the movie.. This was only because I was aware and paying full attention to the ButtKicker.. After the initial stage, I was blown away with how much detail was present (especially under 20hz) in all the movie demo scenes I am familiar with...
I only had very little time to demo after setup as I had to be up early today for work but the couple of scenes I demoed were as below :
The Incredible Hulk - NYC scene, Hulk Smash Scene and the whole of Hulk vs Abomination.. Lost for words.. The thumping of both Hulk and Abominations foot steps when running at each other in the NYC scene.. All the fighting, punches etc.. Absolutely blew my mind.. So powerful and the sense you get is so much more fulfilling it's hard to explain...
Jurrasic World - Scene with Indominus Rex attacking the two boys in the pod.. Again absolutely crazy.. The feel of the Dinasour thumping it's way around then sticking it's nail into the pods glass, smashing it up and down into the ground... It sounded awesome with the mini marty anyway but with the ButtKicker it added a dimension, a feeling which was absolutely mind blowing lol..made me smile and feel that the Indominus Rex was literally in my room lol..
Kong: Skull Island - Scene where they make first contact with Kong.. Brilliant.. This is where I felt that the ButtKicker has dynamics like any other normal speaker/subwoofer .. What I mean is there were parts where it was very subtle and other parts when it completely shook me which was a crazy feeling..also a little scary lol..
John Wick - Red circle club scene... My god.. I have never experienced this scene like this before.. Those of you who know or read my write ups will know that the red circle scene in John Wick is probably one of my favourite demo scenes.. I literally felt every single bullet fired out of his gun.. It was a sensational feeling.. Again had a huge smile on my face lol..
Overall, please remember I only had no more than 25 mins for the whole demo so it's all still very new and will no doubt need a lot more tweaking for sure before I get it perfect... However I am already considering another ButtKicker LFE so I guess that says it all really lol
I will try to update in the next few days with some new pictures once fully installed in the perfect location (if that ever is possible lol) within my sofa and write up some more later once the novalty has slightly worn off to give you a full review and share my experience with you guys..
Hope this helps or inspires others to do the same or a similar setup..
If you have any tips on how to better install the ButtKicker into my sofa please do go ahead and let me know.. As always I welcome and appreciate all your help, advice and support..