Originally Posted by brazensol
^^^ I kind of like the idea of using DSP because I can then turn off one platform completely if that is what the person sitting there desires (control the seat movement from 100% to 0% if I'm understanding correctly). I'm just not sure how to integrate it into the system. Got some more learning to do.
^^^^ Lot of options, just depends on simplicity you seek and your budget. The physical adjustment method using isolators is the most economical way and simplest way for each BOSS platform.
For electronic control, you will need separate amplifier channels for each BOSS platform if that's the path you take. Once you have separate amplifiers, you can sculpt the signal to each BOSS as needed and have more control over them with DSP.
My recommendation would be to get your BOSS platforms setup first, then see if you really want to spend more money on DSP and separate amplification. I think you'll find the experience will be quite pleasant for everyone who sits down to enjoy a movie or music.
I haven't had anyone say, "turn it off" or "it's too much". Quite the opposite....they're instantly drawn into the program material with a look of awe on their faces and words of wonderment. The BOSS delivers a very natural feeling but also with authority. Hard to really describe until you feel it. Maybe it's the authority description that's scaring you, but it shouldn't. It's not as bad as that word might sound....lol.
Now, for yourself, if you want to dabble, yes, a single BOSS platform under your MLP with a separate amplifier and DSP control of that amplifier.....the world is your oyster! Or, if you want to have separate amplification and DSP for maybe 3 or 4 chairs only, the costs start to go up since you'll need a multi-channel amplifier with several separate DSP channels like Michael and Jeff mentioned. The more individual control you want for each seat, the more it will cost and those costs go up exponentially once beyond 4 independent channels.
So many ways to slice it depending on your goals....another idea is to have just 2 separate BOSS platforms. One for your back row with all back row chairs on top and one for the front row with all front row chairs on top. The ones who don't like much TR can sit in the back and the ones who want the full immersion experience can sit in the front. The TR could be controlled either mechanically with the isolator options or electronically through DSP and 2 separate amplifier channels.
Again, I would start with just the standard BOSS formula in post 29 and then decide if you want to customize later. I think you'll be pretty darn happy with that setup as-is. Then if you want to tinker or ask "what-if", you can start to explore other more expensive BOSS setups with individual control of each chair.
You can still build the individual BOSS platforms for each chair now and not sacrifice the BOSS experience at all. That way you'll have the flexibility down the road for custom TR later if you want to add more individual amplifiers and individual DSP for each of those chairs.
Hope some of this feedback helps.