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Hey, never tried bass shakers before and want to get into them.

I just have one sofa (3-4 seater) in my home theatre room. Can someone please link me the gear I need to get a decent bass shaking experience?

I already run a 5.1.2 setup with a Denon X3300
 

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Hey, never tried bass shakers before and want to get into them.

I just have one sofa (3-4 seater) in my home theatre room. Can someone please link me the gear I need to get a decent bass shaking experience?

I already run a 5.1.2 setup with a Denon X3300
Parts-express & Buttkickers would be two places to start. Hope this helps, good luck.

Peace and blessings,

Azeke
 

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Right now, I would say the hover boss is tops for bang per buck, but requires a little work, not anything crazy.......very minor work.



The top for plug and play is crowsons, but they are very expensive......



How much is your budget and how DIY are you ?
 

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Right now, I would say the hover boss is tops for bang per buck, but requires a little work, not anything crazy.......very minor work.



The top for plug and play is crowsons, but they are very expensive......



How much is your budget and how DIY are you ?


Thanks. My dad is REALLY good at DIY so could help. I suck pretty badly but I'm good at buying parts.

Budget wise, I'd ideally like to stay under £600. I have a pretty small room and just one sofa.

https://www.sofology.co.uk/sofas/FELLINI?category=Leather Sofas&code=SKU000145465 it looks a lot like that sofa.
 

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you basically need a shaker of some kind, some speaker wire, an amp, and an rca cable to connect to your avr.

$300 low end and probably cheapest are shakers. something like this: https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-bsa-200-amp-with-2-aura-pro-bass-shakers-bundle--300-9021

$3-500 (depending on parts)next is the boss platform. since your dad is good at DIY I would go this route.

$1k+ crowsons. i hear nothing but great things about these guys


Thanks. For the DIY option, how long would it take? half a day or a total day?


The only issue with the DIY option is space and the fact that I do move my sofa forwards... makes me think maybe a bass shaker might be better. I move the sofa forwards and backwards a lot.
 

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You can do a search on the hover boss,...its basically a piece of plywood the couch sits on with a couple speakers......, super easy to build, should be easy to slide back and forth.


I have clark silver shakers...like 180 usd each, 2 would work, you could start with one, then you need a amp......150-200 usd.....


You can do a search/you tube both of these, a long with the others to see what might fit your needs best.



The cheapest and the best will be the hover boss.........approx 300-400 usd total.
 

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The cheapest and the best will be the hover boss.........approx 300-400 usd total.
This.


The BOSS is amazing. The only concern is the fact that you say you have to move your sofa forward and backward a lot. But, take a look at the thread and see if there is a workaround(or are you able to leave the sofa in place if it gives you an amazing experience in exchange?). It does not take long/much to build at all. I know zero about carpentry and the actual work was less than half a day. The longest part was waiting for the paint to dry (I opted to paint mine matte black instead of carpeting it). I was in the market for some type of bass shaker when I came across the BOSS thread so I have nothing to compare it to, BUT a lot of people who have tried other things all say how much better the BOSS is (and cheaper in most cases too!). I'll post the link and then just parts of a few posted quotes from that first page. Crowson is considered better than buttkickers, so I'm focusing on those.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/19-dedicated-theater-design-construction/2991522-hideaway-theater.html

"This really is a game changer in that 2k for a Crowson Package is probably not going to be on your radar after install."

"Last night @Archaea was over and I showed him the BOSS setup both the front row and rear row. Both are a lot of fun, the more I use the BOSS the more I don't think I will keep my VNF sub or my Crowson."

" I really love my Crowsons for what they are capable of and ease of use, but the BOSS application puts them to shame in price/performance."

"Yes, I visited carp's last night, and it's the best transducer experience I've had so far. I've tested/experienced Buttkickers, Clarks, Earthquakes, Guitammer, Aura, Crowson, and nearfield subs (ported JTR captivators and various sealed subwoofers up to 24", 18" 15" 10", etc), so that covers most of them. The BOSS was really amazing."
 

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you basically need a shaker of some kind, some speaker wire, an amp, and an rca cable to connect to your avr.

$300 low end and probably cheapest are shakers. something like this: https://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-bsa-200-amp-with-2-aura-pro-bass-shakers-bundle--300-9021

$3-500 (depending on parts)next is the boss platform. since your dad is good at DIY I would go this route.

$1k+ crowsons. i hear nothing but great things about these guys

I've been pricing these out recently and figured buying two shakers https://www.parts-express.com/aurasound-ast-2b-4-pro-bass-shaker-tactile-transducer--299-028


and a cheap 100W sub amp https://www.amazon.com/Nobsound-Subwoofer-Amplifier-Bridge-Theater/dp/B07MR6YCQ1/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=100w+sub+amp&qid=1594920143&sr=8-4


Total $160



Not sure how this amp compares to the Dayton one in the kit, but I imagine all that matters is getting one with a crossover.
 

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I've been pricing these out recently and figured buying two shakers https://www.parts-express.com/aurasound-ast-2b-4-pro-bass-shaker-tactile-transducer--299-028


and a cheap 100W sub amp https://www.amazon.com/Nobsound-Subwoofer-Amplifier-Bridge-Theater/dp/B07MR6YCQ1/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=100w+sub+amp&qid=1594920143&sr=8-4


Total $160



Not sure how this amp compares to the Dayton one in the kit, but I imagine all that matters is getting one with a crossover.
I have 4 Buttkickers and a Buttkicker BKA 1000 on our home theater seats. Love these! Definitely adds another dimension to your experience. I picked up the amp from eBay a while back. Have to be patient if you want to save some $$ and this is the amp you want.

I do actually have 4 Aura Bass shaker Pros and really didn’t like them. In my opinion and from my experience comparing the two is night and day difference. Also, the price is night and day with the Buttkickers being much more expensive. I felt based on my needs and down and dirty comparison, the Buttkickers tended to be tighter response and not “slap” or “bottom out” like the Auras did.

I ended up using the Auras in a sit down arcade game with a smaller Dayton plate amp from Parts Express. They did ok and provided some level of tactile sound but not along the line of the Buttkickers.
 

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I've been pricing these out recently and figured buying two shakers https://www.parts-express.com/aurasound-ast-2b-4-pro-bass-shaker-tactile-transducer--299-028


and a cheap 100W sub amp https://www.amazon.com/Nobsound-Subwoofer-Amplifier-Bridge-Theater/dp/B07MR6YCQ1/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=100w+sub+amp&qid=1594920143&sr=8-4


Total $160



Not sure how this amp compares to the Dayton one in the kit, but I imagine all that matters is getting one with a crossover.
lemme know how that goes if/when you get it!
 

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This is what I have in each recliner....10 times the performance of the aurasounds for 3 times the price........


https://www.parts-express.com/clark-synthesis-tst239-silver-tactile-transducer-bass-shaker--300-863



Power handling: 100 watts RMS/350 watts max • Tactile frequency range: 15-800 Hz • Audible frequency range: 35-17,000 Hz • Impedance: 4 ohms • Transduction force: 2.2 lb-ft/watt • Tactile force peak: 297 lb-ft


https://www.parts-express.com/aurasound-ast-2b-4-pro-bass-shaker-tactile-transducer--299-028?AID=10572100&PID=100018531&SID=130832X1592984Xdeffc96b044b54609f444928eb0b7fef&cjevent=d7817dc8c79a11ea811300100a1c0e12&utm_source=CJ

Power handling: 50 watts RMS/100 watts max • Impedance: 4 ohms • Usable frequency response: 20 to 80 Hz • Fs: 40 Hz • Force peak: 30 lbs. per ft.



30 ftlbs of force VS 300.........



The hover boss would still be my choice........:D
 

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This is what I have in each recliner....10 times the performance of the aurasounds for 3 times the price........


https://www.parts-express.com/clark-synthesis-tst239-silver-tactile-transducer-bass-shaker--300-863



Power handling: 100 watts RMS/350 watts max • Tactile frequency range: 15-800 Hz • Audible frequency range: 35-17,000 Hz • Impedance: 4 ohms • Transduction force: 2.2 lb-ft/watt • Tactile force peak: 297 lb-ft


https://www.parts-express.com/aurasound-ast-2b-4-pro-bass-shaker-tactile-transducer--299-028?AID=10572100&PID=100018531&SID=130832X1592984Xdeffc96b044b54609f444928eb0b7fef&cjevent=d7817dc8c79a11ea811300100a1c0e12&utm_source=CJ

Power handling: 50 watts RMS/100 watts max • Impedance: 4 ohms • Usable frequency response: 20 to 80 Hz • Fs: 40 Hz • Force peak: 30 lbs. per ft.



30 ftlbs of force VS 300.........



The hover boss would still be my choice......../forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif
What are you pushing your silver with? I want to get into a bass-shaking system. I eventually will build a boss riser once I get proper seating, but for now I just want something to get me by and it appears the silver will do more than that. I see the SA230 as a viable option, but once I build a riser, that will not do me any good. Should I throw another hundred on top of the SA230 and get one that will power a boss system? I'd like a remote for sure. I would just get the $100 dayton plate amp for now if I had somewhere to hide it, which I dont. Thanks for your input!

Sorry to hijack the thread...
 

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I have a Niles si-275.......amp for mine.


Once they are set up, the sub control on th AVR will adjust them....or if you only have one channel control on the sub from the AVR, you can laways get a minidsp....well worth the money.


Once you set them up, you will not be adjusting them much for most people..........


I just power my system on and let em rip.......since they are on a separate amp, I can have them off or on.


Once you have them integrated with the sub....you just turn both up and down with the AVR remote.....since they will be set together.
 
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