- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 28 April 2009
The Design and Installation
The kit comes with the shaker, a mounting plate, a 300 watt power amplifier, a wireless transmitter and receiver, a remote control (varies the slope of the bass), rubber feet for the other legs of your chair or couch, and all the wiring.
You mount the shaker to the plate, put the plate under one leg of your couch, put the included rubber feet under the other three legs (to level the couch), and connect the speaker cable to the amplifier output and shaker binding posts.
Next, plug the USB receiver into the rear of the amplifier and plug the transmitter into the subwoofer output of your receiver. Although the receiver is powered by the ButtKicker amplifier, there is a wall wart to power the transmitter. With the ButtKicker amp and the transmitter powered on, you need to press a button on the receiver and transmitter to get them to recognize one another and start a wireless communication between them. LEDs on the transmitter and receiver will blink when communication is confirmed. The wireless setup will work from 30 feet away, so your equipment rack does not have to be close to the couch for it to work.
I found the overall build quality to be quite excellent, and truly amazing for its price (even at $399). The connectors for the shaker in particular, are very easy to use with the bare wire cable terminations that are supplied. The remote control is something quite useful for shakers as well. I think this is the first one to offer variable slopes selectable from a remote. The power amplifier is an upgrade from their previous designs.