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ButtKicker BK-GR Gamer

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  • 90 watts at 4 ohms
  • Wired remote control
  • Mounting flanges for use with home theater seating
  • Digital; fanless; 120v ONLY
  • Pass-through outlet to daisy-chain multiple units

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Technical Details

  • Model: BK-GR2
  • Hardware Platform: Xbox
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Warranty: 1 year parts, 1 year labor

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 11.4 inches ; 2.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.8 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000AOTLP6
  • Item model number: BK-GR2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

For PC & Console Gaming and Digital Music-attaches to most center post chairs. Includes gamer, Gamer Amplifier and all wiring. 120V version, for North American use only.

From the Manufacturer

The ButtKicker BK-GR2 Gamer is awesome for gaming, simulation, computer entertainment, and digital music playback. This device works with all computer systems and all gaming consoles, and allows you to feel the gut-wrenching punch of machine-gun fire, the pounding of chopper blades, racing engines, gear-shifts, explosions and more. With the ButtKicker Gamer you can experience powerful bass even while you're using headphones.

Gamer

The ButtKicker Gamer allows you to feel the big bass of your favorite video games without disturbing the neighbors.
Buttkicker Seat Installation

Attaching the Gamer is a breeze with the included Easy Clamp. View larger.
Buttkicker Gamer Box Contents

The BK-GR2 comes with everything you need. View larger.

But what is it and how does it work? The ButtKicker is a small linear motor that reacts to an audio signal sent by an amplifier. The ButtKicker Gamer comes with its own 90-watt amplifier that is convection-cooled with vents so there’s no noisy fan. It also includes a wired remote control so you can stash the amp out of sight and still operate its core features. It is similar to a loudspeaker, but instead of a moving a cone and transferring sound waves through the air, the ButtKicker Gamer is attached to your seat and sends a low frequency sound directly into your body. The effect is amazing.

The human body uses two senses to perceive full-range sound. We hear sound, but we also feel it, especially low frequencies. Traditionally it takes big speakers to move a tremendous amount of air for us to feel low frequency sound. That's why so many people love loud concerts -- they want to feel the music as well as hear it. The ButtKicker Gamer reproduces the feeling range of audio in a more direct way than through air movement. The perception is actually better, plus the sound pressure disappears. For example, when using headphones with the BK-GR2, you'll still perceive powerful, musically accurate, concert-level audio, but no one else will hear anything.

The ButtKicker Gamer can take your gaming experience to an awesome level without angering your neighbors. To get the full effect of exciting, action-packed video game titles you'd normally need a huge audio entertainment system that you could pump up to a disturbing-the-peace level. The ButtKicker Gamer solves the problem and adds the big bass feeling without the giant, disruptive volume.

Designed to be responsive and aggressive, the ButtKicker Gamer answers the need for both accurate low frequency response and maximum immersion. Video games, sim racing and flight simulators have never been so realistic or intense.

What They're Saying

From "iGames" magazine
I wasn't sure what fate had in mind when I unpacked the Buttkicker and got it set up. I know that many of you think “buttkicker” and think of an older brother or cousin beating the tar out of you for no reason. No my friends, this is a device that enhances your overall “entertainment” experience by amplifying low frequency sounds and it connects to a chair.

International Flight-Sim Convention
The winner of this year's CES Innovation Award didn't go to some great computer device that makes computers quicker or quieter, or to anything with a lowercase I before it's name, but rather to a product that straps onto your chair, sends thumping vibrations through your seat.

Hardware-Review.net: Buttkicker Gamer
When you're gaming at LAN parties or with a bunch of friends in a garage or basement, using your 5.1 stereo sound system when you're fragging them isn't an option. So, what are you going to do when you want that "bass feel", but you have to use headphones? The ButtKicker Gamer was designed with this purpose in mind, and we just happen to have one on our test bench to review today.

What's in the Box
ButtKicker BK-GR2 gamer, Easy Clamp attachment mechanism, 90-watt amplifier with optional standing feet, 13.5-foot cable, RCA and mini Y adapters, five-foot RCA-to-RCA cable, five-foot RCA-to-mini cable, and two Velcro cable ties.

Customer Reviews

It adds to the effect of movies, games, and music.
Dana L. Crawford Jr.
I use a nice monitor when our band plays out but still don't get that deep "thump" from my bass drum to help keep me in the pocket.
Brian Mohrman
The item over heats every 30-60 seconds causing it to shut down (Gets Extremely Hot).
Sean

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By redvette on December 22, 2005
It attaches to the post of the chair and reacts to the bass response from the game. Works very well with headphones (you can't feel the bass in headphones) Very good for first person shooters and sports games. Music with iPod is very enjoyable. Build quality is much better than most "gaming" electronics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Winocur on June 5, 2006
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I'd recommend this product highly to any friends who like the feeling of bass rumbling through their bones, but don't want to worry about excessive volume causing deafness.

The bad review here titled "Good for Inducing bowel movements" is a gross exaggeration; the author most likely set the amplifier volume to the max, which is unnecessary. I haven't had to set the included amp's volume higher than one third or half--it's more than enough to get good movement out of this thing without overkill move-when-someone-coughs.

I will agree with complaints that the fan volume is surprisingly loud. Quieter than my computer's case fans, but loud enough to remind me to shut it off when I shut down my computer. If you built your computer to be silent, or you plan on using this thing with a home stereo system instead, then you may want to invest in a non-gamer model of product from this company so you can use a different, quieter amp.

Other than amp volume, there's a couple buttons and knobs to customize which sound signals will result in movement from the device. The instruction manual has a chart of suggested high/low frequency cutoff settings for games, music, and movies.

That's the most user-friendly part of the manual, though. Some of the diagrams seem to be of older editions of this same product, so I was confused for about 5 minutes about whether I'd damage my product from improper wiring.

It turns out there was an extra cylindrical thing included, but not shown in the manual, called a "ground loop isolator." Apparently it's there to prevent damage to the device. After reading the red paper attatched to this thing, plugging everything in was easy.

So to repeat my overall impression of this thing, I'd strongly recommend it to any friends who like the feeling of bass, but don't want to worry about excessive volume causing deafness.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian Mohrman on August 8, 2006
I wanted to write this review for those drummers out there who want a little extra "kick" in their bass drum. I use a nice monitor when our band plays out but still don't get that deep "thump" from my bass drum to help keep me in the pocket.

I just received the buttkicker today and hooked it up to my computer just to feel the bass from my cd's. It really works. I was quite surprised at the power this thing puts out. I then hooked it up to my Roland digital drums I practice on. I have a direct out for my bass drum pad which I plugged into the Buttkicker. My throne was a rockin'. This really gave me that deep thump I was looking for. Kudos to the Guitammer company.

I haven't yet hooked this up to our band's P.A. system and used it with my real drums but I'm planning on doing the same thing - taking a direct out from my bass drum channel (on our mixer) and plugging it into the Buttkicker amp. Hopefully everything will work out well. If I encounter any problems I'll write another review to explain.

I wasn't able to find any reviews for drummers who have used this product so I wanted to write one myself to help my fellow drummers out.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David Yi on May 29, 2007
I bought this solely to attach to my Playseat Evolution for my XBOX360 and WOW is all I can say. What a difference this makes to the overall game play. I highly recommend this product because it does what is says and does it for not a lot of money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnsen on July 24, 2007
I've had my buttkicker for about 5 months now. There is 1 big problem with it. There is a brand new theater just built in the town next to mine, and I hate going because the theater does not have a buttkicker on the chairs.

This thing is just amazing. I was looking at it for over a year contemplating about buying it. I finally gave in and it's great. I hooked it up to my Futon in my college apartment, and the result from everyone that's sat on it has been the same; they were in awe. The trick is to turn the sound up on the device so it's enough of an input for the buttkicker to work with.

The CONS!! Why 4 stars? Two big reasons.
First, the fan! It's loud and annoying, but if you put the buttkicker in the right place you can hear it, but only slightly.
Two, I had a little problem with the power cord. When I first got the buttkicker the power cable didn't want to sit right. Haven't had problems with it in a couple months though. Fixed itself I suppose.

When I get older I plan on getting the bigger one for my home theater system. There is no words for how great this device is.

Another story if you want more to go with, I took this to my friend's house where he has a 52" HDTV with a nice 6.1 surround sound system. We hooked it up to his stereo and started playing Guitar Hero II. My friends didn't believe it was so good. In fact, after just 1 song, my friend went to Amazon on made the purchase. Be prepared to get involved in games.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark Fletcher on January 14, 2007
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The Buttkicker Gamer is a nice addition to a gamer machine. I play only flight sim games and it really adds to the immersion. It is definitely worth $100.

The positives about the BK is it does not use any special drivers; just plugs into your sound card and you're off and flying. Since it makes no sound, you really feel the "sound" without bothering anybody. It does rattle the floor some though so you can't (and probably don't want to anyway) turn it up too much. It does require some fine tuning and in my case (I have a Sound Blaster Live! 24bit card), I had to enable CMSS 3D which was off by default in order to get any output from the BK at all. It took me two days to figure that out.

The negatives are certainly aggravating. There is this huge cable snaking all over the floor around your chair. No small wire there; this sucker is a CABLE! The instructions are quite poor and are written for musicians hooking this thing up to a stereo system and were just sort of re-written slightly toward a computer gamer as an obvious after thought. If you go to their web site seeking further help, you get basically online versions of the printed doc. Not a lot of help there. My unit came missing the straps that secure the monster cable to the legs of your chair but fortunately I have plenty of large tie straps so that didn't bother me that much. The legs that hold the unit up fit very loosly and fall right off if you move or pick up the unit. I ended up gluing mine in place.

If I had this to do again I would do it; especially since I've seen it for considerably less that $100 lately. It certainly complements 5.1 sound and force feedback sticks very nicely.

I recommend this product now that you are fully aware of the negatives.
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