9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
New dimension to Home Theatre,
This review is from: Clark Synthesis TST209 Tactile Transducer Bass Shaker (Electronics)
I flipped our couch, took off the outer lining, made some repairs to the frame, the built a frame to firmly attach this transducer to the structure of the couch. I also built a Bash 300W Digital Subwoofer Amplifier into the couch, near the transducer to keep the wires short. You've heard of the electric chair? Now I have an electric couch. Or rather, I turned the couch into a new component for the home theatre.
I tested it out on a DVD (Torchwood, a British scifi series) and with regular music. Adjustment is key. There is such a thing as too much (and you can get it with a setup like mine), just as you can have too little to be worth the money. Mostly the shakes came from the low end of the music. To really enjoy it, I'll need to go find a movie where something big blows up. I'm also interested in trying it with video games.
I originally bought a 70 watt subwoofer amp to go with this, but when I read the manual, I saw that it recommended 100 to 150 watts. 300 watts is probably more than I need, but it was on sale for a very good price, and it works fine with the transducer. Also, the fine folks at Parts Express suggested that too much is better than too little for the transducer, and I think they are right.
Having the vibrations from the TV or music come through our seating area makes a tangible difference in enjoying the home theatre. If I turn off the regular speakers, I can actually hear this thing somewhat, but unless it is turned up to high, playing it with the speakers works out well.
I didn't tell my wife I was doing this. I wanted to experience her reaction without announcing it. So I'll have to update this review after our next time watching TV!
Bottom line (sorry): I'm pleased with the additional sensory experience this brings.