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Written by Augie Bettencourt   
Monday, 30 November 2009
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ButtKicker LFE Kit Review 
Games, Drawbacks and Conclusion

Games

If you’re a serious gamer, let me just say that there’s nothing like playing video games on a reference, 7.1 home theater system, combined with a DLP projector viewed on a 120” screen.  Adding the Buttkicker LFE Kit while playing Call of Duty on the Xbox 360 is the ultimate gaming experience.  With the roar of planes as they fly overhead. The pounding of artillery explosions, the anti-air guns and firearms, all of them pound out realistically. Explosions were incredibly realistic and powerful, as my seats shook with authority.  The Buttkicker LFE Kit brought me into the full feel of war.  

Drawbacks

Buttkicker Rear ViewIt’s difficult to fault a product as excellent as the ButtKicker LFE Kit, but one thing I would watch-out for is that the shaker itself can be over-driven when the volume is set too high, which results in some undesirable sounds.  This is really the fault of the user, but is something to watch-out for.  A remote IR or RF remote on/off option would be a nice addition in case you don’t want to use the ButtKicker LFE Kit when listening to music or just want to adjust the volume without getting up from your seat.  Most receivers/processors have a setting that allows you to bypass the LFE output, but I’m sure many would welcome the remote option.  A Company spokesman did tell me that they are “hoping” to have out a new version of the ButtKicker Amplifier by the end of this year with a remote.  

Conclusion


I started as a skeptic, but must say the ButtKicker LFE Kit has made me a true believer in tactile transducers.  For only $399.99, this is a product that’s easy to install and set-up, is feature rich and will add more fun to the movie watching or game playing experience than anything else in its price range.  The ButtKicker accurately reproduces the "feeling" range of many sounds, such as thunderstorms, rocket launches, tidal waves, explosions or dinosaurs and there isn’t a consumer-level loudspeaker or subwoofer that I know of that can send low frequency sound directly into the listener's body like the ButtKicker LFE  can.  What started as a product that I dismissed as almost ridiculous, is actually something that adds more fun to a home theater than anything else that comes to mind.  Some people spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to hear minute differences in speakers and electronics, but as far as audio equipment goes, nothing else will have a greater impact, or add more excitement and realism to a home entertainment system than the ButtKicker LFE Kit.  



Reference Equipment List 

  • Marantz VP-12S3 Projector
  • Dalite 120 HDTV, High Power Screen
  • Definitive Technology BP7000SC Speakers
  • Definitive Technology C/L/R Center Speaker
  • 4 Definitive Technology BPVX Surround Speakers
  • Eminent Technology LFT-8a speakers
  • Eminent Technology LFT-12
  • 2 Velodyne DD-18 Subwoofers
  • ButtKicker LFE Kit
  • ButtKicker RF Link
  • Denon 3910 DVD Player
  • Sony NS999ES DVD Player
  • LG LST-4200A HDTV Tuner
  • Sunfire Theater Grand IV A/V Processor
  • Sunfire 400 Seven Amplifier
  • Cardas Golden Reference Audio Cables
  • Monster Cable Monster M Silver Video Cables
  • Acoustic Smart Murano Electric Theater Seating
  • Cable Organizer.com Cable Organizing Products





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