A bass shaker is the addition to your home theater or gaming setup you didn't know you needed. This is how it works; say there's an explosion on screen. Your sound system will let you hear it but now the bass shaker will allow you to feel it, making your movies and games unbelievably more realistic. Even with headphones you can silently experience the full shake and impact of your media. The bass shaker is attached to an object and hooked up to a speaker system sub output; it then receives the low end signal and will shake the objects it's connected to depending on the frequency it's receiving. Getting base shakers installed is quick and easily lets you add a fourth dimension of sensory experience to your home theater. For this example we used the Dayton Audio BST-1.
We're going to start off by turning the chair on its back to get easy access to the bottom. This chair as most chairs like this are going to have a dust cover on the bottom. These dust covers are just stapled on so we'll go ahead and pull it back and staple it back when you’re done.
On most typical undersides of chairs like this there's really no good place to mount the base shaker. Yeah maybe get two screws in but not firmly. Because these things shake a lot you want to firmly mount it to wherever you put it.
To create a secure mounting area, we went ahead and cut a board to span the length of the bottom of the chair. Do this by measuring your surface area you’d like to attach to and cut a piece of spare wood to size.
Once we’ve got our board cut, go ahead and clamp it in place. I always like to pre-drill the holes to try to make sure it doesn't split the wood plus I used a countersink bit to get the screws flush into the wood.
Now you do want to secure this board firmly because the whole purpose of the base shaker is to vibrate. So the last thing you want is to create a rattle. Remove any non- necessary element from the bottom of the chair that may rattle or make noise like in this case, cilia packets.
Now we're going to go ahead and pick the final spot for placement. Go ahead and mark out each hole well and attach with screws.
Once you’ve got your base shaker all mounted, go ahead and start wiring it up. To start off, connect your speaker wires to the spring-loaded terminals. You can then close it all up, staple the dust cover back down in place, and make sure you've got the wire in place before beginning to staple.
Now you will need to connect the bass shakers to your receiver. Here is a quick diagram. Since there are all different kinds of receivers and amplifiers this is just one method and yours may vary. To start off, just come out the subwoofer output from your receiver or the LFE output and using a Y adapter or an RCA splitter run to the left and right low level inputs on your subwoofer amplifier. Then to connect one bass shaker just come out the positive of the subwoofer amplifier and run to the positive of the bass shaker. Then connect from the negative of the subwoofer amplifier to the negative of the bass shaker.
If your subwoofer amplifier has a crossover, go ahead and turn it to its
lowest frequencies. You just want these shake and not actually playing any noise.
If you're using two bass shakers, you want to wire those in series. For most amplifiers this would mean to come out the positive of one bass shaker and connect that to the negative of the other bass shaker. You can use your remaining positive and negative to hook up to the positive and negative outputs on the amplifier.
And that's it! Congratulations! You just got your bass shakers all set up now you're ready to enjoy some tactile feedback and 4D viewing!