The ButtKicker Gamer2 lets you feel all of the action from your games and simulators. Feel the gut-wrenching punch of machine-gun fire, the pounding of chopper blades, explosions, racing engines, gear shifts, rumble strips, landing gear, engine throttle and more. Turn down or turn off your subwoofer and still feel all the bass - even while using headphones. Take your game or sim to the next level of realism.
The ButtKicker Gamer2 features an all-new, rock-solid digital power amplifier that cranks 90 watts into your seat. This convection cooled (fanless) amplifier includes a wired remote control and a base stand for vertical placement. Designed to be responsive and aggressive, the ButtKicker Gamer2 answers the need for both accurate low frequency response and maximum tactile effect. Digital music playback, gaming, simulation and computer entertainment have never been so realistic or intense.
With a patented magnetic suspension system, and a thermal switch for heat protection, the ButtKicker Gamer2 is virtually indestructible and maintenance free.
- Package Dimensions: 15 L x 11 W x 15" H
- Weight: 12 lbs.
- Warranty: 1 year limited warranty
- Power Amplifier BKA-130-C:
- Dimensions: 9.5" L x 7.5" W x 2.76 "H
- Weight: 7 lbs.
- Power Output: 90 watts @ 2 ohms
- Frequency Response: 10-300Hz
- ButtKicker Gamer2 transducer:
- Dimensions: 6.125" W x 4.875" L x 4.375" H
- Frequency Response: 5-200 Hz
- Weight: 4.5 lbs. / 2 kgs.
- Nominal Impedance: 2 Ohm
- Power Handling: 75 watt min. / 400 watt max.
- ButtKicker Gamer2 with Easy Clamp attachment mechanism
- ButtKicker Power Amplifier BKA-130-C w/ optional base stand
- 13.5' cable with quick release connecting ButtKicker Gamer to the Amplifier
- RCA and mini "Y" adapters
- 5' RCA to RCA cable and 5' RCA to mini cable
- Two Velcro cable holders
The ButtKicker Low Frequency Transducer: Shake that booty
Are you ready for the best butt-kicking ever?
When it comes to home movies and gaming systems, the bar has been raised exponentially in the past several years. The immersive effects rendered by a modern gaming system are just staggering. We expect surround sound systems that drench us in audio cues with enough bass from the subwoofer to cause a nosebleed. This is a real problem for bass addicts who live in an apartment complex or with housemates who don’t appreciate bass the way every decent human being should. Whether you are looking for a more immersive experience for your gaming system or are concerned about the mental well being of the downstairs neighbors, the ButtKicker low frequency transducer may be the solution you are looking for.
How it works
Science tells us that as pitches get deeper, we tend to feel the tones with our bodies rather than just hear them with our ears. A ButtKicker simply bypasses a traditional step in this process and sends vibrations straight to your body. The result is a dramatic bass effect that feints your senses into believing you are experiencing bass frequencies so powerful that a follow up visit to the chiropractor is in order.
Where to get the gear
One such LFE transducer is the ButtKicker BK-GR2 Gamer. The primary focus for this bass delivery system is to quickly transform your favorite gaming chair into an active part of your immersive gaming system. The BK-GR2 can be used in two main ways:
- Use this transducer in addition to a subwoofer to further your sub-bass experience. The combination of a bass shaker and subwoofer is a pretty cool effect. It will fool your ears into thinking that even the cheapest subwoofer is a top performer.
- The ButtKicker can be used in place of a subwoofer to deliver a great bass feel without disturbing the neighbors. Use the BK-GR2 with headphones to create a mesmeric experience for yourself that is nearly silent to the outside world. I’m not going to claim that you have to care what other people think about the noise level when you crank up your power sucking, light flickering audio system. That would be just pansy of you. But if you make your mother tell you to turn it down one more time, no more chocolate covered fruity-tooty cereal for you!
Whatever the motivation may be, a low frequency transducer provides a bass experience that is a whole different animal than a standard subwoofer. Read up on customer reviews and you will quickly find that most enthusiasts who try a ButtKicker would never go back to using a subwoofer alone.
All the technical stuff
For the geekazoid in all of us, let’s take a look at the particulars of the ButtKicker BK-GR2 Gamer system:
- The transducer itself comes mounted on an easy to use clamp that allows fast setup on the pedestal of your gaming chair. This means that you are not going to need drill bits and a cordless impact driver to mount this thing. Simply open the clamp, slap it on your chair just under where your cheeks meet the seat and tighten the clamp screw by hand.
- Drive the transducer with the included BKA-130-C power amp. This amp delivers 90 watts of bass energy you will feel deep down in your core.
- For bass that is deeper than a Navy salvage diver, the frequency response of this system goes from 10 to 200 Hertz. If that doesn’t nourish the bass hungry animal inside, nothing will.
- Since the ButtKicker engineers thought of everything, a quick release cable is included for connecting from the power amp to the chair mounted transducer. This is a nice touch since there is no getting around that cable run going up to the chair.
Where a bass shaker really shines
It’s pretty easy to imagine the benefits the added low frequency effects would have on an intense gaming session. You will be able to feel engine RPMs, rumble strips and collisions in a driving game much better. First person shooter games will benefit from additional tactile feedback when shooting a large rifle or taking mortar rounds nearby. Movies will definitely take on a new life as explosions, thunder, car chases and more get projected directly into your body. There are other applications where low frequency transducers add to the experience such as:
- Attach the transducer to a futon frame for a quick home theater upgrade.
- Drummers have been known to use these on stage for solid feedback from their kick drum. If you have ever heard the volume levels on a stage, you will understand completely.
While I could list a dozen other cool applications, I think you get the idea already. It’s surprising to me that these devices have not become more commonplace in the gaming and home theater world.
Some tips to get the most for your money
When you finally realize that I REALLY know what I am talking about here and you order a ButtKicker for yourself, keep this handful of tips in mind for getting the most out of it:
- Use rubber isolators for keeping vibrations focused on your chair. This will add up to more bass for you and less for your peace-loving neighbors. This is a win-win if I’ve ever heard of one. These isolators can come in the form of a rubber pad placed below your chair or small rubber feet that isolate chair legs from the floor. The particular type will depend on where you have the ButtKicker mounted.
- Once you install the transducer on your gaming chair, invest a little time in tracking down rattles and unwanted vibrations. A little bit of plumbers tape, felt strips and Loctite can go a long way towards better enjoyment of your newly created “hot-seat”.
- As with any powerful bass producing system, use the thick connecting cables that came with the kit. The particular cables I am talking about are the ones that go between the power amp and transducer. If you need to substitute longer cables, make them as thick as possible. Thin cables can really choke those bass frequencies down in a hurry.
- I hate to sound like a low-volume sissy, but sometimes the ButtKicker system can be turned up too loud. If you would like to have the effect of a killer subwoofer without your brain being cued into the fact that there is something on your chair vibrating, be sure to blend the effect in rather than cranking it to 11 and basking in the glow of your infinite power. For all you perverts out there who just want to transform your gaming chair into the world’s biggest vibrator, crank it up and rattle yourself silly.
- If you integrate the ButtKicker into your surround sound system and find that there is a constant hum no matter what you do, don’t despair or throw the cat just yet. This hum is likely to be a ground loop caused by multiple grounds from two electrical systems going in circles. This can be quickly cured with the use of a ground isolator like the Rolls HE18 RCA Hum Eliminator. Place the ground isolator in line with the audio cables that connect your audio system to the ButtKicker power amp. A good deal of the time, the problem will disappear and your sanity will re-appear like nothing ever happened.
Don’t knock it ‘till you try it
This low frequency effect can be hard to describe with so many words. It really must be felt to be appreciated. If a deeper experience in gaming or home theater is something that interests you, this is one merciless butt-kicking that you are sure to enjoy.
I use this thing for playing flight sims and combat flight sims. Sometimes it is difficult to find a happy medium between the buttkicker bottoming out or being too soft, but overall it's a great product.
I have three Buttkicker Gamer 2 set ups, two for my PC and Xbox One cockpit and one for my PS4/PS3 set up. The sense of immersion that tactile feedback adds simply cannot be replaced with anything else. Kudos to Spectrum Audio for having the Gamer 2 in stock, all other sites I checked are sold out.