When I bought my Berkline Recliners I bought a set that was a store demo so I wasn’t able to customize them at all, which was fine cause I got a good deal on them. I had Aura Bass shakers but I knew that you could get Berkline recliners with Buttkickers pre-installed. After I got the Berklines home I hopped onto craigslist just to see if there were any Buttkickers out there. As luck would have it, a guy was selling three Buttkickers (I got three Berkliners) and he was selling them at a great price. This was just too serendipitous to resist so I contacted the guy and arranged to pick them up. I had been happy with the Aura Bass Shakers but I had been reading about the Buttkickers for years and always heard that they were in another league so I was really curious to try them out.
Now, I didn’t have an amp really capable of powering the Buttkickers so I ordered myself the Buttkicker BKA-1000-4 amplifier. The BKA-1000-4 is a beast of an amp at 1100 Watts @ 4 ohms which is absolutely plenty to power my three Buttkickers. I also wanted to be able to easily turn on and off different Buttkickers because I know some people just don’t enjoy them so I also ordered the Buttkicker Quick Connect Package which is a nice little unit.
Installing the Buttkickers is pretty straightforward. Since my Berkliners didn’t come with the Buttkickers they also didn’t have the mounting hardware for them. Lucky for me, Berkline sells these separately. Installing the mounting brackets to the chairs was the most difficult part of the install as the space under the seats is kind of cramped, it’s not that bad, just a little annoying. After getting the mounting plates installed on the chair I installed the Buttkickers to the plates and I was ready to wire them up. From the subwoofer out on my Integra DTC 9.8 I run a Y splitter, one half goes to my sub, the other goes to my Buttkicker BKA-1000-4 amplifier, from the amplifier it runs into my Buttkicker Quick Connect Package and then from the Buttkicker Quick Connect Package I run speaker wires out to my three Buttkickers.
After getting them all hooked up I sat down and got ready for my first Buttkicker experience. Holy crap, these things can kick like a mule. After experiencing the Buttkickers for the first time I can safely assure you that the Aura Bass Shakers don’t even compare. I really enjoy my Buttkickers, I don’t use them all the time but when I get a big action movie or something I love turning them on, they really add to the whole experience.
If you’re in the market for Buttkickers I highly suggest SMARTHOME, they’ve got great prices and great service. Here are the direct links to the products I have.