Hack your couch to give you a kick in the pants.
By Craig Engler
Illustration by Damien Scogin
Bass shakers are like the rumble packs in a You can get the shakers at partsexpress.com or
Playstation or Xbox game controller. They make on eBay. When I bought mine, a pair of Aura Bass
whatever they’re attached to rumble when they Shakers was going for $30, and the pro model
get a signal from the LFE (low frequency effects) was about twice that. People who’ve used both
channel of your audio system. That means when report little difference, so don’t worry about buy-the T-Rex puts its foot down in Jurassic Park, you ing the cheap pair. (I happen to have bought the
don’t just hear it … you feel it. pros before I found this out, so the ones shown
You can buy an $800 shaker system from a here are the pros.)
commercial outfit like Buttkicker or Clark, or you For the receiver, make sure it puts out the
can put the components together yourself for as necessary watts per channel (25 for the Aura, 50
little as $30. I’ve done it both ways, and I like the for the pro) and you’re
$30 results better. That cost assumes you have set. Any speaker wire
some speaker wire and an old receiver or amp should do. You’ll also Prepare to have many
around. If you don’t, plan on spending another need an RCA “Y” split- moving experiences
$50-$100 for a used amp or receiver, plus $10 on ter and cable, which with your bass shakers.
speaker wire at RadioShack. together run about $6.