While not intended to shake an entire home theater on its own, the ButtKicker Mini is a good choice for adding realism to dedicated racing and flight simulator cockpits, though you’ll want to make sure you have a powerful enough amp.
- Responds from 10 to 350 hertz
- Relatively high power requirement
- Tends to run hot
ButtKicker Gamer 2
The purpose-built ButtKicker Gamer 2 is designed to clamp directly to your chair’s hydraulic cylinder and provide a tactile response that puts you right in the center of the action. It comes with all the hardware and wiring needed, including a matching amplifier.
- Easy to install
- Responsive linear motor
- Amp can suffer from early burnout
Clark Synthesis Platinum
If only the best is good enough, the Clark Synthesis Platinum is likely the choice for you. At just over 2 inches thick, it sports a somewhat lower profile than many alternatives, and provides an especially powerful sensation.
- Up to 930 pound-feet of shaking
- Responds to the whole sound spectrum
- Requires furniture leg isolators
Dayton Audio BST-1
Small, inexpensive, and easy to install, the Dayton Audio BST-1 is a great introduction to sound exciters. It works well with individual seats as well as couches, though larger sofas may need more than one for best results.
- Frequency range of 10 to 80 hertz
- An impedance of 4 ohms
- Needs only 50 watts of input power
Unlike heavy-hitting models that deliver massive amounts of rumbling, the Earthquake MQB-1 is highly nimble and provides an extra dimension across the entire sound spectrum. It responds very quickly and sports a peak excursion of 1.5 inches at 22 hertz.
- Integrated thermal protection
- Relatively easy to mount
- Not the most powerful option
Dayton Audio Puck
The Dayton Audio Puck is a particularly compact model that doesn’t need very much power to function effectively. It’s good at making the most of a new car stereo system, as its small stature allows it to fit easily underneath the seats.
- 8- and 16-ohm versions available
- Highly affordable
- Not the best for home theaters
Clark Synthesis Gold
With nearly 400 pound-feet of tactile force, the Clark Synthesis Gold is more powerful than much of the competition, while also performing through most of the upper range, resulting in smooth transitions and realistic sound.
- 135-watt rms rating
- Reaches 10 hertz at its lowest
- Ideal for music and gaming
The ButtKicker LFE weighs 11 pounds, measures under 6 inches in all directions, and puts out vibrations as low as 9 hertz. Its peak power-handling range of 400 to 1,500 watts makes it compatible with a wide selection of amplifiers.
- Utilizes the subwoofer channel
- Affixes to seats or the floor
- Powerful response
The AuraSound Pro is a 4-ohm transducer that requires a 50-watt input, and kicks in a bit more quickly than others of its size and price. At only about 2 inches thick, it’s great for installation in a recliner, or even a high-end gaming chair.
- 6-inch diameter
- Heat-dissipating metal housing
- Works well in car audio systems
Sporting just about the lowest bottom-end of them all, the ButtKicker Advance gets down to 5 hertz, enough to deliver an immersive, cinematic experience. It’s priced around the middle of the pack, yet performs as well as some of the most expensive.
- Durable construction
- Multidirectional mounting bracket
- Compatible with high-wattage inputs