How to Connect ButtKicker

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How to Connect ButtKicker
A ButtKicker transducer is designed to increase low frequency perception. (power button of the woofer image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

ButtKicker modules are transducers designed to increase the perception of low frequency content, replacing or augmenting a traditional subwoofer. Most ButtKicker modules do not require the amount of power that a conventional subwoofer would need to reproduce the same frequencies at the same intensity level. In addition, those outside of the immediate listening area or seating position are virtually unaware of its existence.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • ButtKicker module
  • Amplifer
  • 12-gauge speaker wire
  • BK chair/couch mounting accessory kit
  • RCA subwoofer cable
  • Male-to-female "Y" adaptor
  • Drill
  • Receiver/preamp
  • 3/16-inch bit
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire strippers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Access the rear of the home theatre receiver or preamplifier. Locate the "SUB" out on the "PREOUT" cluster. Plug the RCA subwoofer cable into this jack, and run it to the corresponding RCA input jack on the back of the designated ButtKicker amplifier. If an existing subwoofer is present, connect the male end of both the RCA designated for the ButtKicker and the subwoofer to the two female ends of the Y adaptor. Plug the single male end of the adaptor into the "SUB" out on the rear of the receiver or preamplifier.

  2. 2

    Determine the length of wire required to reach from the ButtKicker's amplifier to the module. Cut this length using the wire cutters. Strip 1/2-inch of insulation from each end of this wire using the wire strippers.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the binding posts on the amplifier. Insert the speaker wires into the exposed post holes, with positive into the red terminal and negative into the black. It does not matter which wire is designated positive or negative, as long as the same protocol is followed at the ButtKicker end of the signal chain.

  4. 4

    Flip over the couch or chair the ButtKicker module will be installed under. Drill a 3/16-inch hole in the centre of each furniture leg. Place the levelling isolators included in the mounting kit dead centre on the bottom of the leg, aligned with the holes. Use the included bolts and mini-wrench to secure the levellers.

  5. 5

    Mount the ButtKicker module to the designated mounting bolt locations on the mounting plate. Use the included bolts and wrench to secure the BK module to the plate. Replace the couch or chair to its intended final location, and place the round rubber section of the mounting plate directly under the fourth leg of the piece.

  6. 6

    Route the wire to the ButtKicker module. Make sure the wire is not trapped under the mounting plate with the furniture atop. Insert the positive speaker wire into the red terminal on the module; repeat for the negative wire and black terminal. Push in on the terminals to open it, insert the wires, then release to secure.

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