Westerville, Ohio-based The Guitammer Company Inc. has introduced the
ButtKicker Gamer, a device that enhances the bass response of your computer or video game sound system without raising the volume appreciably — suitable for amping up the effects of explosions and other low-frequency noises in games, for example. The ButtKicker Gamer costs US$149.95.
A scaled down version of the company’s ButtKicker transducers, used in home theater systems and commercial theaters, the ButtKicker Gamer attaches to a chair and transmits low-frequency audio through the chair, allowing the gamer to feel what’s happening without having to crank up the volume on a sound system — good for gamers in dorm rooms, offices or other shared spaces who don’t want to disturb others in listening range, according to the manufacturer.
The ButtKicker Gamer works with or without a digital sound card in place. For Macs that are equipped with sound cards like M-Audio’s revolution series, the ButtKicker can be plugged into the center/subwoofer connector. For those without, the ButtKicker can be plugged in to a stereo output — the amplifier has its own crossover.
The ButtKicker Gamer package includes an “Easy Clamp” mechanism that affixes the speaker to most standard center post chairs, according to Guitammer. Also included is a 100 watt amplifier, 13.5-foot cable, RCA and mini Y adapters, 5-foot RCA to RCA cable, and 5-foot RCA to mini cable.