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Clark Synthesis TST209 Tactile Transducer Bass Shaker

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Overview
The Clark Synthesis TST209 tactile transducer provides depth and realism to movie effects and music in the physical way only a bass shaker can deliver!
Highlights
  • Up to 10 times the force of the Aura Pro Bass Shaker
  • Mounts horizontally or vertically
  • Only one needed per seat—acts as a silent subwoofer
  • Increases perceived loudness—brings gunshots and explosions to life
  • Available exclusively from Parts Express
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300-861
Weight: 5.35 lbs.  
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Clark Synthesis TST209 Tactile Transducer Bass Shaker

Clark Synthesis has lead the design and production of tactile transducers for over 15 years. You can find their products in use by the US military in simulators to add a new dimension in realism that only a tactile transducer can provide. The Clark Synthesis TST209 tactile transducer is designed explicitly for home theater use and represents one of the best values on the market today. This high-tech bass shaker produces 1.6 lbs.-ft. of force per watt, with a peak force output of 216 lbs.-ft. per watt. Available exclusively from Parts Express.

Specifications: • Power handling: 100 watts RMS/350 watts max • Tactile frequency response: 15-800 Hz • Audible frequency response: 35-17,000 Hz • Impedance: 4 ohms • Transduction force: 1.6 lbs.-ft./watt • Peak tactile force: 216 lbs.-ft. • Dimensions: 8.0" dia. x 1.73" H.



Product Specifications
  • ApplicationLow Frequency
  • Impedance4 ohms
  • Power Handling (RMS)100 Watts
Clark Synthesis TST209 Tactile Transducer Bass Shaker
  • BrandClark Synthesis
  • ModelTST209
  • Part Number300-861
  • UPC645509002096
  • Product CategoryTactile Transducers, Exciters & Bass Shakers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (18 Reviews)
  • Weight5.35 lbs.
  • Case Qty6
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Reviews

Clark Synthesis TST209 Tactile Transducer Bass Shaker
Clark Synthesis TST209 Tactile Transducer Bass Shaker is rated 4.4444 out of 5 by 18.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product, Better WarrantyBought a pair 2 years ago, poly switches failed a few weeks back. Sent them in for warranty, received new pair less than 2 weeks later.As far as performance, these tranducers are a huge bang for a few bucks. Can't imagine my Home theater without them.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice effectFor movies this is a nice effect. I'm using the LFE output of my Yamaha RX-A1020 to drive an Apex Sr. 350 watt subwoofer plate amp. First I ran the plate amp with the crossover setting opened up, relying on the LFEs 80Hz crossover. This just wasn't low enough and even male voices shook the couch, so I turned the Apex Sr. crossover to minimum, 40Hz, I believe, then the effect was OK, "shaking" when it should and not so much on heavy male voices and bass-heavy sound tracks # music # etc. In the future, I plan to crossover even lower # and/or steeper#, I think that will help even more.I can only give this unit a thumbs up for movie effects and gaming, and if it has a sufficiently low crossover in front of it. It just doesn't sound right to me when listening to music. However, some people may want, and like, the full-range shake, which this unit also does very well. It is definitely not a "one note" bass shaker.This is my first tactile unit so I cannot compare it to others. Like one of the reviewers before me said, After doing a lot of reading reviews and research, and since these aren't horribly expensive, I decided not to waste any time and money on lesser units.
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does a great job in the theater seating.Bought this and the 4 puck kit for installation into the new home theater seating couch we purchased. In combo with a 100w subwoofer amp, the Clark's transducer does a great job doing what I bought it for, provides ample feedback through the chair to enhance movies and computer games, now I just have to get a switch to simplify moving between input sources without swapping the plugs every time.
Date published: 2013-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does everything it says, and does it wellI had the Aura Pro shaker installed in my couch and was going to get some more of those to get a bit more shake. I saw the TST209's product description and thought it would be worth trying it out. The TST209 is slightly taller than the Aura Pro, but luckily it fit under my recliner's moving parts nicely.Yes, the TST209 is significantly more powerful than the Aura Pro shaker. Yes, the range is way better than the Aura. Yes, the output is noticeably clearer than the Aura. The TST209 is a clearly technically superior product. It also looks cooler.In the end, I was able to replace the Aura shaker and I don't think I will need more than one more TST209 for the other couch, where I was planning for 4 more Aura shakers between the two couches. So really the cost of the whole shaker system will be roughly the same or cheaper than if I had gone the Aura route, but everything else is much better.The Aura Pro shakers needed a crossover to keep them working in the <50Hz range, otherwise they were annoying and caused a lot of boom. This made music listening and even movie music into a really strange experience, since only certain bass notes would shake. Putting the Aura's into the <40Hz range fixed some of that issue, but missed some explosions in movies. With the TST209, I no longer need the crossover - it takes the full LFE channel, and really compliments the subwoofer even for music. So, TST209 is easier to add to the system on top of having better performance. I was skeptical about using the shaker for music, as some of the Clark Synthesis documentation suggests to try, but it actually works quite well.Additionally, the mounting system is much simpler than the Aura, and all mounting hardware is included to make it even easier. It also seems to be much more effective at transferring kinetic energy, as the description says, since the TST209's disc-shaped shaker does not shake nearly as much as the Aura.My only complaint is that it would be nice to have posts to connect the speaker wire. The built in cable is clearly not long enough to get to my amp, and I am not interested in building one into my couch. Wire nuts fixed the problem, so this is really not a reason to keep anyone from buying this product.
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More powerful than AuraI've bought an Aura and a Clark bass shaker. The first one because I have some friends that have and is pretty cool. The Clark was because I read a lot of comments and reviews about it and decided to try. It's a different sensation. The Clark is more powerful and makes you feel exactly what is supposed to feel, not alll bass, but the bass at the right time. You pay more but you get more but the good part is: Instead of installing 2 Auras under your sofa you can have only one Clark.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Using this in my gaming rigI built a gaming rig for racing simulation games, i.e rfactor, nfs shift2, dirt3 etc as well as arcade games, i.e sega rally/daytona etcI have this bolted to the wooden brace at the bottom of rig that the seat bolts too.You have to play a bit with the frequency and volume at the beginning, but its dead easy to mount and use. I now have it load enough but not too load so that I get gentle vibrations from general driving and more of a shake when going on to the grass or bumps..I bought one of these combined with "Dayton Audio SA240 240W Subwoofer Amplifier" which switches to 230V by the way, so it can be used in the UK.Awesome product, fast delivery, very happy.. only shame is you get stung for 20% tax by UK customs :)
Date published: 2013-01-18

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Clark Synthesis TST209 Tactile Transducer Bass Shaker

How would one wire 4 clark TST209s to a single dayton sa240?

I have no idea on as to how to wire in parallel/series and despite researching them the terms their concepts remain alien to me. If someone could perhaps provide a diagram and description on as to how the wiring would be done for 4 clarks to a single dayton sa240 I would be very greatful!
Asked by: valfor91
A series/parallel configuration would be indicated for your application. I've included a simple diagram for your convenience.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2012-01-29

hot tub mounting

think one of these would shake a 5-7 person hot tub? or perhaps 2? havent decided on mounting locations yet.
Asked by: dB Audio
It's doubtful that with the pumps, water and bubbles that you would feel the efffect. Some hot tubs have subwoofers, so you may just consider that.
Answered by: MarkAJH
Date published: 2012-06-17

How many of these units would I require to cover 3 couches? What size amp do I need to run them?

Are they better than the Aurora Base shakers and worth the added cost?
Asked by: chasmtl
I would recommend two units per couch. Wire the units on each couch together in parallel. Wire each couch together in series. I would recommend the 240W plate amplifier linked below to power them.Please see the attached wiring diagram for correct connection.As far as quality, the Clark Synthesis transducers have more output and one of the TST209s is equivalent to four of the Aura Pro Bass Shakers.
Answered by: mikevv
Date published: 2012-02-25

Should I add 6dB @35 Hz boost?

I am powering two of the Clark TST209's (8 ohm load) using the SPA250 plate amp which has the ability to add +6 dB boost at 35 Hz. What is the recommendation? Turn on the boost or leave it off? Would the recommendation change if I go to four transducers (4 ohm load).
Asked by: MikeinOhio
Try it, see if you like it! Can't see how it could hurt anything, its all up you and how well you are liking the effect of it.
Answered by: C from Claypool
Date published: 2013-04-08

how do i mount the Clark Synthesis TST209 Tactile Transducer?

Asked by: bigfoot8212
Each transducer comes with a kit of parts that allow you to mount it directly to the wooden frame of a sofa about 3 different ways. All you need is a drill and a screwdriver really, it's pretty simple. You'll have to decide if you want to mount the transducers underneath your soft (requiring you to get higher legs or isolators to get the 4" height boost you'll need for clearance) or mount them INSIDE your soft by removing the staples and felt and finding an adequate space to mount them inside the frame. Frankly, the latter was easier for me as most couches have plenty of "empty space" inside them. Just note you need to mount the transducer so it sits horizontal (like a plate in your lap) and not vertical (like a steering wheel). They should not be mounted vertically. Good luck!
Answered by: donaldpenn
Date published: 2011-11-03

How would I wire 4 chairs in a row using the SA240 240W Sub Amp?

Asked by: Dog100
WIRE 2 IN SERIES 4+4 OHM AND THE OTHER 2 THE SAME WAY THEN TIE THE BRANCHES + TO + AND HOOK TO THE AMP POSITIVE AND THE BRANCHES GROUNDS TO THE AMP SPEAKER GROUND FOR A SUMMED LOAD OF 4 OHMS TO THE AMP AND ADJUST GAIN . BE CAREFUL THIS SUB AMP IS VERY POWERFUL AND THESE ARE NOT SUB WOOFERS, SO THE END MAY DISAPPOINT YOU UNLESS YOU HAVE A MASSIVE SYSTEM TO BACK THESE UP WITH MID BASS AND HIGH FREQUENCY FOR FULL THEATER EFFECT ABOVE 80 HZ [VERY GOOD FOR BACK MASSAGE THOUGH] I HAVE DUAL 18'S IN MY HOME AND 2- 10'S, 1 -12 IN MY CAR[ ALL TACTILE TRANSDUCERS DON'T IMPRESS ME MUCH] ONE GOOD SUB WOOFER WITH THIS AMP WILL IMPRESS YOU AND CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE COUCH WILL IMPRESS YOU WITH THE LOW END EXTENSION AND NO RESONATING DISTORTION FROM FURNITURE TRYING TO BE A SUB SONIC SYSTEM
Answered by: digitalhaven 53
Date published: 2012-01-09

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