Live the Action!
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The electro-mechanical actuators that do all the work are capable of vibrating as slowly as 5 Hz, and can go up to 100 kHz. Because each motor is driven independently, you can have your couch moved for you in three axes of movement. And the motors are absolutely silent — you never hear them, you do feel them!
There’s a lot more to it than simply plugging a few wires into your home theatre system however.
The D-BOX motion system comes with a controller — an intelligent brain that delivers the signals to the actuators, as to which position they need to be in.
The really clever bit is that each frame of the movie is encoded with the actuator position.
The movement of the couch is thus synchronized precisely with the movie. No matter what you do, the couch always assumes the correct position!
The tricky bit is that now each movie needs to be encoded with D-BOX Motion CodeTM . Some movies have D-BOX Motion CodeTM embedded on the disc, which the controller will pick up. The controller then plugs into the loop of the source signal to amplifier, with a feed coming out of it, going to the D-BOX controllers.
But if you have a regular DVD title, the chances are that it is not D-BOX encoded on the disc. This is where the controller comes into its own. The controller is clever enough to ID the movie being played, to load up the right D-BOX track and send the signals down the wires to do their thing.
Best of all, the controller is an intelligent one that can connect to the Internet and download and store Motion Codes for hundreds of movies. So if there is a Motion Code for your movie, the controller will download and store it permanently on its hard drive, which can hold thousands of Motion Codes (the actual Motion Code data is tiny, relative to the storage capacity of a DVD). You can even set your controller to automatically update itself daily if you like, and so as more and more Motion Code data is added to the already extensive database, you can add it to your own.
So how does it perform?
The first thing that hits you, literally, is how fast the thing can move. Each of the ‘lifters’ has a throw of about 40 mm which doesn’t sound like much until you feel it hit the couch at the speed it does. They can literally throw the couch forwards, backwards, sideways and then sometimes all three at the same time.
It takes some getting used to, but once you’re used to the experience, which should take you about five minutes, you start to realize how much extra fun this system adds to movie watching.
Scenes of flying are probably the most impressive, with the couch seeming to loop and pitch and sway in time with the movie (one of the reasons why the synchronization with each frame is so important). Explosions and things that go bump in the night are amazing — and car chases are unlikely to ever be the same again. The rapid reaction times of the lifters contribute to a dynamic movement range that is fast enough to transmit a high frequency vibration — which translates into super smooth movement.