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BIC America F12 12-Inch 475-Watt Front Firing Powered Subwoofer

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  • Powered subwoofer with 12-inch injection molded long throw woofer; BASH designed amp
  • Patented BIC "Venturi" vent eliminates port noise
  • Adjustable crossover, adjustable volume control, automatic signal sensing
  • Inputs for both Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Digital/DTS
  • Backed by 5-year warranty
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Product Specifications

Brand NameBIC America
Item Display Height21 inches
Depth22 inches
Maximum Speaker Depth (inches)22 inches

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: BIC America
  • Model Number: F12
  • Item Display Depth: 22 inches
  • Display Height: 21 inches
  • Width: 19 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

For more than 50 years, midrange and high frequency horns have been the hands-down choice for movie theater sound engineers. From the softest whispers... To the highest impact sound... Hrn drivers have no equal when it comes to clarity and dynamic range. The BIC Formula Theater Series carries on the legacy of the first Formula Series introduced in 1973. They offer an output capability of up to 116dB (live rock band levels), while offering refinements that surpass all of its predecessors. Injection molded long throw woofer; BASH designed amp. Adjustable crossover, volume and auto on/off. Speaker level and RCA inputs. Frequency response: 25Hz-200Hz. 15" W x 17" H x 18 1/4" D. Sold individually.

The 12-inch, front-firing F12 powered subwoofer from BIC America incorporates a high current 475-watt peak amplifier designed by BASH Technology in combination with a 12-inch injection molded long-throw woofer. A patented BIC "Venturi" vent eliminates port noise, which is often heard from other subwoofers especially when playing demanding music and videos. The F12 also features an adjustable crossover, adjustable volume control, automatic signal sensing, high level inputs, and both Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Digital/DTS inputs.

Front of the F12
Front of the F12 (see larger image).
Rear of the F12
Rear of the F12 (see larger image).


  • Design: Front-firing 12-inch, 475-watt peak powered subwoofer
  • Frequency Response: 25Hz - 200Hz
  • Sensitivity: 90dB
  • Drivers: 12-inch injection molded woofer with heavy duty surround
  • Magnetic Shielding: Yes
  • Gold-Plated Terminals:Yes
  • Recommended Power: Built-in Amplifier Power: 475 watts Dynamic Peak, 150 watts RMS continuous
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Dimensions: 21 x 19 x 22 inches (HxWxD)
  • Weight: 42.70 pounds each
  • Warranty: 5 years parts and labor

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 14.8 x 17 inches ; 42.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 41 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0015A8Y5M
  • Item model number: F12
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (998 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,006 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at September 14, 2004
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Customer Reviews

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260 of 274 people found the following review helpful By Dave295 on January 17, 2013
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Let me make myself clear before I begin. I love Polk, I originally was going to make my system all Polk however, as any half decent audiophile knows, one company simply does not make the best of everything. I have Polk Audio Monitor70 Series II Floorstanding Loudspeaker (Black) Each as fronts Polk Audio CS10 Center Channel Speaker (Single, Black) and BIC America Venturi DV84 2-Way Tower Speaker, Black (Single) rears. I own the Polk PSW505 and have been using it on my main surround system for the past 7 months

I wasn't content at all with my Polk PSW505 as you can see in my over 1000 word review of the PSW505 on Amazon, so I saved up money to try the F12 and planned to send it back after testing it out. Honestly, I didn't want the f12 to sound better than my Polk. I tried to tell myself the no name Bic f12 could not compete with the Polk PSW505, that sub is practically God of home subwoofers on Amazon. As the current owner of both, I would advise you to buy this f12 and never look back.

My main issue with the PSW505 was port noise. When my Polk sub hit below 30 hertz it sounded just awful and unless you just watch Teletubbies, Dora the explorer, and Sesame Street your sub will be forced to hit below 30 hertz. This becomes very important if you are watching blu rays with Dolby True HD or DTS HD Master Audio. This sub can punch, roll, and roar much beyond its $200 price tag.
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256 of 270 people found the following review helpful By jchussey on October 11, 2010
As an audiophile who has had numerous very high end (Meridian, Cello, McIntosh, B&W, Proceed...) components in and out of my systems over the years, I can say wholeheartedly that the F-12 is an outstanding value for the $170-$200 retail price. I bought it for my 13x20x9 budget media room which is currently under construction but have been using it in my 2 channel system for kicks over the last two weeks. The low frequency extension is excellent(down 4db at 25Hz in my room) and I would consider it pleasantly musical with speakers capable of flat response at or below 80Hz (which isn't asking much). It is when this sub is paired with very small speakers that it begins to tarnish; typical of many ported subwoofers, it just doesn't play well above the 80Hz range. For example, Paired with NHT Superzeros, which fall off a cliff at about 85-90Hz, some of the "punchiness" is lost. This frequency response trough is most likely the reason why some reviewers claim that the F-12 sounds "muddy".

With the right speakers and set up correctly (with a decibel meter), the F-12 is an outstanding sub for the asking price. Truly a great bargain and one heck of a warranty.
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142 of 152 people found the following review helpful By Sim on August 13, 2011
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From my own experience two most important components in a home theater system (for movies) is your center speaker and your sub-woofer. What ever you do make sure you get the best one you can afford and if like me your budget is less than $400/-, you have Bic F12 as a very serious contender for top spot.

I spent almost a month searching for a sub (for 50:50 music/movies), researching in lots of online forums and auditioned in couple of different local stores. High on my list were:
- Emotiva Sub 10: No longer being sold :(
- Emotiva Sub 12: Slightly out of my budget
- Elemental Design A3S-250: Past quality issues and too long a wait to get one
- Def Tech. ProSub 800: Checked this out in local store but I was not impressed by it
- Velodyne Impact 10: Checked this out in local store, did not like it as it could not go low.
- Polk subs: Don't bother (I tried couple and nothing impressed me) although I own Polk speakers which I love.

Although I did not audition this Bic but based on online forums and reviews I ordered this Bic and I have no qualms in saying that dollar for dollar this sub is perhaps the best value out there.

- Not boomy and can go low effectively.
Tried out couple of bluray's - Dark Knight sounded fabulous, it has this low rumbling sound track through out the movie and the sub did an excellent job with the same. Lord of Rings (return of king) was again excellent, especially the elephant war scene. I could literally feel the room shaking and the intensity building up.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Triple c on May 19, 2011
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I purchased this subwoofer in March of 2011 I wanted to give it some time before I gave my review, First let me give you a little back ground of what I have. I am a huge Klipsch fan I have now the Quintet speakers,which are amazing but that is another story, I finally got rid of my Klipsch sub12 after many repairs so I wanted something comparable and had to be a 12 inch sub. For the price I and not ever hearing anything from Bic I was doubtful, but I took the plunge. I have had many different Polk subs and the Yamaha 8 and 10 sub and various other companies who are actually made by Klipsch yet are not as good. With all that being said this sub has been outstanding, it is not quite as loud as the Klipsch sub12 when listening to music, but there is more accuracy from the Bic because it is a front firing sub verses down firing. Now when it comes to movies there is no notable difference, i am a big fan of deep low bass in action movies and this does not bottom out like many small and costly subs ( Bose, Pinnacle,velodyne) Plain and simple this sub performs better for the money than any sub you can buy and better than most subs that are more money, With my Quintets Bic sub and Yamaha 6.1 receiver I will take on any would be Bose owner. So dont hesitate this sub is great and I have been in to this for over 20 years and have been installing home audio for just as long, feel free to email with questions.
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