- Brand Name: BIC America
- Model Number: V1220
- Color: Black
- Speaker Type: Subwoofers
- Speaker Connectivity: Wireless
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BIC America V-1220 12-Inch 430-Watt Down-Firing Powered Subwoofer
- Down firing, Long-throw Subwoofer With Venturi-tuned Port
- 200w Max, 200w Rms Power
- Freq Resp: 26hz - 180hz Variable
- Signal-to-noise Ratio: >80db
- Adjustable Crossover, Automatic On/off Signal Sensing
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the first subwoofer I have owned (it was a Christmas gift from my son), so I'm not what you'd call an expert on this particular subject. However, I've owned high-end audio equipment since the 70s, and I try to keep informed. I admit that I was very hesitant about an inexpensive subwoofer. How can a sub at this price be anything but trouble, or worse yet, a headache? I do not like (actually, I despise) boomy, muddy or distorted bass. Now that I've gotten the basics out of the way, let's talk about BIC and this subwoofer ... and there is a lot to talk about.
BIC America (formerly known as British Industry Corporation) has been around since the 60s, first as audio distributors, then began designing and manufacturing speaker systems in the early 70s. Matter-of-fact, I remember when BIC's first speaker systems hit the market. They were known for solid sound on a fairly tight budget back then, and apparently that may be the case today.
My BIC V-1220, although designed in the U.S.A., was built in China (there is no escape...). It is an 8 ohm, 12-inch down-firing design that is rated from 23 Hz to 180 Hz (but no plus/minus dB range was given). The 23 Hz spec came as a big surprise, but omitting the dB range left me suspicious. It comes with a 200 watt RMS continuous power BASH-designed amplifier (430 watt RMS peaks). This too was a big and very pleasant surprise, especially for a sub in this price range.Read more ›
I purchased the BIC V1220 without auditioning it based on the many positive reviews I'd read and the fact that it was relatively inexpensive for a 12" subwoofer. I'm pretty happy with it, in part because I didn't want much from it. I have it crossed over at the amplifier at 60Hz, and at that frequency it blends well with my mains (a pair of Kef 104/2) for music and adds significant rumble to movies. It's terrific fun when watching an action movie, and adds just a little bit of thump to the percussion when listening to music.
That said, when I move the crossover up to 80Hz, which is popular for many systems, I find the bass to be noticeably distorted compared to my mains when sampling a variety of bass heavy music (organ, percussion, etc.). Therefore, I do not recommend this subwoofer if you are looking to mate it with mains that can't dependably carry the weight to 60Hz (almost no bookshelf speakers can), although you may be satisfied with such a system if it will not be used primarily for music listening. I also don't recommend it to anyone living in a wood frame building with shared walls, floors or ceilings - that's just not neighborly!
A couple other details to consider.Read more ›
The BIC subwoofer adds impact to movie sound effects -- even unexpected things like when Dorothy's house falls into Munchkin Land have a surprising impact, while the earthquake at the beginning of "Lora Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life" rattles my windows. All in all, movie sound effects are handled well. Movies aside, the subwoofer also does very well with music recordings. The string bass on Dave Brubeck's "Take Five" (from Time Out) has a solid impact when first plucked, yet the twang of the vibrating string is not obscured by boominess. The big bass drum at the end of Telarc's recording of "The Firebird Suite" rattles my windows as much as Lora Croft's earthquake. As a bonus, the fact that the subwoofer is not in the same location as the main speakers seems to smooth out the bass response of my listening room.
With the subwoofer in the center of the front wall, a Radio Shack sound level meter shows the subwoofer has useful response down to 31 Hz (it would go somewhat lower if the speaker was in a corner). 31 Hz may not seem very low, but is actually good response for a real speaker in a real room -- as opposed to ideal test conditions, though pipe organ enthusiasts may want to look elsewhere.
Setup is quite flexible, with continuously-variable adjustments for volume level and crossover point (40-180 Hz), a two position switch for phase, and a switch for Dolby 5.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was surprised of the sound quality for a subwoofer of this price would recommend.has a deep rich tone very nice.Published 19 days ago by michael hochsprung
amazing sub woofer, im no sound guru by any means but this is a work horse of a subwoofer. i have 5. Read morePublished 20 days ago by austin127
Our old subwoofer failed. It is time for a new one to match our setup. This a great option.Published 1 month ago by C. Sykes
Great subwoofer and not expensive. It did take some time for it to 'break-in' as described in some of the other customer reviews. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing sub for the price.
Surprisingly low bass frequencies and it's not even fully broken in yet.
Not quite as much punch as I expected, but works wellPublished 4 months ago by Some guy at a keyboard
It sounds very good i replaced a 15 year dcm 8 inch sub i love it.Published 7 months ago by Eugene byrd