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BIC America V-1220 12-Inch 430-Watt Down-Firing Powered Subwoofer

4.6 out of 5 stars 155 customer reviews
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  • 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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: BIC America
  • Model Number: V1220
  • Color: Black
  • Speaker Type: Subwoofers
  • Speaker Connectivity: Wireless
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Product Description

The V1220 offers unsurpassed performance at its price! It incorporates a high current 200W (430W peak) amplifier (designed by BASH Technology) combined with a 12" heavy duty long-throw woofer and long-life butyl surround. The patented "Venturi" vent eliminates port noise (often heard from other subwoofers when playing demanding music and videos). The V1220 also features an adjustable crossover, automatic signal sensing, high level inputs, and both Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Digital/DTS inputs.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 22 x 22 x 18.5 inches
Item Weight 44.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 45.6 pounds
Manufacturer Bic Venturi
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Item model number V1220
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4.6 out of 5 stars 155 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #84 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Speakers > Subwoofers
#3,400 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com November 6, 2003

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By dsrussell VINE VOICE on January 29, 2010
Note: Believe it or not, I've cut this review almost in half (I'm long winded, especially when it concerns audio). There is an excellent article on subs (and dead zones) that explains these issues much better than I: [...]

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.
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In the past I've mostly used my stereo for listening to two channel music. I like a variety of types of music, but I am not particularly enamored of rap nor do I frequently want to create the feel of a nightclub in my home. For general music listening, I've always believed a good pair of mains to be superior to small mains + subwoofer (I still do), so I've never previously bothered with a sub. However, I got to playing around with the idea of extending my stereo to home theater last year and couldn't resist.

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.
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The BIC V1220 is a 12" powered subwoofer that adds a solid low end to music and home video setups without making the sound heavy or boomy. My main speakers, a pair of restored Dyanco A-25s, have very smooth bass and go down to about 60 Hz. I was looking for a subwoofer that would fill in the lowest frequencies without muddying the sound of the A-25s. The V1220 does so nicely.

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.
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