BIC America F12 12-Inch 475-Watt Front Firing Powered Subwoofer
- 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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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.
- 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
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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. With my Polk PSW505 it struggled to hit some lows in Dark Knight among other Blu rays as well as music with heavy bass. That is not the case with the F12 not only will it hit these low notes, but it will shake the room while maintaining clarity.
I have seen quite a few negative reviews on the build quality of this Bic F12 I would agree and disagree. I have disassembled the Polk 505 multiple times so I am more than aware of its build quality, but have not yet taken apart the Bic. I believe the PSW505 has a better exterior finish than the F12, bic clearly did not spend as much on the cabinet. Bic spent its money on the driver and amplifier, which far surpass the Polks driver in quality. I would know this because Polk has sent me two PSW505 drivers(the actual 12 inch speaker) and they somehow even sound muddy and distort when not inside the cabinet. The F12 has a very nice metallic looking driver and it does outperform the PSW505
I know its difficult to believe that this f12 sub will outperform the tried and true 505 but it really does. Don't stray away from the Bic just because it isn't a big brand. Polks subs have a premium to them because of the brand. With this Bic all your paying for the sub. For example Klipsch, Energy, and def techs are great well-known subs but they have a markup because of the name. In contrast HSU, Outlaw, Epik, and SVS are not household names but they will destroy the big names in performance without the markup.
Don't let the brand scare you! Bic customers are some of the happiest in home audio. If you have any questions about the differences between these 2 sub-woofers please leave a comment and I will be happy to respond.
As with any sub, room placement is key. This thing has been going for more than 5 years with no issues, can't complain
Being that this is still really new to me I will say that it IS big and powerful. The bass will more than fill the space and is not easily contained. If you have neighbors or people that need quiet, you will probably have difficulty using this sub woofer to its fullest without conflict. In an apartment, it won't matter. This will ruin your neighbors quality of life. They will hate you for your obnoxious bass. The most wonderful things you have heard suddenly become the most hated thing if you are on the other side of the wall and are forced to hear it.
If you have neighbors that are away and have windows of opportunity, this sub woofer is amazing. I am not a "loud volume" user. I like room filling sounds and clarity. At low levels, this sub woofer delivers that with faint sound leakage that can be heard out to the curb. I estimate I could hear rumbles 20-30 feet from the house. It should not be enough to annoy anyone but I feel like I should be vigilant to keep peace with my good neighbors.
This is *probably* more bass than a home theater needs but it's everything you want a sub woofer to be. It's loud. It's deep. It's tight. It's powerful. I have it adjusted to "tuck in" right where my soundbar alternative leaves off and picks up all that meaty detail. It's completely ridiculous unless you get it under control. So far, I love it. I am ready to apologize and make amends with my neighbors if need be.
Yes, it's like that.
This is no SVS or Rhythmik or Martin Logan. But for the price of this comparatively, I'd rather have two of these and save the extra money for a nice bottle of whiskey to sip on while watching a movie and getting a back massage from these monsters.
Sound and power are way above what I expected, I was floored by how good they are. The adjustments work well to dial them in. I have 2 of these, one hitting the real low freqs so you feel it, and one for some good deep base sound.
A quality speaker, and a high quality amp in a pretty good case, you cannot go wrong!