This subwoofer should cost more. We think that the quality that you get for such a low cost is insane. It boasts a very solid build and sound quality that rivals speakers that are 50% more expensive. The large cabinet may not be suitable for all rooms but is definitely worthy of your consideration.
The F12 sub is a blocky black box built from MDF and laminate and with the grille on does not look like anything special.
However, the molded speaker has an alluring metallic look if you choose to leave it exposed.
It is not a particularly unique design but looks good in a simple way.
The sub comes with speaker in/out plus a knob for volume and one for crossover.
The bass port is rear-firing so you can play around with using the wall for finding the best sound in your room.
We believe that this sub is one of the best sounding in the sub $200 price range. It has great separation of the frequencies and capable of sustained clear low frequencies while avoiding being overly boomy.
The bass coming from the F12 is impressive as it seems louder than it actually is while maintaining accuracy. At 150w RMS it is not a particularly powerful sub but it fine form most at home uses.
The cabinet can externally vibrate but this is only at ear damaging volumes that should not be reached very often.
Dimensions – 17 x 14.75 x 17.25 in. Driver – 12″ Injection-molded woofer with heavy duty surround Frequency Response – 25Hz – 200Hz Built-in Amplifier Power – 475 watts Dynamic Peak, 150 watts RMS continuous Impedance – 8 ohms
BIC America F12 vs BIC Acoustech PL-200 II
Both of these offerings from BIC come with volume and cross over knobs, similar designs and build quality.
The PL-200 II does come equipped with the dual front-facing ports which provide a clearer sound but the rear-firing port on the F12 allows you to use the walls in the room easier to perfect your sound.
The PL-200 II has a much higher peak power at 1000w making it more suitable for bigger rooms and chest-thumping home theatre use.
BIC America F12 vs Klipsch R12SW
These are two very similar looking speakers considering they are made by different companies. They both have an attractive metallic speaker but we think the Klipsch looks a little better due to the rounded edges of the cabinet.
The Klipsch also has more features than the F12 such as a digitalized woofer to provide exact matching to the source sound quality and internal flaring to minimize noise. The Klipsch is much more expensive so the end-user must decide if these extra features are worth the extra cost.
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