I was lucky enough to get a review of the subwoofer BIC America F12. A good model for home use from a well-known company in the United States. For more than 40 years of existence, BIC America has become known as a company that produces affordable and quality products and has also received numerous positive reviews from the leading consumer testing magazine. I could not miss the opportunity to make the BIC America F12 review and not share it.
BIC F12 is large and heavy, however, it is made in a minimalist style. The cubic styling looks classic and attractive. The black case is made of a thick finish-black laminate MDF. Thick walls prevent unwanted resonances and the formation of standing waves. On the front panel, there is a 12-inch injection molded long throw woofer. There are rubber bushings for fixing the fabric mesh to the plastic pins on the front panel too. Left and right sides are empty. The subwoofer controls are located on the rear panel. On the metal panel, there are the volume control, the frequency control, the stereo input terminals for the receiver, and the stereo output terminals for the speakers, the RCA connector, the three-position power button, and the power indicator. Below the controls, the port of bass reflex is located. At the base of the body, four low cylindrical stands are.
One of the features is LED power detector. I have tested many subwoofers and none of them had a power detector. In my case, this feature was extremely convenient since I was not always sure that the subwoofer was plugged into an outlet.
Power toggle has the "AUTO" position and allows me to not really care about turning off the subwoofer. It is only necessary to unscrew the volume control on the receiver to the "zero" position and the whole system turns off.
It is made of polymer materials that allow it to withstand the peak power of the amplifier. In the middle, it has a cast cone with a metalized coating. It helps the subwoofer work correctly at high frequencies.
BIC F12 also has a phase switch. With it, it is possible to synchronize the movement of diffusers speakers and a subwoofer for better sound quality.
BIC F12 has wide connection options. The sub-in connector supports a Digital Theater System sound, receivers with technology Dolby Pro-Logic, and Dolby Digital. The subwoofer has the ability to work in multi-channel mode - 5.1 - 7.1. However, the subwoofer does not have sub-out to old two-channel AV.
The subwoofer is equipped with a 12-inch woofer and an amplifier with a working power of 150 watts and a peak of 475 watts. I think that the power of the subwoofer is enough not only for home use but also to arrange a party in the backyard.
I connected it with my receiver by the stereo level inputs and then connected the Yamaha speaker which I have throughout the living room. They are not big, but it can produce high and middle frequencies well. In combination with a powerful BIC F12 specs, this gives an excellent sound. I tested BIC F12 with frequencies about 150 Hz — 200 Hz and this sub does a great job up to there without sounding muddled. Together with the test videos, I was playing with a volume control. F12 has a great sound and it works well even at low volume where most of the subwoofers lose their sound quality. With the correct crossover settings and appropriate volume adjustments, this subwoofer makes an audio system sound phenomenal.
BIC F12 produces more bass than a home theater needs thanks to the peak power of the amplifier. The bass is loud, deep, tight, and powerful. The subwoofer still shakes the house with deep bass. There is a feeling that the bass fills all space of the house and even my neighbors can hear my music.
However, there is one small problem with fabric grill. BIC F12 has a lot of power and at high volume level the grill starts trembling very much, which will end up making a slapping noise. This was not really a problem because I simply took off the grill. The internal crossover is great and the subwoofer responds well in the upper spectrum of its range.
As with any other modern subwoofer, BIC F12 setup is very simple. The switched-off subwoofer is connected through the stereo input to the receiver, and external speakers are connected to the stereo output. BIC America F12 setting more complicated than setup because I need to regulate volume and frequency level according to the ability of my speakers. Therefore, I tested the BIC F12 with my home theater. I need to consider the size of the room, the distance to the subwoofer and its location relative to the walls for better sound. The position of the subwoofer relative to the walls influences the propagation of sound waves. Such moments are important for good sound because the subwoofer has powerful amplifier and the bass reflex and I had to choose the optimal position for better sound. Incorrect setting of volume and frequency will not let me enjoy a good sound. During the test, I chose perfect setup for my living room is volume controller at 2\3 and half of frequency range.
The F12 is a very strong subwoofer with a good sound. It can be compete to some other brands costing twice if not three times as much. BIC America company clearly did not spend as much on the cabinet. BIC America company spent its money on the driver and amplifier.
One thing you should know is that this subwoofer is bigger than you probably think it would be. Be sure to pay attention to the dimensions to see if it will fit in your space. However, this subwoofer will shake the room with each explosion or roar of a beast.