SVS SB-1000 vs BIC America F12

SVS SB-1000 vs BIC America F12 – Clear Bass, Great Building

SVS SB-1000 vs BIC America F12

Due to the test SVS SB-1000 vs BIC America F12 I’ve managed to compare the peculiarities of mid-level SVS SB-1000 and low-cost BIC America F12 (extremely cheap related to its features) – two 12-inch subs for home theaters and acoustics.

SVS SB-1000 and BIC America F12 have RCA inputs for low-frequency preamp connections. However, BIC America F12 can boast more of them – its 8 RCA inputs versus SVS SB-1000’s 2 ones. SVS SB-1000 is more powerful, but BIC America F12’s power is still enough for small room. Both subs allow adjusting volume, crossover to power the front speakers, and phase, as well as making various connections within the home theatre system. That permits to make all the adjustments very accurate and fast.

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Features & Performance

SVS SB-1000 produces good power despite its small cabinet. It delivers clean low-frequencies being installed in small or medium spaces. It does its job when place it either in the corner or along the sidewall (to bring the sub out some inches is recommended). Its frequency and volume can be easily balanced using the AV’s auto calibration with the further manual tweaking. Then the sub provides a tight bass even for the advanced LFE-soundtracks. The low-frequency sound is not earth-shaking but less boomy than many other models in this price range.

BIC America F12’s built-in amp has an underpowered rating, but the sub produces clear stable volume and frequency separation for the duration of the sound. Its bass response requires solid main speakers to avoid overpowering. It doesn’t fit small ones (soundbar or bookshelf units) even at low volumes.

Both units have built-in connectors to toggle between Dolby Pro-Logic, DTS surround-sound AVRs, or Dolby Digital ones (5.1, 6.1, and 7.1-channel devices).

BIC America F12 vs SVS SB-1000

Design

The test BIC America F12 vs SVS SB-1000 revealed no essential diversities in the subs’ design. Both units are very compact and can be placed even on the bookshelf if it is necessary. They are made of durable materials. BIC America F12’s cabinet looks very stylish in its black laminate and with a silver cone. It has a black mesh grille to remove if desired.

SVS SB-1000 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • It performs well at higher frequencies that is crucial for speakers with a high crossover point.
  • Great not only for music and movies but also for gaming.

Cons:

  • Noticeable cutoff for very deep bass – 35Hz.

BIC America F12 Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Great port design without any port rattle.
  • Hits hard with no distortions in bass.

Cons:

  • It’s getting hot after playing some songs with very heavy bass.

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Common

Product

SVS SB-1000
BIC America F12

Model

SB-1000
F12

Brand

SVS
BIC America

Rating

4.4 of 5
4.5 of 5

Reviews

81
1310

General

Speaker system type

subwoofer
subwoofer

Audio amplifier

integrated
integrated

Power

Nominal output power (RMS), W

300
150

Maximal output power (RMS), W

720
475

Audio amplifier output power, W

300
150

Audio performance

Sensitivity, dB

100
90

Impedance, Ohm

8
8

Frequency response, Hz

24-260
25-200

Crossover frequency, Hz

50-160
40-90

Driver

Driver quantity

1
1

Driver size, in

12
12

Port placement

front panel
front panel

Connections

RCA

2
8

Wireless

Bi-amp

Speaker connectors

2
2

Click-fit speaker connectors

2
0

Controls

Volume

Subwoofer phase

Low-pass filter

Main power switch

Material

Body material

MDF
MDF

Woofer composition

polymer
polymer

Detachable rollers

Colors

black
black

Enclosure type

vented

Power supply

Form factor

internal
internal

Power supply, W

Dimensions and colors

Dimensions (H x W x D), cm/in

30.8 x 28 x 33/14 x 13 x 13.5
30.8 x 27.9 x 33/21 x 19 x 22

Width, kg/pounds

12/27
9.2/20

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