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BIC Acoustech PL-200 II Review

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BIC seems to be the master of economical subwoofers. The H-100 impressed me when I reviewed it back in 2014, and their F12 is a perennial best seller. Now they release a new PL-200, the model II, which is their top-of-the-line offering. Nothing this company sells is expensive, yet neither is it cheap (with "cheap" meaning shoddy or poorly implemented). This is the budget friendly company many people turn to first. They certainly have longevity in this industry - having been around since the early 70's - which means they must be doing something right. With a tried-and-true philosophy of low cost/high value products, the BIC PL-200 II continues that tradition and should be considered a good choice for those with limited funds.


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post #2 of 13 Old 01-05-18, 10:57 AM
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Re: BIC PL-200 II Discussion Thread

FYI, I feel I may have identified a manufacturing defect in these speakers.

I, and another recent buyer, have both encountered inordinate chuffing from the right port on our PL-200 II's purchased from Amazon. Thread can be found here:

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/113-su...-chuffing.html

So if anyone has difficulty with chuffing, pop the driver out and wiggle the right port. If its loose, you may need to seal it.

Hope this helps someone out there!
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Re: BIC PL-200 II Discussion Thread

BIC's been around a long time - which means they know how to make stuff - so more than likely it's not a manufacturing defect as much as an isolated instance. But time will tell if there's a bad batch or if it's just an occasional unit.

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Re: BIC PL-200 II Discussion Thread

Well, 2 units is, by definition, not an isolated instance. That being said, I'm not knocking the product. Everything about it is high quality and great value.
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Re: BIC PL-200 II Discussion Thread

2 out of how many though? If that's all there was from a batch numbering in the hundreds than it would still be considered an isolated incident. If it's just the tip of the iceberg, and we're about to hear of more exsamples like this, then that's a different story.

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Just wanted to report back that a little silicone around the ports and pin receptacles made a vast improvement. It is now a great little sub.
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Re: BIC PL-200 II Discussion Thread

Im thinking of purchasing this unit to replace a cerwin vega ht-s12A. The Vega has been around since the late 90's and has been a great unit. I had the woofer reconed recently as it was starting to scratch - since the reconing the cone has seperated twice so I guess Im going to need a new unit as I dont want to have the woofer reconed a third time. Anyone know how this unit will perform compared to a 20 year old Cerwin Vega?
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Re: BIC PL-200 II Discussion Thread

How would a 20 year old car compare to one from today?

Subwoofers, like many things, have advanced significantly in the past 2 decades. A $1000 sub from back then probably costs $200 today. If the PL-200 fits into your budget you should consider one. It's likely to best the CV in almost every area.

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Re: BIC PL-200 II Discussion Thread

Why can we not get passive subs today? I much prefer my setup, with an outboard power amp and processor driving dual subs.

After reading the excellent review, and doing more reading on products offered by BIC, it is clear that Klipsch is in their crosshairs. They have taken on brand K in a full frontal attack, with pricing at one third to one half of what Klipsch charges.

In a blind listening test, how many consumers would agree to pay double the price?

5 of the eleven speakers in my theater are reference series Klipsch. In a secondary audio system, in another room, a pair of BIC DV-84’s work part time. They are fine speakers. At the price, they are a bargain.

I too, have a soft spot for good performing gear, at affordable prices.

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