Powered home subwoofers turn your entertainment room into your personal movie theater or concert hall. The BIC Acoustech PL-200 delivers quality sound for both movies and music and easily earns our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award.
Many home subwoofers create the illusion of hitting low-frequency effects (LFE) with booming sound. The BIC Acoustech PL-200 reaches into the lowest frequencies and delivers true sound while pushing enough air to give you the physical experience subwoofers are known for.
The BIC Acoustech PL-200 offers the best performance through its impressive frequency response. Many subwoofers are built to please either a film nut or a music lover, but not both. By reaching as high as 200Hz and growling through 22Hz, the BIC Acoustech PL-200 delivers any deep sounds that you'll need.
When you get this home subwoofer, we suggest taking time to adjust it to your room size and preferences. We like to begin with music to ease the subwoofer into its new job. After adjusting it for your favorite music, you'll be ready to test the speaker with your favorite movie's LFE.
From Blu-rays to DVDs, the BIC Acoustech PL-200 readily handles the thumping explosions and frequency drops, delivering more sound than other speakers. In addition to bringing the solid and deep effects you want, this subwoofer can push some air, shaking walls and thumping against your chest.
Thanks to its 250 watts of continuous power, you can turn any movie or TV show into an experience without worrying about blowing out the amplifier. If you get curious and decide to test subwoofer's limits, the 1,000-watt dynamic peak power ensures that you have plenty of wiggle room. Unlike many other subwoofers, the volume ranges from one to six. When we tested the sub, we turned it up to five and were impressed by the booming sound. While this design choice is unusual, the sub offers plenty of sound just below its max.
Typically, people associate budget home subwoofers with a sacrifice in quality. The BIC Acoustech PL-200 delivers great musical fidelity and booming film effects without much adjustment. This subwoofer allows you to set it how you would like and forget about it.
Bass-heavy musical tracks transport you into the album. From hip-hop to rock to techno, the BIC Acoustech PL-200 can handle the crisp bass tracks with very few adjustments. We noticed that the speaker needs adjusting for jazz tracks before we reached the sweet spot, but it is able to deliver solid sounds at higher bass frequencies. This subwoofer is willing to take a back seat to the other speakers during music, making it a surprisingly musical bass.
The BIC Acoustech PL-200 is a dream come true for film and video game lovers. Explosions rumble the room without booming through the sounds. The complex climbs and drops of LFE moments are as impressive as a movie theater. This sub proves that you don't need a 15-inch speaker to rattle your walls.
Everything about the BIC Acoustech PL-200's design allows it to bring huge sounds in a small package. With a large, 12-inch front-firing speaker, this may be too much subwoofer for small rooms. The PL-200 comes with the highly efficient BASH amplifier to deliver huge sounds at low settings.
Like many budget home subwoofers, the BIC Acoustech PL-200 does have some poor design features. The inside of the sub is lined with fiberglass insulation, and some people have complained about the internal connections coming undone. Most people will not open the subwoofer to check out the insides, so this was only an issue for highly experienced audiophiles. We did not notice any performance failing from the low-quality insulation during our tests.
The BIC Acoustech PL-200 comes with a removable cloth grill so that you can show off the 12-inch speaker. The black laminate casing offers a beautiful, mirror-like surface. It would be nice if other finish options were available, like wood grain, but it's hard to complain about classic black.
The BIC Acoustech PL-200 continues to impress by offering a wide range of features. With such impressive-quality sound and design, this subwoofer offers the controls to fine-tune several elements of the speaker and amp's performance.
With adjustable frequency crossover and volume control, you get a level of performance control that many other subs lack. When we used the sub in smaller rooms, we kept the volume low to preserve the sound quality, but in large rooms, this sub's volume control offers some exciting possibilities. If you have a Dolby Digital audio/video receiver, you won't have to worry about adjusting the frequency crossover, because the receiver works with all the speakers at the same time. For Dolby Pro Logic receivers, however, the adjustable crossover should be tweaked for movies and music to make sure you're getting the most out of your subwoofer.
The speaker features a signal-sensing auto on/off and an LED power mode indicator on the back. If you plan to use the subwoofer often, this auto power feature will make it easier to deal with. If you go on a vacation, we suggest turning off the power from the back to save energy and preserve the electronics.
The BIC Acoustech PL-200 does not feature magnetic shielding, which is a feature we like to see since many people keep their subs near their televisions. If you have a smaller room, you'll want to set the subwoofer several feet away from your television to protect its screen. The lack of magnetic shielding does not affect the sound quality, but it does influence your options for speaker placement.
The BIC Acoustech PL-200's warranty is certainly impressive, with eight years on parts and labor, and two years on the amplifier. On top of that, BIC America has a solid reputation for going above and beyond the call of duty and repairing non-warrantied components to fix warranty-covered issues. This extra support comes at little to no extra cost to the consumer, and BIC America's customers are remarkably loyal.
BIC America's website offers email and phone support. Also, you can navigate its FAQs page. We are disappointed that the website does not feature links to online user manuals or user forums, but with BIC America's reputation, we are confident that they will provide you with any help or information you need.
The BIC Acoustech PL-200 is the best home subwoofer for the money. Whether you are buying your first home subwoofer or are replacing an older speaker, this sub will provide quality results that will meet your needs and impress you for years to come.
The BIC Acoustech PL-200 offers crisp sound for music and movies.
The 12-inch speaker will require some careful adjustment for smaller rooms.
The BIC Acoustech PL-200 sets the standard by which all other home subwoofers are judged.