The 12 in., 430 watt BIC America V1220 Down-Firing Powered Subwoofer for Home Theater and Music offers unsurpassed performance at its price! It incorporates a high current 200 watt (430 watts peak) amplifier (designed by BASH Technology) combined with a 12 in. heavy duty long-throw woofer and heavy duty magnet. The patented Venturi vent eliminates port noise (often heard from other subwoofers when playing demanding music and videos). The V1220 also features an adjustable crossover, automatic signal sensing, high level inputs and both Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Digital/DTS inputs.
22 x 22 x 18.5 inches
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I purchased this to replace a Boston Acoustics MC95 8" sub that got damaged in a bizarre house cleaning accident (don't ask). I wanted a little better bass response for my large room (17'X25' with 18' ceilings). I also wanted a down-firing sub since my floors are hardwood and seem to project low frequencies well. Like other reviewers, I was somewhat underwhelmed at first and wondered if I'd made an error. I decided to replace the LFE signal cable with a little better one and got a perceived improvement in sound. I re-ran the Audyssey calibration and decided to wait & see.
It has been about 20 days now and this thing appears to get better with each use. I honestly can't say whether there is a measureable difference or I'm just getting used to it. My perception is that the speaker is becoming "smoother" and more "detailed" as it gets exercised. The sound is more "controlled". As a physical scientist, I am skeptical that there is any detectable benefit to "break-in" of a speaker. That said, this thing sounds great now and I am very pleased. Maybe it's just confirmation bias. I do know that I am happy with the sound. Highly recommended.
Long break in period so far so good, have had bad experience with the smaller version of this sub in the past the amp burnt out in less than a year hoping thislasts longer. Also advertised a butyl rubber surround for the woofer it is foam. The ten inch was rubber not sure if this was a mistake in advertising or manufacturing. But fr the money it does sound good and go low. If 9t lasts i would like to get the ten inch again for more punch. hopefully they worked out the bugs.
Speaker began to make a chirping noise during heavy bass notes, i could feel air escaping from around the driver i thought it was due to the very thin seal between the driver and cabinet. Imstalled a slightly thicker seal and no luck. Upon further inspection the foam surround is coming detached and is blowing air out from underneath it. Emailed bic twice amd called still no response. Hoping to get this rectified was very pleased with it untill now.
I bought this for my dad's home theater, but before setting it up I decided to compare it directly to my SVS PB12 NSD and SB12 NSD. I'm not a credible authority on subwoofers; in my lifetime I've only owned 4 subwoofers that could get reach down to 30hz, including those mentioned in this review. But lets just say I didn't walk away thinking the BIC was trash. Unlike other companies BIC gives pretty accurate frequency responses. It can go down to 26hz just not with the authority of more expensive subs.
For what it costs, it's a 5/5. Of course the SVS's both destroy the BIC in terms of depth and smoothness but that's not really fair. If my budget were $200 I would not hesitate to buy this.
Had to replace a Velodyne sub and man this sub can pump it out! With the 5 year warranty all I needed was to be satisfied with sound and man am I! In fact it's way to much sound as I have the sub turned down to half. Otherwise it would shatter my windows at the house. Got the floor facing sub for the lower frequencies and it does deliver the low end. I was skeptical because of price but glad I pulled the trigger.
amazing sub woofer, im no sound guru by any means but this is a work horse of a subwoofer. i have 5.5 acres of land and if i crank the sub up to max and put my receiver at half volume i can feel the bass at the end of my property with my doors and windows closed.
i have put some pretty challenging songs up to the task and it has not once skipped a beat.
works great for movies and video games as well, i can feel explosions all the way across maps.
I hadn't bought a subwoofer in over 25 years because I researched that old one and it lasted that long...so yes I DID do a lot of research. For the record, the 430W is peak. It's a 200W speaker and it is AWESOME. It pumps out a clear bass sound, is very responsive and was one of the cheapest options going for the specs I laid out. I had never heard of BIC, but the apparently make quality speakers that don't break the bank!
This sub is easy to hook up and like all BIC products, is high quality. I had a BIC V-80 8 inch 100 watt
just one month prior to buying this one. My reason for buying this sub, was a much lower frequency response-
-[23 HZ's] which realley lets you feel the footsteps of that T-REX walking across the screen! If you have an older receiver that has no LFE sub out output,this sub is very easy to hook up to it. There is also 
pin switches on the rear of this sub that control phase from 0-180, off-auto-on, and receiver type-digital
or suround. If you have an older receiver without the LFE sub output,you set the switch to suround and set the crossover frequency knob to 80HZ's-which is a good starting point to get the frequency just right. If you have a digital receiver,[most have an LFE output] you set the switch to digital 5:1,6:1,7:1 and do not have to set the crossover frequency at all. The digital side takes care of that and the crossover frequency
knob does nothing. I started my volume knob setting at about 4. At 5 it's half volume and blends very well.
For music i set it at 6,which gives a real good feel and sounds great. Also, the amps in these subwoofers-
-model V815,V1020 and the V1220 don't get hot at all. The fuse on the rear is only there[i was told] as a surge protector. So, mine is plugged into a surge protector outlet.
For the price, this subwoofer is stunning. It looks REALLY nice too. I have had the Bic 12 front firing sub for about 4 years now, and I use it every day, and it still works like a champ. I had always wanted dual subs, but I didn't really want 2 different brands/sizes. I also didn't exactly want another Bic 12. When I saw this down firing model, I knew I had to have it. I love having the two different types of basically the same sub. I have the V-1220 down firing sub in the corner behind and to the right of my sofa, and the front firing one in the other corner, facing the sofa. It's just silly how loud these things are.
Using this in my new Dolby Atmos home theatre.
Good news is it does not produce a humming noise like some other subs in this price range. No problems with overzealous autostandby either.
Bad news is it has port noise and distortion at anything higher than 50% volume. Used it for 3 months with no improvement during the break in period. It's just barely able to fill my 420sq foot room with an audible amount of bass. Due to the horrible port noise and distortion I'm forced to limit the bass to quite low levels. Sending test tones below 20hz, the speaker barely moves at all and produces no useful level of sound. It comes alive around 25hz, which is inline with the listed specs.
I expected better for a 200w rms 12" sub in a huge cabinet.
Update: after over a year and a half of putting up with this poor performing sub, I initiated a warranty request from BIC America. They were willing to do a warranty service on the amp/power supply, but I had to pay shipping to Anaheim California AND prepay UPS shipping back to me, which would have cost me over $100 in shipping and customs fees. I did not proceed with the warranty return as I felt like I was throwing good money after bad.
I ended up communicating with Amazon customer service and after I explained my situation, they gave me a full refund. Very impressed with Amazon, very disappointed by BIC America.
Thank you Amazon.
I have a 7.2 amp with 4 towers and 2 book shelves I have a 10 inch floor sub and I bought this one to go with but my 10 inch pounds way harder and way cleaner then this one very disappointed in this product would not recommend this powered subwoofer very sloppy only good thing was shipping on time and packaged well
This is an awesome subwoofer. I did spent a good amount of time watching movies, playing varying genres of music and performing frequency sweeps. This woofer and enclosure design will hit way down low, 10 Hz with crystal clarity and perfect pitch and roll. In the higher range it stops around 180 Hz to 200 Hz still clear all the way up. I believe it has been totally under rated in the bad reviews found online.
Thank you BIC America, excellent product with a reasonable price.
Excellent for movies but way to boomy for music. Heavy midbass no good for music.
Tuning is too high. The sub wakes up around 35Hz and is way too boomy around 50-70Hz.
Do yourself a favor and build your own if you want an enjoyable theater or music experience.