Powered subwoofers are a better option when compared to a passive one. The distinctive difference between the two is that a passive one does not have an inbuilt amplifier. On the other hand, the powered sub features an inbuilt amp.
Regardless of the two having subwoofers, all subwoofers come with different features on the sub. For instance, most of them have a volume control button while not all of them have a crossover control. Therefore, you have to be careful while choosing.
If you are looking for a powered sub, here is the BIC America F12 Powered Subwoofer. It is a subwoofer from BIC America. The company has been in operation for over half a century.
Here is a detailed review of the device.
Design Aspects of BIC America F12 Powered Subwoofer
From the look of things, the manufacturer did a lot of work to ensure that the F12 stands out to its competitors. The finish, which is a black ash finish is excellent and provides durability for the unit.
The front firing cone lies at the front. It is 12 inches in size and features an injection molded look, which makes it look shiny.
At the back, you will find the control panel with a port lying below it. The control panel features output and input channels (four each) to the speakers and the receiver. Besides the channels, you will find the power button, volume and crossover knobs, sub in port, a power input and the subsequent fuse.
Sound Aspects of BIC America F12 Powered Subwoofer
First, the speaker operates at 475 watts and 150 watts RMS amp. It is a sensitive woofer with a frequency response of 25-200Hz and a sensitivity level of 90dB.
Because of high sensitivity levels, it can produce the much-needed bass even at low volumes.
The port has a patented BIC “venture” vent, which is the best option for reducing port noise that can distract the bass sound.
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Connectivity and Usability of BIC America F12
BIC America F12 Powered Subwoofers are an excellent option for home and surround sound systems. It operates both with external and internal amplifiers. You have to lower the crossover frequency control when using the external amp.
When the device is on, it will indicate a green color while red shows that the unit is on standby.
For easy blending with the speakers, be sure to add the volume to avoid distortion of the speaker sounds. The fact that it offers multiple sound channels, then it is natural to connect it to any home entertainment system.
Thanks to the magnetic shielding, you can place the BIC America F12 woofer near any Television including CRTs. It will not bring any interference between the magnets of the two devices.
The following video offers a great review on the subwoofer.
You can place the subwoofer anywhere in the room. Be sure to find a balance in the bass while using it as bad bass sounds can shutter your windowpanes.
Additionally, to find the perfect blend with your speakers, try to fix the speakers first then head to the bass to alter the volume so that they can balance perfectly.