You've head it before... The BIC Acoustech H-100 is a wonderful low budget solution for powerful base with decent fidelity. There have been numerous reviews over the years and most, if not all, have been favorable. It was on this forum about 3 and a half years ago where I read a nice review and ordered the H100.
My Paypal payment was sent on February 23, 2007 and I received the package the following week. I remember saying "WOW, this sub sounds great!"
Fast forward 3 years, 4 months, 10 days. I power my home theater and nothing is coming out of the sub. I check the power connection, still nothing. Pull the fuse and find out it's blown. The next day I come home with a pocket full of fuses and the sub just eats them for dinner. Every fuse I try blows once the AC cord is attached. What to do now? Do some online research and I've heard good things about BIC customer service, so I'll call tech support in the morning.
The next day I called BIC and spoke to the tech support person. He said I'm well out of their two year warranty period, which was a given. I asked what options there were. He proceeded to tell me all subs will go bad, all manufacturers have this problem, and that some last 10 years while others last one year. I then mentioned I had read in my online research that BIC had built H100 units with bad boards in their amps. He verbally confirmed there were board issues with H100's and suggested it was around the time I purchased mine. His quote... "It effects about 1 in 100 units." I mentioned I read of occasions where BIC fixed customer products out of warranty, and if seeing how this seems to be a common problem, and that there may be a problem with the design or construction of the board, if he could make an exception and take a look at my H100?
He said "No".
So what are my options? The gentlemen proceeded to tell me I would pay for shipping both ways to the repair facility in CA, plus a $100 repair fee, so approximately $140 to get my H100 repaired. He mentioned the warranty for a repaired amp is one year. So if my fuses start blowing again in 366 days, I'm screwed. I think I'll take my $140 and put it somewhere else.
Was I happy with my H100? Yes. Do I think BIC should have fixed my unit? Maybe. Will I pay $140 to get it fixed? Hellz no, considering a new one can be found for a little over $200, with a two year warranty.
So now I ask the forum: What to do now?
Should I fix it myself? Does anyone have a good guide to troubleshooting power supplies/amps?
Should I buy an amp kit and stuff in the box with the driver? I'm looking for something less than $140 obviously. Any ideas?
Is this really a problem with all subs? Will they all start a diet of 1.6amp fuses one day? Thoughts?