Hello fellow bass afficianados. I posted just a short while back asking for advice and suggestions on a temporary sub to hold me over until I can afford to get the real thing. Thanks to you guys that took the time to give me your thoughts. I ended up going with the BIC/Acoustech PL-200. Just got it last night and had a little bit of a chance to hook it up and play with it for a couple of hours. So I thought I would share my initial impressions for those of you that are in the market for some budget bass and are considering this sub as an option.
Just a little background of what I used to have; I had a HSU VTF-2 for a number of years, then went to an ED A7s450 and have had that for maybe 4 years now. The driver crapped out on that sub which brings me to my current position of having to settle for something on the cheap until I can get back in the heavy weight sub world again. I went with the PL-200 based on research, reviews and my wants and needs in the bass department.
Set-up was easy. The only thing that might be confusing for those that are not familiar with subwoofers and set-up would be the crossover switch on the back of the sub. It states in the instructions to have the "Reciever type" toggle swicth set properly for the type of receiever you have. Pro-logic or otherwise. This is simply the crossover switch for either using the sub's internal crossover or the recievers. For those that don't know, set it to out to use the reciever crossover and in to use the subs. I'm using my reciever crossover set to 80hz, reciever sub level at 0 for music listening and -8 to -6 for movies, and the level on the sub itself set at about 11 o'clock. Also, I have it sitting in the front RH corner of the room.
I listened to a few cd's first, I listen to music half the time so I was anxious to hear how the sub handled it, and I have to say it did a pretty good job. Nothing like the ED of course but much better than my Paradigm Monitor 11 floor standers can do alone. Kick drums sound and feel solid and deep. A little muddy when super low bass guitar or subsonic keys come in but really not bad at all. I was surprised because I expected to be disappointed and that wasn't the case. I think I read that Dr. HSU helped in the design of this sub and that is certainly evident. It feels like good quality bass, not punchy but solid and warm. Nothing that is going to crumble the walls or melt your face, but nice full, solid, low end thump. definately acceptable for the time being.
Next I watched a couple of choice scenes from Iron Man and The Hulk. Again, very surprised at how well this sub handled taxing LFE. Explosions were impactful and rumbling, I have a fairly large room that opens into the rest of the house and it really did a good job of filling the area with full, powerful bass. Even the subsonic cannons in the hulk wre handled with relative ease. I never felt like the sub was being pushed to the brink. no distortion , no bottoming out, just deep powerful bass. Pretty impressive considering what I am used to. Also, this sub does do movies a bit better than music. It does do a decent enough job for music, just not quite as good as it does movies.
Just to clarify, this is NOT a sub even close to the likes of the high end subs from HSU, SVS, Seaton, etc. There is simply nothing that compares to a true high end sub. It just can't reproduce bass as authoritive, powerful and commanding as one of the big time units. But this PL-200 does hold it's own in providing an adequete substitution for someone that simply needs a temporary fix, or someone that is just wanting to enter the world of LFE but doesn't want to spend 2 or 3 weeks pay to get it. It offers good solid bass on a budget. For me, this will more than hold me over until I can afford to get the real deal again. For $280 bucks shipped, it would be hard to beat. Hopefully this little review will help a couple people with deciding on a budget sub. Thanks for reading . Take care everyone.