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Old 03-12-2010, 05:46 PM
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Are you sure it is from the sub and not the wall or something near it? Something hanging on the wall?

If it is from the sub I would make sure all the screws on the driver and amp are tight, but don't over tighten anything.

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Put your ear down to the sub and try to see if you can figure out where the sound is coming from, and if you can put your hand and hold something to make it stop. Something could be loose on the outside or inside.

And as SRR said, listening for where it's coming from will help you figure out if it's the sub or something close to the sub as well.

I listened pretty closely when it happens, definitely coming from the sub. At first I thought it was a nearby air vent, as it sounds similar to the vibrations a car makes when it has a sub in the trunk (metal vibrating). I tightened the feet and checked all other screws. Would poly-fill help?
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I very recently picked up a H-100 from Overstock (like a week ago). I was pretty pleased with my purchase until I came home today and found it no longer works. No lights, no sound, nothing. I tried all the connections, a new outlet but still nothing. So I pulled out the fuse and it looks fried (its black on one end)

I know a fuse isn't all that big of a deal, but the sub was working when I last checked, and it had been "off" (stand-by or whatever you call it... certainly not playing music) all day long. And I haven't really pushed the thing very hard yet, so I am at a loss as to what would have blown the fuse.

So a couple of questions: What might cause the fuse to blow? Should I return this sub, or just get a new fuse and see what happens? And for that matter, where would I get a fuse for it?

Thanks!
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So a couple of questions: What might cause the fuse to blow? Should I return this sub, or just get a new fuse and see what happens? And for that matter, where would I get a fuse for it?

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Well posible the amp or the driver or the power cord. Pick some fuse from Radio Shack and see what happens. If it blows again call Overstock since you just got it.
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Just picked up a four pack of fuses at RadioShock. Something is wrong with the sub.... it is eating the fuses. I stick one in, plug the sub in and flip the power switch.... and get nothing. No amp 'pop' sound, no led light turning on, and certainly no sound. And after turning everything off and pulling out the fuse, it is obviously blown.

Sigh....

Guess I'll find out a bit about BIC warranty. How do folks normally handle this? Return it to the place I bought it (Overstock) or work with the manufacturer?
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Guess I'll find out a bit about BIC warranty. How do folks normally handle this? Return it to the place I bought it (Overstock) or work with the manufacturer?

Sorry to hear that. I suggest calling Overstock and see if they can exchange it or find out about their refund policy. Otherwise no go there then call BIC.
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Just picked up a four pack of fuses at RadioShock. Something is wrong with the sub.... it is eating the fuses. I stick one in, plug the sub in and flip the power switch.... and get nothing. No amp 'pop' sound, no led light turning on, and certainly no sound. And after turning everything off and pulling out the fuse, it is obviously blown.

Sigh....

Guess I'll find out a bit about BIC warranty. How do folks normally handle this? Return it to the place I bought it (Overstock) or work with the manufacturer?

sorry to hear that. its a great sub when its working.

id call bic and see what they say, from what i hear bic has a good customer service department
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Just picked up a four pack of fuses at RadioShock. Something is wrong with the sub.... it is eating the fuses. I stick one in, plug the sub in and flip the power switch.... and get nothing. No amp 'pop' sound, no led light turning on, and certainly no sound. And after turning everything off and pulling out the fuse, it is obviously blown.

Sigh....

Guess I'll find out a bit about BIC warranty. How do folks normally handle this? Return it to the place I bought it (Overstock) or work with the manufacturer?

That sucks. The papers that came with my h100 said to contact the seller first. If they can't help, then call bic.
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I too am interested in either the H-100 or PL-200. I have enjoyed reading this thread and thank everyone for their generousity in supplying information and opinions. Obviously, everyone seems quite happy with both of these subs ability to supply a great home theater experience. But, how do they perform for music applications? Do they provide clear base without a monotone-thumpy distortion? I'm looking for a sub that will extend some clean bass into my music listening, as well as provide me with the low frequency effects for movies. Will these subs do both jobs? Thanks for any input and thoughts you may have.
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I can vouch for the H-100 bass output for all of your home entertainment needs. I'm playing a few cuts as I type this and the bass response is just as fantastic as it was the day I got the unit a few years ago. Very clean and tight, without a hollow emptiness to it. I can "feel" the bass go through me, and I can't detect any distracting distortions.

BTW, the song I'm listening to right now is an excellent track to calibrate your sub with: 'Enter My World' by Timo Maas. It delivers a very strong and deep bass line with minimal cluttering effects around it as you make your adjustments.

For Blu-ray movies, I'm connected to my PS3 via HDMI. The lossless flicks sound as good as you could expect, considering the size and price range of the sub, especially in good war and action films. Even quality games like God of War III sound more epic because of the quality bass reproduction.

Unless you have a large hall of a room to use it in, you'll be satisfied with the H-100. Bite the bullet and pick one up.

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Thanks Joe Blow,
That's the kind of information I needed. The H-100 sound great for music as well as theater.
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Hello all!

I know that the h-100 used to be the king of ~ $225 subs, but is it still the killer it used to be or have new contenders made their way into the market?

I'm looking for a sub around $250 for a 10x20 room. Right now I have nothing, so while I'm sure a bigger budget would be nice, I'm limiting myself to $250 shipped +tax. Overstock has a decent price on the h-100 and I had previously been looking at the F-12, but amazon's price has jumped up again and I don't feel like waiting for it to come down. The sub is mostly for movies and ps3 games, but maybe 10% music too.

Any thoughts ? Thanks!
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I'd say that if something is out there at the same price and can beat the H-100 it will only do so by a hair(unless used or DIY of course). Nothing in the price range is going to obliterate it. The H-100 is still a solid buy imo.
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^ I'd have to agree. OTOH, if you want an F-12 you can order it for $182 shipped from these folks.
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the F12 and H-100 are essentially the same subwoofer so get the one that is cheaper and/or you thinks looks better

you definitely would be hard-pressed to beat the HT performance of these two at the $200-250 price point.

If you can scrounge another $100, the HSU STF-2 is on sale for only $319+shipping: http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/stf-2.html

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the F12 and H-100 are essentially the same subwoofer so get the one that is cheaper and/or you thinks looks better

you definitely would be hard-pressed to beat the HT performance of these two at the $200-250 price point.

If you can scrounge another $100, the HSU STF-2 is on sale for only $319+shipping: http://www.hsuresearch.com/products/stf-2.html

Ok, rookie looking at subs. What would extra $100 get the buyer? (oh, and link shows $349 for me.)

Thanks for your thoughts.
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Some of the posters on this thread mentioned that the bass in general when matched with speakers db levels minus couple db, the speaker starts sounding thin and there is excess bass. Sort of like a low muffling sound which is exttemly annoying..

This also happens to me when watching movies. Is there a a prefeabble/optimal setting for this sub?
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bic h100 or bic v1220?? 

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Hi Guys (and gals),
I have a problem with my BIC Acoustech H100. The RCA "Sub" input jack has a short in it, or a cold solder joint, or ?
No matter what sub cable I connect, it will only work intermittently. I can twist the cable at the RCA input and it will come on briefly. I can hold the connection together by force and it works fine. I have tried taping things with Monster tape, but it's hard to keep it stable.
How difficult is it to remove the back plate and either re-solder the female RCA jack or replace it?
I looked for a service manual online, but could not find one.
Thanks in advance.
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