Pros: Small size, Bigger sound, Budget price, Clean vocals - not muddy
Cons: No banana plug connection, connections too small to take banana plug as well. Grill not removable
After reading a lot of Amazon reviews about BIC and in particular this little guy I decided to give it a whirl even though I originally was eyeing the next model up in price which is a little bigger.
After only a couple of hours break-in and watching several dialogue intense movies and tv shows, this speaker is a can't miss for a small to mid-size room. It doesn't look the prettiest and you can't pull off the grill to take a look behind the curtain, but no need once you hear it. Vocal are clean and strong - and best of all not muddy. Crisp but not overly bright and the mid-tones come through on deep voices.
I used Tron DTS-HD in the opening couple of chapters to really crank up the sound and balance the center trim with the mains and I couldn't be more pleased after doing the same "test" with the old center only a couple of days previous and not being able to find the sweet spot.
I then tossed in the Norah Jones SACD with DSD decoding and listened to the vocals which came through very well. Did the mains have to carry the high-bass? Yes, but with the way the tracks are mixed to cover all 3 front channels and the majority if the highs coming through on the center, it sounded like you were sitting in the middle of the club. I can't fault a <$50 speaker for anything here.
Don't be afraid - the price is just finally something fair for a good little speaker without all the flash and fuss.