I see I am a few years late on the forum here but found it humerous at times although most people here seem to understand the concept and are very helpful to potential buyers. Let me chime in. I actually just ordered the BIC, yeh just now. I see people with "vast and great knowledge" of car audio here and I think it should be added that cars have a natural "Boom" factor at certain frequencies, not to mention the smaller cabin space, and difference of noise floors, etc. so I wouldn't compare the knowledge of car audio to anything that involves a home sub. I was a Master Certified MECP installer of car audio over 23 years ago when there were only a few in the country. I had a shop in the 90's through '04 selling home and car audio when I sold it. When I read some of these comments I just had to put in a bit of my "findings" from over 20 years experience in both "home" and car" which is as different as "cars and boats". But one thing that remains is the "overstated power" of an amp. This is nothing new and I know this from working with companies like polk, Infinity, Proton, Deno, and pioneer. A portion of what you buy is product and the other is marketing. As a consumer, you wouldnt even be on these forums if you didnt already know you are responsible for educating yourself before buying, so don't blame the industry who has been "marketing" for over 100 years. Look at the speedometer in your car. Does your car go that fast? So why even put a 120 mph speedo in a car that tops at 98 MPH. It is based on public perception. Company's tend to market to the less informed because the informed don't believe everything in black and white anyway. It's not some scam. Pleae tell that youdidn't growing wanting something advertised on televison, a nerf boomerang or something, that wasn't as user friendly as the kids on t.v. made it look. If advertising wasnt made to focus people into purchasing both "grea"t and "inferi" products then why advertise or even stray from just making one great product of everything. If something didn't perform as well as the best on the market, he wouldnt try to sell it..
About the power ratings.
The formula for wattage is simply volts x amps= watts. just so you know, there is not a car audio company that hasnt used a boasted or peak output in over 30 years. Some even rate at over 14 volts. to make themselves seem more powerful. Have you looked at a car adio receiver? 200 watts? Never happened to this day. Proton Home amps were big in the 80's and early 90's and used "Dynamic power on demand", so did Infinity and many others. I am not concerned with the lack of power. You should not be judging by the power of the amp, more the efficiency of the woofer. a 90db sensitivty woofer does the same at 150 watts as an 87db at 300. You must double your power to gain 3 db's. So toss that spec out the window please.
The thing that I found interesting the most on the F-12 from all I have read, was the ability of the Driver to take more than what was being driven to it. I am surprised no one has used a more powerful amp to really test the speaker and enclosure. I have a CSX-12 Plate amp from Cadence that I am going to try on this (if i am not satisfied with the performance) so I would like to really test the subs limits. I have not yet seen the specs on the sub itself to know of its power handling and ratings but the CSX is pretty clean so it shouldnt be much of a factor.
All this being said, Most of the companies offer refunds so I emplore you to take everything here with a grain of salt. Companies even solicit people to write reviews to boost sales or hurt competitors. I can tell you that less than 20 percent of the people buying a sub know how to set it up properly so who knows what their opinion is worth. i will just take a chance on my purchase and after the majority of these people letting me read subjectively, I am only concerned at this point with the proper setup and any manufacturer defects which seems to be a very small percentage.
"Finding out what isn't of great quality is as important as finding out what is. Enjoy the journey, but do it responsibly!"