As I said earlier, I have purchased the Lava LSP12 and the Bic PL-200. I thought a few pictures might help people see the difference. I realize that these things are not for looking at, but for listening to. I just thought that a few pictures might help people visualize the differences.
Both Subs arrived safely. The Lava Subwoofer was double boxed and well packaged. The Bic came in a single box. I was a little nervous as the box was ripped, but the packaging held up and it arrived safely (at least it did for me).
The most obvious difference out of the box is cosmetic. The Lava is taller, but thinner, and not as deep. The Bic has a glossy finish while the Lava has a matte finish. The lava has rounded corners while the Bic has sharp corners. These issues are just a matter of personal preference as far as I am concerned.
One interesting point is that I had assumed from the pictures that the Bic had a metallic diaphragm (if the subwoofer terminology from ehow.com is correct). It looked like aluminum in the photographs. This assumption probably shows my ignorance as much as anything else in this post. The diaphragm is actually paper painted to have a metallic look.
My next surprise was the difference in weight. The Lava LSP12 is somewhat heavier than the Bic PL-200. When I pulled them out of the box and weighed them, the Lava came in at 42.25 pounds while the Bic weighed 36.6 pounds.
It will be interesting to see how much of the weight difference is in the cabinet, and how much is in the driver. I'll provide an update on this topic later.