Originally Posted by Love2Listen
As I mentioned before, I purchased both the Lava LSP12 and the Bic PL-200 to try to determine which was the better budget subwoofer. I have posted some of the physical differences between the two. Those differences are perhaps not as meaningful as the difference in sound. It is difficult for me to give anything but my opinion when it comes to the difference in sound. My opinion is that the Lava LSP12 is by far the better sounding sub. Perhaps my opinion is colored by the fact that the driver on the Lava is roughly twice the size, but my experience is that the size matters when it comes to the sound in this case. The two subs look the same when it comes to specifications, but when you open the boxes and then plug them in, the differences become obvious. I have to say that for roughly the same price, it is a fairly easy choice to pick the Lava LSP12 over the Bic PL-200. It just seems to me to be the all-around better subwoofer. I'm happy to provide something more definitive than my opinion if someone has specific questions. My capabilities are limited when compared with most others on this forum, but I'm happy to do what I can.
I got tossed out of another thread about the Bic because I stated it really wasn't as good as everyone seems to believe it is. The problem there was that the lies were running rampant with people saying they had LOTS of experience with subs and the Bic was the shiz-nit of "econo" subs.
All I was doing was telling them a comperable BETTER sub for LESS money and how to DIY the Bic to make it sound better and consequently got booted.
Your conclusions have completely matched mine when it came to the Bic and proves my point that people just don't know what they are listening to. They think if it goes 'boom' or 'bump' and loudly, that's all there is to it and there is soooo much more to it than that. Alot of people mistake distortion for 'loud' and simply put, they don't know what the hell they are talking about.
I respect your input and 'science' as well as your own personal observations and just goes to show EXACTLY what I have been saying for decades now; "it doesn't matter what the numbers on paper say, that's just a bunch of numbers on paper. What Matters is how does it sound to YOU in YOUR environment that matters. Because I guaran-damn-tee you that those ARE NOT the same numbers in your home while watching a movie or listening to music."
Now this is not to say Lava is top of the line, but for what it is and the cost, it is a pretty damn good sub that can easily hold its own. At the price point it's at, it is hard to beat for the quality of sound from other similarily priced subs. Bravo Lava, Bravo...