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.
The lack of quality in the BIC driver surprises me. I have been high on BIC recently, as I have only just begun my Budget Home Theater Journey to Acoustical (sort of) Bliss. I did a lot of research and decided for my 7 speakers to go with the BIC Venturi line. I heard many good things about it, from "gurus", as well as "regular owners". A couple of them remarked how impressed they were that the BIC venturis used quality parts that were very easy to tweak into even better sound.
Anyway, with the DV64 towers as mains, the 62CLRS as center channel, the DV62si as surrounds, and the DV52si as rear surrounds, I absolutely friggin' LOVE my HT now. These speakers really make my Onkyo TX-NR609 come to life!
Naturally, with my positive experience with these speakers, I was gravitating towards the PL200 for my sub, thus brand matching all the way around. However, after reading multiple comparisons of the PL200 with the LSP12, I would like to get the Lava.
But the low end drop off does concern me a bit on the Lava. Many people I asked also recommended the Klipsch RW-12D, since it is currently on sale at $299. However, I got mixed feelings reading owner reviews of the Klipsch. As far as raw SPL, yeah, the RW-12D probably takes the cake with the more powerful amp and bigger cabinet, BUT my goal is to find the best blend of SPL and SQ at my meager price range soooo...it seems the Lava does offer the best compromise between the two. In addition, I've never been a fan of buying discontinued models, either.
I would like for some more LSP12 owners to chime in here specifically about the subs ability to go below 35hz. Several owners on this thread have already remarked that they feel their LSP12 does, in fact, dig lower than the Audioholics review seems to suggest, and that's the kind of input that will push me over the edge into a buy...
Any more input would be greatly appreciated. Of all my HT components, the sub has been the most difficult decision, by far.
p.s. as a frame of reference yes, I have little to no HT experience, but I do have car audio experience and I know good bass when I hear it. I have two Kicker L7 twelves (750w RMS each) perfectly matched to a Kicker zx1500.1 class D mono block amp and these suckas set off car alarms all the time, even after 6 years. I have them in a really cool sealed box that faces the subs at each other about 12" apart and then ports them through my back seat arm rest. Box is tuned at about 30hz. I get a free back massage every time I rock it out.Edited by mfrey0118 - 9/8/12 at 7:41am