Three posts that I have cut-and-pasted from another forum that I am on.
My BestBuy Yamaha Subwoofer died the other day. I have a mix and match home theater system. I just ordered these the other day. BIC America PL-200 Acoustech Platinum Series Subwoofer and BIC Acoustech PL-28II Center Speaker. We don't have Hi-Fi stores in my town anymore. Found the BIC America stuff after reading some AVS forums and Amazon reviews.
If you would have told me that I would be buying sound equipment unheard back in the 70s, I would have slapped you. Wish me luck.
I thought I might give a review of my Chinese internet speakers after a week.
Visual: First off, I must say that I am very happy with the appearance of the outside of the speakers. The piano black surfaces have a mirror-like finish that exudes quality. With the grills on the look is very understated. Which is more of what I am looking for now that I am in my 50s. The center channel has brackets if you want to wall mount it.
Power: Before on my old set-up I would typically have the volume set on 60-as-loud on a 0-75 scale on my 55 watt receiver. Now I find that 45 is a good loud setting. That is quite a change when you consider that I have only replaced the center and sub. The sub has plenty of power for the room it is in (250w RMS BASH amp). I have heard more expensive subs (like my friends monster Klipsch) with better rib cage thump, but they are really out of my price range.
Music: On the long intro on Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond is where these speakers really sound great. The held organ chord's bass and treble swell with power and clarity. I have the Onkyo set to all channel stereo for music. This mixes in the center channel and lifts my Bose's weak mid-range. Brubeck's Take Five suddenly feels remastered. The sax cuts without being harsh like on some horn speakers, and the drum solo seams sharp and fresh. On music the Bose speakers are now the weak link.
Movies: The weak Bose speakers are less of an issue on movies. Now I can hear what the actors are saying with the strong center channel. The sub is great on battle scenes without making everyone sound like James Earl Ray like some subs do. The only negative is that when the sub is set perfect for movies, it is a bit strong for music.
I liked the Center Channel so much, I finished my system with a pair of their towers. I got the smaller ones PL-76 because of space issues and the sale price of $300. It is a nice balanced system and very powerful. Thumbs up all the way.