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BIC DV-62CLR-S Center Speaker Reviews

BIC DV-62CLR-S Center Speaker

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Great Center Speaker.

Aug 31, 2008 (Updated Aug 31, 2008)
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Pros:Sounds like a Spendor "BBC" monitor.

Cons:Looks like one!

The Bottom Line: Q, Why does everyone call it the best?

A, Because it is.


I purchased my BIC DV62CLR-S center channel speaker four years ago and I still find absolutely nothing relevant to complain about with this unit. In fact I like it so much I'm considering ditching my fancy "sub-loaded" towers and surrounds for a full complement of five of these and a quality subwoofer.

True it's an ugly, boxy speaker with little or no visual refinement but in terms of sheer audio performance it's a "hands-down" winner at a ridiculous price.

The speaker measures 20 inches wide by just under 8" high and 10" deep. It also weighs 25lb so it's no lightweight. It has a complement of two 6.5inch mid-bass drivers plus a .75" tweeter. It is video sheilded so can be placed next to a CRT display without magnetic interference (gaussing) problems, which will be wholly relevant to my fellow CRT owning cavemen.

My version came wrapped in a totally unconvincing brown/black veneer with an equally artistically challenged "chocolate" crimplene-esque grill. A looker it isn't, a performer (as Yoda might say) it is.

In a way this can be dissapointing. I'm a big Star Trek fan and like to get wafted away in the moment and suspend my disbelief. Trouble is when I first heard Jean-Luc deliver one of his loftier solo speaches, the BIC conveyed it in almost exactly the way a classic Spendor "BBC" monitor does. You could hear that this was a man speaking into a microphone in a recording studio and not a real space captain light years away in a flying hotel.

You need to afford the speaker at least 10" rearward wall clearance to avoid boominess, especialy if you're using a low crossover point but other than that there's not really a lot to add. The speaker deliniates superbly. 80% of most surround mixes are confined to the center channel but despite driving it to movie theater levels (power handling is rated at 175 watts R.M.S.) with a "true" 110w per channel high current receiver (Harmon Kardon AVR7200) I've never heard it trip up once. You can hear everything: dialog, music and effects with superb clarity hour after hour, day after day. It's almost boringly competent which is probably why it's taken me so long to review it. It works so well you just forget it's there. There's no "itch" factor. You never think of replacing it because it just works.

Of course I get tempted by the latest high-tech designs but when I visit my local multi-plex and listen to the superb sound I realize that it's being delivered through generic (though very high quality) professional boring boxes. The BIC DV62CLR-S represents that ethos optimized for the true home theater environment. At today's price you could equip five channels for $360 dollars or seven for $540 leaving you big change for a high quality subwoofer (like say a Parts Express "Titan") to round out the set.

If you are a fashionista driven by form over function you can pretty much ignore this review. If however you want reference performance on a boombox budget you can't afford to pass this one up.

The BIC is one of those great Hi-Fi bargains that's destined to be referenced in the archives of audio history. I'm glad I can say "I was there!"


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 130


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