The Good: The Bic Acoustech PL-28 Center Channel speaker is inexpensive. However, it doesn’t sound or look inexpensive. The Pl-28 doesn’t require a lot of power to push it and it sounds great for movies and good for music.

 

The Bad: High frequencies can sometimes be overly exaggerated. Despite having 8″ woofers it doesn’t provide deep bass extension.

 

Summary: When taken as a total package, the Bic Acoustech PL-28 is a great value. A speaker of this caliber we would expect to pay $300-$500 for. However, you can often pick one up for a fraction of this.

 

Bic Acoustech PL-28 Review

Bic Acoustech PL28 Center Channel

 

Bic America is a little known speaker maker that’s been in business since 1973. They’re so low key that we didn’t even know about them until a couple of years ago when their speakers kept popping up online. There aren’t many reviews online for their products except for the few customer reviews which are overwhelmingly positive. That being said we wanted to test out one of their speakers for ourselves to see how good it really sounded. The Bic Acoustech PL-28 center speaker seemed like a good choice since in most home theaters the center channel does most of the heavy lifting.

 

Bic Acoustech PL-28 Appearance and Features

At the price that the PL-28 is offered at, we didn’t expect much. However, when our box arrived we were pleasantly surprised at how nice it looked. The PL-28 appears to be solidly built and the tops and bottoms have a glossy lacquered finish which gives the speaker an upscale look. We were unprepared for the actual size of the Bic Acoustech PL-28. Even though we new the dimensions of the speaker, seeing it in real life was a little surprising. At 28lbs, it’s not light either. Pull off the front grill and you’re greeted by two 8″ metallic champagne colored woofers. Snuggled between the two woofers is a 6 1/2″ mid/high frequency aluminum dome horn. Flip the Bic Acoustech PL-28 around and you’ll see that it has gold plated binding posts. Not bad for a speaker that would be considered a budget brand by most.

 

Performance

One of the things you’ll notice right away when you connect the Bic Acoustech PL-28 is how little power you need to push this thing. It has a sensitivity rating of 98dB which means you don’t need a powerful receiver to run this speaker. Bic America’s specs also state that the Acoustech PL-28 has a frequency response of 30Hz-23kHz. Under the most optimal of conditions the PL-28 may be able to dip down into the 30Hz range, but in real world applications you’re probably really looking at about 50Hz – 70Hz. Not a big deal as long as you use an adequate subwoofer to hit the low notes.

 

The look of the Bic Acoustech PL-28 platinum speaker surprised us, but the sound output surprised us even more. When we initially connected the PL-28 our initial impression was that they sounded a little bright. This can be a common occurrence with horn tweeters since they have a tendency to accentuate high frequency sounds. Some people have said that your ears need an adjustment time to get used to horn tweeters. I’m a firm believer that this isn’t the case and that the speakers themselves need to break-in.  After initially, connecting the Bic Acoustech PL-28 we ran the speaker for a couple of hours everyday for about a week. After the end of this break-in period the brightness we originally heard had diminished.

 

For movie or TV watching the Bic Acoustech PL-28 was crystal clear. Vocals were crisp without being harsh and mid-range sounds were equally pronounced. When cranking the PL-28 up it never buckled under the strain. For music playback we found the PL-28 to not be as good. With some music the high frequencies seemed to be slightly overly exaggerated, sometimes over powering the mids. The 8″ woofers did provide a little thump to music sound tracks. However, there was very little bass extension. To be honest, it would be surprising to hear deep thumping bass in a speaker this size. Ideally, you’d want to run a subwoofer with these to really reach those low frequencies. These minor gripes aside, listening to the Bic Acoustech PL-28 was an enjoyable experience.

 

The Bic Acoustech PL-28 definitely represents one of the best values in home theater today. Is the PL-28 perfect? No, but when you consider it’s low price point it’s amazing that something can sound this good at this price. Sure you can find something that sounds better, but be prepared to spend 2-3 times more.


Where to Buy:

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Bic Acoustech PL-28 Specifications

Sensitivity98dB
Height10 inches
Depth6 inches
Length25 inches
Frequency Response30 Hz – 200 Hz
Design225-watt (500 watts peak)
Drivers8″ woofers with heavy duty surrounds, one 6 1/2″ mid/high frequency aluminum dome horn with neodymium magnet
Weight28 lbs

Where to Buy:

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