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BIC Formula FH8-W 8" 2-Way In-Wall Speaker Pair

Brand:| Model: Formula FH8-W
Overview
The FH8-W 8" in-wall speaker by BIC offers output capability of up to 116 dB (live rock band levels), while offering refinements that surpass all predecessors.
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Highlights
  • Output capability of up to 116 dB
  • High power injection molded woofers
  • Includes one pair cloth and one pair paintable metal grilles
  • Mounting tabs for easy installation
  • Five year maufacturer's warranty on parts and labor
Part # 
303-446
Weight: 16.95 lbs.  
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Product Details

BIC Formula FH8-W 8" 2-Way In-Wall Speaker Pair

The Formula horn speakers carry on the legacy of the first BIC/Formula Series introduced in 1973. They offer output capability of up to 116 dB (live rock band levels), while offering refinements that surpass all predecessors. Each speaker includes an exclusively designed mid/high frequency horn driver which delivers highs beyond audible range, and extremely accurate mid frequencies. High power injection molded woofers enable louder and deeper output than one would expect from an in-wall speaker. Each pair of speakers includes one pair of cloth decor grills and one pair of paintable metal grills. Mounting tabs for easy installation. Superb value for both home theater and music! 5 year parts and labor.

Specifications: • Power: 175 watts • Frequency response: 35-23,000 Hz • Sensitivity: 94 dB • Drivers: 8" injection molded woofers, 6-1/4" mid/high frequency horns • Impedance: 8 ohms • Dimensions: 17-1/2" H x 10-1/8" W x 3 1/2" D • Cutout: 16-1/8"H x 8-3/4" W.



Product Specifications
  • Configuration2 Way
  • Woofer Diameter8"
BIC Formula FH8-W 8" 2-Way In-Wall Speaker Pair
  • BrandBIC America
  • ModelFormula FH8-W
  • Part Number303-446
  • UPC729305003485
  • Product CategoryIn-Wall Speakers
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (5 Reviews)
  • Weight16.95 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Reviews

BIC Formula FH8-W 8" 2-Way In-Wall Speaker Pair
BIC Formula FH8-W 8" 2-Way In-Wall Speaker Pair is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb sound quality and aesthics to boot!Bookshelf / Main speakers project build. This is a great item that just begs for a custom build, so I did just that. I started out using 3/4" MDF from my local hardware chain store. One 4'x8' sheet custom cut at store to 48"x18" lengths gave me plenty of wood and them some for an additional project later as well. After cutting the needed pieces for the (2) cabinets a total of 8 pieces at 17 1/2" x 9" I decided on a rabbit joint for the edges and the additional strength for sealing the boxes sides. The tops were also cut using a table router for rabbit edges to fit precisely. I chose to keep the original face place and mounting as it was very well configured out of the box and had a great aesthetic look to it to begin with and felt it would only enhance the finish product design and fit. Also there is a very nice 3-way passive crossover network already aligned and mounted perfectly to this plate and perfectly positioned between the tweeter/horn and the 8" woofer. I used an electric hand drill and jigsaw for the mounting plate beneath the factory face place as this step required quite a few angles and straight lines between.Once I had the sides, back and front dry fit I then was able to determine the dimensions for the end caps that would be rabbit finished as well. Before any glue or adhesives were applied I needed to shore up and secure the interior walls at a 90 degree using pieces of 2x2 pine, also picked up from my local hardware chain store. This was accomplished using an 18 gauge pneumatic nail gun 4 pieces were attached in each corner of the sides butted against the back board and then secured with multiple nails, only on the side however as I wanted to be able disassemble and add glue to the rabbit joints at the final step. The back board was secured the the sides via wood screws with their faces set just below the surface. The front plate/board assembly was to be secured in a similar manner as to be able to remove the plate later if need be for any needs that may arise. The top and bottom plates were also secured at each corner with wood screws as described above.I wanted to incorporate bass port tubes with these speakers for extended bass output as well so I chose to use some 2.5" Dia. x 5" L. ports I was keeping for this build. I decided the back plate/ board in half length wise and then marked an X from corner to corner of each section to best determine the ideal center location for both the banana style push terminal cup cut out and also for the positioning of the bass port just slightly adjacent and higher to that of the terminal cup. The holes were made using a standard 2 1/2 HP with a hand router, 1/4" straight cutting bit with a Jasper circle cutting jig for near perfect hole cut outs. After another dry fitting assembly and some additional aesthetic touch finishing it was then time to get out the adhesives. First was to absorb some of the sound waves with the cabinet and add some acoustic dampening material, this was accomplished using some acoustic 1" foam glued onto and covering the entire back board inside. Then onto the edges with liquid nails and latex gloved hands to work any additional adhesive deep into any crevices via index and middle fingers that might not have received ample adhesive as well as removing excessive material at the same time. The faceplate would not receive any adhesive so the faceplate was left off and open during this period. The top and bottom plates were also glue together in same manner as mentioned above except for the edges that were to come into contact with the face plate.A period of 8 to 10 hours (overnight) were allowed for curing of the adhesive. The following day the faceplate was secured to the plastic factory faceplate using the supplied hardware from the manufacturer and some additional metal washers (6) per speaker. Flexible rubber weatherstripping (3/8") was used between all furnaces of the original plastic faceplate housing to the custom cut wooden mounting faceplate located directly under the factory plastic housing for an airtight seal. The same rubber seal was again used for the edges of the cabinet where the wooden faceplate was to come into contact with the rabbit joints there by creating and airtight seal and the ability to safely remove the speaker faceplate and custom wooden faceplate assembly for any need that may arise without the fear of damaging the speaker cabinet and easy re-assembly.Once the unit was fully assembled and a thorough inspection done it was time to test the build and acoustic capabilities. I am using a pioneer 9.2 AV receiver unit with these for initial testing and had these hooked up to the main L and main R for power and 140Watts / 75Watts RMS. At low volume these handled surprisingly well and very crisp and clearly detailed highs with a decent mid and mid-low range on most types/varieties of music. They outperformed my current Pioneer floor standing speakers but they need replacing anyway, another project for another Parts Express purchase coming soon! I custom cut some very dense packing foam to form a bass port plug (easy to add and remove) and noticed a profound difference and response so I decided to leave them in for now since lows Hz are being handle by (2) satellite subs currently.Overall I am happily impressed with the quality of sound and aesthetics these speakers offer and with the build in general and am looking forward to starting another project soon.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LoudThe sister-in-law wanted their big floor-standing speakers gone and gave me money to resolve that problem. They mostly do Asian karaoke stuff (VCD/DVD). I paired these speakers with a Dayton SUB-1200. These speakers by themselves seemed to have fairly good bass response and are quite loud but I bought the SUB-1200 just because I knew they'd like the extra loudness from the sub. These speakers can only kick so hard bu themselves, so you'll want to have a sub with them if you want that extra punch. I think that this setup sounds good and they seemed pleased with the results.The speakers included everything I needed to get them installed (a template and a tool to remove the grills, you'll need your own knife or drywall saw) and they have good posts that either screw down on the speaker wire or can accept banana clips.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fh8-wI bought these speakers a couple weeks ago and I am impressed on how loud they get. Even at high levels there still clear without any distortion. Great speakers for the price.
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Value Out There For Inwall SpeakersWe recently purchased these for a customer who wanted a home theater at a good price. We purchased these and let me tell you they are an excellent product. Very well made, easy to install, and enjoyable to listen to. They sound better than speakers costing 3 to 4 times as much. I install alot of home theater systems and I now recommend BIC products. We paired these speakers with a BIC F-12 ( Awesome Sub) sub and BIC center channel.Cheeers!!
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very ImpressedI put these speakers in my kitchen with my Marantz receiver. The speakers fill the room. I have HSU bookshelf speakers for my home theater front speakers and I'm looking to buy these to replaces my surrounds. Excellent buy.
Date published: 2012-03-18

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BIC Formula FH8-W 8" 2-Way In-Wall Speaker Pair

Is there a BIC Center Channel in wall speaker that goes with this series? If not, what is recommended? (For a media room)

Asked by: mtormos
BIC does not offer a matching in wall center channel, but any of our MTM in walls will pair well with these. Our Dayton ME525 is a popular choice.http://www.parts-express.com/dayton-audio-me525mtm-5-1-4-micro-edge-mtm-lcrs-in-wall-speaker-each--300-435
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-09-11

Are the spaekers 175 watts each?....Or 175 watts a pair? Also, what is the RMS wattage?

Asked by: RCBeer
This rating is for each speaker. BIC recommends 10-175 watts RMS for each channel when using these speakers.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-09-08

The Qty Box says "EA" but the add says "Pair". Which is correct?

Asked by: bulletmike
These are sold as pairs, the price is for each pair.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-09-05

Hi,  Are the installation tabs (dog legs) long enough to install in an opening cut 9.25 wide?  Thanks

Asked by: rjmm
Yes these will fit that opening. The total width from one dog ear to the other is 10", so 9.25" is about the widest opening they will work well with.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-01-30

Can these speakers be installed in the ceiling?

Asked by: flap
Yes, in wall speakers can be installed in the ceiling and vice versa.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-02-11

insert firebreaks above and below these speakers to create a speaker "box", what is the best size or volume?

Hello,If I insert firebreaks above and below these speakers to create a speaker "box", what is the best size or volume? I know that freestanding speakers benefit from a specific "box" volume to provide the best sound. Has anyone run these or other wall speakers through a program to calculate the best "box" volume?If not, would someone,run it through a program to calculate the optimum volume, consider a standard 3.5 inch depth wall?Note: I am rebuilding this non-load-bearing interior wall and will have access to build it “my way”,so other advice is welcome.Deeper walls? MDF back? and/or?Thank you in advance for sharing your knowledge and experience.akagai
Asked by: akagai
These speakers are deisnged to give you the best bass response simply using whatever sized cavity is behind them. As long as the front is separated from the back you will get good results, these do not require a specific sized chamber.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2012-12-10

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