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RCA 5.1 CH Home Theater System with Blu-ray Player and Netflix And Vudu- RTB10223
  • Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Picasa and Pandora
  • Composite output to connect to older TVs
  • Speakers and wired subwoofer, 300W amplifier
  • Upscales DVDs to 1080P, plays CDs

4 out of 5 eggs For $30 AR you really can't complain 07/15/2014

This review is from: RCA 5.1 CH Home Theater System with Blu-ray Player and Netflix And Vudu- RTB10223

Pros:

Cheap! And considering the price, lots of features, especially network streaming apps! Optical and analog audio inputs. Decent sound for the price. Bluray video quality is also more than decent.

Cons:

Again, for the price, you really can't complain, but if I had to say anything, it would be the perceived lag of remote button presses. I personally believe it's just a poorly designed remote which only responds to really hard button presses, and it's not the player itself. But since I didn't break the remote open to debug, take what I say with a grain of salt.
Without the remote, the unit would be more or less non-functional as most of the controls are only accessible via remote.
The Netflix app does not support subtitles :(
One of the speakers had wires that were obviously cut short. No big deal, because I could have easily spliced in more wire if needed. Plus, this was a refurb.

Other Thoughts:

All I really wanted was a cheap receiver with speakers so I could use my iPhone/iPod to play music. So for the price for a cheapo clock radio that would have done this task, I got a cheapo bluray player, receiver, and network streaming box.. with 5.1 surround to boot. But for the third time, you really can't complain about the quality.
So as a receiver to play music, it's fine. Quality is about on par with a nice boombox (ghetto blaster) from the 80s. And the reason it's fine, is because that's all I expected. Please note, I have only connected the left and right speakers as well as the subwoofer, so I'm only running it in 2.1 stereo mode, but I'm sure 5.1 will work just fine. I connected a Bluetooth A2DP receiver via the analog aux input to wirelessly stream music. And the cool thing is the USB port on this thing powers the Bluetooth receiver so the A2DP receiver turns on and off with the unit. I'm sure the optical audio input would sound even better.
As for the Bluray player, it seems decent. I haven't gotten any of the tray open issues or sound issues mentioned in other reviews, but then again, I haven't switched between AUX and Bluray modes without powering down the system first. Video quality is absolutely fine (I use it as 1080i, but it supports 1080p, even 1080p24), but I do notice the colors are a bit more washed out compared to PS3. But that's not really a fair comparison anyway. Loading the disc contents doesn't take an abnormally long time either.
Finally the online apps. I've only used Netflix, but it seems to work pretty well and was easy to setup. As mentioned earlier, no subtitle support though. A small part of my hopes a firmware update will give me the subtitle feature, but I highly doubt we'll see any firmware updates for it.
Overall, this thing rocks for $30 AR (plus tax if applicable). For the price of a dinner for 2, I got exactly what I wanted, only because my expectations were aligned with the price. I just hope it lasts at least a few years because the build quality does worry me a little bit.

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  • Alan P.
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month


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