RCA's one-box solution to your home-theater needs, the RTDVD1, offers lots of useful features and serviceable sound quality for an amazingly affordable price. Add a TV, and you're ready to roll. RCA's one-box solution to your home-theater needs, the RTDVD1, offers lots of useful features and serviceable sound quality for an amazingly affordable price. Add a TV, and you're ready to roll.
A nice package
With a list price of $400, this is a budget system all right, but we were impressed by the combo receiver/DVD player's neat, silver faceplate and informative display. The features roster is fairly complete: 200 watts of music power, an AM/FM radio with 30 presets, an onscreen menu display, and both Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II--but no DTS--surround processing. While this "compact" receiver is only 3.6 inches high, its 17.0-inch width and 15.5-inch depth ultimately create a rather full-sized footprint. As far as the DVD player goes, it's a garden-variety, entry-level deck that spins DVDs, CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 CDs.
Connectivity options reach beyond standard-kit fare and are closer to the sort that we see on low-priced receivers: two analog outputs, a couple of digital-audio connections, standard composite-video, as well as S-Video inputs and outputs. The big, curvy remote is comfortable, but its buttons aren't logically laid out, so it's not the most intuitive clicker that we've seen.
This RTDVD1 package also includes five featherweight, silver-plastic sats and a matching wood sub. No specifications were provided for any of the speakers. However, we'd guess that the sats have just a 2- or 3-inch driver and no tweeter. The slim-line sub, which measures a mere 6.5 by 14.0 by 14.0 inches, probably has a 6- or 7-inch woofer. The sub's front panel proclaims "Powered Super Bass," which would lead any thinking person to believe that this speaker is powered. However, the sub gets its juice from the receiver (powered subs have their own internal amplifiers). The provided color-coded speaker wires simplify setup tasks.