The Good Nicely organized combo receiver/DVD player; budget price tag; tiny satellites and trim subwoofer.
The Bad Main unit hogs a lot of shelf space; lightweight bass.
The Bottom Line This well-designed budget kit has a bevy of useful features but may not satisfy sound-conscious buyers.
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.
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