First off, this is a $158.00 complete home theater 5.1 surround sound system. Please, do not expect miracles from this system. However, for a marginal price it offers MUCH better sound quality versus just standard TV speakers. I didn't want a real loud system anyway. My living room is a 15'x15' box and I have kids with close neighbors- This system is about perfect and it can still be heard outside of the house even though I have well-insulated walls. Others have complained about the sound not being sync'd. I can see this as well, but it seems to sync with the picture just fine however whenever I turn my TV speakers up, they're slightly behind and I can hear an echo. I'm sure this variation could be measured in milliseconds but it's enough to be noticed. My guess is that the HDMI processor in the receiver isn't the fastest thing you could expect which causes the slight lag. My solution to this was simple- I don't play sound through my TV, just through the RCA receiver only. I almost returned this to the store because the receiver does not allow 3D pass-through. However, I found a simple way around this. I run an HDMI from my PS3 to my 3D TV, and then have audio cables connected from my TV audio out to the RCA receiver's TV audio in allowing the sound to still go through the surround- This allows me to view 3D movies with surround sound. I can also turn the volume on my TV up this way and there is no echo (I guess because the HDMI is going straight to the TV and isn't being processed by the receiver). Pros:
Speakers have plenty of wire.
Good price for a complete 5.1 surround sound system with an HDMI receiver
-By using this I've actually added 3 additonal HDMI's that my TV has the capablity to plug-in to- an HDMI switch box alone will run you $40-$60, might as well spend a bit more for some sound. Cons:
Does not support 3D pass-through
Speaker wire to subwoofer is small, considering the sub requires the most power.
-I doubt this is a true 1000w system, it might peak at 1000w occasionally under hard bass notes but it's probably closer to a 200-300W system. This for me is fine, but others may find it mis-leading or may not like this.
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