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35 reviews | 2.8 out of 5
I would rate the unit 3.5 to 4 stars if the sound didn't turn off every 15 to 20 minutes for no reason. The video continues to show, the unit appears to still be on.....but.....NO SOUND. The only way to make the sound come back is to turn the system off, then turn it back on. Very annoying and ruins the home theater experience. Hopefully it is just this one and not a common malfunction. Good luck with yours.
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I had the 2911 box deal which had the problem with sound dropping out and died after only 60 days. So I bought this unit on a whim - it cost the exact same price so trying it didn't cost anything after I returned the other unit (hassle free I might add).
I was REALLY hesitant to buy this though given my already somewhat disappointment with RCA. But I did. I still hold that this is the best box deal for the $$. Everything hooked up easy, and once I made a few easy adjustments to the sound, everything sounded GREAT!
I just finished setting it up and have had it running audio/video for the last 2 hours strait - NO PROBLEMS! No sound drop out, no issues what so ever. The improvement in the AV receiver was immediately noticeable. The 5 second delay of audio video is still present when you first start an HDMI AV throughput, but with my experience that's normal behavior for an AV receiver.
Long term I'm not sure what to expect. BUT...if it keeps going like this, I'll be VERY happy for a long time with this setup. Nice speakers, nice hardware, overall GREAT deal!
This unit is literally the cheapest (lowest cost) of home theater system out there WITH a Receiver included that can hook up to anything. I yanked the speakers up to volume 40 (very loud) and it still sounded pretty clear considering its low cost. The bass is at best 'okay'; it works, but if you turn the bass any louder (deeper sound) it would just start to rattle instead of having the clear deep bass sound.
3 stars because the unit died on me. I just bought the item and hooked it up, played songs for about 2-3 hours, and the unit just turned off on me. Tried powering it back on, stays on for about 5 seconds, turns back off (with red light indicating). Sometimes, if you're lucky, it tells you there's an error code 02, then turns off. I tried checking online if there's any info of that error code and absolutely nothing. Triple checked the wires if anything is wrong and definitely nothing wrong. Unit just died on me.
I have had this system for about half a year. Mixed opinion of it.
First problem is that the system annoyingly shuts off after about a second of silence. The system then takes a couple seconds to turn back on, therefore you miss about 2-3 seconds of usually important dialogue after a silence. I have yet to find a way to turn this off. Second problem is that the cooling fan has begun to make loud grinding sound after start-up. It does go away after several minutes of being on, but that doesn't bode well for the future of the system.
The sound quality is excellent, however. I listen to dubstep and metal, and this system handles the bass really well. I'm impressed with the system's ability with music, it just makes some movies un-watchable.
CONCLUSION: I cannot recommend as a general system. It is OK with music and video games (anything that doesn't have pauses), but you will miss audio watching movies.
I brought this device 2 days ago and it seems to work fine sound is perfect for the type of system it is. You can change the bass settings and also change the type of sound that comes out. The only thing that seems to be a problem is not having a controllable EQ. If you want a low cost system for one room use this is it.
I purchased this system in the store. I had it a few hours and the hdmi connections would make me lose video or sound or both.
I loved the features. Tuner was HUGE plus. All other inputs great. The soud was more than adequate for main floor home stereo and home theater sound....at times a little too much power.
The problems with hdmi really bothered me though. I would have to turn off and on the unit 3 to4 times in order to watch a full movie.
I tried 2 units and then returned for a full refund. I found a refurb Panasonic on Walmart.com to replace it.
Price is great!
I was very happy with the sound for the first 5 mins. I was playing ps3 spent a long time setting it up and making it all pretty then... i heard a pop and saw it say error and then it shut off and now when i turn it on it turns off. The volume was only on 4! Taking back to walmart right now! i wanted to post a review asap so then no one would buy this piece of junk. How can a company even make something like this? Waste of my time i will never buy another electronic from walmart.
I am satisfied with this system, It is easy to use and setup!
I should have known better then to get a home theater system from Walmart. When I got home and hooked it up it played for a few seconds then read error 02 and shut itself off. Did this multiple times. I even unhooked everything and hooked it all back up again. Please do not waste your time or money. Took it back and went to Best Buy (which I should have to begin with).
The EQ is not customizable in this. The best you can do is turn up each speaker individually and define whether you want 'Powerful' 'Normal' or another type of EQ function. I don't like that. Rooms aren't all made identical and they need to have individual settings...
This system is way too bass-y. Not the good kind either. The kind that makes everyone's voice sound like you are plugging your ears and they're yelling at you. Not only that, but this system has a sort of auto-detect feature where it turns off power to the speakers if there is an extended silence of like 3 seconds or more. So if you're watching a movie with a lot of quiet scenes, or playing a game with loading screens right before important dialog, don't expect to hear the first second or so of what is being said, cause it has to turn back on.
Initially I was pleased with this system; however, when powered on it began to make a whirring or grinding noise. This began as lasting only two or three seconds, then progressed to much longer. It also, initially would only do it the first time it was powered on in the day, it has not begun to do it each time it is powered on.
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i love this surround sound the 3 hdmi input is awesome and i can easily hook up my u verse xbox and bluray all to one system since my tv only has 2 hdmi inputs
Sound and picture goes in and out. I even bought new HDMI thinking cord was bad. And then learned after reading reviews this problem is common with this system. Do not buy horrible product
I looked and looked for something that I could afford, and low I found it. I have used RCA in the past and always had good luck. I have had this unit now for 4 days, and it does a fine job. I don't use the pass through for the HDMI, I use the analog settings and the coaxial input for the dvd. The sound is good, this was a replacement from a Sony that I have had for 10 years, and I paid more for the sony all those years ago, the I did for the RCA today. I like the settings for the subwoofer so that I don't blow the people downstairs away at night.
Hook-up was easy, and everything was color coded so it was a no brainer. I have read all of the reviews and I was leary of the unit, but I have 90 days to see it its going to make the grade, I am tempted to buy the extended warranty plan, $18.00 for 3 years. I have a few days before I have to make up my mind. One of the other draw backs is that it doesn't do DTS, and as far as features go, the DTS thing is my only hang up. I would recommend this unit to a friend It has all the features that my Sony had, minus the DTS. The prologic II sounds good and I have had great luck with the digital input from my DVD blue ray. If your looking for something that has decent sound and something that wont empty your wallet, give it a try you can always return it if you don't like it.
Over all sound is good for the price. Easy set up only took a few minutes, everything is color coded. Can easily adjust the sound to what ever you prefer, stereo, movie, or hall sound. Jazz, rock, studio, very easy. Very small speakers but put out a lot of sound. Over all, very satisfied with the sound and can connect other items, DVD, Blue ray. Good Buy.
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took one hr to set up.. the only thing that worked was the radio turner. wouldnt read the cables connected to the tv and just not good. taking it back to wally world and going back to sony products
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I bought this for our tv in the bedroom. I had read the reviews on it and paid no mind to them thinking, "these people don't know how to hook the system up right or they don't know how to adjust the settings correctly."Well, I went to Walmart and bought this system, went home and installed it. Easy set up, color coded for those who aren't keen on hooking up stereo systems. Remote: most times it worked but had its moments to where it did not respond. Purchased three new HDMI gold plated $9 a piece cables for optimal sound and picture. After setting the distance, treble and bass it sounded pretty good. I was happy until football came on. On the full Dolby surround, no sound was present. Played with the configuration and found that I had to use the "stereo" function, the front speakers only, to get sound. After football, I noticed that most HD channels on the "Dolby surround" mode the voices would either be muffled or staticky. Putting it back to "stereo" mode and the voices were clear, on the front speakers only! After one day, the wife and I were watching a program and the sound cut out. I thought, "I should have taken the reviews seriously." Turned the system off and back on, and the sound came back. About an hour into our program, again, the sound goes out. I looked at my wife and said, "It's going back!" Save your pennies and purchase something better. RCA, what happened to you guys on this one?
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Purchased in January 2014 for a media wall. Hooked up to use before media wall was built, it was full of static when playing with a Sony Blueray, thought it was because it was in a temporary setting. After the media wall was completed and the system hooked up permanently, the system has so much static it is un-useable. Tried to call the Customer Service at RCA, bur they never pick up the phone. The RCA manual also requires you to ship it back in the original packaging which I don't have. This will go into recycled electronics - do not buy this Home Theater System.
This system was easy to setup and te sound is great. I have no issues with this system thus far, but I have not have it long enough to really test it, too. Oh yeah, the shipping was fast!!
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As everyone else has said this system is very easy to install. I have had it for 1 week and have put it thru the test of cranking it up for a few hours at a time in FM mode and playing stations on Directv radio stations. Cranked it up while watching Batman - The Dark Knight with no problems and GREAT SOUND. My only draw back is hooking up my Directv receiver with HDMI cables into the receiver shuts down my television speakers and the receiver must be turned on to watch tv , if you just wanna watch normal tv without the Home Theater System you can't do it, but who wants to do that anyways. I have and will continue to reccomend this system to all my friends
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