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RCA RT2770 reviews

monsterzero1
on March 25, 2010

I bought this new for $150. When giving a 4.5 rating, I am assuming somebody considering this system is looking at lower-priced systems.

That said, I have been very pleased. My previous system was an RCA RT2380, which I bought several years ago. That stopped working, so I needed a replacement. I will say that there are several things I liked better about that system as opposed to this system, but this was the best replacement I could find. If I could have purchased a new RT2380, I would have.

I think RCA may have made some changes since the Nov 2007 review that is also posted. The volume does go to 50 (the other reviewer said 47), and the individual speaker levels can be adjusted up to 10 db (other review said 5 db) higher or lower, giving a total of 20 db of adjustability. You can also adjust a setting for the distance between you and the speakers, which is nice because I have the front and center speakers about 7 ft away but the surround speakers are about 2 ft. These adjustments do make a subtle difference on the surround experience. I am not sure if other receivers in this price range have these features, but I think it would be irritating not to have them (my old system did have them, as well).

I like the inputs and outputs on this receiver as opposed to others in this price range. The digital optical and coaxial inputs are assignable, which is nice as I already had an optical cable for my DVD player. Other systems seem to have a coaxial input only for the DVD section, and optical inputs for satelite. This system does also come with a coaxial RCA cable, so I actually have both connected so I can choose either input for DVD (I have not done enough switching back and forth to really have a preference yet). For people that might have a second component with digital output, the assignable feature is beneficial. There is no iPod dock, but the line in input on the front panel is adequate for iPod listening. The provided cable is about 1 ft long, so I'll probably be getting a longer one that reaches the couch. I am fine with that, others may prefer a system that has a dock and remote control capability. This also is an audio-only receiver, with no video inputs or outputs. My TV has the video inputs I need, so that's not a problem for me at this time. It is worth noting for those who want to use one TV input and switch video signal through the receiver.

The speaker outs are real speaker outputs, not brand-specific connectors that will only work with the speaker wires that came with the system. This was actually a major selling point for me, as I want the versatility of being able to connect other speakers at some point. There is also a subwoofer line out for replacing the supplied subwoofer with a powered subwoofer.

A couple of points on the speakers:
The speaker wires are attched to the speakers, which means using any additional length of wire will require splicing. Some people would prefer to have one continuous length of wire. For rear surround speakers, I really don't think the splicing makes a noticeable degradation of the sound. I can't really imagine an application where the amount of wire attached is enough for rear surrounds, though.
Other point on the speakers is that they have a wire mesh-type grill, which shows the speaker drivers. The RT 2380 speakers had a cloth-type grill, which enable them to blend in more with other decor. This is minor, but worth noting. Again, it is very possible to use different speakers with this system.

The volume is definitely loud enough, though it does not seem as loud as my old system (despite a higher power rating). It goes as loud as I ever need it, but I have already had this at max, something I never did with the old system because it was quite a bit louder. The sound is clean and accurate, which I think is more important than mind-blowing power. I also live in an apartment and have neighbors, so my needs may be a little different than somebody who has the freedom of playing music as loud as a jet engine.

I do not notice the difference in input level mentioned in the other review, which may, again, be an area where RCA made some changes. There is inherently an overall volume difference between different surround modes, and I do have different inputs set to different surround modes. But with everything set for the same mode, I don't notice that the digital inputs are quiet or anything like that.

A very minor aesthetic note, the blue light around the volume knob is always on and bright when the system is on. This can be a little distracting when watching movies in the dark, but it's not horrible.

Overall, the performance of this unit is good, but what I like most is its versatility. As somebody who likes the ability to expand, this was a far better option that the other home theater systems available for $200 or less. I would absolutely recommend this.

Mergatroid Mania
on March 01, 2010

My old Memorex 5.1 surround sound system finally conked out last week.
I'm not much of an audiophile or anything, I just like to have nice sound to go with my movies. Hence the Memorex system I had bought refirbished for $60 years ago. It only had three stereo audio inputs, but did a remarkable job at simulating surround sound.

I came across an ad in our local paper for a WalMart rollback. This RCA system, at about a 20% discount. I had seen it on a few previous trips to the store, and thought it looked nice. So, I picked one up and spent an evening installing it.

The unit itself looks really nice. All the major controls on the remote are also available on the front of the unit.
During installation I found that the speakers have wires coming out the back instead of the usual speaker wire jacks. I wasn't very happy about this because I had to rout the rear speakers, and the wire provided wasn't nearly enough to do the job. Lucky for me, I had already routed the wire from my old system, and so I joined the speaker wires from my old system, soldered them together and insulated the connections with electrical tape.
Since every room has different dimensions, and different routing requirements, it seems rather odd to have a length of wire permanently connected to all the speakers.

I installed the RCA audio output from my TV to the unit, and also used a digital optical connector from my dvd player to the unit.

Since it came with a built in tuner, the manufacturer provided an AM and an FM antenna. I've always thought it was a little odd to provide AM tuners in products that are ment to be installed near a TV, since they always seem to suffer from interference due to the proximity of the TV. This unit is no exception. The manual tells you to place the AM Antenna away from objects that might cause interference like TVs (funny), but of course they don't provide enough wire to get the antenna far enough away from the TV for the AM tuner to work very well. Only about half the available stations come in at all, and those that do all suffer from very bad interference.

The FM antenna is basically just a wire, about three or four feet long. However, due to the nature of FM, it actually comes in clearly. A better idea would have been to have a cable input on the back of the reveiver so I could connect my cable to receive perfect FM radio. At least they could have used a standard FM antenna connector so I could connect a better antenna.
Well, I didn't buy it to listen to the radio, right? Listening to the audio from my TV was fine. Clear, low base, crisp highs. Good seperation. There were a lot of functions in the unit to allow you to set the sound up for the room you're system is in. You can increase the sound level of any of the speakers by up to 5db. This is something my old system sorly lacked. It was very seldom you could actually hear the rear speakers, but the Memorex would only allow the rear speakers to be the same volume, or lower, as the front speakers.
With the RCA system, I can increase the volume of the rear speakers so I can actually hear them now. It's sorta creepy hearing a creak coming from behind you during a scary movie, and turning only to realize it was the movie making the sound.
All in all I'm pretty happy with this system except for one thing.
The box advertises it as being 1000 Watts. I'm sorry, but there's no way this system is 1000 Watts.
I'm a tech, I repair home electronics for a living. I cannot see for the life of me how they can claim this is 1000 Watts.
The unit maxes out at a volume setting of 47. This is the first time I'v ever seen a digital system that maxed at such an odd number. Most systems max at 100. Of course, this is mearly an arbitrary scale, but still, 47?
So, I cranked it to 47. At that level, the FM receiver sounds fairly loud, but certainly not 1000 Watts. The RCA TV input is less loud, and the optical digital input is terrible. The quality is great, but the loudness must only be about 20 Watts RMS per channel or less. I have a 20 Watt per channel car stereo that blows this away for volume.
I can only assume their rating must be 1000 Watts p-p, or peak to peak. Unfortunately, even that doesn't make sense. There are 5 speakers (not counting the sub woofer). To get peak Watts from p-p you devide by two. That would give us 500 Watts peak (p). Devided by 5 speakers is 100 Watts p per speaker. To get RMS from Peak, you multiply by .707. That gives us 70.7 Watts RMS per channel (this is being generous since I'm not including the sub woofer). This should be enough to make my ears ring, but as I said earlier my 20 Watt RMS per channel car stereo blows this unit away for volume. Also, there's no excuse for the digital optical audio being at such a lower volume level compaired to the analogue and radio inputs.
If I could squeeze another 25% more volume out of this puppy I would give it a rating of 8, but with such a poor volume performance for a unit rated at 1000 Watts, it only deserves a 6/10. At least it's "clean" maximum volume. There is no banging of speakers reaching the end of their travel, no distortion. Even with the FM tuner on, and the unit maxed, there was no distortion.
If you need surround sound for a TV in a smaller room, and you don't need to have the walls shaking, this might be a good unit for you.
Personally, I like to feel the sound as much as hear it, and you'd think 1000 Watts would provide that...

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RCA RT2770 specifications

With the system 1000-watt total power, you? Bring your home theater to a new level.
General
Product Type
Home theater system
Dimensions (WxDxH) / Weight
Main unit : 16.9 in x 13.7 in x 5.5 in, Speaker system : 3.3 in x 3.7 in x 5.6 in, Speaker system : Center channel speaker : 10.7 in x 3.3 in x 2.8 in, Speaker system : Subwoofer : 7.7 in x 12.8 in x 14 in
Connectors
Coaxial Digital Input
Yes
Optical Digital Input
Yes
Headphone Jack
Yes
Turntable
Type
None
DVD
Type
None
Headphones
Headphones Type
None
Connections
Connector Type
1 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type A ) - Front, 1 x Audio line-in ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) - Front, 1 x Headphones - Front, 6 x Surround speakers output ( Click-fit x 2 ) - Rear, 1 x Subwoofer output ( RCA phono ) - Rear, 1 x Digital audio input (coaxial) ( RCA phono ) - Rear, 1 x Digital audio input (optical) - Rear, 2 x Audio line-in ( RCA phono x 2 ) - Rear
Speaker System
Speaker(s)
2 x Right/left channel speaker - External - 8 Ohm - Wired, 2 x Right/left rear channel speaker - External - 8 Ohm - Wired, 1 x Center channel speaker - External - 8 Ohm - Wired, 1 x Subwoofer - External - 8 Ohm - Wired
Driver Details
Right/left channel speaker : 2, Right/left rear channel speaker : 2, Center channel speaker : 1 day(s), Subwoofer : 1 day(s)
Audio System
Components
AV receiver, Speaker system
Sound Output Mode
Surround Sound
Built-in Decoders
Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II
Digital Sound Processor (DSP)
Yes
DSP Presets
Club, Hall, Church, Studio, Stadium, Stereo Movie
Surround System Class
5.1 channel
Output Power / Total
1000 Watt
Amplifier Output Details
75 Watt - 8 Ohm - THD 10 % - 2 channel(s) ( Front ), 75 Watt - 8 Ohm - THD 10 % - 2 channel(s) ( Rear ), 155 Watt - 8 Ohm - THD 10 % - 1 channel(s) ( Center ), 155 Watt - 8 Ohm - THD 10 % - 1 channel(s) ( Subwoofer ), 150 Watt - 4 channel(s) ( Surround ), 200 Watt - 1 channel(s) ( Center ), 200 Watt - 1 channel(s) ( Subwoofer )
Built-in Display
Fluorescent
Additional Features
USB host function
Digital Storage Media
None
Signal-To-Noise Ratio
65 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion
10 %
Bass Control
Yes
Treble Control
Yes
Response Bandwidth
20 - 20000 Hz
Tone Control
Yes
Built-in Clock
Sleep timer
Timer
Sleep
Display Dimmer
Yes
Input Channel Qty
6
Radio
Type
Radio - AM/FM - Digital
Preset Station Qty
40
AM Preset Station Qty
10
FM Preset Station Qty
30
Tuning Display
Fluorescent display
Antenna Form Factor
Loop AM / wire FM
Signal-To-Noise Ratio
60 dB
CD System
CD system type
None
MD System
MD system type
None
Microphone
Type
None
Power
Power Device
Power supply - Internal
Power Consumption Operational
90 Watt
Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep
90 Watt
Power
AC 120 V ( 60 Hz )
Miscellaneous
Cables Included
1 x Audio (digital) cable, 1 x Audio cable
Included Accessories
AM antenna, FM antenna
AV Furniture
None
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