Summary: It is easy enough to set up, but no matter what I tried when trying to use my blue ray/DVD player through the system all I got was noise and static from the audio. I tried two different players and the result was the same. I may claim 1000 watts, but the audio is not all that great. I returned the unit and bought an ONKYO 660 watt system. Wow, what a difference. The audio is clear and deep. The volume will blow pictures off the wall if that's what you like.
Summary: It was a bit confusing to get set up, and the wires are not very long, so making it a true surround sound is hard, unless you happen to live in a tiny home with a very small area to work with in the first place. It also has a sound all the time. Even when the unit is powered off, it sounds like a fan is running, almost like a computer fan, but this is all the time, even after being off all night. The sound quality is great, though.
Summary: Not bad for the price. To solve the fan noise others have commented on only takes about 15-20 mins depending if you are tech savvy. I removed the top (only 7 screws) to find the very small 12v dc fan setup poorly. I took a pair of small wire cutters and cut out the vent where the fan blows through(silver back next to where the wires connect).
Summary: Wished it had worked, the HDMI reciever has more inputs than anything at a comparable price range.
Pros: Got a refurb for a great deal. Works great when it works. Good 5.1 sound with correct setup / calibration
Cons: Refurb doesn't work properly - wasn't able to return/exchange in time (purchased early for xmas gift, sat in it's box until after the return period expired. Only found the issues after setup. LED dispaly will only work for a few minutes and then dies until AC power is unplugged/reconnected. Also, the unit randomly ceases audio output after 10-60 minutes, but changing the volume level enables output again, like a random sleep timer. Maybe thermal issues or a wonky capa...
Works Just Fine If You Don't Mind Missing Snippets of Dialog
D. Russell "Dinahsaur", Amazon
3 March 2015
Summary: Overall, this is giving me what I expected. It's a rudimentary surround sound system for someone who isn't really an audiophile. Totally what I was looking for at the price point I was looking for. But here's the thing... Every now and then it decides to briefly stop transmitting sound.
Summary: Im going to try to write the best review possible. First of all it has 3 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output as specified in the description. It also has two standard Red & white AV inputs on the back, and an additional one called the "game" input in the front it also has a standard 3.5 millimeter line in & it also has a headphone jack on the front. In my opinion it does meet the clarity and volume of a thousand watt sound system.
Annoying fan with a whining/grinding sound that won't consistently stop.
19 February 2015
Summary: Sound is good, but there's an annoying whine from a fan inside. I contacted Discount Jungle, and they told me they couldn't replace it for me, so I should go to Panasonic. I'm not pleased with Discount Jungle, since I contacted them early on about this. I purchased an extended service warranty for it, so will try that. Not going to buy RCA any more, since a moving part like that fan seems to be a problem.
Summary: You get what you pay for, and we've gotten our money's worth. No problems at all.
Pros: I got this at a local superstore almost 2 years ago and it's worked flawlessly since the day I got it. Unlike most home theater in a box solution, this isn't a dvd or blu-ray player. It has multiple HDMI inputs, as well as front and rear composite inputs for older devices.
Cons: Definitely not 1000 watts of clean power, but it's loud enough for small to medium sized rooms. Obviously, this isn't going to win any sound quality awards, but it provides dynamic sound with the bare minimum of settings to compensate for speaker distance.