About a month ago, I went to my local Wal-Mart and picked up the RTD325W sound system for my quaint little bedroom, and I have to say, I am very impressed. I ended up making the final purchase for $99, which is ridiculously low for the quality I got.
Overall, the system includes 5 speakers, 2 back, 2 front, and one center. It also includes a very nice subwoofer. And if that wasn’t enough, the package comes with a DVD player that upconverts to a whopping 1080p with a HDMI Cable.
So, after quickly setting up the system with it’s nicely designed system that allows it to be completely up and running within 10 minutes, I realized that I would not be able to get high quality sound with this system right away, due to the fact that I needed an optical cord to connect my TV to the DVD Player itself. However, once that arrived, I was able to hook it up no problem and make it so everything that came out of my TV, went directly to the audio system.
Once everything was all set, I immediately pulled up a TV station, set the sound setting to 5.1 Surround sound, and saw magic in motion. After making sure that each speaker worked properly, I sat back and listened. I was in awe. I didn’t know that such a small system could produce such amazing results. The only complaint I have about overall results is that the rear speakers are much quieter than the front speakers. However, this can easily be adjusted via the DVD Remote.
I then wanted to test out the DVD upconverter, so I popped in my favorite copy of “The Matrix”, and used the DVD Remote to switch the resolution to 1080p. I’ve never seen The Matrix look so beautiful. The sound was also amped up a bit. It gave a totally different experience to the movie.
Before I had these speakers, I was using the built in speakers on my 26″ LED TV, and since LED’s try to fit speakers in such a slim design, they usually sacrifice sound quality, which was very evident in my TV. So these speakers really made a difference.
Overall, I would recommend these speakers to anyone who is on a budget and needs a good sound system for a small room. The bass is good, and everything just works.
View this item on Wal-Mart’s Website : http://www.walmart.com/ip/RCA-250W-1080p-Home-Theater-System/15028847
As of May 6th, 2012, I have to report that my trusty sound system has died on me. I don’t watch movies or television all that often, so I don’t think that it’s untimely death was caused by overuse. But anyway, now when I turn on the system all I get is a very high pitched squealing sound. I have tried opening up the system in order to see what was causing the sound, but to no avail.
As far as the sound system goes: It was excellent while it lasted. However, I have determined from the numerous comments I have received and from my own experience that this sound system does not last very long. I would recommend that when you purchase this sound system, you buy some sort of insurance for it just in case yours dies just when you were getting used to it.