RCA RC5223P DVD Players

RC5223P

Dolby Digital Bit Stream Output. Audio/Video Outputs (2 sets).

User Reviews (6)

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Frank   Audio Enthusiast [May 24, 2000]
Strength:

Excellent picture quality, great sound, affordable.A good selection of outputs (component video, optical digital audio,2x RCA audio out).Good remote

Weakness:

Can't think of any!

Well ,this is my first DVD player, so I don't have anything to compare the RCA with. I shopped around and was pleased to find the RCA RC5223P well within my price range. I have an RCA 32" TV so I liked the idea of having the two components matched.

I S-Video out to the TV, and the picture is very nice, a lot of depth and the stills are clean. Colors are rich and well balanced. I watch a lot of movies and this unit has yet to let me down. Sound is really good as well. I have it hooked up to my Kenwood VR 305 (Dolby Digital/Pro Logic) reciever, a good set of front and rear speakers, nice center channel and a great sub. It's crisp and clean and it delivers the goods. CD audio playback is also great.

The player has few features and the looks are plain but I'm not watching the player, right? I don't get off on a lot of buttons anyhow, just more to go wrong. A clean design speaks volumes over something that looks like the dashboard of a 747! This DVD player does what it was made to do, play DVD movies and CD audio, and it does it very well! I feel I got a very good value for the money I spent on the RCA RC5223P(Under $400). If you're looking for your first DVD player, go get this one. Don't let the salesman talk you up in price for a first time purchase.

System:
Kenwood VR-305 Reciever
RCA 32" TV
RCA RCA RC5223P DVD
Cerwin-Vega CC-250 Center CH
Yorkville YSM-1 Fronts (Studio Ref Monitors)
Yorkville YSM-4 Rears (Studio Ref Mon)
Yorkville PS110-P Powered Sub (Single 10" 200W)
Lots of good cables!

Similar Products Used: My first DVD.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Greg   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 25, 2000]
Strength:

Flexible selection of outputs (Component Video out, S-Video out, Two audio and composite video outputs, RF output with optional adapter, Optical Digital audio out). The display on the player can be set to dim or turn off while playing DVD’s. Supplied with a good remote.

Weakness:

No Digital Coaxial audio output. Can’t play CD-R discs.

I was all set to buy a Pioneer DV-525 DVD player. I had done my homework and decided on the Pioneer. I walked in the store and while waiting to be served, I saw this RCA RC5223P DVD unit on sale. It was $100 Canadian cheaper than the Pioneer DV-525. After having a demo of both units I decided to take the RCA unit and use the money I saved to buy a few extra DVD’s. The video from the RCA unit, to me, looked as good as the video from the Pioneer unit. At first I thought I should have stuck with my original decision to buy the Pioneer DV-525, but after two months I am very happy with the RCA RC5223P DVD player. I wish it had Digital Coaxial output so I could compare its performance to that of the Digital Optical output. Not being able to play CD-R discs is not an issue with me.

This DVD player has very few features and its looks are very plain, but it does a very good job of playing DVD’s. The RCA RC5223P has played all my DVD’s so far without a problem, even the Matrix. It displays a great picture, has a good remote, and I consider it a good value.

Similar Products Used: First DVD Player
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Blake   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 01, 2000]
Strength:

Component output, excellent picture quality, decent sound

Weakness:

somewhat noisy transport

Purchased in early December/99 for $375 after rebates (which in Canada is a very cheap DVD player!). The 5220 could have been (and still can be had) for about $25 less, but I felt that was a fair price to pay to get the component
output even though I can't use it yet. I believe the remote is different than the 5220's as well, and although not perfect, I can live with this one.

Have connected with monster's top of the line S-video cable and adjusted TV (27 inch proscan) with Video Essentials and the picture quality is excellent. Run audio through my 2 channel system (which is pretty good) and am not interested in full blown home theatre as my room is fairly small, so the lack of a decoder was not a big drawback for me and cannot be found in this price range anyway.

Have played about 30 movies so far without any problems-no lip sync, no freezing, no glitches. Compared sound quality to my Arcam 8 CD player and was surprised that the RCA sounded as well as it did. Compared to the Arcam, the RCA sounds a bit congested and rolled off, not as lively, but this may also be due to cheaper interconnect that I have on the DVD player. The transport is somewhat noisy, but I have the player in a glass fronted TV stand, so this is not a big issue to me. I bought this thing to play movies and that's what it does very well. I'm sure there are better players out there, but at what price? Who knows where this technology will be in 5 years-right now it's progressive scan if you've got the money & the TV for it, but that might be obsolete in a few years too-maybe HD DVD will be all the rage then! For now this will do the job for me at a very reasonable price-Four stars overall-5 for value!

Similar Products Used: first DVD player used
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Randy   Casual Listener [Apr 10, 2000]
Strength:

Good output options (component video, optical digital audio,2x RCA audio out)

Weakness:

No zoom feature.

I am very pleased with this unit. I played Matrix 4x this weekend, including all special feature stuff and lots of slo-mo on the really cool parts, with no problems. Paid only $199. (Which was less than I had ceen the RCA 5220 at which has no optical audio out or component video out!) Has played 7 or 8 other dvd's flawlessly and repeatedly. I was surprised to find out that Monster Component Video cables are $50.! But the picture is worth it- super clean. Dual RCA audio outs are nice (as I don't have optical technology yet) I send one set of RCA outs to tv input for variable sound control thru the tv control and other RCA out directly to amp for playing music CD's without using t.v. volume control. Also, dvd sound is slightly better if accessed directly through amp connection as opposed to thru variable t.v. control- it depends if I feel like messing with two remotes or not. It bugs my wife if I use more than one remote. (??) Great player for the money. I recommend it.

Similar Products Used: None.
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
larry reinke   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 08, 2000]
Strength:

component video outputs,great picture, great sound

Weakness:

none

even that this is a entry level dvd this is a great unit.i realize that this unit does not have the toys that the other dvd players have,witch by the way you should be watching the movie instead of playing with toys.this player does what it is supposed to do.put out a great picture and great sound-i watch a lot of rock concert video's-i have had no problems with this unit and is a good value for the money,i paid $215.00 for this player through ebay from vann's

Similar Products Used: none
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Andrew B.   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 07, 2000]
Strength:

Excellent price point, great picture and sound, component video outputs, reliable.

Weakness:

None.

I have had my 5233P for almost a year now (purchased in Sept '99) and it is still going strong. My wife and I really enjoy our home theater, and the 5223P has played well over a hundred movies over the past year without incident.

For an entry level DVD player I don't think you can beat the price, quality and reliability of this RCA unit. I was thrifty enough to get one for $180US online, which is about $270CDN, and far below the Canadian sale prices on a DVD player, even today!

Matched up with a Proscan 50" TV, Kenwood VR-3080 receiver and a full compliment of 5.1 Paradigm speakers it has been a best buy in our home. Highly recommended to those who are just getting into DVD's and want a player that is reasonably priced and has every thing you need without all the more expensive (and usually useless) bells and whistles.

Similar Products Used: First DVD player purchase
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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