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RCA RC5220P DVD Player

by RCA
86 customer reviews

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  • Dolby Digital and DTS output
  • Compatible with Music CD's
  • Allows programmable and random playback
  • English, French, or Spanish on-screen displays; front headphone jack with volume control
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: RCA
  • Model Number: RC5220P
  • Color: Black

Product Description

Product Description

w/Dolby Digital & DTS BIt Stream output, universal TV remote

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RCA's RC5220P DVD-video player is everything you'd want in a basic, budget model: a slim, lightweight player with extensive features at a good price. The RC5220P's S-video and composite-video outputs, well served by the player's state-of-the-art 10-bit digital video converters, deliver a clear, sharp image. This feature is excellent for a sub-$300 DVD player.

In the audio realm, we found the RC5220P to sound as good as other players in its price range, with an above-average-sounding headphone jack. The player outputs both Dolby Digital and DTS surround-sound formats through a single, switchable Toslink optical connection. Because the Toslink is an optical connector, you need to make sure that your surround receiver or processor accepts optical inputs rather than the standard coaxial inputs. Some of the higher-end audio options that you forego by purchasing this lower-priced model are six-channel analog audio outputs and a more common digital connection type in a dedicated coaxial (rather than Toslink) output.

Connection issues aside, the player offers a host of minor features that together help chisel "bargain" right across the RC5220P's name. Among these are parental lock-out, bookmarking, and RF-adapter capability. With parental lock-out, you can code the RC5220P to play no discs at all or only discs bearing certain user-determined ratings. Using bookmarks, the player can instantly recall up to 10 favorite moments within a DVD or CD. (Bookmarks clear when you remove the disc.) Finally, the RF adapter permits you to use the RC5220P with older televisions that may not have S-Video or composite-video inputs.

Setup was quick and simple, taking only minutes from cracking open the box to enjoying a movie or CD. Programming was a breeze; the only primary programming feature not obvious from the get-go was the track-skip feature on the supplied remote control. But the clear, well-written manual clarified this. For dollar-conscious AV enthusiasts, you can't do much better.

Pros:

  • Good picture and sound
  • Tons of features
  • Easy to integrate with older systems
  • Rapid setup
Cons:
  • Player froze up once during review
  • Front panel display doesn't show DVD track number
  • Headphone jack uses buttons rather than rotary knob


Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameRCA
Item Weight12.2 pounds
Product Dimensions20.3 x 18.8 x 8.2 inches
Item model numberRC5220P
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Color NameBlack
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB00000J05A
Best Sellers Rank #618,186 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableSeptember 4, 1973
  
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By "matthewhenry" on November 30, 1999
After reading the reviews here I was very skeptical about purchasing this unit. I have several RCA components and wanted RCA because their stuff works so well together. Sure enough, we bought the unit, plugged it in, and our existing RCA TV remote started controlling the DVD player without a hitch (of course the remote that comes with the DVD unit also controlled all of our other RCA units without a hitch too). We even rented Bugs life to make sure ours wasn't one of the "bad" units. Everything worked fine, even in wide screen mode!
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99 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Allen Oliver on November 24, 1999
I bought one of these for my father after seeing how great my roommate's was but after 2-3 months both of them started flickering and would freeze up from time to time and now my fathers only plays about half the DVDs he owns and my roommates can't get through 20 minutes of a movie without flickering then locking up. I found out from talking to people on the internet that about half of these units have MAJOR hardware issues. Buyer Beware.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 23, 2000
The Good
I must say I love this DVD player. The first one I have owned and it playes great. I use the A/V jacks into a 28 inch Phillips Mag TV and it looks like a movie screen. I'm so spoilled that I don't even rent VHS tapes anymore. I had one problem with a rented DVD (Wag the Dog). But once I cleaned the disk like the manual says it played perfectly. The stero sound is great too. A quick tip though.
If you don't have a receiver and just use your TV for sound, in the system setup choose PCM sound and high compression for the best sound. No compression makes you have to turn the TV up real high in order to hear clearly.
Make sure the sound on your DVD player matches the one on your DVD when watching movies. I bought The Best Man for my lady and the player was set for Dolby while the disk was sending DTS. Result, no sound and 5 minutes of PANIC. Just match them up again and all is fine.
The Bad
Not being able to burn your own Audio CDs is a bit of a moan. But once you play the Matrix for the first time you get over it. I am mad that I can't play burned Video CDs. Wanted to archive my collection of Kung-Fu movies and tapped Saturday morning Cartoons. But in a year I should be able to upgrade my pc and get a second DVD player for the bedroom so I could do that then.
The Ugly
All the reports I have heard about the DVD player had made me kinda scared about my future with the RC5220P. The review seem to be about 65% to 35% in favor. I am almost past the 2 month mark so I will do a follow up if anything happens. But so far I am on happy camper.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 1999
This is a simple player that does not have many features but what make me choose this one is that the video and audio is the same as those high priced dvd player, no difference whatsoever. For the features it matters to me little, once the movie is razor sharp and the audio crisp and clear i am happy.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
I bought this unit after purchasing, and returning a more expensive Samsung 709. The 709 kept skipping on The Mummy,after the layer change, and a few others. After purchasing the RCA, I had NO PROBLEMS whatsoever playing the movies I want to.Great audio, Great video! The only con to this unit, is its lack of features such as zoom, vcd play ability, and lack of track display on front panel. But hey, for this price, who cares?
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Thompkins on June 21, 2000
Now, I have no problems with any discs or how it plays.. when it works. We bought our player in February from Circuit City since it was the only one that works with coax cable, and it worked fine for a month. We had a storm, and it was unplugged before the storm since it was on the same surge protector as my computer. When we plugged the player back in, the cable went out. We tracked it down to the RF adapter, and replaced it. It worked fine for 9 days, when the exact same thing happened. We did the same, waited a week, and it went out again. This time when we replaced the RF adapter, it didn't work. We sent the player in this time, and they exchanged the unit. Another week goes by, and then the unit wouldn't even turn on. We plugged it into other outlets, and it would click when we plugged it in, but wouldn't turn on. We took it back in, went back the next week, and they tried to give us a messed up unit (faceplate lose, unit wobbles, drawer part way out). We told them to try again, but we wouldn't be back for 3 weeks (marriage, honeymoon). Came back a few days ago, they gave us the same unit with the drawer back in, and said to go down to the service center to get the faceplate repaired. Circuit City said they'd shore up the faceplate, but they aren't authorized to do repairs, they have to ship it to RCA's factory in Mexico to repair it (which is fishy, since we get the units back in 1 week). We call RCA to complain, they said that Circuit City does the repairs. My advice is, do not buy any RCA players from Circuit City. My faith in both companies is gone.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J STRITE on December 19, 2000
I bought this DVD player last Christmas from a department store. I always liked RCA. I had no problems with the DVD for a few months and I liked it, it had good features but missed zoom, and the menu screens were easy to get around and the glossry was a nice touch. But then it started making a high pitch noise that sometimes became louder than the movie I was plaing on my Dolby Digital theather system I used. Then the Disk Tray would not come out the whole way and would get stuck. It made noise from the beggining but this noise was crazy. The manufcr. would not do anything for me. I would have to pay for the shipping to get it fixed and for labor. I did not get it fixed and am currently shopping for a new one with a better Rep. I don't recommend shopping for the lowest price. Because the most important thing is not features, but if it works and if the thing breaks, is the warranty going to help you if it is not just a 90 day or one year parts. Look around, Buy smart!
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