RCA BRC3087 8-Inch Portable Blu-ray Player
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- 8-Inch widescreen T-Feet LCD
- Built-in speaker
- BonusView Blu-ray Profile 1.1
- Plays Blu-ray Disc, DVD, CD and JPG
- 3-hour rechargeable battery
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8? WIDESCREEN TFT LCD; BUILT-IN SPEAKER; BONUSVIEW BLU-RAY? PROFILE 1.1; PLAYS BLU-RAY DISC?, DVD, CD & JPG; 3-HOUR RECHARGEABLE BATTERY; HDMI? 1080P OUTPUT FOR USE WITH TV; A/V OUTPUT JACK; HEADPHONE JACK; INCLUDES FULL-SIZE REMOTE, CAR POWER ADAPTER & AC ADAPTER
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My needs: I work for a company that is selling an audio device and we want a small Blu-ray player for demos. The RCA was purchased to use at customer sites so we didn't have to call ahead and check to see if they had a HDMI-capable display. For comparison, we have the Panasonic DMP-B500 which works very well, but it is twice the cost. We also have about a dozen different standard non-portable Blu-ray players we use.
Firmware used: 2.0.7428 (latest as of this review)
- Does not play BD-R discs. Some of our test material is on BD-R, so this is an issue. For a home user, if you ever want to play back HD home movies, this is not the player for you.
- Huge lip-sync problem when using HDMI output. When playing back movies that have audio encoded in Dolby Digital or Dolby TrueHD over the HDMI output, there is a large delay between the video and audio. This one issue makes this product unusable for our needs. DTS Master Audio and LPCM content seem to be fine. Also, if you are just using the internal screen, it is fine. This is only an issue when you use the HDMI port. So, if you ever consider plugging this into a TV, you may want to reconsider.
- Does not "bit-stream" HD audio over HDMI. Almost all Blu-ray players have a menu option to allow you to either stream the original high-resolution audio (like Dolby TrueHD or DTS Master Audio) over HDMI, or have it down-converted into a simpler format (TrueHD --> Dolby Digital or Master Audio --> DTS). This player does not have that option and only sends the lower-grade down-converted audio over HDMI. So, if you have a sound system that is capable of these latest codecs, this player wont let you use them.
If you just want to play Disney Blu-rays for the kids in the back seat, this gets it done. If you want to have a flexible solution that can be a portable player and work in the home theater, the only option is the twice-the-price Panasonic.
Other: Amazon seems to be showing the picture for the BRC3108, not the BRC3109.
It has a fantastic picture. While I am sure that it is not a 1080P LCD screen it is far better than any portable I have ever owned. I have owned about half a dozen or more portable DVD players and this one is FAR superior in the picture catagory. It is stunning. I did some research before my purchase and was not able to get the specs for the LCD and that was my one worry. I am very glad that it was not an issue. And I am VERY piccky about picture quality. At 10" it is one of the largest screens in the portable catagory and it is great.
Sound wise we have an issue. There are no buzzing, humming, or beeping sounds out of this unit, but the volume is too low. I think some people will be upset with how low it is. It is very crisp when played through the speakers and is OK if there is nothing else going on in the background. I figured headphones would be better. And, they were. Barely. I will have to pick up some headphones that have a volume control on them. Don't get me wrong, with the headphones the sound is perfect but sometimes you want a little louder that what this unit can produce. It came out of the box and the volume was already maxed out. I thought maybe it was low and I was wrong. Not a deal breaker for me simply because headphones with volume controls can fix that.
I tested the unit with BD, DVD, and DVD-R and they all played great. BD takes a little long to load but not too bad. I am just too used to the PS3 loading immediately. I did notice that DVD does not look nearly as good as BD does. That is a great indication that the screen is far better than 480P. BD is extremely crisp.
If not for the low sound volume I would have given this unit a full 5 stars.
At this price this unit is well worth the purchase.
UPDATE: I am now on my 3rd unit. The first one stopped playing Blu-ray altogether after a few hours. It would still play DVD but not BD. I exchanged it for a new model.
The new one died within 2 hours. It stopped my movie at the very end and turned off and then back on. It became a cycle where it wouldn't stay on. It also made a loud noise like the motor was stuck. I exchanged it this morning for yet another unit.
I immediately noticed several things with the latest one. It was very quiet compared to the other 2. I don't mean volume either. The unit was very quiet and loaded my BD fast and with no strange noises. Second thing I noticed is that the volume was greatly imporoved over the last 2 . It was plenty load out of the speakers. I have no complaints about the sound now. We'll see if this one lasts. I will be purchasing the 3 year service plan from Target if this one lasts the next couple of days. I just think the Target I went to initially received a faulty batch. I still stand by my 4 star rating.
I have a few disc playing DTS-HDMA and it was able to decode or at least grab the downmix from it. I have tested the HDMI picture it works just fine, 1080P compatible. But I have not tested the HDMI audio whether it can pass the downmix or bitstream (I think not likely), there appears to be no options to toggle this. In most cases this is not an audiophile's player.
I noticed it seems to load BDs faster than my standalone BD player, which was Sony's 2009 model.
Although it may seem pointless, one of the reason I bought this player is because it comes with composite A/V cable output, which is important to send the picture to a car A/V system, or you go to a hotel with an older TV. It also comes with home and car adapter and a nice fitting carrying case/bag. You can convert the carrying case to strap behind a headrest in the car; I think it's a pretty crude setup, and there seem to be no room to plug in the side connectors with the unit sitting in the bag. A little flap that opens on the side of the case to make these connections would have been nice.
The built in speakers is a bit weak, as in not very loud, but still stronger than most laptop speakers by a margin, and it should work fine in a quiet environment. There are 2 headphone jacks which is a nice touch, be prepared to crank the volume control all the way up, the player plays full dynamite range so the dialogue is a bit soft and explosion is still loud, as intended. But I am concerned if the volume might be too soft on an airplane, but then again you are stuck on the plane with your own 10" screen and watching blu ray, I figure you are already ahead of most passengers. One might need to shop around for headphones with more sensitivity.
I have hooked up the headphone jack via a Y cable to stereo receiver, this is completely analog, the amount of hiss is acceptable unless you press your ears to the tweeter of your main speakers. I have experienced no buzzing. I have also used the A/V output in my car with good results.
A couple of things "cons" I noticed, the battery is not replacable, not officially anyway, but it is lithium so it should last nicely.
And it says do not charge using the car adapter. There is a charge/OFF/ON, so the car adapter can still power the player in ON position indefinitely.
In conclusion, this is a pretty nice product and surprisingly from a entry level brand like RCA. Still a hefty price tag for some. Most people who has not seen HD played on a small LCD like this will argue you cannot tell between DVD and BD, maybe if you walk 4 feet away, but I can definitely tell the difference. Target seems to have good customer service, but I won't be bringing it back unless something goes very wrong soon.
EDIT: Aug 18. I noticed the unit has problem playing the sound of a few Universal movie titles with DTS-HD-MA sound track (King Kong, Death Race, HellBoy 2), I would only get sound on the left side only on those movies. I went on the website ([...]) and found a new firmware which I put on a USB stick. This fixed the problem. The firmware was not there when I first bought the unit.
I put in the my latest blu-ray - Avatar (2009), the jungle detail looks amazing, especially when the chopper first fly in to drop off the Avatars. I will have to try the included DVD to see the PQ differences. For equipment reference I have a 54" Panasonic Plasma for my "regular" viewing.
The only problem I have now with Quantum of Solace which have 4 vertical thin lines on the screen. The problem seem to only be with this title, I tried other Fox titles and doesn't have this problem.
Dvd's play in it with no problem. Blurays on the other hand do not. Since it is a bluray player, that's not very good.
It would seem that the only way to get a Blu-ray Disc to load properly is to put the disc in when the player is is the off position and then turn the power on. Otherwise it will almost always be unable to read the disc.
When you are able to get a Blu-ray Disc to load there are often severe glitches such as the chapter indexes showing up on screen throughout the movie, or slowing down, skipping and altogether freezing. I assure you that I have only used new, unscratched discs.
In other areas, the speaker is very small, the buttons on the unit itself are completely black, so they are incredible hard to see in darkness and there is only one headphone jack. The power switch and the volume knob are difficult to locate by touch.
The picture is good but since most bluray a won't work in it, who cares?
I'd suggest waiting until more of these hit the market or spend the extra money on a sony.