The grille extends right across the front; the display lights up behind it can be seen through it. The “real wood” is a covered chipboard. The fm radio works well with no hiss and easy to save the stations i can get; there is a captive fm aerial lead. Hooks up to hifi separates (such as cd player or dab unit) via the standard rca plugs. There is the facility to add a subwoofer which has a separate volume control, which would give more punch. There is also coax, optical and bluetooth connectivity. The input button cycles through these plus fm and aux (the phono plugs). The remote gives greater control over volume functions than can be had on the switches on top of the unit. You need to ensure that it points reasonably directly at the unit to work.
A low cost soundbar, with excellent audio quality, that punches above its weight. The ricco ht68wl was larger and heavier than i expected, but not too large or too heavy for it to be a problem. It can be physical connected to a tv or music system using standard cables but these are not provided, but the most convenient connection option is bluetooth. The ‘wooden’ case is black chipboard, but this doesn’t detract from its looks. Input is selected using a rather flimsy remote control, and the option selected is displayed in an led display on the front of the unit. Power is delivered through a standard mains transformer unit. Documentation, as usual these days is minimal, but adequate to get the unit up and running. The inbuilt fm receiver seems satisfactory, but i live in an area of poor fm reception, so i can’t comment, other than to say i found most of the stations that i wold normally listen to and the quality was ok. Perhaps when it is permanently installed, it will be better. However, bluetooth is the most convenient option and pairing is simple; i paired to my samsung tablet and smartphone and my crucial mp3 player without problem.
My first impression out of the box is that it bigger than i thought it would be. It is about a metre long (as described). It has a feel of quality and does not look or feel cheap. Negativethe description of the ht68wl says that there are hdmi inputs and output. If there are, i can’t find them.On the back i have functions for coaxial, optical, auxillary stereo input. Here are the specifications for the Ricco 240 W 2 Channel Real Wood Furniture tooth Soundbar Hi-Fi Speaker Home Cinema Music System:
- Bluetooth Technology Wirelessly Compatible with Smart phones and tablets. Easy to Use Buttons and Remote Controls.
- Remote Control Included, Soundbar Connections: Built-in Bluetooth, Coaxial, Optical, AUX-RCA input, FM Radio.
- Soundbar Total Output Power: 240W PMPO (24W RMS), Speaker Driver: 6.5″, Frequency: 180Hz -20KHz, S/N Ratio: 75dB
- Ultra thin, Compatible with LED LCD TVs, Wall Mountable, input sensitivity: 500mV
- Soundbar Size(DxWxH): 130 mm x 175mm x 1070mm, Net Weight: 5.2KG
Not bad to be honest only problems i’ve come across is. Not bad to be honest only problems i’ve come across is the remote could be better and the optical cable could be a better connection.
Don’t be put off by the price. I wasn’t expecting much based on the price but was happily mistaken. After i got over the initial shock of the size of the unit. I plugged it into the mains and away i went. The unit bonded via bluetooth to both my ipad and android phone without incident and playback was good. I tried the radio recption and it found all the stations with ease. I connected it to our samsung tv via the optical cable was was very pleased with the whole experience (although i did struggle until i found the optical cable is actually ‘keyed’ and can only be put in one way). I have not experienced any audio sync errors as per one one of the other reviews when used in this way, although i haven’t tried it connected any other way. Important note: there are no connection cables included. The bass is good and the sound out of the unit is much better than the built in speakers in the tv (and this was the top of the range 55′ tv a couple of years ago).
Reviews from purchasers :
- Good product, bad cables!
- Firstly this is very sturdy and well made not flimsy plastic like most
- No HDMI connectivity? Good sound. Worth getting.
- Sounds great looks okay rather large and squared but pleasing enough
- A low cost soundbar, with excellent audio quality, that punches above its weight
- Don’t be put off by the price!
Sounds great looks okay rather large and squared but pleasing enough. Sounds great looks okay rather large and squared but pleasing enough on the eye. I have used optical cable to connect directly into tv, easy enough to set up but had it up and running in no time at all. I connected my blu ray, then ps 3 and xbox 360 and after rejigging settings on the device themselves i now have them all running through this system. It’s amazing for the price point to be honest. Deducted one star for remote but to be honest if that’s it’s only fault i am well happy. You can also use onboard buttons to tweet sound etc when remote feeling poorly.
Arrived quickly and well packaged, although the packaging wouldn’t really suffice if you are giving this as a gift. It comes in a plain brown box with nothing on the outside to suggest what’s inside. The actual unit is very nice looking, black with a slight wood grain effect. It features a blue led display on the front and a small function selector panel on the top. The sound quality is impressive and more than loud enough for a small house like mine. The bass and treble can be raised or lowered according to taste. The bluetooth is easy to activate and connect and there is no code to pair the speaker and device. I have two problems with this unit.