In car DVD players review and compare

In-car DVD players may seem like a good idea for keeping kids occupied, but read this report before buying one — for safety’s sake.
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  • Updated:5 Oct 2007


In car DVD

Test results for 8 in-car DVD players, priced from $294 to $499

We tested in-car DVD players of two different configurations: a separate, unrestrained, screen-less player with two remote screens, and a player with built-in screen plus one remote screen. Both types of models attach to the rear of the headrests of the front seats.

We tested them for:

  • Picture quality
  • Sound quality
  • Ease of setup and use
  • Faulty DVD handling

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Please note: this information was current as of October 2007 but is still a useful guide to today's market.


  • German tests have shown that in-car DVD players could cause serious injury to the occupants of a car in the event of a crash.
  • None of the tested models are particularly outstanding — and all decrease the safety of the car.
  • Testers also found that they can bring about an unpleasant sensation like motion sickness in the viewer, which worsened if the screen flopped around as some do.

Models tested

  • Axion LMD-4702RU
  • Coby TF-DVD7750
  • DSE G7123
  • Luminaura DJV-706BA
  • Omni PDV742
  • Philips PET708/75
  • Teac DV-P380G


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