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
 

03.Product profiles

Next Base SDV47-AM

Price: $320 Next base

Good points:

  • Comes with two pairs of earphones.
  • Good sound quality using decent earphones.
  • Good on-screen menus.
  • Easy to install in car and easy to remove.
  • Digital audio output.
  • Can play divX movies.

Bad points:

  • Poor remote control.

Luminaura DJV-706BA

Price: $349 Luminaura

Good points:

  • Comes with two hand-held game controllers and a games CD.
  • Very good faulty disk handling score.
  • Screens are TVs with in-built antennas (though can’t be used in moving car).
  • Good on-board controls.
  • Can play divX and QuickTime movies.
  • Digital audio input.

Bad points:

  • No means to restrain player in car.
  • Poor sound quality, although OK when headphones are used.
  • Screens are very poorly restrained and flop around a lot when driving
  • Player skipped during in-car testing.
  • Poor remote control.
  • Very time-consuming and fiddly to install and remove from car.

Philips PET708/75

Price: $370 Philips

Good points:

  • Player comes with a rechargeable battery.
  • Very good sound quality using decent earphones.
  • Screens have viewing angle and height adjustment.
  • Very good on-screen menus.
  • Easy to remove from car.
  • Digital audio output.

Bad points

  • Screen mounts (especially the player’s own), allow the screens to move and vibrate a lot.
  • Poor remote control.
  • Difficult to install in car for the first time (subsequent installation is easy if you don’t remove the mounting bars, but that means you can’t lower the seat headrests all the way).

Axion LMD-4702RU

Price: $249 Axion

Good points:

  • Good remote control.
  • Easy to install in car and very easy to remove.
  • Digital audio output.
  • Can play DivX movies.

Bad points:

  • No means to restrain player in car.
  • Screens are not well-restrained and can flop around.
  • Poor sound via in-built speakers.
  • Very poor sound using decent earphones.
  • On-board controls are poorly labelled (low contrast).
  • On-screen menus are difficult to read.

Coby TF-DVD7750

Price: $298

Good points: Coby

  • Comes with a cassette player adapter, two pair of headphones, and a rechargeable battery for the player.
  • Good sound using decent headphones.
  • Good on-screen menus.
  • Good remote control.
  • Digital audio output.

Bad points:

  • Poor sound via in-built speakers.
  • Screens are reflective and sensitive to viewing angle.
  • Player skipped during in-car testing.
  • On-board controls are poorly labelled.
  • Difficult to install in car.
  • Needed adjustment before it would play a Region 4 (Australia) DVD.
  • Has no carry bag so there’s nothing to contain the various bits when you remove them from the car.

DSE G7132

Price: $299

Good points: DSE

  • Comes with a game controller with 25 games, and two pairs of earphones.
  • Screens have viewing angle adjustment.
  • Easy to install in car and easy to remove.

Bad points:

  • No means to restrain player in car.
  • Poor sound via in-built speakers and earphones.
  • Very poor on-board controls.

Omni PDV742

Price: $399

Good points: Omni

  • Comes with two weeks DVD rental voucher.
  • Good sound quality using decent earphones.
  • Can play divX movies

Bad points:

  • Poor sound via in-built speakers.
  • Poor remote control.
  • Difficult to install in car

Axion LMD-2708QE

Price: $198

Good points: Axion

  • Comes with a rechargeable battery for the player.
  • Good sound quality using decent earphones.

Bad points:

  • Poor sound via in-built speakers.
  • Poor on-board controls.
  • Very time-consuming and fiddly to install and remove from car.
  • Doesn’t play Video CDs or Super VCDs.

Teac DV-P380G

Price: $399

Good points: Teac

  • Comes with a game controller with 25 games, and two pairs of earphones.
  • Screens have viewing angle adjustment.
  • Easy to install in car and easy to remove.

Bad points:

  • No means to restrain player in car.
  • Poor sound via in-built speakers and earphones.
  • Very poor on-board controls.
 

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