Best Car DVD Players

Last update March 16, 2017
Today's review features the car DVD players. These very popular devices enable the users to enjoy the audio and video media content from the DVD discs and portable media right in the car while offering high expandability. We've picked the best 5 models available for the on-line purchasing. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Mounting type
Display
Resolution
Sound
Connectivity
Media storage devices
Media formats
 
PROS
A highly integrated and portable car DVD player, supporting the advanced features. The player consists of two compact devices, which can be used independently.
CONS
Having a big 10.1" display the resolution supported by this car DVD player may seem not high enough for some users.
OUR VERDICT
A versatile and modern car DVD player with solid performance and all-around support of the features.
detailed parameters
Mounting type
Front seat headrest mounting/portable
Display
10.1"
Resolution
1024 x 600 pixels
Sound
Built-in Mini Speaker, IR&FM Transmitter for the sound output to the car loudspeaker system or IR headphones (bundled)
Connectivity
AC Adapter, HDMI, USB, SD
Media storage devices
Plays back the content from DVD/CD/USB/SD
Media formats
DVD/CD/MP3
PROS
This car DVD player supports Full HD video playback from optical disc carriers. Besides, it has the feature of media playback from any HDMI source (smartphones, tablet PCs, etc.)
CONS
Notwithstanding numerous supported features, the device has no built-in battery.
OUR VERDICT
This car DVD player is a great choice for entertaining passengers on the back seat of your car. They can enjoy not only their favorite videos and music but also amazing 32-bit games by using the remote control as a game controller.
detailed parameters
Mounting type
Front seat headrest mounting/portable
Display
10.1"
Resolution
1024 x 600 pixels
Sound
Built-in Mini Speaker, IR & FM Transmitter for the sound output to car speakers or IR headphones (included)
Connectivity
Inputs: HDMI, USB, SD Outputs: AV, Headphone Jack, Smartphones
Media storage devices
Plays back the content from DVD/CD/USB/SD/MMC
Media formats
DVD / VCD / MP4 / RMVB / CD-R / CD-RW / SVCD / DIVX
PROS
Each DVD player has a convenient stand for fixing it on an even surface. Another installation option allows quick mounting of the devices on headrests of the front seats of your car using the bundled mounting elements.
CONS
The picture resolution isn't the highest.
OUR VERDICT
This dual car DVD player system has an extensive support of media formats and carriers. At such a low price you get as many as two DVD player devices capable of independent operation.
detailed parameters
Mounting type
Front seat headrest mounting/portable
Display
10"
Resolution
640 x 480 pixels
Sound
Built-in speakers, 2 x Earphones (included)
Connectivity
Inputs: AV, USB, SD Outputs: AV, Headphone Jack
Media storage devices
Plays back the content from DVD/CD/USB/SD/MMC
Media formats
DVD / DVD±R / RW / VCD / CD
PROS
This low-profile car DVD player has a big display and offers many connectivity options, including the wireless ones.
CONS
With the support of the modern media formats and a big 11.2" screen, the resolution supported may limit the device video experience.
OUR VERDICT
A self-sufficient solution with a good combination of the audio features supported and the connectivity features, including the wireless ones.
detailed parameters
Mounting type
Overhead (car roof) mounting
Display
11.2"
Resolution
1024 x 600 pixels
Sound
Built-in FM & IR Transmitter and Swivel Monitor. Wireless Remote and 2 IR headphones also included.
Connectivity
Inputs: USB, SD, AV, Outputs: AV, Headphone Jack
Media storage devices
Plays back the content from DVD/CD/USB/SD
Media formats
Divx / AVI / DVD / CD / MP3
PROS
This model has a long standalone operation time (the battery life is ~5 hours). The swivel display can rotate 360 degrees and can be folded to save the space when not used.
CONS
The built-in speakers play not very loud, though you can output the sound to a more powerful external acoustic system.
OUR VERDICT
The portable car DVD player can be used anywhere and not only inside the car owing to its versatile design. The bundled headphones provide the media watching experience with no driver distraction.
detailed parameters
Mounting type
Portable DVD player with a swivel screen
Display
9"
Resolution
1024 x 600 pixels
Sound
Built-in mini speaker, earphone output
Connectivity
Inputs: USB, SD, AV, Outputs: AV, Headphone Jack
Media storage devices
Plays back the content from DVD/CD/USB/SD
Media formats
CD/DVD/JPEG/VCD /MPEG-4

What is a Car Dvd Player

DVD player proves itself indispensable in a trip or a journey. If you got stuck in some traffic jam, or simply waiting for your travel companions a portable car DVD player can help you while away some time. The player is a compact device, using which the passengers can listen to the music, watch movies right in the car. Most car DVD players can turn into the full-fledged multimedia systems, to which you can simply connect mobile phones, iPods, gaming consoles. The devices enable the travelers to view favorite videos from the DVD-discs/USB sticks/sd cards with no commercial breaks. We compared the 5 popular car DVD players, with which you can improve the traveling experience.

Some of the models reviewed have built-in speakers or bundled headphones. However, if you are a surround sound fan these built-in acoustics may not satisfy you that is why we recommend you to look through our Best Car Speakers review, which offers the info about the speakers that are more to your liking.

What To Look For

To make sure you and your passengers can comfortably enjoy watching the movies or pictures, you need to determine the Mounting and Positioning of the car DVD player. It is up for you to decide whether to install a headrest DVD player for enabling your fellow travelers on the rear seats to enjoy a movie, or the children to play a video game on the screen, or to mount an overhead DVD player to the car roof so that everyone can enjoy the watching. The choice is yours.
The main criteria for the selection of the player are the Diagonal size and Resolution of the Display. Watching the movies on a car DVD player with a wider screen is much more comfortable. There are different models of DVD players with the display diagonal size ranging from 2.2 to 15 inches. The most widespread diagonal size of DVD players today is considered to be 7-8 inches. You should pay attention to the screen resolution. The best option is 800x480 pixels resolution (which allows to playback all the NTSC DVD-content up to the maximum 720 × 480 resolution with no downscaling). At such a resolution the player's display even when exposed to direct sunlight will retain the original image's colors and maximum details.
In addition to the image quality, the Sound is the feature of much importance in terms of DVD players usage. Some portable car DVD players can output the played sound to the main speakers of your car via an FM Transmitter for all the passengers to hear. Other models have their own built-in speakers, as well as the interface for connecting the headphones via IR Transmitter for allowing the fellow travelers to enjoy the watching without distracting the driver.
Various Connectivity options determine the functionality of your automotive DVD player. Ability to connect additional displays, rear and front view cameras, infrared transmitters for wireless headphones, and even gaming consoles, smartphones, mp-3 players transform your DVD player into a multimedia station. Owing to HDMI input ports, USB stick ports, SD card readers you can watch and listen to the majority of modern multimedia formats without limiting yourself to the content of your DVD discs.

Review of XTRONS Portable Dual DVD Player  with Headphones

XTRONS Portable Dual DVD Player with Headphones

XTRONS Portable Dual DVD Player with Headphones

Mounting and Positioning

This automotive DVD player was designed mainly for the mounting on a headrest of a front seat. The installation is performed using the bundled mounting elements: a mounting bracket, a drive pipe, and fixed screws. After you’ve finished the simple installation procedure you can simply adjust the vertical angle of the device at any time. With that this portable car DVD player is always ready for the use as it does not require any preparation, unfolding or flipping out.

Review of XTRONS Portable Dual DVD Player  with Headphones

Display Diagonal Size and Resolution

This XTRONS region free system comprises two identical displays with the supported resolution of 1024x600 pixels. The displays are 10.1 inches-wide and their dimensions make them fit perfectly for the use on the headrests. The resolution supported exceeds the maximum one specified for the DVD content allowing fitting the image into the screen without any downscaling.

XTRONS Portable Dual DVD Player  with Headphones in the use

Sound

This dual device car DVD player system has all the basic sound features for such a portable solution. Each of two car DVD players is equipped with a built-in mini-speaker for the sound playback directly from the device. In addition, each portable car DVD player offers an IR port for connecting a pair of headphones (two headphone pairs for the system, included) without any cords as well as an FM transmitter allowing outputting the player sound to the car acoustic system.

Connectivity and Media Storage Devices

Each highly integrated device of this dual display car DVD player system has a back panel-slot for DVD/CD loading. The devices are also equipped with the corresponding ports for the USB sticks and SD cards (32 GB maximum, FAT32). In addition, you can use the HDMI port for inputting the video signal from any compliant external device, including the gaming consoles.

Additional Info

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XTRONS Portable Dual DVD Player  with Headphones
XTRONS Portable Dual DVD Player with Headphones
 
Review of NaviSkauto Upgraded Screen Ultra-thin Car Headrest DVD Player

NaviSkauto Upgraded Screen Ultra-thin Car Headrest DVD Player

NaviSkauto Upgraded Screen Ultra-thin Car Headrest DVD Player

Mounting and Positioning

This car DVD player by NaviSkauto refers to portable in-car devices intended for playing various media content. The operation of this car DVD player requires its in-car installation by a method of front seat headrest mounting. The installation is performed using the two swivels of different size, which are included in the package. Please keep in mind that this model also allows using as a home portable DVD player. For making the car DVD player fully fitting a car interior the device is completed with two display frames of a different color (included).

Review of NaviSkauto Upgraded Screen Ultra-thin Car Headrest DVD Player

Display Diagonal Size and Resolution

NaviSkauto Upgraded Screen DVD Player has a standard screen size of 10.1 inches, which enables you to enjoy watching your favorite movies and shows from a short distance with enough comfort. In regard to its picture quality, this car DVD player offers a high screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Such resolution is very high for the devices of this category and enables the device to produce an excellent highly detailed and clear picture, on which all the objects look very lifelike.

NaviSkauto Upgraded Screen Ultra-thin Car Headrest DVD Player in the use

Sound

The sound playback of this car DVD player is performed by the built-in speakers, which offer a decent sound playback quality and a high loudness level. The dual car DVD player sound output allows using a car acoustic system. In addition to the built-in speakers, this automotive DVD player can output the sound via a built-in FM-transmitter, which is capable of streaming a movie soundtrack to an external receiver. Worth mentioning is the availability of an IR port, which allows connecting the bundled headphone set wirelessly.

Connectivity and Media Storage Devices

NaviSkauto portable car DVD player supports the playback of various multimedia content from DVD/CD optical discs, which are inserted in a back-panel slot. In addition, this modern car DVD player is capable of playing media files from external flash drives via the built-in USB slot. Moreover, you can view your photos, play music and videos from memory cards after inserting them in the SD/MMC player slot. As for the media file formats that can be played on this car DVD player, you will discover that it supports popular formats such as DVD, MP4, RMVB, and DIVX. With that, the AVI and MP4 files can be encoded at up to 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.


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Naviskauto Product Demonstration (Ultra Thin Headrest Dvd Player)
NaviSkauto Upgraded Screen Ultra-thin Car Headrest DVD Player
NaviSkauto Upgraded Screen Ultra-thin Car Headrest DVD Player
 
Review of Proscan PDVD1037 Dual Screen Car DVD Player

Proscan PDVD1037 Dual Screen Car DVD Player

Proscan PDVD1037 Dual Screen Car DVD Player

Mounting and Positioning

Proscan PDVD1037 Dual Screen DVD Player is a system intended for watching and playing a media content that consists of two independent DVD players. This dual car DVD player can be effectively used both in a home environment by placing the players on practically any even surface and inside a car. The standard installation of Proscan car DVD player system in your car implies the mounting of the devices on the front seat headrests of your car. The mounting of each car DVD player with a screen is performed using two special swivels and other mounting elements that are included in the supply package. Such installation type is very convenient and practical.

Display Diagonal Size and Resolution

Each Proscan PDVD1037 car DVD player has a screen of 10-inch diagonal size, which allows viewing a content comfortably even from a small distance. Despite the modest display resolution of 640 x 480 pixels these car DVD players by Proscan produce a crisp picture, which is detailed enough for watching any DVD-video content without any discomfort. In addition, the screens of PDVD1037 car DVD players have 16:9 aspect ratio, which is much more suitable for viewing modern video content than the standard 4:3 ratio that is typical for the most of 640 x 480 pixels screens.

Proscan PDVD1037 Dual Screen Car DVD Player in the use

Sound

The direct sound output of each Proscan PDVD1037 Dual Screen DVD device is performed by means of the built-in mini speaker, which enables you to listen to your favorite music and to watch favorite movies on the go without any external acoustic system. However, for a more comfortable and convenient listening to movies' sounds or music, the manufacturer provided for an external headset connection. Besides, there are two headphone sets (one set for each device) included. The great advantage of using the bundled headsets is that you do not distract a driver with the sound produced by the players when he or she is driving a car.

Connectivity and Media Storage Devices

Each of the portable car DVD players from the set is equipped with basic connections for watching/playing the supported content. The connectivity features enable you to work a media content using such interfaces as USB (for playing files from USB drives) and an SD/MMC card reader. The access to media files on DVD and CD optical drives is done via a built-in disc drive. It is worth mentioning that buying this dual car DVD player system makes you capable of enjoying a media content of popular optical data storage formats such as DVD / DVD±R / RW / VCD / CD.

 

Proscan PDVD1037 Dual Screen Car DVD Player application

Proscan PDVD1037 Dual Screen Car DVD Player
Proscan PDVD1037 Dual Screen Car DVD Player
 
Review of BOSS  BV11.2MC Roof Flip-down Car DVD Player

BOSS BV11.2MC Roof Flip-down Car DVD Player

BOSS BV11.2MC Roof Flip-down Car DVD Player

Mounting and Positioning

This modern car DVD player is intended for car roof mounting. This model features a flip-down monitor on a swivel, which when folded maintains the low vertical profile of the device. With its screen flipped down, this portable car DVD player produces minimum obstacles for the driver while the passengers enjoy the movies watching.

Review of BOSS  BV11.2MC Roof Flip-down Car DVD Player

Display Diagonal Size and Resolution

The device ensures a good watching performance with its 11.2" flip-down display. The display of this portable car DVD player has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and is rendered in widescreen type. Such a resolution enables the user to watch the NTSC DVD-content at the maximum resolution without any downscaling or cropping.

Sound

In addition, to one A/V output, this car DVD player with screen offers a dual channel IR transmitter allowing to connect up to 2 IR-headsets (with the support of dual-channel capability) via the independent audio channels. The device boasts a built-in FM transmitter and such advanced features as ESP (electronic skip protection) and ID3-tag support.

Connectivity and Media Storage Devices

This dual-headset car DVD player supports the media content playback from such widespread carriers as CD/DVD discs. In addition, to the conventional carriers, this Boss Audio portable car DVD player has one USB and one SD card ports on the side panel. Wireless remote control enables the passengers to conveniently control and use the player with no wires attached.

BOSS  BV11.2MC Roof Flip-down Car DVD Player application

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BOSS  BV11.2MC Roof Flip-down Car DVD Player
BOSS BV11.2MC Roof Flip-down Car DVD Player
 
Review of Sylvania Swivel Screen Portable Car DVD Player

Sylvania Swivel Screen Portable Car DVD Player

Sylvania Swivel Screen Portable Car DVD Player

Mounting and Positioning

This DVD player belongs to the portable player class, that is, it was not designed for the in-car installation only. Such versatile design enables you to use it at home and even take it with you on the trip when travelling by someone else's vehicle. For the use of the device as a portable car DVD player, it comes with a bundled mounting allowing its fastening to a car seat headrest. The swivel screen of this car DVD player rotates and folds easily to save space in case of the player installation on a headrest. The built-in battery is capable of delivering the movies watching or music listening experience for up to five hours.

Review of Sylvania Swivel Screen Portable Car DVD Player

Display Diagonal Size and Resolution

The player features a large 9-inch display, which is very comfortable for watching the movies and videos on. This versatile and automotive car DVD player has a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. Thus, you can watch any DVD content with no downscaling as well as watch high-definition videos without losing the main details. The display itself can rotate 360 degrees around its axis so that passengers can enjoy watching the picture from any angle.

Sylvania Swivel Screen Portable Car DVD Player in the use

Sound

The built-in speakers of the versatile car DVD player allow the player to play the music and reproduce movie characters' speech clearly and distinctively. The built-in acoustics experience is similar to the one offered by a tablet PC. In addition to that the car DVD player allows for connecting a pair of headphones or even two pairs of headphones (the splitter and the headphones are included). Outputting the sound via the headphones is very practical and convenient so that the listeners do not distract the driver from the driving.

Connectivity and Media Storage Devices

With this Sylvania SDVD1048 portable car DVD player, you can watch video files in DVD, VCD and even in more up-to-date and versatile MPEG-4 format, watch JPEG photos, and listen to the standard Audio CDs and MP3 files. All these media formats are available for watching and listening from the DVD/CD discs as well as from the USB flash drives and SD memory cards. In case of using the available AV output, you can output the video and images even to a TV.

Additional Info

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Sylvania Swivel Screen Portable Car DVD Player
Sylvania Swivel Screen Portable Car DVD Player
 
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