What Is It
You can find a vast array of portable gadgets on the market today that have become a part of our everyday life. A DVD player is among them as well. This small but extremely useful device can stream any entertainment content from DVD discs and other digital collections and keep people amused when they need to while away some time. Some of the players can pick up the TV signal, this way becoming a real TV-set on the road. In this review, we've given you a comprehensive comparison of the best portable DVD players available on sale for you to choose the one you need.
What Features to Compare
Your comfort fully depends on screen characteristics so make sure that you pick the right one. The average screen size for 1-2 people use measures 9-12" diagonal, but you can find a bigger screen if you want to have a more detailed picture before you or you mean to attach it to a headrest for other people's use. Consider the resolution, for it directly affects how clear the streamed content will be. Most modern portable DVD players now support Full HD. To be able to watch large-format movies with maximum comfort and minimum picture distortion, it's important to make sure that the chosen DVD player has a 16:9 display ratio where for streaming the content from TV 4:3 would be more than enough. Picture brightness, contrast and field of view are mainly predetermined by the panel used in DVD player. TFT thin-film transistor is most popular today and widely used in DVD player production.
Interface and Compatibility
Another important characteristic to be considered is the ability to read and play different formats and storage devices. It is understood that the more formats portable DVD player supports, the more playback capabilities it provides. A good player should always be compatible with such disc formats as DVD±R/RW, CD-R/RW, and also support MP3, WMA, and JPEG formats; playing files in MPEG-4 and DivX is a plus. Some advanced models can boast of Blu-Ray media playback, but of course, they are more expensive. Actual models can be easily connected to a TV or AV receiver via HDMI or analog component/composite connector. In addition, most portable DVD players have a USB port and card reader to playback files from external data storage devices. Some players are equipped with IR transmitter for wireless connection to earphones, headset, etc. Also, some models have a built-in TV/FM tuner that allows watching TV programs and listen to radio almost anywhere, plus some manufacturers equip their models with games to make journeys more fun for their owners.
Convenience and Power Source
In most cases, portable DVD players have a swivel screen that can rotate all round 180 degrees for optimum field of view. It would be great if a player is packed with a case/bag for convenient transportation. Some models may have a bracket to be placed on a car headrest, which is also very handy. If you plan to use DVD player on the road all the time, pay attention to its size and weight. A player can be controlled via a remote control or control buttons. Also, take into consideration a built-in battery capacity. Some models can provide battery life up to 5 hours.
Games to Go
What distinguishes XTRONS Portable Dual DVD Player from the others is that it can be used for playing 32-bits games (though, not all game discs are compatible). This is particularly handy for those consumers who often set on journeys with kids and want to keep them entertained. Actually, there are two ways you can use this DVD player in a car, - either attach it to a headrest to stream movies or cartoons or like a tablet. There are two monitors with two remote controls in the set, so you and your kids can watch different content at a time. Another beneficial feature of XTRONS Portable Dual DVD Player is its removable design. It’s not been designed for use in a car only and you can take it off anytime you want to and bring home. XTRONS Portable Dual DVD Player supports a wide range of popular formats including DVD, SVCD, VCD, DVD-5, CD, CD-R/RW, DVD-9, DVD ± R/RW to be able to stream MP3, WMA, AAC, JPG, AVI, DivX, 3GP, VOB, FLV, MP4 and XVID and it can be paired with a smartphone for sharing any other digital content from your own collection.
Sound is Everywhere
Considering this player, we found another very important feature that distinguishes XTRONS player from other models. Compared to other DVD players, this one can produce sound in three different ways:
- via built-in IR transmitter, which allows listening to audio files from two-channel (A&B) wireless headphones A: 2.3-2.8MHz, B: 3.2-3.8MHz;
- play audio directly from the device via built-in dual 2W speakers;
- via built-in FM-transmitter, which transmits sound from the unit to the radio receiver (car radio), from where you can share music with other passengers. In this case 8 frequencies are supported: 87.7, 88.5, 88.1, 88.9, 106.7, 107.1, 107.5, 107.9.
A Piece of Advice
Since the device comes with only one game, the question is obvious: where to get more? The easiest way is to go on the official website native32 and choose one from any game genre you prefer. All you have to do is download an archive file and write it to the disc. We can assume that now your children will be much more delighted to go traveling with you.
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Sony BDPSX910 Portable Blu-ray Player
Where Technology Meets Quality
One of the biggest advantages of Sony BDPSX910 Portable Blu-ray Player is its 9" LCD display, which allows you to comfortably view your favorite movies, TV shows both at home and on trips. Full HD resolution (1920 × 1080) will provide very high quality images. It is worth mentioning that not every full-size TV has such a high resolution. As it turned out, this portable DVD player is also distinguished by its capability to playback Blu-Ray disks (BD-ROM, BD-R/RE, BD Profile 1.1) besides DVD (DVD-ROM, DVD ± R/RW) and CD (CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R/RW) optical media. This is the only player among others in our review that supports Blu-Ray discs format - optical media format used for recording high density data storage, including high definition video. Another distinctive feature of this device is Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus support - multi-channel sound systems that allow connection of the external audio system 5.1 to the player. In addition, there is an option of parental control that enables protection of certain labelled discs.
What We Know About 24p True Cinema
It's not a secret that Sony corporation holds a leading position in the world in production of digital devices and accessories. The company is also famous for development and introduction of new technologies. However, back to Sony DBPSX910 portable DVD player, we'd like to make a focus on its 24p True Cinema format support. The given feature enables crystal clear picture at 24 frames per second on a wide screen as if you've been watching it in the cinema. That was Sony corporation that first introduced this technology and given it a good start for others to implement in their products. Now scenes on a screen looked just like film directors intended them to be with accurate voice sound.
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Sylvania SDVD1256 Portable DVD Player
Screen That is Large Enough for All
If you need a large-screen portable DVD player, Sylvania SDVD1256 is the right thing for you. Among all other models reviewed in here, it boasts the biggest 11.6" TFT screen which should be big enough for all. Such impressive size will provide a comfortable field of view for all who are in a car watching the screen. We have also noted a 16:9 aspect ratio to stream widescreen Hollywood movies, and 640x480 resolution to provide a good quality picture. Although these figures aren't the biggest, considering the price of the device, they are quite fair. In addition, this portable DVD player can read CD, VCD, DVD, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW and support popular MP3, JPEG, MPEG4 and DivX media formats.
Portable players have always been popular, but mobile video players and television sets have not always been successful. Portable TVs were introduced quite a long time ago. Connected to the car battery they are often used in so-called "houses on wheels". Small CRT monitors make TVs small enough to carry. Two main problems related to portable TVs are signal receiving and antenna size, so portable DVD players appeared to be more popular among buyers this day. It is worth noting that the first systems appeared at the end of 2000, when Panasonic released the first mobile DVD player. It is remarkable that portable DVD players have become a transition from optical media players to the players based on hard drives and flash memory. The latter allow using different codecs for video recording. Most modern players support popular DivX format.
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Autonomy and Comfort at Top Level
Sylvania SDVD1048 has two power options to suit any situation. The device can be powered either through AC adapter or via car adapter (accessories supplied with the unit). The most important thing that differs this player from its competitors is a built-in battery. The difference is in the fact that the built-in battery can provide up to 5 hours of battery life. This is enough for watching two feature-length movies on a single charge. We'd also like to take note of convenient and ergonomic design of this model. First, the manufacturer provides a special bag for easy transportation, plus a 360 ° display that swivels for a tablet view, which is very convenient and practical. The player has a special grade splitter for connecting two pairs of headphones (so you can watch movies together with somebody else) and can be installed on a headrest to entertain back passengers on long trips.
DVD vs CD
At first glance, CD and DVD disks are very similar because both have a standard diameter and thickness, and they are both optical media, that means that the stored data is read by a laser. The laser transmits the signal to the reader, which converts it into a binary code. One of the major differences between CD and DVD is the structure itself. CD is a polycarbonate plastic with a thickness of 1.2 mm and 120 mm in diameter, covered with a very thin layer of aluminum, silver or gold and protected by a clear acrylic coating with a printed label on the nonreadable side. DVD consists of 2 polycarbonate disks glued together, each 0.6 mm thick. The data and metal layers are in the middle of the disc. The layer of the data, and a reflective metal layer located right in the center of the disc. DVD may contain data on one or both sides of the disc. Also, the main difference between CD and DVD is data capacity. The storage capacity of a CD is only 700 MB, while one-sided DVD contains about 4.7 GB. To increase the storage capacity even more, a DVD can have up to four layers, two on each side. Another important difference is the rotational speed. A CD spins at 500 revolutions per minute, while the DVD’s speed is 1500 rpm. All these differences are the key characteristics to be considered before taking decision which format to choose.
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Ematic EPD909RD Portable DVD Player with Headphones and Bag
Entertainment on the Go
The given portable player, despite the low price, has a number of advantages and all the necessary functions. The keynote of this model is its portability and compactness. It is worth noting that this is one of the most compact portable DVD players: dimensions are 9.5x1.5x6.8 in and weight is only 2 lb. This allows you to have your personal entertainment center at hand. Ematic EPD909RD equipped with a 9" display, which is perfect for individual use. If for some reason a screen is too big for you, pay attention to the same model with a 7" screen. A display resolution of this player is 480x234. This is an optimal value for this screen size that allows streaming your favorite movies, serials and TV shows in good quality. Ematic EPD909RD supports playback of such popular formats as CD and DVD which are the most common optical media. Despite the low price, this player is equipped with a NTSC/PAL receiver that provides reception of television signals (you may need an external antenna). We found that the power supply of the device is carried out from the included AC/DC adapter or built-in lithium-ion battery that can provide up to 2 hours of autonomous operation. For a comfortable viewing, you can easily change screen position that tilts and rotates all round 180° degrees. Also, it should be noted that this model is equipped with a stylish bag for storage and safe transportation.
A Little Bit of History
Did you know that the first CD was developed back in 1980 by Philips and Sony? However, the very first CD was released on August 17, 1982 by Polygram, a German recording company started by Philips. A pop group ABBA was the first who released their first album «The Visitors» in a new format, and Billy Joel’s «52nd Street» became the first one that got on the music store stands. Sale of these CDs began in Japan on October 1, 1982. According to Philips, in 25 years more than 200 billion CDs have been sold worldwide. Despite the fact that more and more people prefer to buy audio files on the Internet, according to the IFPI, CD sales are about 70% of all music sales.
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