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Old 12-31-2006, 08:20 AM   #1
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el cheapo car dvd player???

As there is no space for a home cinema set, I am thinking about a car DVD player.
I see them on Ebay for about 120 USD .
Are these thing worth buying .

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Old 12-31-2006, 08:23 AM   #2
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Remco, here in the US you can get a flat panel television with a built-in DVD player. It is a great space saver. The only drawback is it operates on 120 volts, not 240. If you want something more portable, look at personal DVD players, they come with a 5'-7' screen, and aspect ratios from 4:5-16:9. Most have output jacks for a television. They are small enough to fit in your hand, and you can remove them from the trailer when you store it. These cost from $75 USD to $250 USD.
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Old 12-31-2006, 08:29 AM   #3
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The other only drawback is that screen format, line scans, etc are different between the US & Europe. See NTSC vs. PAL. You'd probably want to stay consistent with your format.

I've never had a DVD option in any vehicle I've owned -- maybe somebody who has will pipe up. I don't know if they transmit an image appropriate for a larger screen. Another option is a laptop computer with a CD-DVD drive...
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Old 12-31-2006, 08:35 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply
I know the portable models.
But I'm thinking of replacing the existing radio with a all in 1
I do have a 23 inch LCD screen.
But I see those all in 1 sets ( radio CD DVD MP3 )
For about 120 usd and also for 1200 usd.
most of them are both NTSC and PAL
are the cheap set usable or just a waste of $$
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Old 12-31-2006, 08:47 AM   #5
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are the cheap set usable or just a waste of $$
You get what you pay for. I would look for one in the middle of the price range, some of the cheaper ones I have seen are, well, cheap. And you already know to make sure the player will play other formats besides region 1 (North America).
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Old 12-31-2006, 09:49 AM   #6
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I know you say you are replacing the existing system, are you planning on mounting it above the front windows? If you think about it the portable DVD's are viewed usually a foot to two feet away because the screens are so small.... I think it would be hard to see if you mount it where the existing unit is from any advatage in the camper unless your right on top of it.

We have a portable that has held up for about four years now...haven't used it yet on a camping trip though...mostly for getting to and from our destinations for the kids.
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A basic DVD player is not complicated and need not be expensive. Known in my local area are these quality and inexpensive machines. At very least it could serve as a guide for what something decent and new might cost. OPPO DVDs are 110 volt but I read that models 971 and 981 have output switchable to either NTSC or PAL: OPPO OPDV971H 720p/1080i Up-Converting DVD Player with DVI Output I don't know if the same is true for the model 970 ($149!) but that could be checked out. They'd need a transformer for you of course.
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WAL MART here is now selling a 10" LCD screen with built in DVD for the car, for 100 bucks. It can be used in the trailer off the 12v system. I don't know how good the picture quality is though.
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My experience was....

Hello all -

Dragged into WalMart by a friend. What I found sustained the friendship for a while longer.... Found 2 X 7" DVD screens that are mountable on the headrests - they can run together or sepperately. They can also run 2 movie at the same time, as there is a DVD mech in each of the 2 head units. They are 110VAC or 12VDC and work the same. Will report when they have been tested under the normal conditions....

BTW - the price was well under $200 including all the cables, carry case, and all need interconnection cables - PS 1/2/X-Box compatable.

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i have the dvd system built in my minivan. it can't be viewed from the front seats at all, even with the seat reclined and slid back all the way. so to use it when we travel, i have to ride in the back. the screen size is pretty small, although i see that some of the ones you install after-market are larger. as for the portable dvd players, i'm on my third one. i was told at the electronics store that the average life of a portable dvd player is one year. my experience has been that the cheaper one far outlasted the sony. i paid $600.00 (prices were much higher then) for one and $130.00 for the other and i used it constantly, even dropped it a few times. sony wanted almost $400.00 to repair it. i think the only advice i could give would be to be very wary of cutting into your vehicle for something that may not last. i bought the extended warranty on my car which covers my built-in dvd, so i figure it will work until the day after the warranty runs out! they are great, though. i take my portable everywhere. i even use it when i'm riding in my car so i can sit up front while my husband drives. (which is perfect because he hates to ride and i hate to drive!) good luck!!
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WAL MART here is now selling a 10" LCD screen with built in DVD for the car, for 100 bucks. It can be used in the trailer off the 12v system. I don't know how good the picture quality is though.
We have used the $100 LCD portable both in the car and the airstream. It works on 12Vdc supply through a cigarette lighter plug so no other inverter or power supply is needed. The picture quality is very good for the 10 screen and has good color. The sound is hard to hear when the AC is on, but the LCD has output jacks that I use to plug into a new car stereo that has an auxiliary jack on the front to get amplified sound.
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