In Car DVD Players

Updated on May 22, 2007
A.W. asks from Garner, NC
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I was wondering what the best brands/models were for after market DVD players. My son is only 2 so I think one that attaches to the seat would be the best (he is a future pitcher!) I also want one that will work outside of the car, so we can use it at grandmas, we also have an airplane trip coming the end of the year. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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C.A.

answers from Spartanburg on

A., Hi!. We have an Audiovox from Target that has 1 player with 2 screens to go on both headrests. You can buy a portable battery to go with it, also at Target so that you can use it when you are not in the car. They also sell a bag that is just for this player that you can use to carry the player/screens. My girls love it and it is reasonibly priced. I believe my husband said that it is on sale this week at Target for $129???

Good luck. I hope that this helps. Also, if you are a member of Sam's Club, they usually carry some that are priced well also and sometimes both screens have a player in them so that 2 different movies can be watched instead of 1.

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C.M.

answers from Dothan on

check with best buy if there is one near you. I found one for our kids that has the movable screens the dvd and the cords for cloxe to 200 there and it is very good quality.

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T.E.

answers from Charleston on

Hey my parents got one back a few years ago and brand isnt the case i think the portable ones are GREAT!! i have a 19 month and a 5 year old so its wonders for us when we take trips! im not sure where they got it from but i can ask if you would like.
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C.W.

answers from Norfolk on

I think I would have to agree, there are many portable brands to chose from and I cant remember the brand we bought, but it is a lifesaver on trips and even around the house. We got this case though at walmart that hooks to the back of a car seat, and it has speakers that fold out, so you can actually hear it while driving. It also has headphone jacks, but I know my 3 yr old refuses to keep them on and she always wanted it turned up more, and the dvd player itself isnt all that loud so the case that we got for it, is awesome for car trips. I dont think there is a bad one out there, as long as you take care of them they seem to have a pretty long life.

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S.J.

answers from Charlotte on

Hi A.,

We have one with one player/2 screens that has the player separate form the screens. It has both the car and home adapters. I don't know about an airplane. We prefer this kind because we control it from up front. We turn it off and on, we control the volume, we can change the video without getting out of the car. It works great for us. We got it from Target online and it was about $125.

Good luck!

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J.H.

answers from Albuquerque on

Hello A., I just researched this myself for my Mom and bought the following at www.Overstock.com : The price was GREAT $114.99, it has a year warranty, it's portable for the car, plays cd's along with dvd's, portable skip protection, etc. and even has 30 games on it and you can even hook it up to a tv. I bought the 2 year warranty for only $9.99 more, check it out on their site for Polaroid PDV0801AU 8-inch Portable DVD Player w/ 30 built in Video Games. Here's their description:
* 8-inch color LCD monitor
* Integrated DVD player plays DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-DA, CD-R, and CD-RW formats
* MP3 audio and JPEG image playback on CD
* Screen flips to fold flat
* Built-in stereo speakers
* Analog and optical digital audio outputs
* Electronic skip protection
* Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack
* Approximately 3 hours of playback time between charges
* Built-in Dolby Digital decoder
* Compatible with most gaming systems

Accessories include:

* Rechargeable Li-ion battery
* Behind-the-neck headphones
* AV cable
* Car power adapter
* AC adapter/charger
* Car bag
* Remote control
Hope this helps you,
J.

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T.N.

answers from Norfolk on

My best advice and this is coming from experience, if you have the money spend the extra cash and get one installed in the car. I know you want one that works both places, and at Circuit City they have a few for under $100. But we bought one of the portable ones for a road trip and strapped in on the back of the seat. Well my son did everything but watch a movie, unless he was really tired. He somehow managed to kick it, hit it, throw stuff at it, whatever. (hes 2 too) But if you do decide to get a portable I recommend you go to Circuit city or even Walmart they actually have some decent ones there too. But shop around to get the best deal.

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B.C.

answers from Columbia on

I would recomend the after market drop down kind. I had the kind that you attach to the back of the headrest and our son broke them repeatedly. We got the kind you hang between the seats, broken, and the kind you hold in your lap, again broken. By the time we were done we could have bought the drop down set. We bought the cheap ones and the expensive ones. They all broke very quickly. We got ours installed at Cicuit City and it's great because you can remove the monitor and take it with you. It also comes with a set of wireless headset, awesome. And it plays T.V. as well as dvds and can also have video games attached. We bought the warranty package just in case. Not a day of problems and we have had it almost 2 years. I will say that my only regret was getting the 10 inch screen. It makes it harder to see out the back window. The best thing also is that it folds up and out of the way when not in use. And bonus is that if you sell your vehicle and want to remove it you can and reinstall it in your new car. So no commitments. We love ours and hope this helps you.