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167 of 172 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2011
This Dvd Portable player is a pleasant suprise.... it is the best product one can have in a vehicle. I know because I have gone through two Dvd Players previously and thinking of custom made entertainment center until now. This Dual Dvd Player can actually play TWO DIFFERENT DVDS ON 2 SCREENS AT THE SAME TIME (my 5 year old girl and 4 year old boy have settled the feud on who watches Barbie and Iron Man....like, forever);or if wanted IT CAN PLAY ONE DVD ON TWO SCREENS AT THE SAME TIME (by hooking the wire to each other). Mind you this is Philips PD 7016 which came into the market barely few months ago.......and not PD7012 ( I almost got the wrong one during my selection). The volume is extraordinarily loud such that the FM Car Transmitter I ordered intending to connect the Dvd speakers to the Car Stereo is of no use to me....because the little speakers on the superd players are whoopers! It starts playing from where it stopped, even after you must have turned it off for an entire day. No matter how bumpy the ride is, the player does not skip a track. Above all, I like classy looking things and this is one classy looking thing inside the car....(check it from the rear of the vehicle). The wires are well placed beside the chairs in my vehicle and is not at all flying over the place; hardly visible at all. I and my spouse were previously thinking of returning our vehicle for custom installation of entertainment system until I saw this product on Wal-mart site. At first I thought it was cheap; until a week later the price jumped further upwards.......I reluctantly bought it (moreso after reading the 5 Star reviews....) I was shocked at the superior quality of the product; my entire family fell for the sleek looks and superior performance after I installed it and have been operating it effortlessly. And the reviews (check other sites for more reviews) have been coming such that today as I write this review, the price has... on Amazon and other sites. It is highly recommended, grab it while you can. Our family friends have got some already as the price keeps moving.....it is worth every dollar. You will attest to this too.

DATE: FEBRUARY 15, 2012. I reckon I should give kudos to this product after one year running across hundreds of miles of bumby roads and little fingers of my kids poking and pulling at the appliance on all sides, yet it is just as it was the first day I mounted it inside the vehicle: super sleek, solid and belting out quality DVD performances without skipping to the delight of our little "mistress" and now two "princes" Big thumbs up really Philips.
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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2011
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This is a very nicely designed product. Appearance of the case is top shelf. The video and audio quality is VERY good even on the 'remote' or slave display and the viewing angle is wide enough that it is easy to see from the middle seat.

Despite some of the Philips documentation mentioning to do some features with the 'remote control', the product does not come with one nor have I found one available to purchase as an accessory.

The product is fully featured and does all the things you would expect it to. You can even adjust the brightness on each display from dim-med-bright. HOWEVER- when you attempt to adjust the brightness on the 'slave' unit, it displays that this is "not available". And it seems to default the slave unit to 'dim'. BUT- if you take it out of slave mode, set the brightness and then put it back in slave mode it will keep your brightness setting. Not fatal, but one wonders why they did that.....

The headrest straps route through 2 metal pins embedded in the rear of each display. You run the strap through these, around your headrest (raised a couple of inches so the strap makes contact with the metal rods that support the headrest), and then clasped together. The mounting is very solid and you can tighten it so the display is held firmly against the seat.

The shipment came with:
2- players.
2- A/C adapters
1- Car adapter with 2 cables that come straight from the plug. Not a single cable that Y's off after several feet. Not sure I like this from a cable mess perspective.
1- slave video/audio cable
1- video cable
2- headrest straps

Thus far I am pleased. Now comes the longevity test.

UPDATED 6-6-2011- My 21 month old twins don't ride in the car well after about 30 minutes without nearly constant attention from the front seat passenger (Mom). Recently we had to travel an hour each way to an event and it was the quietest 2 hours on record for the twins. LOVE it so far for that.

I also love how it remembers where your place in the program and starts back at that spot. Also, it auto-replays so when you reach the end of the DVD, it starts over. With no remote control and no way to see the controls from the front seat this is ideal.

I do wish I could downgrade my rating to 4 stars: buttons on the top of the unit would have been preferable to under the screen in the front (where they can be reached by toes). If you are not fluent with the position of the front panel keys, if you are in the front seat, you have to detach the unit so you can operate the buttons.
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2010
Just purchased this for installing in a new van which has no entertainment system. With these kinds of players and screens, there is always going to be a preponderance of wires, so keep that in mind. If you don't care about all the wires hanging about the place, this is truly a neat product. DVD-playing capability is normal, nothing to distinguish from other players. What I really like is the presence of a 3.5mm AV in/out socket that allows other inputs into the players. This works excellent for me because if I want to watch something from my Internet-enabled phone (which has a 3.5mm AV out socket,) then I get to watch it on the 7" screen instead of the tiny phone screen. Extremely cool!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2011
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I have a 6 year old daughter and a 1 year old son and we're getting ready to go on a 5 hour road trip next month. I was trying to find something that would make them both happy and keep them content. This was definitely the way to go! We haven't even gone on vacation yet and I've already gotten my monies worth! The picture is awesome and the sound is great! There's only two wires on each side and they were easy to hide. If that wasn't enough the're dual players so they can watch two separate movies if they want, which will work nicely as they get older! Also if they want to watch the same thing you just flip a switch, its that simple! I set them up in 5 minutes tops...definitely recommend this and the price can't be beat!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2011
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Very good product. Only wish it came with a battery also. Can only use with AC power or car adapter. Picture is great and easy to use.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2011
We just bought one of these players knowing we were planning on going on a couple road trips with the family. We have a 4 year old and an 18 month old, both boys. The player works great! We only use it in the minivan to help break the travel up for they boys. It is very easy to setup and use, it is helpful to read the instructions first. One feature we really like (but haven't used yet other than to make sure it works) is that each player can play a different movie at the same time. When the kids get older, this could come in very handy. The setup is easy, mounting the screens to the headrest is easy, and they work great. We have used them twice and had no problems either time. There are no remotes, but our 4 year old can run the player just fine by using the buttons on the front of the player. These also do not have batteries, but they have both an adapter for the vehicle and 2 adapters for use in a 120 VAC outlet. The players can either be connected and play the same movie, connected and play different movies, or not connected at all and each play a different movie. We are very happy with this purchase so far.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2013
I have a similar model of this player, the Philips PD9012/37 9-Inch LCD Dual Screen Portable DVD Player, that no longer worked after 5 roadtrips giving me the famous "Bad Disc" error. You can see my review for that product.

When I got the bad disc error I noticed that I'd open the player and find the disc spinning slowly, much slower than it should if the player were to actually play the disc. The spin motor did not seem to be broken and I could hear the laser motor moving back and forth when the door was closed...so I wondered if the door closed sensor wasn't being fully triggered so the player wasn't able to start playing. If you open the door you should see a small square plastic nub on the screen side (mine is in the lower right when looking at the screen) that slides into the back of the unit when you shut the door, hitting the sensor and thus allowing the unit to play. I loaded a disc, manually depressed the sensor with a small screwdriver and tried the unit. Worked. For a more permanent fix I took several small pieces of duct tape and layered them on top of that plastic nub to make it 'thicker' and tried the unit. Worked! Worked again and again! After this when I stopped the unit to change discs and opened the door the disc was spinning at full speed like it's supposed to. I tried like 10 times and worked every time. I'm not absolutely sure this was the fix...but want to pass this along in case this helps you keep your player working.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2011
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We were planning a driving trip with our 3 kids, 15 month old twins and a 3 year old, and I knew I needed to get a dvd player for our SUV to get through the drive! After a lot of in depth research, I decided that this would be the perfect one, and it has!! This is the first portable dvd player our family has had, so I hope it lasts a long time.

The things I love about this is that it can play 2 different dvd's at the same time, or you could hook it up so that the second screen plays the same dvd. I also love this because, with our daughters still facing rear in their car seats and my 3 year old faces forward (she is in the middle of the 2nd row and the twins are on the side of the door), I was able to get one screen behind the drivers headrest (for the 3 year old facing forward), and the other screen went on the middle headrest of the 2nd row (so that our twins could see it). This was PERFECT!!! Everyone was happy, including me and my husband who had a quiet drive! We adjusted the volumes on each monitor so that it could be heard for all the girls.

Now in putting the second screen on the middle headrest of the second row, this made the wires hang all over the car. To resolve this, I just tucked them in between the car seats, this way the kids didn't see them and would not be tempted to pull on them. The other potential issue is there is no remote, so if you need to start the dvd over, you have to manually do it. This wasn't a problem for us since my husband was driving and I could just reach back and change it. Plus I also memorized where the buttons were, so I don't have to constantly look to make sure I was pushing the right one. But if I was in the car by myself, this would definitely be an issue...this is why we only use it for long car trips (anything more than an hour) so that it could entertain them.

I would definitely recommend these dvd players!!! It worked in our Honda Pilot, so I can assume it would work in any SUV/minivan that had 3 rows of seats. I have no doubt if we had our 3rd row up, I could still put this on the middle headrest of the 2nd row with no problems! This really is a must have for any family looking to entertain their kids on long car trips!! And this is so much cheaper and better than buying a vehicle that comes with an entertainment system since you can put these on any headrests that you want!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2011
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Great product and the kids love it during long trips. BUT, be aware that the power cord will not reach the third row of a large SUV, like our Suburban, if the only power outlet is under the dashboard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2011
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I am happy with this product, nice things which I like is the video will start from where it is lift before and another thing is when I starts and off my car the video player also ON/OFF because it doesn't have batteries so my kids don't get chance to fiddle with video player ON/OFF switch
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