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Sony DVP-FX970 9-Inch Portable DVD Player (2011 Model)

by Sony
268 customer reviews
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  • It has 9-inch (diag.), high-resolution, widescreen LCD,180-degree swivel, flip screen
  • It has 6 -hour rechargeable battery
  • Stereo Virtual Dolby Surround,1 Year Parts and Labor Warranty
  • USB Port to enjoy movies, music and pictures on the go
  • Touch key controls on bezel for easy, convenient operation
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: DVP-FX970
  • Display Size: 9 inches
  • Color: Black
  • Item Display Weight: 4.15 pounds
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Product Description

Product Description

Enjoy sharp, crisp video and images with the high-resolution Sony DVP-FX970 portable DVD player. The DVP-FX970 features a nine-inch (diag.) 180-degree swivel, flip screen for easy viewing from any angle and a 6-hour rechargeable battery.1 With the included car adaptor your DVD player is always ready to go no matter how long the trip. DVPFX970 is for use and warranteed so only in the US. It will not work with Region 2 material.

Experience sharp, crisp video and images with the high-resolution Sony DVP-FX970 portable DVD player. Enjoy features such as a nine-inch (diag.) 180-degree swivel, flip screen for easy viewing from any angle and a 6-hour rechargeable battery. With the included car adaptor, your DVD player is always ready to go no matter how long the trip.

Sony DVP-FX970 DVD player
The Sony DVP-FX970 features a flip screen for easy viewing from any angle.

Key Features

High-resolution, Widescreen Monitor: Enjoy entertainment on the go with the Sony DVP-FX970 portable DVD player, featuring a nine-inch, high-resolution, widescreen LCD (800 x 480 resolution).

6- Hour Rechargeable Battery:  With up to 6-hours of battery life, the Sony DVP-FX970 portable DVD player lets you watch approximately three full-length movies before having to recharge.

180-degree Swivel and Flip Screen: A convenient 180-degree swivel, flip screen allows you to watch your DVDs from almost any angle.

USB Port: Easily watch and listen to your videos, photos and music from a USB device.

Touch Keys: Easy-to-access touch keys are conveniently located on the bezel surrounding the player’s screen.


  • Dolby: Dolby Surround Down Mix
  • Child Lock: Yes
  • Dot: 800 x 480
  • Analog Audio Input/Output: 1 (Mini)
  • DC Input: 1
  • Headphone Output: 2 (Mini)
  • USB Input: 1
  • Video Input/Output: 1 (Mini)
  • Power Voltage: 100-240V
  • Rechargeable Battery: Approx. 6 Hours
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 8.7 in. x 1.7 in. x 6.8 in.

What's in the Box

DVP-FX970 Portable DVD Player, AC adaptor, AV cable, Batteries (AA x 2), Car Battery Charger, Instruction Manual, Warranty Card, Remote Control

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameSony
Item Weight2.3 pounds
Product Dimensions6.8 x 8.7 x 1.7 inches
Item model numberDVP-FX970
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Color NameBlack
Number of Component OutputsComposite
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #44,697 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.8 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableMarch 25, 2011
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510 of 513 people found the following review helpful By Sasquatch Boy on April 24, 2011
When I bought this at Best Buy a couple of weeks ago, I thought I was buying the DVP-FX950, which had received pretty good reviews. I didn't realize at the time that I was actually buying the replacement for that model, the DPV-FX970, but I'm very happy that I did. There have been a couple of significant improvements to address the shortcomings of the previous model. This is the first portable DVD player I've owned, but I messed about with a few others in the store. Here are my thoughts.

I like the size and feel of DVD player itself. The swiveling hinge feels very sturdy and has a bit of a snap to it when it closes but there is no latch to keep it closed. The screen can be rotated 180 degrees and then laid flat if so desired. The case does not feel cheap to me. It has a nice texture to it which helps when it's being gripped. You will probably find, as I did, that the exterior holds fingerprints and smudge marks very well, but that's not a big problem.

Like the previous model, most of the controls go across the bottom of the screen. They are all touch controls with the sole exception being the 5-way rocker switch that you use to navigate and click on menu selections. The touch controls work very well, but they are at times a little too sensitive. When you go to rotate the screen, the natural place to grip it exactly where the Play or Option buttons are. I've inadvertently pressed them a few times. Also, the mechanical rocker switch is fairly sensitive and it can sometimes be difficult to get your thumb square in the center to select a menu option. I've found a number of times I've tried to select something but ended up clicking up or down instead. I also hit the option button occasionally when reaching for the rocker.
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103 of 107 people found the following review helpful By M. S. McGrew on June 24, 2011
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NOTE: If you are only going to be play store bought DVDs then this player may not be for you and you can skip this review. The Sony DVP-FX950 is the same player without the ability to play MPEG4 files and it has no USB. The DVP-FX950 is also less expensive. If you have no desire to play video files then the Sony DVP-FX950 is for you.

The Sony DVP-FX970 is awesome at this price point. Having researched all other comparable players and personally tried out many; the Sony is better in every category except battery life in some cases (although 6 hours is still very solid). The screen picture quality is fantastic. It's not HD, but its close to the best you can get without bluray. It is the highest resolution you can get at this price. It's a clear, crisp and bright picture. The sound quality is great for a portable player. This player is as sold as any portable DVD player I have held. The Sony has a nice feel and design. The biggest reason I am writing a review is to clear up some things that were vague in other reviews but I feel are important to those who may be a little more tech savvy or even for those who may want to learn a few things.

Key points about video playback:
* Along with the .mp4 files this player WILL PLAY .avi files that have been encoded with MPEG-4 simple/advanced simple formatting. I use AVS video converter 7 and select the default "to AVI" conversion settings.
* Any .avi or .mp4 that is DivX formated will not be recognized. No DivX.
* I highly suggest the .avi container over the .mp4 because in my experience with this player the .mp4 files will not resume to where the movie last stopped if you press play. A .avi file will resume to the last point you stopped the movie.
* You DO NOT need a USB flash drive to play movie files.
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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful By K. Allen on May 2, 2011
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I have only had this for a few days so I cannot comment on logevity. Granted, I haven't had much time to experiment but so far I really like it. I do not think it is cheap looking or feeling, as another reviewer stated. I love the picture quality- it's very crisp and clear. The sound is everything I would expect and it's much better than an older portable DVD player I have. If I were to compare the two, there would be no fair comparison. This one is sooo much nicer! I love the 9 inch screen. The swivel may come in handy but I don't see it as a selling point for me. I have taken this unit outside to see how it plays in the sunshine which is not so good. I could watch it in a shaded area just fine but direct sunlight is too harsh. I have not tried fiddling with the controls to change the view settings though. There may be a way to do that. However, I don't see that I would need to be watching a DVD out in the sun. I don't notice much spinning noise as I have in other units. Sometimes they are so loud you have to blast the movie to hear over the spin. This one is very quiet. If I hold it on my lap I can feel the vibration of the spin though and that may bother some people. The DVD seems to be solidly in place and I defintely like that. I can move around and carry it from one place to another without the movie falling off track. The one thing I don't like is that you need the remote for some functions. The basic play, pause, volume and such are on the unit itself but if you want to make adjustments or toggle through a menu, you need the remote. Well, I think that is the case anyway. To fast forward, you need the remote. To skip by chapter, you can do it on the unit. It would be nice to have all funtions on the player itself. It's possible that I missed something in the directions about that but it's not obvious to me. All in all, I really like it and am very happy with my purchase.
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