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Decent feature set, poor reliability
on November 10, 2012
Units have a nice feature set in that both screens have independent dvd players, remotes, and it comes with all the accessories you'll ever need. It even comes with a second car power adapter (the first one has two outputs) so you can run them independently in two different vehicles.
Now here's the bad:
The second player stopped playing dvd's within 2 months. I called Sylvania, which wants me to ship the unit back on my dime + a $7 check for "insurance," whatever that means.
Even if the second player hadn't failed, there are some other cons:
Remotes have to be right up to the screen to work. Not a huge deal since you really won't have to use the remote except for...
Second screen has no "input" button to switch to the av input. you have to use the remote
Only one screen has an AV-IN. And that input is shared with the output. i.e. it can only be in or out, not both at the same time. The reason this is bad is because if you wanted to feed a movie from an ipod or other external source, you can only display it on one screen.
Second player only has an output
Headphone output is way too low. I bought a wireless headphone system to tie into the system, and the headphones are self amplified.
Turning the unit off makes it forget where you left off, ie you will need to start the movie over and "skip" to where you left off.
Screen is clear, bright and crisp
Each player can run independently
Units have built in batteries which do run for several hours, so turning you car off to fill up won't reset the players or stop the movie
It does come with two remotes with different IR codes, so they don't conflict with each other
It has accessories galore (off the top of my head, 1 car power adapter with 2 outputs, 1 car adapter with 1 output, two AC power adapters, 1 1/8" AV link cable, 2 1/8" to component breakout cables, 2 headrest straps, carrying bag, batteries for remotes)
One other "pro" which I have not confirmed is that the unit manual claims to be able to play MP4's off dvd's even though this isn't listed anywhere on the box or retailer websites, but I haven't tried so I can't say for certain it will do this.
All this being said, if you are in the market for a player, I suggest going for one of the newer units for $100 or less with dual screens and USB/media slots. Reason being you can rip your movies to thumb drives and play them even if the dvd player eventually fails, plus you can fit 40 or so movies on a $20 32GB thumb drive vice a bunch of dvd's that will most likely eventually get scratched, and the kids won't have to fight over discs. Only downside to these digital media capable units, as far as I can tell, is they do not run independently. Both screens must display the same thing.
I ended up buying 2 sets of digital media capable units, keeping the "main" media capable units with dvd players, and ebaying the two "input only" displays with power adapters, straps and cables for those that want to hook up external sources only. The set for $80 so net cost was $100.