47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Almost a GREAT device,
This review is from: Sylvania SDVD7040B-Black 7-Inch Portable DVD Player, Black (Electronics)
I've just finished putting my new '7014 through its paces, & I'm pleased. I primarily bought it to have a little distraction in my workshop, where it'll spend almost its whole life plugged in. And while it doesn't have GREAT sound, it's a pretty good CD player, easier to find a place for amid my clutter than the boom-box, & only a bit bigger than the old Walkman. (If I close the lid almost all the way, on a rubber stopper or something, this gives better midrange.) The little remote is dustproof & damp-resistant, PERFECT for the shop, & lets me control tracks & volume from at least 20 feet away. All in all, this is exactly what I need, at a good price.
For a couple of DVDs I tried, I had to have the volume cranked to the pegs to hear clearly in an open room. This might not be a problem with earbuds. The good news is that there was almost no distortion with louder sounds & soundtrack music.
The biggest downer I can foresee is the batteries. While the LiPoly cells are generally a great device, eventually they will start to lose power-holding ability. In the DVD player, there's no easy (or presently cheap) way to replace the cells. I'm hoping that the internal charger circuit doesn't do something odd to "protect" the dead cells by disabling the unit -- because the '7014 looks like it could be useful for quite some time with either the wall-wart or car cord.
Speaking of which: there's a good market for those cords. I sold my car-cord to another owner (whose dog had chewed theirs up) for $15.
Also, I'm not sure I'd be happy having LiPoly batteries around small children, large dogs, or clumsy adults, as I read they're capable of bursting into flame if shorted or punctured. That's probably why they're usually sealed into devices like this.
All in all, it's better than I was expecting for only $60.