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Nice product, but with one key improvement, they would be GREAT,
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This review is from: Philips PD9016/37 9-inch Portable LCD Dual DVD player (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
First off, I really like these units and they play and look great just as long as you use the DVD player for each screen individually. The real disappointment comes into play when connecting the two units together to play the same video. The fact that the product uses analog connectivity and only comes with a 3 foot long AV cable is its downfall. Now, don't get me wrong, this may work out fine for you if you plan on attaching the screens on side by side headrests in the same row. But if you have a vehicle (such as a van), where there is the possiblity of someone tripping on this cable or, as in my particular install, you would like to have one screen in the middle row and the other in the rear row, then this is not even possible with this cable. The second and even more disppointing aspect of connecting the units is a result of this product relying on an analog connection. Because it is analog (and not digital), you will also need to accept picture degradation from the unit playing the DVD and second unit. While the picture quality isn't horrible, the picture quality difference between the player unit and receiver unit IS noticible (even with the 3 foot cable). And as you would imagine (with any analog connection), the longer the distance you send an analog signal the more the quality degrades. With this said, the solution which would make this product GREAT and more desireable would be if Philips redesigned this product to use HDMI connectivity between the screens.
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Initial post: Aug 10, 2011 4:59:37 PM PDT
Your review answered my questions perfectly. Thanks for taking the time to write it!!
Posted on Aug 19, 2011 5:51:02 PM PDT
S. Dizdarevic says:
Posted on Nov 12, 2011 11:20:03 PM PST
Thank you! Thank you! I was looking at this system for our six children in a larger vehicle. This clearly will not work. Really appreciate the review. This is the kind of information that should be included by the manufacturer.
Posted on Dec 27, 2011 10:25:05 AM PST
Simon Guehring says:
Hello, I have a question. I am looking to buy this product but I am from Europe. Does this dvdplayer have a regioncode or is it open for all regions? Would be great if you could help. Also, is the screen to big if a child is sitting in a child car seat?
thank you very much
Posted on Feb 25, 2012 8:49:04 PM PST
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Posted on Mar 4, 2012 4:11:18 PM PST
Jarad Hunsicker says:
You can order longer cables.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2012 3:44:36 AM PST
Claude Bussieres says:
Actually, while I do agree with this review, I simply see it as a minor setback to have such a short a/v wire. What I did upon seeing how short the wire is was to rummage trough my box of spare electronic items and found two (2) longer wires and connected them in series by splicing them myself. It didn't cost me a thing and I don't see much loss in picture quality in the second unit.
Posted on Mar 13, 2012 7:07:49 AM PDT
stay at home Dad says:
This comment sounds like it's brought to you by the Council for the Advancement of HDMI(TM) :) Technically, digital signals degrade over the length of their cables as well, although perhaps the difference isn't as noticeable over the same length of cable.
Seriously, though, we've had no problem with picture quality on a similar Philips dual dvd product using the same analog connection. These are 9" screens intended to be watched in the car, not 50" screens meant for a dark home theater room. Any appreciable improvement you might get from the digital connection will probably just be lost in the glare of the sun and street lights.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 11:07:18 AM PDT
Joel Deye says:
Thank you! At least someone on here has some sense.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 3, 2012 1:43:30 PM PDT
I can see how the length of the cable could be an issue depending on the vehicle and setup etc. But we had no issues with any difference in the quality of the picture or audio between the two screens at all. I was surprised to see this mentioned.