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why does sony take away features?,
This review is from: Sony DVP-FX980 9-Inch Portable DVD Player (Electronics)
If Sony wants to make a newer model of a DvD player, you would think they would improve it, not take away features. It is quite puzzling.
Pros: All sony players have much clearer picture quality than most other companies. That really is the most important feature. It also has the ability to fast forward, and rewind, not just skip chapters like many other players
Cons: They took away 3 features!!!!! 1) swivel screen 2) instead of 2 audio headphone jacks- which were on the previous model, they only put one, so if you take the player in the car with you, only one person could use headphones at a time, instead of 2 kids sharing it. 3)THe battery is not replaceable.
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Initial post: Nov 10, 2012 1:57:36 PM PST
You can get a splitter for the headphone jack. Not expensive.
Posted on Feb 26, 2013 12:27:59 PM PST
Mauricio Uceda says:
That's the first thing that it came to my mind when I saw this new model. How come the new model lost the swivel ???????? ... this looks like an older model instead.
Posted on Apr 16, 2013 1:55:59 AM PDT
sonnsett Radius says:
very good review - Thank You
Posted on May 20, 2013 12:32:52 AM PDT
Sony, like any company, is trying to make the best product it can, at the lowest possible price and still make a profit. Had they left these features on the current model, it probably would've cost more since labor and materials cost more every year.
In reply to an earlier post on May 31, 2013 12:02:42 PM PDT
I wonder how much it's costing them in lost sales due to gimping a previously great product? That is rarely a good strategy IMO.
Posted on Jun 13, 2013 10:13:34 PM PDT
K. Franck says:
I wish I had been smart enough to read your comment before purchase. I was bummed that the swivel feature was taken away. We have the previous Model for our oldest child and bought the new one for the youngest. Wish they would bring back the previous model. I may just go and by a used one off ebay and cross my fingers!
Posted on Jul 10, 2013 9:21:09 AM PDT
Samuel Thone says:
a splitter for the audio jack costs $5 at radio shack
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2013 12:03:00 AM PDT
Rod Enns says:
What is the previous model number? I may look for it. Also, can this current model fold flat, i.e. to be hung on the back of the seat of our mini van?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2013 10:48:15 AM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
the older model is dvp fx950. It has a rotating screen, 2 audio jacks, and a removable battery.
the newer one is dvp fx980. It cannot be folded flat, has 1 audio jack, and the battery is permanent, so if it dies, you can't replace the battery, you can only use it with the plug.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2013 2:52:42 PM PDT
Rod Enns says:
Good to know, thanks for the info!