|Item Weight||4.1 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||15.7 x 10.8 x 4.3 inches|
Initial IDM-9520 Portable DVD Player with 4-Inch LCD and Car Kit
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- 4.2-inch LCD with 16:9 widescreen display to match the aspect ratio of your favorite movies
- Plays DVD-Video, VCD/SVCD, MP3 CD; features built-in stereo speakers
- Anti-shock system ensures smooth playback during active use
- Composite--video output; optical digital-audio output for Dolby Digital and DTS surround passthrough
- Includes DC car adapter
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Watch movies and listen to MP3 CDs using Initial Technology's IDM-9520. The player comes with everything needed to use it in the car or in the home. Its built-in 4.2-inch widescreen TFT (thin-film-transistor) LCD displays your favorite movies in their native aspect ratios, while its onboard antiskip protection--a surprisingly rare feature in portable DVD players--paves the way for media enjoyment during more active uses.
Listen through built-in stereo speakers or through the headphone jack using personal headphones (not included). Connections include a composite-video output, an analog audio output, and an optical digital-audio output so you can hook up the player with your audio/video receiver and multichannel speaker system to enjoy immersive DTS or Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround from your discs (optical digital-audio interconnect not included). The unit gets about 2.5 hours of playback from the supplied rechargeable lithium battery.
What's in the Box
DVD player, limited-function remote control, remote battery, AC adapter, high-capacity rechargeable lithium battery, 12V DC car adapter, composite-video interconnect, analog audio interconect, and a user's manual. Headphones are not included.
Top customer reviews
I admit that I have not tried all the functions and have always used the A/C adapter so I can't offer an opinion on the battery capacity as yet, but for a simple, portable way to watch your favorite movies on the go, it's great. The picture is fine and the sound is not bad either(better with headphones).
If you are looking for a good value, this is it.
Added on 4/12/05: I have had this player for over eight months now, and still have not had one bit of trouble with it even though I use it almost every day on my lunch hour. I don't know if I was just lucky when other reviewers were not, but I still highly recommend it.
I decided to test a few new things on it. I set the player at the end of a hallway at my college, and attempted to use the remote... I'll be darned, the thing worked from 40 feet away!
I popped in a cd+g (karaoke) cd.. Played it.
I am (as i type this) encoding episodes of my favorite show, Hikaru no Go, at a rate of 1300kbps mpeg2 with cq_vbr of 47, audio @ 32khz, 160kbps, stereo. Yes, I already told you this thing doesn't care about "standard compliance".
I found it's first no-no a few days ago.. It does not play mpeg videos with mp3 audio.. Don't blame it though, Windows Media Player still has issues with that type of video.
I am giving this puppy the 5 it really deserves. There are so many undocumented features in this lil powerhouse, you just need to go and get one, it will not be regretted.
Tuesday, a very bad thing happened.. It was dropped for the first time ever.. Picked it up, and the darn thing was still playing!
As for the disc mechinism issue some people have been having, thats what a warranty is for. I am happy to report that this puppy doesn't and hasn't had that issue yet.
Display is still very beautiful on it.
After these 3 months that I have had it, the casing is starting to wear on it, but this is due to me keeping it in my pocket (yes, it fits). I walk back and forth a long ways a few times a week, and this thing is perfectly happy being in my pocket, and the remote even works while in my pocket too.
I already wrote a review here, but after seeing my all-time favorite device getting poor reviews, these reviews are very different from what I have experienced. If you can, buy one. If it breaks, get a refund. It's that easy. I have owned a lot of portable electronic devices, but this is by far my favorite.
This little puppy earned me some cash too. I rented it out to friends of my relatives when they went to vegas, got $30 for one week rental. If it would have broken, and gotten reimbursed for the device, guess what.. I'd buy the exact same one again.
I am still finding out new things about this little powerhouse. I wasn't ever expecting this thing to be able to do so much. VCD, SVCD, XVCD, MPEG burned onto a regular ISO, it generates its own menu! If it ends in .mpg and is a video, there is a 99% chance this DVD player can play it from the CD, no need to even waste time making a VCD, i just burn all my videos onto a CD as an ISO now, it's a real time saver.
Seriously, go check out the review I submitted on Xmas. It will give you a much better review than the one I just left here. This is just an update really..
I really didn't have a preference in monitor size because at that size 7" is no different than 4" to me. I look through monitors of all shapes and sizes all day long including a $30,000 HD BVM Sony Monitor. Anyway, I found the IDM-9520 to be unique and in a class of it's own. For one, most smaller screens are standard 4:3 aspect. Not even Sony offers a 4.2 16:9 aspect ratio TFT screen. The price of the IDM-9520 is 1/5th of the Sony. So at 99 bucks who can complain? But that's not all : The drive spinning noise the Sony made? Non-existent on the Initial Player - extremely quiet! The built-in speakers? Very crisp and loud enough to fill a 600 sqare ft. room. Turn up the Sony and it distorted. IDM-9520's Firmware includes pull-down menus with equalizer too. Sony's firmware does not even include an EQ! This company is out of La Verne CA which is considered local to any Southern Californian so I don't see any problem if I have a problem. Lastly, quality: No doubts when I opened the sealed plastic container that was over the entire box, everything was secure, wrapped, sealed, and the DVD drive even had a cardboard disc in it to protect the unit after leaving the factory. (Sony portable DVD did not) Professional registration card also included. Believe it or not. Sony does not factory seal the DVP-FX701 box, no registration card, SEL customer service is not what it used to be either. Anyway, if anyone is going to complain about this little portable they're just down right cheap. This is the best valued portable DVD player at around 100 bucks made with extreme quality. Way to go Initial ! You beat the big boys on this one. One more last thing! - I didn't get technical about the Thin Film Trasistor LCD - it's phenomenal! The color and brightness adjustments are digital (in the firmware) The Sony player had two cheap slide bars to adjust. Anyway to replace this monitor alone would be more than the 100 you spent on the whole package. Outstanding product bar none.
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and acted like the other bad reviews.
Tried it one more time before sending it back.
Now it works great.Read more