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Panasonic DVD-LS86 8.5-Inch Portable DVD Player (2001 Model)

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  • 2 Headphone Terminals
  • Car DC Adapter Included
  • Multi Format playback: DVD, DivX, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, JPEG, MPEG4
  • Free Style Viewing with 8.5" Diagonal Widescreen LCD Display
  • Up to 13 Hour Playback Time with Included Rechargeable Battery
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model Number: DVD-LS86
  • Parental Lock: N
  • Built In Decoder: Built-in DTS® Surround Sound Decoder
  • DVD Media Load Type: Top-tray loading
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Product Description

Product Description

With the Panasonic DVD-LS86 Portable 8.5" DVD Player you can immerse yourself in multi-format DVD video, and Dolby Digital audio playback capabilities. Integrate this player into your home theater system or take it on your next vacation. Either way, you will enjoy high resolution DVD playback with exceptional digital sound quality. This ultra-compact portable DVD player offers an amazing 13-hours of playback on a single charge. In addition, it features Anti-Skip Protection - whether it's for your next road trip, to view family photos on holiday or enjoy your favorite movie on the train, the playback will remain jitter free, even on the bumpiest of commutes.


Enjoy your video library on the go with the Panasonic DVD-LS86 portable DVD player featuring an 8.5-inch widescreen pivoting display. With the 13-hour rechargeable battery, it's the perfect companion for long trips by giving you a full 13 hours of playback.

Comfortable Viewing from Any Angle and In Any Lighting

The large 8.5" widescreen display pivots for free-style viewing so you can adjust the position for optimum comfort and image quality. You can also adjust the screen brightness to get the best view of your DVDs in all kinds of light conditions. You get beautiful images while watching movies on a dimly lit airplane, or when you're relaxing in the sun at a resort or other outdoor spot.

Play Many Different Movie and Music Formats

When you're in the mood for a movie, this versatile player can play back many different types of prerecorded DVDs, including DVD-RAM/-R/-RW1 and DVD+R/+RW1 discs. If you want to give your eyes a rest and listen to some tunes instead, our portable DVD player handles lots of the most popular audio formats around, including CDs, MP3s, CD-R/RW discs and WMA files.

Have a 13-Hour Movie Marathon on a Single Charge

The DVD-LS86 comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that gives you a full 13 hours of playback without having to worry about running out of power on long trips. That's long enough to watch up to six DVD movies5 on a single charge while flying from New York to L.A. and back, so leave the AC adaptor at home and forget about recharging at your hotel.

Key Features

  • Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • DivX Playback
  • Built-in Dolby Digital Recorder and DTS Decoder
  • Cinema Mode
  • Dual Headphone Jacks

What's in the Box
Portable DVD player, AC adapter, rechargeable battery, DC (car power) adapter, operating instructions


  • Surround sound: Dolby Digital
  • Picture adjustment: Brightness and Color
  • Dialog enhancer: Yes
  • Dimensions: 9 9/16 x 7 1/16 x 2 1/32 inches
  • Weight: 2.48 pounds (with battery)


  • Dual headphone jack
  • AV input
Disc/Media Compatibility
  • DVD-ROM: DVD Video disc; CD audio
  • DVD+R/+R DL/+RW: DVD Video
  • CD: CD audio disc
  • CD-R/-RW: CD audio; MP3; JPEG

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Panasonic
Item Weight 2 pounds
Product Dimensions 7.2 x 9.5 x 2.1 inches
Item model number DVD-LS86
Color Name Black
Built In Decoders Built-in DTS® Surround Sound Decoder

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 167 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #87,779 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#251 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > Portable DVD Players
#635 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > DVD Players & Recorders
Shipping Weight 4.2 pounds
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Date First Available October 2, 2001

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I picked this up after briefly reviewing the competition's specs. When you are shopping for a portable DVD player, the features you essentially want to pay attention to are screen size, picture quality, and battery life. If you are burning your own DVDs or playing certain styles of downloaded content you'll also want to pay attention to the format capabilities.

I finally decided on this device because it advertised 13 hour battery life and I was flying to Europe (a 9 hour flight from WA State). I was also going to be tossing it in a backpack and going. The folding design seemed like a logical choice to protect the screen with the applicable rough use.

Here's what I found, hope it helps you make an informed decision!


- Design is elegant and fairly durable.
- Sound quality was surprisingly great.
- Controls were pretty intuitive.
- A/V cable was included accessory.
- Saves your place and starts up right from where you left off.


- Though I didn't expect the full 13hrs battery life, it's more like 5-6 with a reasonable backlight level. Less without headphones.
- Picture quality is not comparable to competing devices like Sony DVP-FX930 9-Inch Portable DVD Player, Black.
- The buttons are awkwardly placed and easy to accidentally press when lifting or resituating the device.


- I don't really think a remote is necessary for this style of electronic but some may find the lack of remote a drawback.
- The folding design can be a bit bulky for coach seating on a plane.
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I originally purchased the predecessor to this unit, the DVD-LS82. When it worked, I was happy, even if the speakers were a bit soft at full volume on my nightstand. Even after repairs at the Panasonic depot, however, mine was EXTREMELY sensitive to the faintest disc imperfections that my other DVD players ignored. When I returned it to Amazon, per Panasonic's instructions, it was no longer for sale by Amazon. So, I ordered the DVD-LS86.

The only differences between the 2 units are that the earlier incarnation was silver, came packaged with a car kit, and had an advertised battery life 1 hour shorter. The newer unit, while initially offered at the identical price, is, as I write this, now offered at enough of a discount to almost buy your own car kit, if you choose.

The operating manual states that the battery on this unit recharges in 7 hours, when turned off, at 68 degrees F. When I brought my brand new battery up to full charge, it took barely longer than that.

What most people will be interested in is the battery endurance when playing it. Again, according to the manual, this unit will play (always assuming using headphones) for 13 hours at a brightness level of -5. This translates to noticeably dimmer than "Moonlight" mode; unless you're an avid spelunker/movie buff with severe photophobia, it's reminiscent of bright moonlight through welder's goggles. I actually have photophobia (and welder's goggles), and I couldn't stand -5 in my darkened room at night. "Moonlight," which translates to about "-3," however, was fine.

At a brightness level of "0," the manual states that battery life drops to 7 hours; that's about what I suspect most users would compromise for in the trade-off between visibility and battery life during the day.
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I have had several of these over the years and this one is, by far, the absolute best of the bunch. Outstanding screen\picture, clear, crisp, great colors. The surround sound is superb (although using the enhanced bass setting is just too much bass). Does not last the 13 hours per. the company's claim but still the longest in the entire group- around 8 to 9 hours, enough for FOUR MOVIES, the longest. Can't recommend this one enough, love it, great for travel or home use.
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Mogo¿ Portable DVD Player Car Mount

We just bought a van and did not want to spend $1500 for the overhead DVD player. I researched portable DVDs thoroughly and decided on this compromise. Picture is not as good as some, but sound is decent, and unit is built to withstand some abuse. I tested battery life, and as expected, did not get anywhere near the 13 hour battery life advertised. I used the daylight setting for brightness and had the volume up to max level to recreate real use conditions. The DVD player lasted 5 hours. I am sure if you use the "moonlight" setting (darker pic), you will get longer battery life, but that is not how we will be using the DVD player. We want the best pic possible. So am happy with this player so far. We used the MoJo DVD mount for between the front seats and the unit works well-the mount is easily installed/removed. It could be better materials, but we were happy to get away from the hanging bag option. Also, the audio out port is directly in the path of the velcro attachment on the MoJo, so not ideal, but the port can still be utilized.
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