DVD Players Are Nothing New
When the DVD players first came on the market, they took the World by storm since they were a huge step forward from the VCR players. The DVD movies came with crystal clear picture and sound andave us the option to jump to any part of the movie with a single click rather than waiting for ages for a tape to rewind; they also came with many other options such as subtitles support, language support, on screen menus and the media (the disks) are durable and can not be damaged by magnetic fields or heat.
While the "normal" DVD players are typically connected to a television screen, the portable ones come with their own LCD displays and can be used completely on their own. And it was not long after the DVD players came into existence that they found their way into our vehicles as well; in-car DVD players are not only becoming increasingly popular, but many car manufacturers offer them either as optional or even standard feature of some of their latest car models.
How does an in-car DVD work?
Typically, the two screens that the player usually comes with are mounted on the headrests of the front seats, and the in-car DVD and the displays are powered by an adapter that gets connected to the car cigarette lighter socket. The most common types come in the form of one DVD player that plays one single movie across both screens, however, dual in-car DVD players are also available. Some models can be powered by batteries or AC mains adapter as well and can be used outdoors or anywhere in your house. The displays are typically 7 '' wide and most of the latest in-car DVD players use 16: 9 aspect ratio, which is also the format that the latest LCD and plasma TVs use.
When it comes to audio quality, the most recent models have come a long way from the first portable DVD players and offer much better sound, usually from built-in speakers. Most of them have also headphone jacks, so your kids or whoever sits at the back can watch movies or listen to music without disturbing the driver or the other passengers.
Another great feature of most of the portable DVD players is the number of file formats that they support; the high-end models will let you play virtually any kind of disk that you can find on the market. They will also play your audio CD or the MP3 collection that you have saved to a disk; viewing photos, saved in the JPEG format is also supported by almost all models.
What kind of in-car DVD should you buy?
Apart from the price, you should also take a good number of factors into account, but quality should be definitely high on your list, followed by functionality and the features that the player comes with. Keep in mind that some players support only specific region DVD's, while others are multi-regional; the ease of use, the mounting mechanism, the size of the displays, and the supported formats should also be taken into account before making a purchase. The in-car DVD players, especially the high-end ones, are still relatively expensive which is why you should always purchase a product that comes with at least a year warranty.
If you take long journeys with your whole family and have kids that are not that easy to control, purchasing a portable DVD player might be just the product for you. It is likely to keep them occupied through the whole journey and you will hear less noise and witness less fighting!