The most likeable thing about the Philips PD9016/37 is that it rids you of the trouble of managing multiple connection cables within the small space of your car. All you need is one cable (supplied) to connect the two DVD players and you are set to go. Apart from the two car DVD players with attached 9 inch LCD displays and the connection cable to join them together, you will also get a car adapter and a mounting strap. Unlike headrest DVD players, the PD9016/37 does not come with an attached headrest, but is rather designed to be strapped around your seat to any height or place comfortable for your viewers. What this does is that it makes installing the two DVD players so easy that you would not need any external help at all to do it. Once you are done with the installation, they will look quite elegant, especially if you have the appropriate interior to match the glossy black color of the bezels. The DVD players were more than just capable as they not only managed to play all common DVD and CD formats, (including picture formats), they managed to display the media beautifully on its bright and vivid 9″ screens. The picture quality however will degrade if you use the single connection cable to attach the two DVD players together in order to watch the same content on both the screens simultaneously. The unit playing the DVD will show a significantly better picture than the attached unit, as is always the case with analog signals. In addition to this, it was also felt that the connection cable was too short, particularly for larger cars where you might want to have a different set up than the obvious side by side set up. The reason for the short length of the cable is once again its analog nature. It would have been really pleasing if we saw an HDMI connectivity option than a short analog cable. Having said all that, the depreciation is not significant enough to be noticed by young children and even when noticed; it might not really matter to most. As individual DVD players, the Philips PD9016/37 gives you the option of watching two different contents simultaneously at high quality.
The in-built stereo speakers are not ideal and it is recommended that you use external speakers if you want to enjoy a quality sound effect, but they are not unusable either. We expected IR wireless headphone support but did not find any unfortunately. You do have the option of connecting your own headphones to each of the unit via the 3.5 mm jack though. It was found that the devices can also support iPod connectivity as well and that is indeed a nice option to have onboard. The only thing that can really annoy users is the fact that it does not have a remote control unit! Although the control buttons are well placed and DVD menus are quite easy to handle with them, not including a remote was still a surprising decision by Philips.
- The color LCD display brings images to life, showing off your treasured photos, favorite movies and music.
- No additional cables are needed, there is no mess created and installation takes a few seconds.
- The single cable connection design means there is just one cable needed to connect the two Philips Portable DVD players together.
- The in-car dual player design lets you watch movies individually on each portable DVD player.
- Real life’ rich detail and vibrant colors as high quality prints.