Audiovox D2011 review: Audiovox D2011

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MSRP: $299.95
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The Audiovox D2011 has a large 10.2-inch display, decent picture quality, two headphone outputs, a video input/output, and car headrest-mounting options, and it plays MP3 and photo discs. It's also a little lighter than competing models.

The Bad It doesn't have a high-resolution screen, it lacks support for MPEG-4 (DivX) playback, and the headrest-mounting "bag" doesn't double as a carrying case.

The Bottom Line Its looks and battery life are about average, but the affordable Audiovox D2011 boasts a big 10-inch screen that delivers a decent picture.

6.8 Overall
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0

Like other portable DVD players with 10.2-inch screens, the Audiovox D2011 is smaller than a laptop but bigger than a more conventional portable DVD player. Audiovox touts this 10-incher as a slim-line model, and while it looks thinner, it's rather generic in style and weighs in at 3 pounds, 2 ounces with its detachable battery connected. That's a shade lighter than most other portables with 10-inch displays but still somewhat hefty.

Take it off the scale, and the most notable things the Audiovox D2011 has going for it are its respectable picture quality and a newfangled backseat car-mounting accessory, which allows you to strap the player to the back of the headrest or between your car's two front seats. Oh, and at around $250 online, it's slightly cheaper than competing models from Panasonic, Philips, and other top-tier consumer electronics manufacturers.

Overall, we like the layout of the buttons, and how the most-used controls--stop, play, pause, and eject--are larger and set toward the front of the player. Again, the matte-silver finish of both the buttons and the player doesn't exactly ooze high-end appeal, but the player certainly isn't ugly, and the credit-card style remote is clearly labeled and easy to use. A cigarette-lighter car adapter is also included.

As for the headrest mount, it requires some trial and error to get it hooked up securely--or as much so as its design will allow. After taking off the battery, you slip the bottom of the player into its mounting case and strap it either to a single headrest or both headrests, letting the player dangle between the two front seats. (To keep the player from moving around, you strap the bottom two corners of the case to the bottom of the seats.) Once you've tightened the straps, you plug the cigarette-lighter adapter into the player and fire it up. The one problem is that since this isn't a tablet-style portable--the screen doesn't fold completely flat--the screen sticks out of the top of the case and isn't totally secure. You simply fold the screen back as far it will go, as if opening a book all the way, and hope that you don't have to brake suddenly. If you have to screech to a halt, we assume that the back-and-forth momentum would cause the screen to shut abruptly. Whether it would get damaged, we don't know.

The D2011 may not offer a wealth of extras, but important features such as dual headphone jacks (smartly, Audiovox has placed one headphone jack on each side of the player), a switchable A/V input/output jack, a digital audio output for connecting to an A/V receiver, and support for playback of home-burned CDs filled with MP3s and JPEG images are present and accounted for. However, there's no MPEG-4/DivX support, nor is there a component-video output for improved video quality when connecting to an HDTV.

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