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Audiovox D2016 review: Audiovox D2016

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MSRP: $299.95
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The Good The Audiovox D2016 has a large 10.2-inch display, decent picture quality, two headphone inputs, slots for an SD card and a USB thumbdrive, and a game port, and it plays CD-Rs filled with MP3 or JPEG image files. It's also slightly cheaper than competing models from Panasonic, Philips, and other top-tier consumer electronics manufacturers.

The Bad The D2016 doesn't have a high-resolution screen, it lacks support for MPEG-4 (DivX) playback, and the setup menu can be accessed only via the remote. The controls are confusingly laid out, and you'll be hard-pressed to find the accessory that enables gaming on the player.

The Bottom Line A big screen and some nice multimedia and connectivity extras help distinguish the otherwise middle-of-the-road Audiovox D2016 from the portable DVD player pack.

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6.8 Overall
  • Design 6
  • Features 8
  • Performance 6

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Earlier this year, we reviewed the Audiovox D2011 portable DVD player. Like that model, Audiovox's D2016 sports a 10.2-inch wide-screen display and can be found online for around $250. But for the step-up D2016, the company has thrown in some extra features such as an SD card slot (for JPEG photo viewing and playing MP3 files), a USB jack that allows you to connect thumbdrives and other USB mass-storage devices (again, to view JPEG images and play MP3s), and a mysterious input called a "game port" that allows you to play retro games built into a third-party optional controller. A cigarette lighter car adapter is also included, but you don't get any special car-seat mounting accessories.

Like other portable DVD players with 10.2-inch screens, the Audiovox D2016 is smaller than a laptop but bigger than a more conventional portable DVD player. With its detachable nickel-metal-hydride rechargeable battery clipped on, the unit weighs in at 3 pounds, 2 ounces. That's no heavier than competing 10-inch models, but it's certainly no lightweight.

Portable DVD players aren't particularly difficult to use--and neither is the D2016--but Audiovox could have done a little better job distinguishing the transport control buttons (play, skip forward/back, stop, and pause) from the directional keypad just below them that's used for navigating onscreen DVD menus. The two button sets are virtual twins, and they're punctuated by two small buttons that allow you to access the DVD menu and adjust the aspect ratio from wide-screen 16:9 to standard 4:3.

Another small gripe: the only way to get into the setup menu is by pressing a button on the included credit-card-size remote. You can change the brightness setting by turning a knob on the side of the player, but other picture settings, such as contrast and color, have to be adjusted via the setup menu. Of course, the problem with the remote-only access to certain menu options is that if you lose the remote, you're stuck with the settings you have.

As noted, the D2016 has a slot for inserting SD/MMC memory cards filled with JPEG images and/or MP3 files. We loaded up both an SD card and a thumbdrive containing a few images and music files, and the player was able to read all of them. When viewing pictures, hitting the play button starts a slide show. While the playback interface is ugly, the images looked pretty good, though you'll want to change the aspect ratio from wide to standard 4:3, or they'll appear stretched.

The player's more standard features include dual headphone jacks--they're on the same side of the player, however, as opposed to having one on each side, which is preferable--and an AV input/output jack, as well as support for playback of CD-Rs filled with MP3 and JPEG images. You won't find support for MPEG-4/DivX playback or component video output for improved video quality when connecting to an HDTV. Nor is there a digital audio output for getting surround sound when connecting to an A/V receiver. It's also worth noting that the input/output cable included with the player isn't the standard composite output cable that's included with most portables. Rather, it's got female instead of male connectors. On the plus side, this means you can plug a game console's (male) composite cables into the player and use the D2016 as mini TV monitor. The downside is to you'll need a second set of A/V cables--that is, one with male plugs on both ends--to output video and sound to a TV. It's little strange that Audiovox didn't include one.

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