Audiovox D2016 review: Audiovox D2016

Like the D2011, the player's screen can't match the high-resolution display of the Philips PET1002, but it is superior to those of competing "budget" models such as the Mustek MP100. We popped in The Last Samurai DVD and, as we've done with other players, backed down the color and brightness settings a couple notches to get blacks a little darker and skin tones a little more natural looking (read: less red). At certain angles, we did notice some light bleeding from the edges of the screen, particular from the lower left of the screen. It was hard to adjust the screen's angle to get rid of the bleeding entirely, and as with many portable DVD players, picture quality takes a hit with off-axis viewing; it's best to watch this display straight on. Those with a more critical eye might also say the picture exhibits a fair amount of noise (we sometimes refer to this as "dancing pixels"), but this is par for the course for middle-of-the-road portable DVD players.

As for sound quality, it was average--while the built-in speakers sounded fairly loud, we felt that the headphone volume could have been a little louder when we cranked the volume to the highest level.

Battery life is rated at only 2.5 hours, but we did manage to get closer to 3 hours, which should allow you to watch a longer film such as Peter Jackson's King Kong. Since large-screen players such as the Panasonic DVD-LS90 and the Philips PET1002 offer better battery life, this has to be considered a bit of shortcoming. But until the PET1002 came along, most models with 10.2-inch screens offered only around 3 hours of battery life.

In the final analysis, the Audiovox D2016 offers decent enough image quality and has couple of nice extras--the SD card slot and the USB connector--to make it worth a look in this price range. However, the inclusion of the optional game controller and male output cables would have sweetened the deal.

Audiovox 2006 portable DVD players compared:

Model Quick take Screen size
(inches)
Release date Price
Audiovox D1420 This oval-shaped, tablet-style model includes a carrying case with built-in disc holder. 4.2 June 2005
Audiovox D1500B This model utilizes a 5-inch 4:3 (non-wide-screen) display. 5 September 2004
Audiovox D1708 Audiovox's basic 7-inch DVD player. 7 April 2004
Audiovox D1708PK This is the D1708 model, packaged with a car headrest mounting bag/carrying case and two pairs of folding headphones. 7 April 2004
Audiovox D1708ES This is the D1708 model packaged with a car headrest mounting bag/carrying case and an auxiliary 7-inch monitor. 7 December 2005
Audiovox D1726 The D1726 is a tablet-style portable DVD player with a 7-inch screen. 7 May 2006
Audiovox D1812 Audiovox's basic 8-inch DVD player. 8 May 2005
Audiovox D1812PK This is the D1812 model packaged with a car headrest mounting bag/carrying case and two pairs of folding headphones. 8 April 2005
Audiovox D1812PKG This version of the D1812 includes car headrest mounting bag/carrying case, two pairs of folding stereo headphones, and an external wired game controller with 30 built-in games 8 November 2005
Audiovox D1915 Audiovox's basic 9-inch DVD player. 9 January 2006
Audiovox D2011 Audivox's basic 10.2-inch DVD player. 10.2 September 2005
Audiovox D2016 Similar to D2011, the D2016 includes dual headphone jacks, an SD slot, and a USB port. 10.2 June 2006