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Audiovox D8000XP - DVD player review: Audiovox D8000XP - DVD player

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The Audiovox D8000IP offered the still novel hook of a built-in iPod dock--but it still fell short of what we'd like to see in a good portable DVD player. The D8000XP corrects some of the omissions of its big brother, but the smaller, cheaper step-down model loses the video iPod playback.

5.7

Audiovox D8000XP - DVD player

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The Good

An 8-inch swivel screen; USB port and SD/MMC/MS card slot for photos, video, and music; easy-to-use screen interface; slick rubberized coating; great battery life.

The Bad

Subpar speakers; cumbersome battery attachment; very limited file support for USB/flash/disc playback; nonstandard USB port; loud tactile buttons.

The Bottom Line

Some annoying design and feature shortfalls keep the Audiovox D8000XP from distinguishing itself from competing bargain portable DVD players.

The Audiovox D8000XP is not as wide as the D8000IP, yet it carries the same weight--about 2 pounds. Its speakers are mounted directly below its 8-inch screen--even closer together, considering the XP's more compact design. The screen rotates 180 degrees and can even fold closed, screen-side up, for those who prefer tablet-style viewing. While the IP's outer casing gave the unit an overall cheaper feel, the D8000XP's rubberized black matte gives the player a certain sturdiness that its step-up counterpart was certainly lacking.


Baby got back: That huge protrusion (on the right) is the battery pack.

Unfortunately the design improvements end there, as the D8000XP also suffers from the same annoying protruding battery pack that sticks out the back of unit. Since the battery is actually the same size as the IP's, the unit looks even more ridiculous. By comparison, the Coby TF-DVD7307 manages to integrate its battery pack into the player's body. It's also worth noting that the directional buttons on the D8000XP give off a very loud click when pressed. We found it quite annoying and would imagine anyone sitting next to you on a bus or plane would find it equally unpleasant.

The D8000XP's more compact size necessitates that its input/output jacks are divided on either side of the unit. The biggest (and most curious) compromise is the use of a mini-USB jack; an adapter cable for standard USB devices is included, but why Audiovox didn't just make the port itself that size is a mystery (there's plenty of room). Otherwise, you'll find the same group of controls and options as the D8000IP: dual headphone jacks, AV input/output (one port, with a toggle switch), USB port, volume and brightness sliders, flash card slot, and a power switch. In addition to the AC adapter, Audiovox throws in a car charger and a composite breakout AV cable (use it for the video input or output, as needed). When using flash media, the onscreen interface will allow you to search through all of the folders on your card or thumb drive. It accepts SD/MMC and Memory Stick media, as well as their smaller variants with the appropriate adapter. The onscreen GUI (graphical user interface) is easy to use and we had no problem selecting files for play. If a file is not supported by the D8000XP, it will not show up onscreen (more on that below).


While an adapter cable is included, the D8000XP's mini-USB port makes reading digital media from a flash drive much less convenient.

In addition to playing DVDs, the Audiovox D8000XP will play audio CDs and MP3 CDs. It will also play some video and photo files from a connected USB flash drive or a compatible memory card. As far as DVD playback was concerned, we tried numerous combinations of home burned +R/RW and -R/RW DVD media--all of which worked without a hitch. But anyone with a large digital media collection will be disappointed with the limited file format compatibility---just MPEG movies, MP3 music, and JPEG image files. We would have really liked to have at least seen DivX compatibility.

Video quality is exactly what you'd expect for a portable player in this price range: resoundingly average. The brightness slider on the side of the unit allows for adjusting on the fly. Battery life is very good--you'll get just under 4.5 hours of DVD playback on a full charge. You'll hear a moderate amount of spinning from the disc inside, but it is nowhere near as loud as the buttons we mentioned earlier.

In place of iPod video support, the D8000XP features a small set of onboard applications that seem tacked on as an afterthought: a calendar and clock/alarm. The calendar program only highlights the current day and allows you to scroll through the year by month.

While the D8000XP addresses some of the issues we had with the D8000IP, it still suffers from the majority of problems that hinder its performance--and with a price tag of $150, the Audiovox D8000XP still remains a tough sell. An integrated battery, better digital media support, and some ergonomics tweaks--along with a price shave--would go a long way toward making this bargain DVD portable easier to recommend.

5.7

Audiovox D8000XP - DVD player

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Score Breakdown

Design 6Features 6Performance 5