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Sylvania SDVD9104 9-Inch Dual Screen DVD Player with USB/SD Card Reader (Black)

by Sylvania
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Technical Details

  • Dual 9-Inch Widescreen Portable DVD Player with 16:9 TFT Color Display with USB/SD Card Reader
  • Easy to Assemble Seat Back Mounting system
  • DVD DVD+-R/RW CD CD-R/RW MP3 and JPEG compatible
  • Stereo Audio output stereo Earphone; Includes; earphones, remote control, AC Adapter, mounting accessories


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  • Media: Electronics
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Description

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Enjoy your movies on the road with two widescreen 9-Inch LCDs. With 2 large 9-Inch screens no more squinting to see the screens! Play your movies and music in your car via DVD or through the built in USB/SD/MMC/MS Card reader! The Sylvania SDVD9104 dual DVD Portable DVD player features two 9-Inch TFT 16:9 LCD display screens that let you indulge in enjoying your DVD movies, music and photos on the road. Installs and mounts easily for in-car enjoyment and includes car adaptor and mounting straps, plus has AC adaptor, built-in stereo speakers, and headphone jack for personal enjoyment. Also included is a remote control and a deluxe carrying/car bag.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best portable player! May 8 2012
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I bought this player for the simple fact that it plays movies off a USB stick & SD card. I can play almost any format and eliminates the need for bulky DVDS, but plays them well. Straps on the back of the seats effortlessly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! July 4 2012
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I used this recently on a long road trip.
The kids loved it.
It is easy to assemble and has an adaptor to plug into
a car cigarette lighter port.
The quality of the picture is fine.
For the price, this can't be beat.
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129 of 132 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Product for the Price April 29 2011
By Brandy427 - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this dvd system a week before a 7 hour road trip. We had bought a minivan 2 weeks before, but had not yet had a chance to install an overhead tv/dvd system. My husband was initially against getting these, since we plan on installing the overhead tv, but I convinced him by pointing out he and our son will likly be occupying said tv playing video games while the younger girls whine in the back. He quickly agreed with me after that. LOL.
Initially I was looking for 9 inch screens. I was afraid the 7 inch would be too small. I was wrong. The 7 inch screens are more than adequete for my 3 and 6 year old.
The main deciding factors for purchasing this product over the others were the sd/usb capability and the 5 hour battery. This is the only portable system I could find with sd/usb capability. It also happened to be one of the cheapest. Yay! The difficulty in accessing the dvd player wasn't really a concern of mine, because I honestly didn't plan on using it. It's so much easier to insert the sd card preloaded with multiple movies especially in a vehicle. Personally I used 2 4gb card with 4-5 movies per card. To my utter delight, when the first movie was finished, it automatically started the next movie on the card!!! So great for long car rides.
I chose this model with the battery over the cheaper one, because I didn't like the idea that I was going to have to restart the movie every time I got gas or turned off my vehicle. The battery takes care of this and continues to play the movie while pumping, however, it only continues to play the movie on the main screen. Luckily the extra screen that turned off, was in front of my 6 year old and there were no major meltdowns or tantrums. She just leaned over and watched her sisters screen for a few minutes.
The mounting system is a basic velcro type strap mounting. Nothing fancy, but I wasn't needing or expecting it to be. It holds the tv's to the headrest. It would have been a pain to access the dvd player, had I been using the dvd player, but so would inserting a new dvd every hour and a half. Trust me, preload a sd card, I think it can read up to a 16gb, but don't quote me, with as many movies as you can, and don't even mess with the dvd player. No worries about bumps and skipping either.
The picture quality is okay. It's not the best I've ever seen, but it's not bad either. The viewing angles are also good. My son crawled back there and watched with them at one point. The sound output is great. My older daughter wore her headphones most of the time, but my younger one only lasted a few hours with them on. It's a big van though, so I could listen to the radio in the front, while they listened to their movies in the back with very little bleeding between.
All in all, I loved this product. Could it be better, sure, but then it wouldn't be $109. It is an excellent value and well worth the quiet peaceful roadtrip I had. I would definitely recommend.
88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great bang for the buck! Nov. 21 2011
By lorileigh - Published on Amazon.com
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This review refers to the Sylvania SDVD9104 9-Inch Dual Screen DVD Player with USB/SD Card Reader not the 7 inch version. At the time of this review I have owned these players for a little over a month and these are my initial impressions and a few trial and error tips I figured out.

Pros:
1. Cost - for the price you get 2 large screen portable players with the capability to play DVD's as well as the ability to play movies off a SD card or USB stick. (See cons for thoughts on video formats.)
2. Accessories - It comes with a remote. This is not listed on the product description (at least when I bought it) and is a big plus for me. Not many other brands offer remotes. It also includes a car and wall adapter, cable adapter for hooking in an RCA jack source, and a carry bag I didn't much care for. (it was clear)
3. Video Quality - For a portable DVD player it is pretty good. Shows do not appear grainy to my eyes and are relatively sharp with good color quality. Let's be honest, it's not a 120 Mhz LED backlit flatscreen, but if you were expecting that I would like to invite you to join us back at a place we call reality.
4. Battery - This player includes a battery in the master unit that keeps the unit playing even when the car is turned off. I'm not sure how long it lasts but for short stops it's great. Also several prior reviews state the battery does not run the slave unit. This is not true. If they are connected together the battery will power the second screen. The slave unit unfortunately does not have a battery of it's own.
4. Mounting Straps - Several reviews state you cannot open the player with the headrest straps on. This is totally false! The straps slide through pegs mounted in the case on the back and do not disrupt accessing the disc door.

Cons:
1. Cord Length - The cable between the 2 units is short and if you have a three year old who likes to kick cables this could be a problem with it stretched temptingly between the seats.
2. Video formats - The unit comes with an SD slot and usb slot so you can play videos from either of these devices and skip the DVD's. This is a huge plus and one of the few players I found that have it. Unfortunately there are NO included instructions to specify the video formats supported! The following is what I have determined through multiple trial and error attempts and much frustration.
Supported container formats: AVI, MPG, DIVX, ie files ending in .AVI, .mpg, and .divx or .dvx will be recognized by the device.
Unsupported container formats (the device won't even see these files): .mp4, .m4v, .mov, .mkv, .qt, and .wmv
Using these container formats encoding with any of the following codecs works: mpeg-4 (divx/xvid compatible), mpeg-2, and the Divx codec. I am not sure if h.264 works but prior reviews have indicated not and I would be surprised if these units have the horsepower for that.
Also I have found 640x480 resolution works well for video files on this size screen. also I use a bitrate of about 1500.
3. DVD door is tight. The spring on the dvd door is rather strong and tries to push the door open against the latch. As a result it can be a pain to open especially when mounted on a headrest. The solution I found was to squeeze the door closed even more thereby releasing the tension and then the latch slides easily.

Unknowns: I have owned these units for a little over a month and they have held up well to 2 kids under six. How long they will last........I'm not sure.
69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, with limitations June 22 2011
By Lorgan - Published on Amazon.com
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I have all of my kids movies in video files, so I wanted something which could read movies off a flash disk. It understands mp4 and avi containers. It hangs when trying to play h264 video. I re-encoded the desired movies into a lower resolution (to save disk) and used mpeg4/xvid video in an mp4 container. Works well with these files on a 16G SD card.

As others have mentioned, using the straps makes accessing the DVD difficult. That is a pretty big issue if you plan to use the DVD drive. (There may be more than one model/revision of this product. My manual clearly shows the straps covering the edges of the door, and there are no "pegs" of which another reviewer speaks of.)

The primary unit has AV out only, the secondary has AV in only. I would have liked to simply use my existing video devices (phones, iPads, PVPs, etc) to supply the video for both and forget the local flash entirely, but for the price I can't complain.

The devices themselves are thick and appear cheaply made. Only time will tell how long they work.

When playing movies from the flash drive, the unit automatically plays the next file. I have a good 24+ hours of video that it plays through on long trips. Really convenient. Of course it is battery powered as well so even during fuel stops the kids are entertained.

Update: How to convert video to use on this device. I use handbrake. It works on Windows, Linux, Mac and its free. I set up a simple profile with the following setup:
- Container: MP4. No additional options necessary
- Picture: width 480, anamophic "none", cropping automatic
- Filters: none should be necessary but with some (older) interlaced DVDs it may be necessary. YMMV
- Video: Codec MPEG-4, framerate same as source, constant framerate. I use average bitrate of 1500, but you can play with this for better quality or lower if video stutters.
- Audio: AAC(ffmpeg), stereo, 128kbps, "auto" sample rate.
- Subtitles and chapter markers are up to you, but I don't want them.

Handbrake will open just about any video source but if you are converting from DVD or Bluray with copy protection, that is a whole other issue entirely. I'll just say "AnyDVD" and leave it at that.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good features for the price, needs better documentation Jan. 8 2012
By Lee - Published on Amazon.com
It hits all of the major bullet points that we were looking for, and I couldn't find anything else that did.
-Battery powered
-Plays from SD Card
-Has mounting system for car
-Dual screen

As other reviewers have mentioned, it really could use some documentation on the types of video it plays back. After a bunch of trial and error, I found the following:
-Does not playback h264.
-Recognizes .avi and .mp4.
-Will play xvid through .avi container.
-I couldn't get the .mpg extensions to work, but other folks said they could. Not sure what setting I had wrong.
-Needs to be widescreen (720x480). Other sizes refuse to play
-MPEG4 through a .mp4 container works. AAC audio works. 1200 bitrate works, but I suspect a bit higher is ok as well. I just wanted my files to be a bit smaller to fit a couple more movies on the SD card.

Not sure about the quality. They seem solid enough now, but time will tell.

The mounting system is of questionable design. The straps to hold it to the seat back go around the front of the player, and can get in the way of the door if you don't get them positioned just right. It will open, however, if the straps are in the right place. But, there's nothing really to keep them in the right place, so they can easily move to be in the way.

Viewing angles are really bad. I suppose it doesn't matter for a car since the viewer is locked into a fairly static viewing angle, and there are 2 screens one for each back seat viewer. I was a bit surprised though, since I haven't seen a screen this bad in probably 10 years or more.

Lack of playback resume is another subtle flaw. Ok for long trips, questionable for short ones unless you want to skip scene a lot.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great product for the price! June 30 2011
By schrisman - Published on Amazon.com
I did a lot of review reading before ordering a new portable dvd player for the car. I am confident I made the right purchase. This player has great options for the price. We only use them in the car for long road trips, so didn't want to spend a lot, but wanted usb ports, two screens, and battery backup. This system has it all. Plus a remote, which was not advertised. It has a great picture and is easy enough to use for my 4 year old. The only issue is the mounting straps. However I have found that I can change DVDs without taking them off the seat back.
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