And the kids on the long journey to be pampered with a cartoon, and a companion to surprise with a new film, and entertain themselves by short hours in the parking lot (not driving!). Unlike prices, the saturation of the market for DVD devices is steadily increasing. Following the eminent companies, such as Pioneer, Kenwood or Sony, manufacturers of the so-called second tier - Prolodzhi, Phantom and others - were drawn into the race. The latter noticeably added as products, but remained significantly cheaper than the “grands.” The DVD carrier itself, in the near future, will obviously supersede the current leader - the CD-ROM is everywhere: after all, you can write on it not only video, but also any other information - in particular, music that will fit several times more!
Of course, modern DVD players mean that their main purpose is still video. But almost any of them can play CDs, MP3s, VCDs and JPEGs. Some already have a built-in decoder that supports 5.1-channel sound (five discrete channels plus one low-frequency), or there is a digital output for connecting an external decoder. Note that only multizone DVD devices are officially delivered to Russia - they allow you to read DVDs for different zones of the world. Each disk contains information about the zone to which it belongs (for example, Russia - 5th, USA - 1st). If the DVD is not multi-zone, then the “alien” disk on it simply cannot be played.
"Dividyushniki" can be divided into several types.
Initially, such devices for cars had very chaotic dimensions, and their functional properties boiled down to one thing - to play CD / DVD-ROMs. They were embedded in the armrests, on the rear shelves - in general, where imagination allowed, if only it was convenient for the user. Recently, the dimensions have led to the usual 1 DIN for us - this is the most common standard installation location (photo 1). The main advantage of the players, perhaps, is that the video systems built with their use may not be connected with the main audio system. This is important when the car already has exclusive “music” or, moreover, if the car is under warranty and replacing the head unit is fraught with trouble.
If the "erection" of a music video system starts from scratch, then it is worth taking a closer look at the next group.
This, let’s say, is a combination of a DVD player and an MP3 receiver. Externally, such devices are very similar to the usual CD-receivers, but they have all the functions of DVD-players. In other words, you get a universal device that can easily cope with the functions of CD / MP3 and DVD (photo 2). Some devices are equipped with a built-in processor for creating surround sound or have a digital output for a 5.1-channel DSP processor with DTS / Dolby Digital decoders.
Some of the models in this group have two entertainment areas. What for? Well, for example, to allow passengers in the back seat to watch DVD video (or view JPEG images shot with a digital camera) while listening to music in the front seat.
DVD RECEIVERS PLUS MONITORS
Here, perhaps, it is worth distinguishing two subgroups: DVD-receivers with built-in monitors - retractable (photo 3) or on the front panel (photo 4) and, conversely, - DVD monitors. Such systems are already functionally completed, but despite this, they are easily “expanding”. In particular, additional monitors, a rear-view camera, a TV tuner, a game console, etc. can be added to them. Such devices can also be made in the amount of 2 DIN.