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Sony DVP-FX980

Portable DVD player

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Item #: 158DVFX980
 

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by David Brown
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Keep your friends close, and your DVDs closer

Be it an international flight or an hour-long car trip, bring your DVDs and enjoy them on Sony's portable DVP-FX980. Watch for up to four hours with a charged-up battery, or plug in the AC or car adapter for endless viewing. Ideal for travel, the DVP-FX980 makes long trips fly by and keeps your kids from getting bored and asking "Are we there yet?" every three minutes. At home, the 9-inch LCD screen is perfect for a bedroom nightstand or end table, and the headphone jack means your viewing won't disturb others.

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Don't just keep your DVDs close: keep a USB thumb drive around too. The DVP-FX980 features a USB port for easy access to digital photos, videos and music. Want to listen to MP3s or watch a movie with a friend? Plug a Y-adapter cable into the headphone jack and your Sony portable player is ready for two pairs of headphones and two pairs of ears. Built-in player controls and a remote make this player as easy to operate as it is portable.

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Key Features:

  • 9-inch LCD screen
  • plays DVDs, CDs, data CDs/DVDs, and rewritable CDs/DVDs
  • USB port for enjoying digital photos, video and music from a thumb drive
  • remote control
  • includes car adapter and AC adapter
  • minijack headphone output
Technical Specs:
  • up to 4 hours viewing with fully charged battery
  • built-in controls on player for volume, playback and selecting menu options
  • parental controls with compatible DVDs
  • 9-1/4"W x 1-3/4"H x 6-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year parts/90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Black portable DVD player with 9" LCD screen
  • Wireless Remote Control (RMT-D195)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AC-FX190 AC adapter with 39" DC output cord (DC Output: 12V/0.95A)
  • 81" Car battery adapter cord with cigarette lighter adapter (DC input/output: 12V/1.5A) on one end
  • 8" A/V adapter with female RCA stereo audio and composite video jacks on one end and a male stereo audio/video minijack on the other
  • Operating Instructions (Eng/Span)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Product Registration sheet

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Features

LCD Screen: The Sony DVP-FX980's built-in 9" (diagonal) TFT active matrix widescreen LCD panel features a resolution of 800 x 480. The LCD screen can open up all the way to 180-degrees. The unit has an AV output for connecting it to an external TV.

Disc Compatibility: The DVP-FX980 can play the following discs.

  • DVD Video
  • DVD-RW / -R
  • DVD+RW / +R /+R DL
  • Audio CD
  • CD-RW / -R
  • Video CD (including Super VCDs)
  • Data CDs and DVDs with MP3, JPEG, and MPEG-4 and AVI video files

USB Port: A Type A USB port is provided for connecting a USB memory device. The unit can play MP3 and JPEG files contained on a USB memory device.

MP3 Playback: This unit can play MP3 audio files recorded onto a CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, DVD+/-R, DVD+/-RW, or USB Memory device. MP3 files should be recorded in ISO 9660 Level 1 or Joliet formats for CD or UDF for DVDs. The total number of MP3 files and folders on the disc or device should be less than 600.

JPEG Playback: This unit can play discs recorded with JPEG files. The unit support JPEG images up to 3264 x 2448 pixels or larger than 2000 x 1200 in progressive JPEG.  Files can be viewed in either a Thumbnail mode, a slide show fashion or can be rotated at different angles.

Video Playback: You can play back MPEG-4 (mp4) and Xvid (avi) videos on Data CDs and DVDs. The player supports videos up to 720 x 576 (2 GB) with MP3 audio for MPEG-4 and Xvid video files, and AAC audio for MPEG-4 video files only.

Sound Modes: For enhanced listening, the DVP-FX980 has four selectable sound modes: Standard, Dynamic, Dynamic Surround, and Dialog.

LCD Modes: You can adjust the LCD using the following LCD modes: LCD Aspect (Full, Normal, or Zoom), Backlight (1-20), Contrast (1-20), Hue (-10 to +10), and Color (1-20).

Controls: The FX980 has a full set of controls on the base. Controls include individual buttons for Hold, Sound, Display, Menu, Return, and Options. There is also a 4-way control with an Enter button for confirming selections. During playback, you can easily access the Volume + and - buttons, Next and Previous (track/chapter) buttons, Play, Pause, and Stop. A slide-switch Power button is located on the right side of the unit.

Wireless Remote Control: The DVP-FX980 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control (RMT-D195). The DVD player's IR sensor is found on the front panel of the unit so you can control the player with the remote control with the LCD panel open or closed.

Resume Play: Resume Play allows the player to record the point where the disc stopped and resume play at the same point when play starts back up again. If the Stop button is pressed twice or the disc lid is opened the resume feature will be cancelled.

Power Sources: The DVP-FX980 comes supplied with 3 methods of powering the unit:

  • Lithium Ion Battery: The built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery provides approximately 4 hours of playback time. The charging time is approximately 4 hours. The battery is recharged while using the AC adapter or car battery charger, however, the battery does not charge while the player is being used.
  • AC Adapter: The DVP-FX980 also comes supplied with the AC-FX190 AC adapter so you can use the player in your home or office. The AC adapter is also used to charge the battery when the unit is off.
  • Car Battery Adapter: The DVP-FX980 comes supplied with a 12-volt car battery adapter so you can easily power the unit in your car. The car battery adapter will also charge the battery of the DVD player when the unit is off.

Connections

Right Side Connections: The following connections are found on the right side of the unit:

  • Headphones: A 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening. Plugging in headphones will automatically mute the built-in speakers.
  • USB: Type A USB port for connecting a USB memory device
  • AV Out: 3.5mm mini-jack audio/video output for use with supplied AV cable (AV cable has female composite video and stereo RCA jacks)
  • DC In 12V: power connection for use with the supplied AC adaptor or car battery adapter
 
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DVD Player

Written By Tom, Yuma, AZ. on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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I was buying another that cost $3.00 more & was rated with one star. This one had five stars. Happy!
Pros:
Cost and quality
Cons:
Don't see any
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5 out of 5

Easy to use/great picture/very good sound

Written By RandyK, Chatham NY on Saturday, January 18, 2014
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I purchased as a gift for a disabled friend. He struggles with technology and is easily confused. However, just 2 demonstrations and he had it down...and he loves it.
Pros:
Easy to use. Very good picture...bright and precise. The sound is surprisingly good. It is easy to use when just holding on the lap or, in my friend's case, on a folding tray table. The settings available are useful and sufficient.
Cons:
4 hour battery life.
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5 out of 5

A player to enjoy...

Written By CJones, Timberville, VA on Friday, September 27, 2013
 
This is my first portable DVD player that I've purchased and kept. I really like the quality of picture and sound and the special surface of the outside that does not show finger prints. I am also very happy that my daughter helped me figure out how to watch videos from my camera on this player. Another good feature is the on/off button does not accidentally come on.
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5 out of 5

Great for the car

Written By MikeS, Elmira, NY on Friday, July 26, 2013
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We purchased this for road trips with the 6yo. I was a bit worried about skips on bumpy roads. My last portable was almost unusable in the car. This one is great. We took it for a trial in the pickup truck on some bumpy back roads and it never missed a beat. It doesn't have a swivel monitor that some people prefer. It does open out flat but it doesn't swivel around to fold back on itself. I use a CaseLogic case that mounts to the headrest so the fold flat isn't needed.
Pros:
No skips!
Cons:
No swivel monitor.
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5 out of 5

A great little player

Written By Jim, Franklin nj on Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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A nice player for the money
Pros:
Lots of features. A remote.
Cons:
Doesnt fold all the way back or swivel
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