Well not to burst your bubble, but the adage "you get what you pay for is kinda true in this case" The only exception I've found is I've tested 5 different portable dvd players based on people's recommendation on Amazon, Bizrate, etc. And finally bought the one that was best in quality, picture, sound and reliablity. THe sound is very sub par on EVERY portbale dvd' player b/c they wern't made for loud sound hence the portablity. Most of the time, one will and should use headphones.
Sony 7"-Great picture, very easy to use and great reliablity but the price was steep at $500.00. The picture between this and the Toshiba were tied for best in my opinion. Sound was alright.
Mintek 8"-Okay picture, the colors were a little washed out compared to the Sony/Panasoinc & TOshibas, very tinny sound but great price but not very good reliablity.
Toshiba 8.9"-Awesome picture, easy to use, great reliablity. Also kind of spendy at $400.00 but I got mine on eaby for 300.00 so a great deal. Unfortnuately doesn' t play dvd-r's. Sound is very good. This is the one I own.
Initial 8"-Okay picture, best sound of the bunch for loudness. Best price I've found of the bunch at $250.00. Very versatile b/c it played dvd-r's.
Pansonic 7"- Great picture, very easy to use and great reliablity. Kinda spendy and the sound isn't good.
Hope this helped.
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