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5.0 out of 5 stars Good sound and the small 7" screen is bright & clear - overall it's a classy little DVD player with 4h battery life, 25 Sept. 2012
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Unlike the alternative nine inch screen version (Sony DVP-FX980) also reviewed here, this seven inch screen Sony DVP-FX780 DVD player doesn't come with a remote control, so every control required is a button on the player, which is no problem as it's normally within easy reach. My teenage daughter prefers this method of operation as our old portable player couldn't operate menus when the remote battery failed, and they were short lived expensive coin batteries. Other reviews here say the 9" screen version's soft touch buttons are 'too sensitive', but my kids have no problems using this 7" player's positive 'click' buttons or with the player tipping backwards if the screen goes beyond vertical (many of the reviews here are for the larger 9" player which apparently has these problems, see 'Size/Name' at the top of each review). This 7" DVD player has a inbuilt battery capable of 'up to 4 hours' replay, easily lasting one long film - the battery lasts longer on headphones and even longer with the screen brightness dimmed as well. The DVD player also works running off the 13A mains or 12v car supply and, unlike some, it recharges the battery while playing DVDs via external power. Despite the 7" LCD screen resolution being only 480×234 pixels, the picture quality is vivid and looks pretty good at standard viewing distances, and the twin speaker sound is impressive, with Standard/Dynamic/Vocals/Off options. There's also a USB socket for a Micro USB Flash Drive to replay MP3 audio tracks, jPeg photos and video MPeg-4 .mp4 & xVid .avi files, and it can connect to a stills camera. The player can handle commercial DVDs, DVD-/+R, CDs and VCD disks. It plays our DVD-R video disks perfectly and the disc spinning mechanics are fairly quiet in operation. The DVD player is region 2 locked (and with no remote option it's probably impossible to convert it to region free).

There's one standard 3.5mm 3 pole stereo headphone socket, so a Headphone Splitter adapter is required for dual viewing. The player doesn't seem to work with headphones that have 4-poles on the 3.5mm plug (i.e. those with a in-cable microphone/remote for smartphones/iPads), as we get low volume and odd noises on the players speakers. There's a slide-on power switch, with top buttons for DVD play controls, Volume, Options (LCD/Disc/USB/Setup) and Open (which flips up the optical drive lid to access the DVD). The unit has two discreet LEDs for charging and power in, and there's a jack socket for the AV out to a TV. The screen can push backwards right down horizontal to the base, and then the hinges click firmly into place giving the player the feel of a tablet. As well as displaying the menu/video, the LCD screen can also show the battery charge left and display on-screen information like 'paused'. Playback position on the DVD is lost when the player is switched off. The 7" screen is quite small at 15.5 x 8.7 cm as it's very 16:9 widescreen. Sony also make the similar 9" screen version of this DVD player, the DVP-FX980, that includes a decent 2xAA battery RMT-D195 remote control as well as the higher resolution 800×480 pixel 9" screen, but it is 3.6 x 1.5 cm bigger and costs almost twice as much as the 7" model. My daughter is happy she got the 7" version though, and she had the option of either.

Overall our Sony 7" player works very well and the TV out is useful on family holidays when there's a TV in the caravan/cottage (although you may miss the lack of a remote if you regularly play through a TV in the distance). Mostly our DVD player is used by our kids close-up in the car or in bed, and it's a hit with them - so 5* at the typical street price of £85. The Sony is 200 x 42.5 x 155 mm, weighs 1.4kg, seems well made (including the charger/12v lead) and looks very classy in black, particularly with the patterned Sony screen lid folded down (bit like a netbook). The Sony 7" DVD player comes with a 13A UK plug mains charger (90 cm lead - bit short, we use it with a cheap 13A extension lead + RCD), a 12v car cable (180cm lead), the instruction booklet, and an AV out adapter cable. This three phono (red/white audio + yellow video) composite adapter cable is a bit of a pain as it is only 17cm long and terminates in phono sockets, so another cable is required to pass on the signal to the TV (typically a three phono plug to SCART lead).
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2013 14:20:07 GMT
T.J.Byford says:
It's a shame that this good review is for the 7" version, when the product listing is for the 9" unit. It doesn't inform me about how the 9" version performs as I understand the resolution is greater on the larger screen and I'd have hoped for comment about its quality.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2013 15:07:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Jul 2014 08:03:37 BDT
Charlie-CJ says:
Hi TJ. Despite the title, this product listing is for both products, the 7" and the 9" screen model (as available) - you use the drop-down to select the model you want to buy assuming both are in stock (and the black or white case colour option for the 7" version). To find reviews for the 9" version you have to look for the "This review is from" bit at the top of each review and see if they are reviewing the 7" or 9" player.

Because of this, I have added comments about the alternative 9" player, including screen resolution, and posted a picture of its remote to give a bit of information to those wanting to choose between them. As our 7" screen is pretty good with vivid colour, I'm sure the higher resolution 9" one will be even better - however reviewers of the 9" version seem to complain of other issues, so check them out. The 13A charger/12v power lead/AV adapter cable seeem identical with both models and ours is well made. Hope this helps.

PS. The main listings for both players are (or were) listed here:
Sony DVPFX780 7-inch Screen Portable DVD Player - Black
Sony DVPFX980 9-inch Screen Portable DVD Player - Black
Bit odd that you can order the 7" or the 9" version and even a white finnish via either 'black' listing, but no doubt that's why Amazon have cross-linked the reviews (I guess "it's Logic Jim, but it's not Logic as we know it").

Thanks T.J. for the positive comments - glad I helped a bit.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2013 16:50:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Mar 2013 16:50:39 GMT
T.J.Byford says:

Thanks for your update. It is much appreciated. I did see the other reviews for the 9" model but, frankly, whilst I was able to pick up a few pointers, none were as anywhere near as informative as your comprehensive original review.

Posted on 14 Apr 2013 14:05:41 BDT
Rachel says:
Keith, I've seen your review for this and for the Philips PD7030, both are great, and I have a quick question. Does this Sony model open out completely flat like the Philips PD7030? I want to use a portable DVD player at the gym, and need it to be as flat as possible so that it will sit on the narrow shelves on the cardio equipment (bike), and then lean flush against it (hope that makes sense). I've seen the Philips in a shop, and know that you can push the screen right back so that it's parallel with the Disc player. Just wondered if the Sony did the same. Would appreciate your reply. Many thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2013 23:06:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Apr 2013 22:43:51 BDT
Charlie-CJ says:
Hi Rachel. I had a look at the my daughters Sony DVPFX780 player and yes this 7" version opens out completely flat. The screen clicks firmly into place when flat, making it a lot more rigid to hold than normal. Looks a bit like a tablet then. In this position the screen is a bit below the level of the thicker player base. Seems to take a bit of strain on the hinges to get it back up again, but I guess that's not a problem. Hope this helps. I've modified my review to include this feature. Thanks for the positive comments.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2013 07:25:41 BDT
Rachel says:
Keith, that's so helpful, many thanks! All best, Rachel.

Posted on 24 Jul 2013 02:10:57 BDT
PatB says:
Excellent review Keith. While the 7" screen is acceptable for in-car viewing, I'd like to use it at home in bed, where I'd like a larger screen. But the reviews of the 9" model have made me wary of it. Do you know if this 7" model can be connected to an external monitor, such as a 17" one I use for my desktop PC?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2013 06:59:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jul 2013 00:41:09 BDT
Charlie-CJ says:
Hi Pat. The only output from this Sony DVD player is the composite analogue three phono lead from the 3.5mm video AV out (yellow video + red/black stereo audio phonos). I doubt if your PC monitor has the necessary analogue-in AV input, although some do. The AV lead supplied with the Sony will connect to most standard TVs, although you'll need an 3 phono composite cable to attach to the Sony supplied adapter cable that terminates in three phono sockets. For TVs a cable such as the RCA Male Plug to Plug - 3m - PREMIUM QUALITY - Audio Video AV 3xRCA Phono Composite TV Cable Lead (3 Metre Gold Plated) is required, with perhaps a Gold Switchable Scart to 3 Phono & S-Video Adaptor as well.

Most modern PC monitors only have a TV digital HDMI input, which is unsuitable for the Sony's AV analogue video out. However there are analogue to digital converter boxes that can output HDMI from these composite 3 phono cables, e.g. the Ex-Pro® AV-Pro Composite Video to HDMI - RCA Phono AV Audio Video/S-VHS & HDMI Converter with Upscaler to HDMI Output [UPSCALER] - it's expensive and a bit complicated, but there are cheaper ones available on-line. With this you'll also need an AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable 6.5 Feet. I've never used these AV/HDMI converters but we have a similar dedicated one for our Wii games console analogue out and that works fine.

Hope this helps, and thanks for the positive comments.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2013 13:49:32 BDT
PatB says:
Thanks, Keith. You really know your stuff. I'm copy-pasting your reply into an info file I keep for things like this, so I don't lose it.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Mar 2014 16:57:13 GMT
Marcia says:
Hello can you tell me if there is a headphone socket or a way to listen privately? Thanks
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