NextBase Tablet DVD Player (SDV17-A) Review

The importance of the VCR can never be overstated when we take a look at the
evolution of home and personal entertainment, however it appears that it is now
time for the reigning king to step aside. Let’s take a walk through the not so
distant past…

Most of us have had access to television since we were children, and many of
us can remember when the only channels that that were avaiable were whatever
local affiliate stations you could pick up with the antennae on the back of the
TV set, namely ABC, NBC, and CBS. Better reception was sometimes achieved with
"bunny ears" if you lived in the city (a bent up wire coat-hanger also worked if
you were desperate), or elaborate aerial antenna rigs on the top or side of your
home if you lived in a fringe reception area.

During this time, if you wanted to see a movie that wasn’t at least five
years old or made specifically for television, then you had to go to a movie
theater.

Sometime in the late 70s, boxes became available from local cable companies
that would allow you to get up to 55 channels of news, programs and movies with
a subscription. The cool thing about these movies is that they were only a
couple of years old. If you lived in the boondocks, and there were no cable
companies willing to wire your home, then you could buy a
satellite dish for some
ungodly amount that would allow you to get programming from all over, the only
problem was that you needed a degree in engineering to hook it up and make it
work.

During this time, if you wanted to see a movie, then you had to catch it when
it aired. Or, you could record it with a very expensive, very bulky contraption
called a Video Cassette
Recorder
, or VCR. Granted, the VCR was not quite as technologically advanced
as the two years older
Sony Betamax,
but it allowed longer recording time (four hours instead of two) and it cost
only $1000 vs. the $1300 Sony. If you had cable TV and a VCR, then you probably
also had a collection of movies that you had recorded yourself, which you could
watch them whenever you wanted. Believe it or not, at that time, this practice
was considered pretty darn cool!

In the early 80s, it became common to see movies that had recently finished
their theater runs avaiable for rental in the VHS format, which played on VCRs.
Actually buying a pre-recorded videocassette was cost prohibitive, but
renting wasn’t bad. For those that didn’t own a VCR, those were available for
rent, too. As you can imagine, being able to bring a somewhat current movie back
to your house and watch it from the comfort of your own home was a really big
deal at the time. So big, that the demand for VCRs and the cost to own one came
into line to where the average Joe could finally begin to afford one.

By the late 80s, VCRs and videotapes became an institution unto themselves.
As the cost of VCRs and videotapes came down, people amassed large videotape
libraries and it became a common event for groups of people to enjoy watching
movies at each other’s homes.

Of course, we are a mobile society, and when we travel we want to bring our
conveniences along. New technologies, such as "portable" TV’s with built-in
video players became readily avaiable in the early 90s. Believe it or not,
people would travel in their cars with a 7 – 13" screen TV that ran on AC/DC
power, just so the kids could watch a movie in the backseat while mom or dad
drove. Obviously, this was not an ideal solution. Over time, smaller and more
convenient built-in vehicle solutions arose, but it has never been a simple
matter to haul around a player and a bunch of videotapes – mainly because of the
size of the videotapes themselves.

In the mid-90s, a new technology began to emerge: The Digital Versatile Disc
(DVD). When DVDs came on the scene, they almost immediately began to threaten
the 20 year reign of the  VCR/VHS combination. The quality and picture of
the digital recordings were a major selling point, but add to that the small
size of the discs themselves and a new consumer favorite was born.

As with all new technology, it took a couple of years for prices to come down
to a level where everyone could own a player and buy the pre-recorded DVDs, but
we are now in that zone. As a matter of fact, nowadays it is just as common to
see DVDs at movie rental places as it is to see VHS tapes.

It was only a matter of time before companies came out with portable DVD
solutions, and up until now, I thought I had seen them all. I was actually quite
satisfied with what I was seeing…until I laid eyes on the newest generation
portable DVD player: the
NextBase SDV17-A
DVD with integrated LCD
, avaiable from Merconnet.

In the box, you will receive the SDV17, an AC/ DC adapter, remote control,
AV cable, soft carrying case (neoprene), accessory case, and the user manual.

Let’s begin with the player’s specifications…

Dimensions: 8" wide x 6" tall x 1" thick
AUTO/PAL/NTSC SYSTEM
Built in Dolby digital decoder
Multi OSD Language
English/German/FRENCH/Spanish,  Multi Angle/Audio/Subtitle Supported
Parent Lock
Fast Forward/ Reverse (X2,X4,X8,X16)
ZOOM PLAY(X2,X3,X4,X1/2,X1/3,X1/4)
Media Accepted: DVD/VCD/SVCD/MP3/CDDA/JPEG CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW/Kodak
picture/WMA disks
Input/Output: 1*AV OUT (Mini Jack),
1*Optical Digital Out (To S-LINK), 1*3.5mm Earphone Output w/volume control
TFT Screen 7" 16:9 Wide-Type TFT Display
Viewing Area: 6" wide x 3.5" tall,
112,320 Pixels(W480xH234x3RGB)

Response Time: 30ms

Other portable DVD players that I have seen and owned in the past had a
screen that folded up, similar in style to a laptop. While this was convenient
in that it provided built in screen protection, it also added bulk. Looking at
it now, they also seem so…yesterday.

I suppose one could liken the SDV17 to a
Tablet PC‘s
form factor. Gone is the flip-screen, and in it’s place is a flat panel with a
screen and several vital function buttons. Let’s take a look at the hardware…

The player’s body is largely composed of gray plastic, with a satin aluminum
panel on the front. The screen dominates, measuring 6" wide by 3.5" tall (7"
diagonal). Under the screen are the on/play, off/stop, rewind, fast-forward,
mode, screen brightness down and screen brightness up buttons and the open
button. Underneath this strip is the Infrared port for the remote, and on either
side of this strip are the speakers. These speakers are adequate in a quiet
room, but the sound is (as expected) much better through a headset or through an
auxiliary pair of speakers.

The left side of the SDV17 has a headphone jack, volume wheel, video, audio
opt out, and 12v power port.

The bottom has a receptacle for a screw-in tripod.

The right side holds the DVD tray…

   

The back has rubberized grips placed so that the player can either lay flat
on a surface, or be securely propped. There is an easel leg that conveniently
folds into the player’s back when not in use. It can be locked into various
lengths to get the best viewing angle.

   

Near the bottom is a rubberized slug that covers the prongs used with the
battery pack, which attaches to the bottom and is sold separately.

   
   


Battery pack picture courtesy of
Merconnet website

Using the SDV17 is a pleasure. When plugged in, a red light glows at the top
of the Infrared port. When turned on, the light glows blue.

You can access most DVD functions from the front panel buttons, but the
remote control is more convenient.

The picture is beautiful! There is no eye strain from a tiny screen when you
are holding the tablet, and the adjustable brightness makes viewing comfortable
in any setting.

  

Even though this is a great DVD player, it can also be used to play a number
of other similarly sized disks, most notably pre-recorded CDs, CDRs, and CDRs
with MP3 format files burned on them. As you can see in this photo, the player
supports MP3 playback with tags…

All told, the NextBase allows you to view or listen to DVD/VCD/SVCD/MP3/CDDA/JPEG CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW/Kodak
picture/WMA disks. Pretty nifty for a device that weighs 1.7 pounds and is the
size of a small hardback book!

I can only think of two caveats with regard to the SDV17: I wish that it came
with the rechargeable
battery pack.
But then I suppose that there are those that won’t need it, so perhaps it is
good that the option has been left to the consumer as to whether to purchase it
or not. I also wish that it had come with the
car adapter, because I can totally see using this device on trips…but once
again, I suppose not everyone will need the adapter, and by not including either
of these two items, NextBase was able to keep the price on new technology down.

The NextBase Tablet DVD Player is one of the greatest gadgets available for
those of us who travel and want to keep entertained. It is compact, feature
rich, and reasonably priced. If you have someone on your Christmas list that
likes watching movies, is hard to please, and has "everything," then this latest
evolution of the DVD player will surely appeal to them. If you do a lot of
traveling, then this DVD player is portable enough to throw in your gear bag
without completely weighing it down. Whether you buy it for yourself or a loved
one, this item is tops on my list of Christmas gadgets.

The rechargeable battery with 2.5 hours playback time available
here.
The car adapter is sold
here.

Price: $399

Pros:
Reasonably priced
Portable tablet with 7" (diagonal) screen
Excellent picture
Remote control
Has capabilities of a full size player, can fit in your bag
Comes with AV cable for use with a larger screen TV
View or listen to DVD/VCD/SVCD/MP3/CDDA/JPEG CD-R/CD-RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW/Kodak
picture/WMA disks from the same compact device

Cons:
Does not come with a battery
Does not come with a car adapter

68 thoughts on “NextBase Tablet DVD Player (SDV17-A) Review”

  1. Who actualy makes this DVD player.

    Here in the UK I have seen it under at least 3 different brands. Dixons are selling it under the name MAXON DVD Player, Play.com are selling it as the Play something or other.

    It must be an OEM device being sold to various companies for re-branding??

  2. That’s very likely, as I believe there are actually only a couple companies that make DVD players, which are then rebranded. In any case, I am very pleased with this particular one.

    Judie :0)

  3. They make this baby slot load, and i’m sold!

    Beautiful with tray loading, SEXY with slot load.

    Also, make the rest of the device in satin aluminum.

  4. Is this a region free player ? Or can u hack it to be one ?

    It says it does PAL/NTSC conversion automatically. And since it takes 12V DC, that would make it a great deal any traveller anywhere in the world.

  5. I believe it to be region free. I sure wish I was about to take an overseas trip so I could test it out for sure. 😉

    Judie :0)

  6. Hey wats up judie

    Im about to buy this little baby but the only thing keeping me from doing so is knowing whether it plays avi or divx or mpeg4 files.And also if you had the chance between an Archos AV320 and this baby, what would you go for.Santa is coming soon and I have to make a descision

    Thanks

  7. Just curious… Do you know if you can burn a DVD full of MP3’s and play them on the NextBase?

    I’ve been looking for something like my portable CD/MP3 Player, but I only want to carry 1 DVD instead of 5 CDs.

  8. Cue – yes, you can burn a CD full of MP3s in native format, and the SDV17 will play them and display their ID tags.

    rover – the player weighs 1 pound, 7 ounces. I don’t have the battery pack, so I can’t weigh it. Looking at it’s size, I would estimate its weight would be at least 8 ounces.

    coogan88 – I honestly couldn’t tell you if this will play movie files. Those formats aren’t listed as being supported, but if I get a chance I will burn a CD and report my findings here.

    Judie :0)

  9. Hey Judie,

    Actually I did read that in your review… What I was curious about was.. Do you think you could actually burn a DVD full of mp3s instead of a CD? Can you imagine how much music you could have on one disc? Prolly 24 hours of continuous 192mbps sweetness! The problem is you would have to keep it plugged in to hear the whole disc.

    cue

  10. cue – that’s a good question, sorry that I misread it earlier. I guess this is one to send to merconnet, since I am not lucky enough to own a DVD burner… 🙁

    Judie :0)

  11. I don’t get it. The point of a portable DVD player is to be able to throw it in a bag and tote it around. If the screen is exposed like this, it is in danger of getting scratched or worse. I see this as a drawback, not an advantage, of this DVD player. Other portable DVD players protect the screen by folding, just like a laptop.

  12. The screen is protected by a neoprene sleeve that has a piece of plastic sheeting bulit in over the screen area for accidental bumps. It seems to be working very well.

    Judie :0)

  13. Please could someone answer how this unit performs in the car, ie having no anti-shock.

    Does it play ok on the bumps?

    alsois it quick and easy to dismount from the headrest holder?

    Cheers

  14. Hi Julie,

    After reading your excellent review, I have purchased the nextbase SDV17 and am quite happy with it.

    Nothing is perfect so I have a few niggles:

    The resolution only 480×234, this was ok after tweaking of the video sttings which is where the problem lies. After entering either the video config setting via the remote (not from the player which is a pain) in stop mode or play mode, I change to what I want but then it does not save the changes after I shut down! So have to do this everytime – DOH

    Other than that I am quite happy with it.

    I was wondering if you have the same problem? Any tips? Or F/W updates? etc

    Thanks in advance for your help.

  15. I am about to purchase this product to use in Africa where the prevailent format is VCD. Is this product able to play dvd’s, vcd’s from any part of the world?
    Also has it got anti-shock as i intend to use it with the headrest bracket in a car?
    Apart from allowing the audio to play through the car speakers, does the MP3/Cd adapter also power the device?
    please someone help me with my many questions.

  16. I tested this in a shop and if you tilted it only slighty upwards or downwards then all you saw was a black screen.

    Not impressed for car use unless you sit at the oorrect height,

  17. One big drawback is the lack of inputs. With the possibility to connect a handycam, portable tv-tuner, VCR it could be really usefull. Without that its only a nice gadget.

  18. Hi, I have bought the Coby equivilent (TFDVD-7700) and was told it was region free. Now I find out it isn’t. Does anyone know the code for these?
    Thanks,
    Emma

    😀

  19. I bought the Maxim 11100 version of this player from Dixons. The format is just what I wanted plus it came supplied with a 12V car jack and battery.

    However, despite the box depicting it being used in a car there was nothing with which to attach it to the seat:(

    I have to say that I was also very disappointed with the picture quality. I watched Star Wars: Return of the Clones and in many of the scenes the subject had a bright 2 mm bar around the left hand edge.

    There was an option to “video enhance” the edge sharpness which did have some effect but the picture remained annoying. Why have any enhancement for a completely digital system?

    All in all, I was so unimpressed that it went back to the shop the very next day.

    Has anyone else had similar experiences? Did Dixons buy a reduced spec player to increase their profits? Was I just unluckly to buy a “bad egg”?

  20. Hi , i won a nextbase dvd in december , its under the joytech brand and came from play.com .im really pleased with it but i have a couple of problems you might be able to help me with .when you attach the battery it goes straight into standby mode , there doesnt seem to be a way of having the battery screwed on without the red light coming on . The other problem is the parent lock , i just dont get it , no matter what seting i put it on it makes no difference , ive put the code in and the little padlock closes , ive tried all the settings from kid safe to adult but nothing happens . perhaps one of you guys could also give it a go and tell me what im doing wrong.

  21. Okay I have two of the damn things now!!!

    I bought the Coby 7700 because the seller said it was multi-region but when it arrived it wasn’t. I contacted Coby direct and they told me there is no way to change it… go figure.

    So I purchased a multi-free Nextbase from an electronics store and what turns up in the box??? Another Coby 7700!!!! argh!!!! stupid people like I didn’t tell them I lived in Australia and needed a region free one! OW it makes me so mad.

    Anyone with a multi-free region Nextbase interested in swapping for a zone 1 Coby?

  22. dunc5 – Unfortunately, I can’t help you with battery questions at all since I don’t have one. I only have the power cord.

    zx6roo – I feel your frustration. :0/

  23. Dunc, No, there is no way you can put the battery on and not have the thing in standby. I’ve actually left the battery on like this for a week and then played it and didn’t find it drained the battery very much at all. I think the light is basically saying that the battery has life in it. Just becareful when you put it in a bag that nothing can press on the button to turn it on.

    Parent lock, well it worked for me although my nephew played with it last week and can’t remember the password. Haha, I’m doomed to have nothing but problems with this particular machine.

  24. hi zx6roo thanks for the reply the disc im using are all region 2 is this the case with you , just wondered if its got anything to do with the region of the dvd disc that supports the parent lock. i dont think the machine is to fault as it goes through all the motions and shows its locked .also do you know of anyone in the uk that sells a bracket for a rear head rest in a car ?

    thanks Duncan

  25. No, the ones I have are all region one. So to say that the regions can’t be changed sort of doesn’t sound right does? hehe.

    have you tried using different DVD’s? maybe it is the particular ones that you have that don’t have a rating or something like that?

    >>also do you know of anyone in the uk that sells a bracket for a rear head rest in a car ?

    Ermmm.. no sorry I actually live in Australia. You could try contacting this guy on ebay, he sells them as extra for $20US with his dvd’s:
    http://stores.ebay.com/Carentertain

    You could ask if he can sell you one or know of someone.

  26. I bought this player under the brand name of Scott, I have seen it listed elsewhere as being from Next base, Maxim, Coby and joytech, looked the same which ever brand you go to.

    Having used it now for a couple of weeks I have found it to be a real boon when travelling, one trip to the USA and one to North Africa and I have been able to enjoy movies everywhere.

    The screen does not like being viewed from sharp angles though and this is a bit of a gripe. The battery seems to last a bit more than the stated time, for now, which is fine by me. The power pack that came with this unit was 100-240 volts so it should be useable anywhere with the right socket adapter, I use one with a surge protector, just in case.

    My player came region free, I’ve used PAL and NTSC with no problems. MP3 on cd is also no problem though I have yet to try VCD or a DVD-r.

    The output to a large tv has also proven useful via the leads provided.

    Overall I am very glad I got this, and I would reccomend it to anyone who spends a lot of time on the go

  27. have you tried using different DVD’s? maybe it is the particular ones that you have that don’t have a rating or something like that?

    took it round a mates and tried about 15 discs and the parent locks worked on three of them.so i guess it depends if the dvd disc supports it . glad thats sorted .

  28. So sledge2k do your instructions tell you how to change the regions on it?
    I really want to keep it as it’s a good machine (bar one annoying thing) and it comes really handy on long road trips and flying so much with my 5yr old. But I only have 2 dvds I can play on it. I went intot he local Blockbusters and they had one dvd I could hire to play on it… arhh!!

    Okay, I love the machine, it gets battered about alot and is standing up to everything so far. Today we had a flight from hell and 6hrs later I am still feeling so sick I need to throw up… but enough of that… the thing got flung about and went smack on the floor and is still working fine. Even with a few hundred foot drops it never skipped, on dirt roads it hasn’t skipped….The only thing I find wrong… the stand. Yeah it’s the right length when you have it plugged in the mains or in the car headrest but what about when you have the battery attached. I use the kids toy as the entension so it still stands up at the right angle. *GRIN*

  29. HI zx6roo,

    The stand bit got me as well at first, then after fiddling with it for a while I discovered it is extendable, the plastic body slides down over an internal metal spine thus allowing a better viewing angle, thats what the lock on the stand is for, at first I thought it was to keep the stand safely stowed, oh well.

    As far as the multi region side of things goes, the device recognises each format on its own, if there is a set up for that facillity I couldn’t say as I am away from home and the instructions are back in the UK. I have yet to go through all the set up menu’s but I have had no need, yet!

    Cheers

  30. I believe this device goes under the following manufacturers/model names:

    Coby TFDVD-7700
    Nextbase SDV17
    Nextbase SDV17-A
    Digix Media SDV17
    Digix Media SDV17-A

    I am also searching for the region code hack…
    I will be very happy if anyone find the hack!

  31. Hi Judie,
    I would like to use the nextbase also for my son to use ad home. I know that it has a video and that it comes with standard cable but how do you switch of the screen? or lets say is it possible to switch of the screen?
    Suppose you can switch the screen of how do you use the menu? does it appear on the TV now instead of the build in screen?

  32. hi ipaq01 yes you can turn off the players screen while its connected to your tv and when you use the remote control the menus come up on the tv screen , just press and hold the mode button on the front of the player.

    hope this helps

    Duncan

  33. Hi Judie,

    I’m thinking of buying the Nextbase, but I was wondering if you could answer a question for me. I’m a travelling Game Designer and soon will have to take my Playstation2 and Xbox on trips. Do you know if the NExtbase supports Line-In/composite inputs from such devices, as that would definately be a plus point for me getting one?

    Thanks for your time….:)

  34. I’ve bought the tablet player one week ago. It’s a fantastic device, but I encountered one major problem: when using it with the 12V adapter it only works properly while the engine of the car is running. With the car-engine switched off it wno’t start the DVD. To me this is a major problem, since I want to use it in my yacht witch only has 12V supplies. (I don’t intend running the engine every time I want to watch a movie).

    I went to the store wher I bought it, and to our big suprise all the Nextbase tablet players had the same problem!!! Tested different players as well as different adapters…

    Has anyone else had this problem??? 😮

  35. Hi guys! We are having a little bit of trouble with our nextbase sdv17-a3, the problem is, we can’t play dvd+rw’s that we have recorded with our Philps DVDR 70. We have tried doing the bit-thingy pressing 2 and 3 on the remote when the disc is opened. And one more thing, we have burned several VCDs that doesn’t want to play in the nextbase. We appreciate any answer!

  36. Originally posted by shaggy
    Hi guys! We are having a little bit of trouble with our nextbase sdv17-a3, the problem is, we can’t play dvd+rw’s that we have recorded with our Philps DVDR 70. We have tried doing the bit-thingy pressing 2 and 3 on the remote when the disc is opened. And one more thing, we have burned several VCDs that doesn’t want to play in the nextbase. We appreciate any answer!

    Hi!

    I also have a Nextbase SDV17-A3, and my DVD+R/RW discs recorded from my Philips DVDR80 works fine… The best version of Nextbase are made by Apollo (the version I have)! Do you have the Joytech version? If not, return your player for a new one, because the Apollo Nextbase version supports these formats: DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / CD / CD-R / CD-RW / VCD / SVCD / MP3 / JPEG

  37. Originally posted by Dirk
    I’ve bought the tablet player one week ago. It’s a fantastic device, but I encountered one major problem: when using it with the 12V adapter it only works properly while the engine of the car is running. With the car-engine switched off it wno’t start the DVD. To me this is a major problem, since I want to use it in my yacht witch only has 12V supplies. (I don’t intend running the engine every time I want to watch a movie).

    Have you tried a direct connection to 12V (an unregulated adapter)….

    Sounds like you might be having the problem where your using a regulated DC adapter…which means it wants some amount greater than 12V (such as the 13.8V charging voltage) to regulate down to (a steady) 12V.

    The downside is that bad things could happen if the engine is running (charging the battery).

    Or when it says it wants 12V, it could really mean that it wants 13.8V….might have to track down a DC-DC converter that will turn 12V into 13.8V…..

    The Dreamer.

  38. Hi all, I just bought the Scott version today, if anyone is thinking of buying one and is located in the UK get yourself down to your local Index store asap, I got mine from there today at half price – £150, and if you buy one they also do the travel pack at half price too – £50 (which they don’t advertise) the pack includes a battery pack, car headrest bag, AV cable, 12v power cable, pair of earphones and a 1 to 2 earphone jack……..bargain!!!!

    (the offer ends on Tuesday)

  39. slartibartfast

    I bought my SDV17-A yesterday (in the UK)

    I’ve read all the posts here.

    Can someone explain what is meant in one of the posts above that says ‘We have tried doing the bit-thingy pressing 2 and 3 on the remote when the disc is opened…’

    TIA

  40. Has anyone used the AV input to connect a PlayStation or similar console to the display?

    Thanks
    Michael.

  41. Hi,
    I have bought the Coby TFDVD-7705 and was told it was region free. Now I find out it isn’t 🙁 . Does anyone know the code for these?
    Help me , thanks

  42. Here are the links to the actual manufacturer and the various brands this device is sold under. I also included a link to the “SLOT-LOAD” version of this DVD player. 😉

    Supersonic SC77DVD/SDV17-A PORTABLE DVD PLAYER
    http://www.digitallyunique.com/sscsc77dvd.html

    NextBase SDV17-A DVD with integrated LCD
    http://www.merconnet.com/products.php?ProductID=319&PHPSESSID=2725d4184ef53344a7d6f5cac1ece072

    (SLOT LOAD)
    SDV37 Portable DVD Player with 16:9 TFT Display and Built-in Anti-Shock
    http://www.goldtek.globalsources.com/gsol/I/Car-DVD-manufacturers/p/2000000003844/3000000174462/1000392278.htm

    Apollo Worldwide Ltd aka Next-BASE
    http://www.apollo.com.hk/index.htm
    http://www.goldtek.globalsources.com/si/6008802938277/apolloel.co

  43. Hi all
    Ive just bought a SDV17-S which is supposed to play DVD+R and DVD+RW. Ive recorded some DVDs on my Phillips recorder but my Nextbase unit will not play them. Can anyone offer any advice please ?

  44. Moszy wrote:

    Hi,
    I have bought the Coby TFDVD-7705 and was told it was region free. Now I find out it isn’t 🙁 . Does anyone know the code for these?
    Help me , thanks

    I have bought the same item. Did you find a way to make it re´gion free?

  45. WaxDeo wrote:

    Hi!

    I also have a Nextbase SDV17-A3, and my DVD+R/RW discs recorded from my Philips DVDR80 works fine… The best version of Nextbase are made by Apollo (the version I have)! Do you have the Joytech version? If not, return your player for a new one, because the Apollo Nextbase version supports these formats: DVD / DVD-R / DVD-RW / DVD+R / DVD+RW / CD / CD-R / CD-RW / VCD / SVCD / MP3 / JPEG

    Hello to all of you, my first post having just registered.
    I have just bought 2 of these Nextbase units and I think they are great, however, I cannot seem to get it to play any DVD+RW’s. I have tried Philips and Mirror branded disks so far. You mention that you have no problem playing them so could you please let me know what make/brand of DVD+RW’s you can successfully use on your player. FYI I have a Philips DVDR880 DVD Recorder. Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

  46. Well it does not come with a battery and they cost about 49.99 each plus no car plug think .but looks ok.
    NOW

    have you must see this slot loader and i mean you just push the cd in to the hole in the side it has very good picture and has dolby5.1 channel digital surround sound output

    Here is a link to one of there listings on ebay

    tabletdvd player slot loader plus mulit region

    And the web site is http://www.tabletdvds.com it still being made plus i no that they are doing some with tv tunner soon and you get 2 batterys with this model

  47. Hi just to give everyone some more feedback on these SDV17-A units and DVD+RW playback.
    I am returning mine to the company I bought them from for full credit as no-one seems able to confirm that they actually do work with DVD+RW discs. This is a real shame as I think the units are great apart from this.
    I am looking at getting the newer version, the SVD-37A, which has newer firmware and I have been assured that these do work with DVD+RW discs, so we will have to wait and see.
    Apollo/Nextbase have mentioned to me that there are still some older units out in the market of the SDV-17A and that this may be why I cannot get +RW discs to work with them. So if you need +RW playback then I suggest that you get confirmation from the supplier that they do work correctly and that you can return them if they don’t.

  48. Andy Clark wrote:

    Hi just to give everyone some more feedback on these SDV17-A units and DVD+RW playback.
    I am returning mine to the company I bought them from for full credit as no-one seems able to confirm that they actually do work with DVD+RW discs. This is a real shame as I think the units are great apart from this.
    I am looking at getting the newer version, the SVD-37A, which has newer firmware and I have been assured that these do work with DVD+RW discs, so we will have to wait and see.
    Apollo/Nextbase have mentioned to me that there are still some older units out in the market of the SDV-17A and that this may be why I cannot get +RW discs to work with them. So if you need +RW playback then I suggest that you get confirmation from the supplier that they do work correctly and that you can return them if they don’t.

    I recently bought the SDV17-S (slot in) version and it works fine with DVD+RW. Great unit and I am well impressed by the battery – I got 5 hours out of it.. Thats 3 movie! The output on the screen is OK, but the output on AV-out is far better. I have not tried AV-in yet, but it might come in handy, and is certainly nice to have. The sound is a bit weak, but using the headphones it was very good.

    Overall I think its a great piece of kit and I cant wait until we fly to see if it will keep my daughter quiet on the plane. 😀

  49. Hello Friends,

    Please do not laugh! My english here is made by AltaVista 🙂

    I have the Takara DVM 75-o. This Player is identically constructed with the following devices.

    NextBase SDV17-A3
    Maxfield D 02
    Medion MD 41691

    Now to my questions.
    at all is firmware update planned?
    Are there firmware updates?
    Is firmware update with this Player possible?

    My desires would then be:
    MP3 on DVD.
    MPEG Streams on DVD.
    Long file names with mp3

    regards from Berlin

    Pred

  50. can somebody please help me? I have the nextbase sdv37 and my little boy has lost the instruction leaflet, havent got a clue on how things work on it?please can somebody help, new on here so if this is the wrong place to write this I am sorry. thanks :wacko:

  51. Hi guys,

    great interesting posts, I have a nextbase sdv 17A, i love it, a fantastic player that eats all formats i chuck into it, however im lead to believe it has the functionality of AV in, i.e for using with the Ps2, but i’m dammed if i can work out how to make it work as a screen. any help welcome please,

    regards
    Stuart:wacko:

  52. I have two NextBase Model No. SDV17-A Portable DVD Players with two different Battery Packs. I would like to know why the Model No. PS330N-E NI-MH battery pack 7.2 V 3000 mAH that I have replaced the original one with does not seem to fully charge. It will charge for about 12 to 15 minutes with the red LED light lit and then shuts off. The pack gets hot, but the manual says this is normal. If I wait for it to cool down, it will repeat the same thing. Charging is done at room temperature (70 degrees F or 22 C).
    The other player is using a Model No. SB11 LI-ION Battery pack 7.4 V 4400 mAH Lithium ION Battery pack and charges normal with the LED light showing half red and half green while charging a partially charged pack. This battery pack gets only slightly warm while charging.
    Why is the NI-MH pack rated 7.2 V 3000 mAH and the LI-ION pack rated 7.4 V 440 mAH? They both will work in either player, but will it, in any way harm the player? I can’t understand the different voltage. I was informed that the NI-MH pack was a replacement for the Model No. SB11 LI-ION Battery pack and works with the SDV17-A. Is that correct?
    Could you please help me?
    Thanks, Ron

  53. I have a question about a replacement Battery charger for the SDV17-A.
    I purchased a second one used and it works fine with the power pack and charger that came with it. But, the charger that came with it was a replacement from Radio Shack.It is a 12 V output and does fit the socket in the battery or player and is rated 1500 mA. It seems so large compared to my origional one. Does anyone know anything about then?

  54. Abdallah Kacioussalah

    Dear
    Have a nice day please i need DVD SDV17 whith fixateur behend the saet Q5 Audi

    Regard

    1. Eunice Ann Carr

      did you ever find a battery? and if so would you please give me the details of where to purchase? as I need one also..kind regards, Eunice

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