I purchased a Ripspeed DV720 second hand and I was very pleased with the product overall although I believe better products are available. Firstly I liked the value for money even though I purchased this second hand, brand new the item is still very well priced. The functions are basic (compared to other in car DVD systems) but this only adds to the simplicity and ease-of-use. I got to know the system very well very quickly but when I decided to sell my car I wanted to take the system out to put into the next car I bought. This lead me to the only problem I personally had with the Ripspeed DV720. As I wanted to replace it with the original CD player I took the system out of the sleeve and I was unable to make the original fit snug back into the car. Once I replaced the system It must have been a little wider than the original which made the transfer back quite hard. I believe that if somebody was going to buy an in car DVD system, more money should be spent on a better quality named product however the Ripspeed does the job well if you are on a low budget.
When I bought my Golf GTi I was lucky enough to find one of these little poor souls hiding away in my boot! I couldn't believe it as I thought it looks like a cracking car audio system as it even had a remote. So I gave my friend Michelle a call and asked her to come over to help me out on a little project. On her arrival I showed her the Ripspeed DV720 and explained that I found it in my boot and that I wanted to give it to her. Of course she was happy with this when I explained to her that these had pretty heavy price tags and I wanted someone to enjoy the use of it rather than lying in a boot or a drawer. So off we went out into the car to set this bad boy up. The first thing I done was take out her old audio system that Im sure was a pioneer. We had to use security keys to remove her pioneer system and it took a good 15 minutes as it was pretty stiff. Once we removed the old one all we had to do was disconnect the wires. Not as easy at it sounds I tell you! Takes a little getting used to as there is quite alot of wires. Once disconnected we then started to install the Ripspeed DV720. First thing we done was connect the wires up to it and then all we had to do was slide it in to the space provided and make sure that the wee locks that hold it in had caught. Abracadabra and bobs your uncle, In other words " sorted " It was as easy as that. That hardest thing about fitting one of these units I would say is removing the existing one as they can be quite stiff.
When we fired the unit up for the first time we were really took back, The modern design, Big Screen and all the different stuff we could do was unbelievable. It has all the settings hat you need to tune this unit right into a tee. The quality of the sound that it produces is immense, Second to none in my opinion. Therefor I really would recommend one of these systems if you like to have the best in life.
Overall I Would Give This Unit 9/10 And Would Recommend It
i had this DVD/car sterio for my birthday for my car and i have to say its GREAT! i had it installed by the shop and have never had a problem with it, it comes with a remote control so its just like using the DVD player at home.
both picture and sound quality is brill, it definatly beats a standard car sterio. you can also hook up a sub woofer to it and extra screens to go on the back of the headrests.
It opens and closes motorised, not like some of the cheaper ones that you have to push and pull to get the screen out. it has loads of different sound settings you can choose from or you can set the base, treble etc yourself.
it is not recomended that you drive with the screen up and on, so it should be wired to your handbrake, meaning that you can only have the screen up when you are parked, highly recomended.
The best thing about the Ripspeed DV720 is definately the great price it can be bought for it can be bought online for just over £200 which is fantastic for a DVD player. The player looks really expensive as well with a nice finish and a DVD screen which folds away when not in use. I have to say that I found the player very difficult to install in my car and while i'm no car expert I have fitted a good few radios in my time. The wiring for the DVD player function takes a lot of working out.
The main disadvantage which i have found so far is that the quality of sound is a little bit poor. It seems to me that they have put all the effort into the DVD function which is really good and the DVd quality is really good but when only paying such a small price for the thing something had to be compromised and they have obviously decided not to worry too much about sound quality. Having said that it is still ok just not the best. It is also possible to link your mp3 player or ipod to the player through a connection at the back. This can save a lot of time burning music onto a disk etc.
I would recommend the player for someone who likes things to look good, who is not as worried about quality of sound as the quality of the DVD player and who doesn't want to spend a fortune.
My friend has owned the Ripspeed DV720 for around nine months now, and aside from one problem with the unit, it is a very good in car DVD player especially considering the money.
Typically this will be seen in Halfords for around £250 and when you look at it, it really does look like a well thought out stereo. It is black and when the screen is not up it has a blue lit screen which looks nice and is not too obtrusive. The buttons do feel slightly cheap but they have not worn or fell off so they do seem to hold up well. The main attraction to a lot of people would be the flip out 7 inch DVD screen, which can be used to play DVD's and also to show radio information and cd track information too. The screen itself is of a very good quality, usually these type of units feature screens from more well know companies and the clarity certainly gives this impression. It never skips or jumps and it is more than large enough to watch whilst in the car(parked up of course) It can be wired in to work on the move, but obviosly this breaks the law and is just not sensible, so wiring it up to the handbrake ensures it works correctly.
With the fitting of it a previous review stated that it was very easy to fit, this was purely down to luck that the car he was fitting into has a massive hole when you take out the original stereo. With most cars the hole left will be the same size as this unit(called a DIN size) and due to the huge amount of extra wires on the back of this unit, for things such as extra screens and subs, it makes it quite difficult to fit into the majority of cars as you have to find a hiding place for all of these extra wires.
Once in the car it does stick out a little more than a normal stereo, again this is due to the screen though(one point to make would be to make sure there is enough room for the screen to actually flip out otherwise it would be pointless) One downside is that you cannot remove the fascia, so it could attract thieves, they do give you a little cover for it though, which hides the front.
So for £250 you get a DVD player with a 7 inch flip out screen which seems good value for money, but you also have many other features. There is a rear mounted aux in, meaning that by trailing a cable from the back of the unit to the front of the car, your ipod or any MP3 player can be connected. This is a feature that I like as I dont like the look of an aux in coming from the front of the stereo and trailing across the dashboard. If you dont have an MP3 player, you can load all of your music onto either a cd in MP3 format, or even onto a DVD, meaning you can put 4.7 GB of music onto one disc!
Since owning it my friend has had just one problem with the discs not ejecting, it had to be sent away for repair but since has worked fine.
If I had to really fault the unit at all it would be on the sound quality. With only 4x40 watts, the power that the stereo produces is a lot less than the majority of even basic stereos out there, and this is noticable. Until we put new speakers into his car the sound through the standard speakers was quite quiet, and when turned up just distorted, the new speakers are better, but still not great and this is due to the lack of power from the stereo.
After taking everything into account, I think that considering it only costs £250 it represents excellent value for money and could be essential for lorry drivers when on an overnight stop. It does look good and the screen is great, much better than expected for the price. I personally wouldnt buy one as I would put the money towards a stereo of a better quality that doesnt have DVD as I have no use for it, but can see that for somebody looking for this feature, it is definatly something to consider.
A friend of mine purchased a Ripspeed DV720 head unit a few months back and he has been raving on about it ever since. Since his head gasket went on his vehicle, and rendering his car useless for a couple of months he persuaded me to borrow the Ripspeed ("head unit") so I could see how 'amazing' it really is.
I have now been using this piece of kit for the last three weeks, during which I must say I have not really warmed to it and am looking forward to getting my JVC back in my car. However, I thought I had better let you all know about my experiences with the Ripspeed DV720.
Like all modern stereo/DVD units the Ripspeed has an ISO connector, which is present in most modern day vehicles. If, however, your vehicle is not fitted with an ISO connector (my Focus wasn't when I first bought it) then a separate wiring harness is required, which at around £10 is not overly expensive but it does add an additional cost to the product. There are many different types therefore it is important to ensure the correct one is purchased.
Provided you have all the necessary tools required, i.e. the strips of metal to remove specific radios, then installing the unit is very easy. It is simply a case of pull out the old one, put the ISO connectors together (or if you need an additional harness - clip one end of the harness to the original wires and the other end to the ISO) and push the unit in.
It really is that simple and any one who has had a bit of experience fitting radios should be able to do it so there should be no need to pay a Halfords' 'technician' £40 or so to spend 5 minutes to fit it.
****Screen & picture quality****
The DV720 has a motorised 7" touch screen that is dual screen display, with wide screen and segment LCD allowing operation when open or closed. At 720 pixels by 480 pixels the picture quality is about the same as a portable DVD player, which is more than adequate.
There is a "mechanical anti-vibration system with electronic shock protection" although the picture does tend to jump around a bit and freeze when driving down 'rough' tracks or off road. Unless you live in a middle of a field or half way up a mountain with no proper road you shouldn't have too many problems.
This unit comes with a slim line DVD remote which whilst a nice touch it is hardly required since the head unit is less than an arm length away from either the driver or the passenger.
As with all in car entertainment packages the overall sound is only as good as the speakers that accompany it. The DV720 is 4 x 40 watts with a built in amplifier. Please note that this is total output and not RMS.
Personally, I think that this is more than enough but then I am passed the age where I want to blast out 100 decibels to make sure that everyone else can 'enjoy' my music whilst I am. For 'normal' volume levels 40 x 40 watts is sufficient but if you want a bit more then it is possible to connect a separate amplifier to the DV720 using the special connecters at the back of the unit.
The quality of the sound is very good and I did not experience any distortion at all, but then I didn't have the volume loud enough to make my ears bleed.
This unit will only support DVD, DVD+R, DVD+RW, VCD, SVCD and JPEG visual files. It does not support DivX files, which is a bit of a shame especially given that most of the video content that is downloadable from the internet comes in this format.
There are 2 video outputs for additional monitors. On the face of it this is a nice feature since it means that backseat passengers can enjoy a film as well. The problem is the additional monitor/s will need to be purchased as an extra and then there is the problem of mounting them in the vehicle, giving them a power supply and buying all the necessary leads and connectors. In reality I think that using multiple screens is a nightmare and it is cleaner, easier and a lot cheaper just to give the passengers their own portable DVD player. This will also ensure there are no arguments over film choice as each passenger can select what they want to watch.
There is a 12 AM and 18 FM Radio station memory with an RDS tuner. This provides more than enough radio stations to listen to. This unit is fully compatible with CDDA, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA and MP3.
There is an Aux input connector enabling an I-pod or MP3 player to be played through the unit. This is a common feature on many units, therefore, this is not a unique selling point of this product. There is a big problem in that the Aux connector is at the back of the unit. Therefore, in order to use it you need to pull the unit out, connect a cable and route it behind the dash out in to the interior of the car (such as the footweld) so the relevant music player can be connected. This is very fiddly and takes a bit of time (and knowledge) to achieve. Many modern units have the Aux in on the front which is far more accessible.
The unit has a 5 channel line out for 2 x rear speakers, 2 x front speakers and a subwoofer. This is impressive and allows for a great speaker set up installation (obviously at an additional cost).
As far as in car radio/DVD units go the DV720 represents good value for money. A lot of these units have small screens of usually 2.5" or 3" so with a massive 7" screen the DV720 wins hands down in this respect. I should also note that even with a bigger screen the picture quality is not compromised as the DV720 has a good resolution of 720 x 480.
At normal volumes the sound is crisp and clear and is good. Unfortunately I only have standard factory fitted speakers in my car and since these aren't powerful enough to let the DV720 really stretch its legs in terms of volume I am unable to comment on how the unit deals with ear bleeding volume levels.
This unit looks cheap and nasty but considering how much it cost, and the technology incorporated in it, the manufacturers have had to make sacrifices somewhere and this appears to be in the quality of the materials used to make the product. Whilst I don't question the durability of the unit I do think that it will need to be treated with a bit of TLC to ensure that it lasts a few years.
The unit supports limited film files which is OK if you want to watch a DVD, but many internet downloads are usually in DivX format, which is not supported by this unit.
Personally I can't see the point in having a DVD player in the car unless:
i) It is to keep children/young passengers amused
ii) It is to keep your passenger amused
iii) You prefer to watch films in your car than in your home
iv) You are one of those chavvy boy racers that like to spend evenings in the local Sainsbury's car park
I am unsure on the legality aspects of having a film on whilst driving but, personally, I don't think it is safe. Being able to see a 7" screen out of the corner of your eye (especially whilst driving at night) is off putting and, quite frankly, dangerous. For this reason I refuse to have a film on whilst the car is in motion.
Whilst there are a lot of channel outs and an Aux in it is not that useful since all are located at the back of the unit. There is no Aux in at the front, no USB port on the front and no SD card slot. These inputs are available on most modern head units and, due to their simplicity and usefulness, these are a must have. It is a shame that the DV720 does not have one, or all, of these features since it would make it a lot better unit.
Overall this is an OK unit but it is definitely not for me. I have no use for the DVD player and the lack of USB port, Aux in at the front or SD card slot makes it of no use to me. I think I will stick to my JVC for the time being.
7" motorised touchscreen monitor and rear Aux input for MP3 player or iPod connectivity, this new in-dash multimedia centre is sure to satisfy your needs.