i recently bought this ripspeed system for my car and with a couple of tweeks to the audio setting the overall sound from the system is fantastic, the price itself isn't too much car audio systems are expensive today as it is so make sure you're getting your moneys worth, this system is good for selection the only flaw i have with it is the fact the aux input is at the back and not the front which is a shame seen as most competetors do them input at the front for accessibility. The visual side of things the graphic screen is not as good as the picture makes out but who would expect an lcd screen on a stereo ? as for simplicity finding your way around the menu and settings is not at all challenging just recognition is needed and remembering however the user manual is extremely helpful for this.
Let me get straight to a quip: I don't think it really matters how good a car dvd system is. if it does the job, it is fine. so the most important thing is PRICE WISE are you getting a good deal. of course, you do want some special features and let me discuss those in detail for you here.
The first and most important thing here is the sound quality and that is very very impressive. now it is crystal clear and gives you a very decent experience. you will feel its making you a very impressive car owner to those which get into your car.
for dvd video display, it is a very small screen so dont expect this to be like having a home movie cinema in your car. consider it only a little bonus in addition to the radio and music cd options. but it is very nice quality and nice to have the video playback option, dont you think? you can be the judge of this yourself... but if it is quality you want, this definitely has it
the tricky cables can be a bit of a nuisance which is a bit of a disappointment for this. you have to fiddle around quite a bit with a few different cables, i.e. one for the dvd seperate from the rest of the functions. BUT, dont let this get you too down. the price is actually very competetive considering what you are getting.
price wise you should shop around because this tends to vary a lot and is not really in my opinion worth spedning over £150 on but you should be able to find it for less.
I have a 16 year old Volkswagen Golf, which up until last month had the original tape player in it - the tape eject button was missing and the wires must have been crossed as you'd press volume only for it to change the the radio station instead. Anyway my boyfriend had been promising to buy me an up to date replacement and this is what he got me...
What is it?
The Ripspeed DVD732B is a head unit stereo system for your car - it does the standard and traditional things which you would expect (radio and CD) however it can also play DVD's, has a slot for SD cards (up to 2gb) and a USB connection.
Putting this into a car is a relatively straight forward process (going from the experience in my car) - you pull the old unit out and plug the connector from the car into the unit, if it doesn't fit then you can buy adaptors.
If you wish to watch DVD's then you will have to connect one of the cables to the parking break or find another way to make it earth, if you don't do this the unit will assume that you are constantly driving and won't allow an image to be displayed.
The unit is a standard size so should fit most slots, however there are alot of cables behind it and depending on how your cars dashboard is set out, you may have a tough time pushing it all the way in as the cables get bunched up behind it.
Once the unit is in place you simply press the power button to turn it on and away you go! There are no set up menu's to worry about which is a bonus.
Although this unit has alot of functions, it's relatively easy to use. When the power button is pushed it immediately sets the source to radio, however if you connect another media it automatically switches over to that. If you otherwise want to switch between different media you simply press the src button.
The volume adjustment is on a dial, however if you push the dial inwards in brings up another of options such as increasing the bass and changing the output from different speakers. I have found this very handy, but my only gripe is that it doesn't remember the settings for when you next turn it on - I listen to alot of rock and metal music where I want the bass to be amplified, but I have to set this every time I get in my car as it doesn't retain that information, even so it only takes a matter of seconds to do.
I have to say I've been incredibly impressed with the quality of this player. The detachable front unit is plastic and very lightweight, but all the buttons feel durable and even though you have to be quite rough pulling it off the rest of the unit (don't want to leave it on view incase it tempts someone to break into your car), the connections are very solid and won't snap off.
As for the quality of the output - this is superb. Yes the DVD display is only 3" but the clarity is fantastic and to be honest I doubt many people will be watching DVD's in their car anyway! The sound is wonderful although this will of course be affected by your speakers - the speakers in my car are the standard (ie. not great quality) ones and 16 years old, however the sound is still brilliant. The bass in particular is very impressive and can be turned up very high with little distortion, futhermore the volume can be turned up exceptionally loudly if you're that way inclined.
As mentioned above the front of this unit pulls off which means you can take it off when parked, to avoid giving dishonest people the temptation to break into your car. You get a little plastic box to keep the front in and it has foam padding on the inside, to open the box you're supposed to push the bottom bit in to release the catch which I always find a bit fiddly.
There is a remote control supplied, however as the driver I can't see an instance when you would need this as it's just as easy to make adjustments on the unit itself (unless you drive a hummer maybe). It could be useful though if you have passengers in the back seat who want to change songs etc.
I believe the RRP for this is around £160, which is quite expensive, however when you consider what you get for it then it's not too bad. That said, this is currently on offer in Halford's just shy of £90, making it very reasonably priced.
Overall this comes highly recommended from me - it's high quality (in more ways than one), lots of connections for different playing devices, it's a good price and it has certainly made my driving experiences much more pleasurable.