Parents out there are likely counting down the days until the family vacation. As you prepare for your road trip, you might be worried about making the journey with small children. If youâ€™re taking a long drive, keeping young kids entertained for hours is no easy task.Â If you have your car equipped with a great DVD system, youâ€™ve got built-in entertainment.
Pioneer is a great electronics company that has a few options available for car DVD systems on any budget. Families with small children often have two main concerns when making a major purchase: cost and kid-friendliness.Â We picked a couple of Pioneer’s options that get great marks in those areas and the Pioneer folks were kind enough to send us a few details.
1)Â Â Â The most affordable car DVD player system is the Pioneer AVH-P3200DVD In-Dash Double-DIN DVD Multimedia AV Receiver
This vehicle entertainment system is designed to be mounted to the dashboard, and it can feed to additional screens in the back seat of the car. Users can customize the menu options that appear for easy navigation. This is important in the car, because the last thing you want to do is search around for the right command to play a track from your iPod when you need to focus on the road. The system is integrated so that an iPhone or iPod can be docked and controlled through the screen interface for convenience . The dashboard screen is 5.8â€ and when the car is in drive no video is shown to eliminate additional driver distraction
2)Â Â Â The best vehicle DVD system for kids is the Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT 7″ In-Dash Double-Din Navigation CD/DVD/MP3 with Pandora iPhone streaming
This one is great for parent sanity since itâ€™s possible to have two separate media feeds â€“ one for the kids who want to watch a DVD in the backseat, and another for audio streaming in the front . Some more audio features including a Pandora link and MusicSphere which groups iPod music into categories based on genre and more to create unique playlists automatically. An Ecodrive featureÂ provides insight about driving habits and fuel saving tips (we really liked this one).Â DVD system has a 7â€ screen and Bluetooth.
Check out Pioneerâ€™s complete line of electronic devices for the car here and get a closer look at the two DVD systems mentioned above.