The Audiovox D8000IP offered the still novel hook of a built-in iPod dock--but it still fell short of what we'd like to see in a good portable DVD player. The D8000XP corrects some of the omissions of its big brother, but the smaller, cheaper step-down model loses the video iPod playback.
The Audiovox D8000XP is not as wide as the D8000IP, yet it carries the same weight--about 2 pounds. Its speakers are mounted directly below its 8-inch screen--even closer together, considering the XP's more compact design. The screen rotates 180 degrees and can even fold closed, screen-side up, for those who prefer tablet-style viewing. While the IP's outer casing gave the unit an overall cheaper feel, the D8000XP's rubberized black matte gives the player a certain sturdiness that its step-up counterpart was certainly lacking.
Unfortunately the design improvements end there, as the D8000XP also suffers from the same annoying protruding battery pack that sticks out the back of unit. Since the battery is actually the same size as the IP's, the unit looks even more ridiculous. By comparison, the Coby TF-DVD7307 manages to integrate its battery pack into the player's body. It's also worth noting that the directional buttons on the D8000XP give off a very loud click when pressed. We found it quite annoying and would imagine anyone sitting next to you on a bus or plane would find it equally unpleasant.
The D8000XP's more compact size necessitates that its input/output jacks are divided on either side of the unit. The biggest (and most curious) compromise is the use of a mini-USB jack; an adapter cable for standard USB devices is included, but why Audiovox didn't just make the port itself that size is a mystery (there's plenty of room). Otherwise, you'll find the same group of controls and options as the D8000IP: dual headphone jacks, AV input/output (one port, with a toggle switch), USB port, volume and brightness sliders, flash card slot, and a power switch. In addition to the AC adapter, Audiovox throws in a car charger and a composite breakout AV cable (use it for the video input or output, as needed). When using flash media, the onscreen interface will allow you to search through all of the folders on your card or thumb drive. It accepts SD/MMC and Memory Stick media, as well as their smaller variants with the appropriate adapter. The onscreen GUI (graphical user interface) is easy to use and we had no problem selecting files for play. If a file is not supported by the D8000XP, it will not show up onscreen (more on that below).