Last updated on September 15th, 2020 at 10:20 pm

Flip down or overhead DVD players are the preferred in-car entertainment system for vehicles with a high interior space like the SUVs and vans.  The market currently offers a tremendous variety of overhead DVD players and most are generally known to have good quality audio and video performance. However, in our opinion, there are not a lot of models that meet our strict criteria. The factors that would determine what the best flip down monitor in the market today would be performance, reliability, value for money, personal preferences in features like video gaming, and available options for audio and video sources.

Compared to the headrest monitors, you get better picture quality with the flip downs and installation is much simpler. If you have previously tried the headrest monitor then you know that there is often an issue with glare – this problem is eliminated when you use the flip downs.

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Best Overhead DVD Players and Monitors List

1. Best Overall Pick: Alpine PKG-RES4AP

Key Features

  • 11.4″ Overhead Monitor
  • 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Built in FM & IR transmitter
  • 2 Wireless Headphones

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Alpine PKG-RES4AP Quick Review

The Alpine PKG-RES4AP is a recent model that was introduced into the market in January 2016. We decided to start our list with the PKG-RES4AP because it is an incredible unit and truly top-of-the-line.

The most impressive feature of this flip down unit is its 11.4 inch WSVGA high res screen that’s best for large family vehicles. In addition, if you already have the new Alpine mech-less dash, then you’re in luck as this unit compliments that system perfectly. It is also compatible with the dash system of the Silverado (2014), GMC Sierra (2014), and the Jeep Wrangler (2011).

In the PKG-RES4AP PKG-RES4AP , Alpine installed the Sharp Plasmacluster technology which is a feature you don’t really get to appreciate unless you or any of your passengers tend to (believe it or not) smoke or sweat, or you have problems with molds, germs, bacteria, or other odors inside the vehicle. This technology actually filters out the in-car contaminants and fungi while introducing the negative molecules that will improve the air quality inside your vehicle.

Other top features we liked with the PKG-RES4AP include:

  • High resolution of 1024 x 600
  • Aspect ratio of 16:9 widescreen with built-in controls
  • Built-in FM and IR transmitters (wireless)
  • HDMI input with cable and harness
  • Surround sound
  • RSE Link control
  • 7-color LED dome light
  • Remote control
  • 2 SHS-N106 wireless IR headphones
  • Comes in grey, gold, and black colors
  • 1-year warranty

The biggest shocker with the PKG-RES4AP is the retail price of $1,299.95 which is a big investment so the question we needed to answer: Is it worth all that money?

The lowest price of a car DVD player is $75, but you don’t get much with that purchase – not even help installing the unit. After assessing all the features and functions of the PKG-RSE, we came to the grand conclusion that you actually save with this one unit than if you were to buy everything in the package in separate purchases.

Key Features

  • 10.1″ Overhead Monitor
  • 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Built in FM transmitter
  • A/V outputs through RCA

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Last Amazon price update was: October 20, 2020 2:12 am

Audiovox VODEXL10 Quick Review

The Audiovox VODEXL10, which retails between $400 to $500, is a fantastic deal (especially if you just read about the Alpine PKG-RSE which is twice the price!). You get FM radio, movies, music, and video gaming all in one unit, which should keep your passengers happy and entertained. It’s like having an on-the-road high-quality game room/home entertainment system.

You will need to have at least 10 inches of free space to install the VODEXL10, since the maximum height of the screen when at a 90-degree angle is about 9.25 inches.

Key features of the VODEXL10 include:

  • 10.1-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution
  • 2 Built-in dome lights
  • Aspect ratio of either 16:9 or 4:3
  • LED backlight
  • 2 HDMI inputs (one is for mobile)
  • 2 wireless headphones
  • Wireless remote control
  • Built-in FM transmitter
  • A/V outputs through RCA
  • 2 auxiliary A/V inputs, USB
  • Comes in shale, black, and pewter colors with trimming and cover
  • 1-year warranty

We also liked the fact that when you buy it, you get everything needed to install the unit like the harness, mounting bracket, screws, AAA batteries, and a pry tool.  As for the performance, it was better than expected and worked flawlessly.

Key Features

  • 11.2″ Flipdown DVD Player
  • 800 x 600 resolution
  • Built in FM transmitter
  • 2 Video Inputs

Latest Prices

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Last Amazon price update was: October 20, 2020 2:12 am

Power Acoustik PT110CM Quick Review

The Power Acoustik PT110CM Overhead LCD Monitor has a swivel function which is very convenient for the comfortable viewing of your passengers or if they want to play around and adjust the viewing angles. This is definitely budget-friendly and is one of the best flip down monitors, so you know you are getting great value for your money. While a set of headphones isn’t included, you do get a remote control and a Pause/Play button accessible to the driver located on the backside of the player.

The features we liked about the PT110CM include:

  • 11.2 TFT-LCD screen with 800 x 600 resolution, 400 NIT brightness
  • On Screen Display
  • PAL/NTSC Compatible
  • Auto selectable
  • Built-in FM and IR transmitter
  • 2 video inputs
  • RCA input
  • One auxiliary input
  • Built-in dome lights
  • Comes in a slim design in black, grey, or beige skins
  • 1-year warranty

The features you will miss include the DVD player, wide angle screen, an adjustable angle, and USB port. However, with an auxiliary jack, you can hook up a DVD player or game console and give your backseat passengers other entertainment options that make up for lack of features not included.

Probably the best part about the PT110 is the unexpected quality for an in-car entertainment system that sells for around $120. The bottom line is that you will not be disappointed because you will get a unit that will perform steadily and reliably for many months.

Key Features

  • 13.3″ Flipdown DVD Monitor
  • 800 x 480 resolution
  • Built in FM transmitter
  • Headphone jack

Latest Prices

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Last Amazon price update was: October 20, 2020 9:13 am

Audiovox AVXMTG13UHD Quick Review

The Audiovox AVXMTG13UHD, which is the upgraded version of the Audiovox AVXMTG13UA 13.3, comes with DVD player and boasts of having a large 13.3 inch LCD screen.  After testing, we felt the highlights of this model would be its range of options that cover HDMI/MHL to USB and SD slots for video, wireless connectivity, and FM transmitter for audio sources. Thus, no matter the distance you have to travel, you can turn to several entertainment choices to keep from being bored.

It also helps if you are a parent with young children because of the parental control settings which allow you to clamp down on inappropriate content.

Other features of the AVXMTG13 that impressed include:

  • Aspect ratio of 16:9 switchable to 4:3
  • Built-in 16-channel FM transmitter
  • Format compatible with most files including MP3 and JPEG
  • Wireless remote control
  • IR ready
  • Headphone jack
  • Backlight with choice of day or night viewing
  • SD card and USB port
  • One auxiliary input and one audio/video output
  • Built-in dome lights
  • Comes in pewter, black, and shale colors with trim
  • Playback memory
  • 1 year warranty

With this flip-down monitor, you get the complete installation kit which includes the cables, bracket, and screws.  A word of warning before choosing this model – the size of the screen when it drops down is large enough to block your view of the rearview mirror, so make sure you have enough space or options for when you need to use this mirror while using the monitor.

Key Features

  • 10.1″ Flipdown Monitor
  • 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Built in FM transmitter
  • 2 Aux inputs, 1 Aux output

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Alpine PKG-RSE3HDMI Quick Review

We end our list with the Alpine PKG-RSE3HDMI which is priced around $500. As a rear entertainment system, you will not feel lacking for options. Your passengers can enjoy a variety of sources for music, videos, movies, or games. They can hook up their gadgets to the system and enjoy an amazing screen quality with the WSVGA monitor.

What we loved about the PKG-RSE3HDMI was the surround audio and wireless headphones, so you truly get into the gaming or movie mode without bothering the driver or other passengers.

The features that set the PKG-RSE 3HDMI apart from many other overhead DVD players include:

  • 10.2 WSVGA screen
  • Aspect ratio of 16:9
  • 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Format compatible with most files including MP3, JPEG, XviD
  • Video input for Apple devices or gaming console
  • 2 IR Wireless Headphones
  • Built-in FM transmitter
  • Built-in dome lights
  • Wireless Multi-function remote control
  • Capable of tilting up to an 180-degree angle
  • Adjustable backlight brightness
  • 6 picture modes: cinema, sport, game, vivid, standard, or custom
  • 2 auxiliary inputs, 1 auxiliary output
  • 3 covers in grey, tan, and black
  • 1-year warranty

The PKG-RSE 3HDMI gets its power from a 12V DC, although you also have the option of using a remote wire to power up or down while the vehicle is not running. We particularly noticed how easy it was to use the product because the controls are user-friendly and well-placed. If we were to rank this among all out 6 choices, the PKG-RSE 3HDMI would probably be our best car DVD player because it covers everything one would need to enjoy rear seat entertainment for adults and kids alike.

Best Flip Down Roof Monitors: What to Look For

We have selected our top criteria for our list of the best overhead DVD player, and they include:

High-Quality Screen – A great flip down car monitor with player should have high resolution. High resolution refers to the number of pixels used to create the image. Monitors with higher resolution mean the image is sharper. However, the size of the screen, color representation and brightness has to be taken into consideration as well.  The screen size is important when looking at the resolution because if the resolution is too high, the images on the screen tend to look smaller. Thus, there is a delicate balance to consider when selecting the screen size, resolution and pairing it with the quality of the video.

Format Compatibility – This refers to the DVD format the player can work with. Some players can only run DVD-Rs but not files in CD or MP3 format. Ideally, the more formats a player is compatible with, the better it is because it gives you a lot of options.

Audio and Video Inputs – The more, the merrier! Overhead units should have flexibility so you can source your audio and video files from a USB, SD plus be compatible with wireless devices.

User-Friendliness –Not only should the overhead car DVD player be easy to install, but it should also be adult and kid-friendly. For most buyers, the monitor will be for family use – or to keep the children entertained while traveling by land. By “friendly” we don’t only refer to ease of use but also sturdiness and being easy to maintain and clean.

Viewing Angle – DVD players have a viewing angle range of 25 to 50 inches and the ones we have chosen can tilt for comfortable viewing. The choice should depend on your situation. For example, if you plan on having at least two people use the player at the same time, you should aim for a larger screen with a wide viewing angle.

Accessories – Must-have accessories include a remote control and battery pack, so you don’t drain the vehicle’s battery.  However, it would also be nice to have headphones, gaming, and wireless connectivity.  Keep in mind though that the more accessories a DVD come with, the more expensive it becomes.

Appearance – An excellent choice would also have to be in the right colors to match your interior. Thankfully, almost all in-car entertainment DVD players are in neutral shades of tan, black, or grey.