Keeping the kids happy!
What started out as a product category of Mobile Electronics designed to keep the kids entertained on road trips has now evolved into something that is so easy to use that it can simply help put the kids to sleep on the way home from the late night soccer game or keep them entertained in rush hour traffic on the way home from school. The two main forms of mobile video are overheads and headrest monitors and they each really do have their place in the market.
Overhead monitors systems.
Overhead systems range from 8″ screens all the way up to over 20″ and they range from your standard LCD based screens up to the newer LED based technology for excellent off-axis viewing by multiple passengers in wide vehicles. Most overhead systems include a pair or two of IR headphones so that the rest of the passengers don’t have to listen to what the people in the back are watching, but if you do want to, they also have built in FM transmitters to allow the DVD audio to play through the car’s speakers. One possible downside to overhead systems is that they do require cutting a hole into the headliner for proper mounting and sometimes may require extensive precautions when mounting them.
Headrest monitor systems.
It is for these reasons, among others, that headrest monitors are available. About 10 years ago, when we first started
putting monitors into headrests, we would actually cut away some of the vinyl and a lot of the foam inside the headrest for a totally custom install, at the cost of part of your vehicle. Nowadays, you can get a brand new set of headrests that are matched to your vehicle’s headrests color, material, shape and even warranty with monitors already installed in them. This way, should you need to remove these monitors, you simply re install the factory headrests and maintain the vehicles value. Headrest monitor systems also boast two separate DVD players, one in each headrest, so that two different viewers can watch two different things, or the same thing if they want. They come with headphones, fm transmitter and even a game controller which allows viewers to play 30 different games installed into the monitors!