Once a hallmark of luxury limousines, rear-facing video screens inside your vehicle can really improve the quality of life for backseat passengers. Known as headrest monitors, these video screens display input from virtually any source - keeping younger minds (and older ones) stimulated for long stretches. To be sure, driving becomes a much more enjoyable experience if your passengers can be entertained.
Ordering headrest monitors as a factory option on a new vehicle can cost big bucks - even if they're not part of a pricier package. Additionally, those monitors may be fitted inside a headrest that's integrated into a one-piece seat.
If your vehicle is equipped with detachable headrests, you've got the option to replace them with portable, self-contained headrest monitors from CARiD. Not only are our monitors equipped with the most up-to-date technology, they're wrapped in stylish-looking, comfortable headrests well-made enough to pass for OEM equipment.
Once your original headrests are removed, our universal-fit replacements slide right into place. While wiring is neatly contained within the attachment posts, some minor electrical connections will be necessary.
When choosing among headrest monitors, dual input jacks are important if you're interested in switching between different types of media (such as smartphone input, videogames, etc.). Both media devices can remain plugged in, and the user can alternate between them via remote control. Almost 80% of the headrest monitors we sell feature dual inputs, and you can select "2" under the AV Inputs checkbox if you prefer to see only those so equipped.
Additional check boxes will help you narrow your search by screen size, resolution, headrest color, and many other features. Below, we'll look at those features available and clarify the benefits of each.
Built-In Infrared (IR) Transmitter
Infrared (IR) signals are electromagnetic energy waves. Headrest monitors with IR transmitters are capable of broadcasting audio to IR wireless headphones, and they create wireless remote control functionality. With exception of several lowest-priced monitors, approximately 97% of those we offer have IR capability.
Built-In FM Transmitter
Built-in FM frequency transmitters broadcast audio signals from the headrest to the vehicle's OEM FM radio, so that anything played on the monitors can be heard in the car through the factory stereo system. After determining an FM frequency not in use in your area, dial the headset and your vehicle radio to that same "station". Just under half of the units we offer are equipped with FM broadcasting capability.
We've got a large selection of headrest monitors with DVD players (over a third of our selection) built right into the unit. Depending on the monitor design, DVDs may load from the side, or from underneath a flip-up viewing screen. We've got monitors with DVD capacity from Concept, Boss, Planet Audio, Sound Storm Lab, Power Acoustik, and Tview.
Because many of these DVD players represent excellent values, they may or may not be equipped with other, more complex capabilities discussed in this article. A careful look at the Features list in any product page will provide details and specifications.
HDMI Input Jacks
High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) is an all-digital video/audio connection via a standard HDMI cable. This allows live streaming from a smartphone, laptop, portable DVD player, or other video device. So from a smartphone, for example, whatever you see and hear on the screen appears on the monitor - whether you're checking emails, viewing social media, watching videos, listening to music, or anything else.
Headrest monitors with built-in Wifi can synch up wirelessly to any smartphone or laptop in order to mirror that device. This type of headrest monitor does not need an HDMI cable. For example, we've got Concept 9" Chameleon Headrest Wifi monitors that are available with or without a built-in DVD player.
If you prefer an audio jack for headphones with a traditional cord, we've got a search box that lets you view headrest monitors with and without headphone output jacks. Since approximately two-thirds of the monitors we offer are equipped with them, finding one won't be difficult.
If the convenience of touch-screen controls is preferable, we've got a small number of choices ranging from the value-packed Soundstream 6.5" Headrest Touchscreen Monitor up to the feature-packed Power Acoustik 8.8" Dark Gray Headrest LCD Monitors which come as an interconnecting pair.
These touch-screen units offer unparalleled ease of operation - a real convenience when wireless remote controls get misplaced.
We understand there are times when switching your headrest to a different vehicle is necessary, so we offer monitors with 3 interchangeable covers - each of a different color. To match most vehicle interiors, colors are black, tan, and gray. Check out our selection from Sound Storm Lab, Planet Audio, BOSS, and Tview.
When you consider the high quality, good looks, and easy installation our headrest monitors offer, there's no reason to wait. But don't ask us: ask your 2nd and 3rd row passengers what they think (and we think we know what they'll say!).