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9.2" overhead video monitor with built-in DVD player

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by Dominic Devito
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Valor's RM-921C overhead video monitor gives you widescreen entertainment with plenty of options for in-vehicle audio and video use. This compact package protrudes only 2 inches when folded up, and includes a pair of bright dome lights for illumination. Enjoy your car's stereo up front while your rear passengers sample movies and music. This exclusive Crutchfield package also includes a set of wireless headphones.

The captivating 9.2" TFT-LCD monitor offers a crisp, detailed picture. Put on the included set of wireless headphones for private listening, or use the FM transmitter to broadcast the soundtrack over the vehicle's audio system. A pair of audio/video inputs lets you connect a video game console or other video source. You also get a handy wireless remote and mounting gear.

The slot disc player works with most disc media formats, including rewritable DVDs and CDs, plus MP3 discs. You can plug a portable player into the USB input and enjoy audio and video media through the RM-921C. Or put a memory card loaded with compatible digital audio or video into the SD card slot, and enjoy the images and sounds on the go.

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Highlights:

  • 9.2" (16:9 widescreen) overhead, fold-down video monitor with built-in DVD player
  • plays DVDs, DVD-Rs/RWs, video CDs, CDs, and CD-Rs/RWs, plus MP3s and JPEG files
  • USB input
  • SD/MMC memory card slot
  • wireless headphone transmitter
  • package includes one set of wireless headphones
  • wireless FM transmitter with seven broadcasting frequencies
  • two audio/video inputs with auto-switching IR audio
  • two composite audio/video outputs
  • wireless remote control
  • dome lights
  • 11-1/2"W x 2-3/8"H (9-3/16"H with screen folded down) x 10"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

Please note: Overhead monitor installation is a complex and lengthy process — it is recommended for experienced installers only. If you wish, you can purchase a prepaid InstallCard and have a professional take care of the installation for you.

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  • One large box containing two smaller boxes (RM-921C Overhead LCD Monitor with screen and ACC-HP1 IR Headphones)
  • The RM-921C Overhead LCD Monitor with screen box contains:
  • LCD monitor with built-in DVD player
  • Wireless remote control with installed CR2025 3V battery
  • 8.25" Audio/Video harness with a composite video and stereo L/R RCA connections on one end and a 5-pin plug on other end
  • Rubber mounting gasket
  • Metal mounting bracket
  • 6 Self-tapping screws
  • 4 Machine screws
  • Instructions booklet
  • The ACC-HP1 IR Headphones box contains:
  • 1 Set of IR wireless stereo headphones

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Overview
Built-In DVD Player
IR Wireless Headphones
Inputs and Outputs
Dimensions

Overview

Overview: The Valor RM-921C is a roof mount monitor with a built-in DVD player that can be used as a stand-alone display with its supplied IR wireless headphones or can be integrated into a mobile multimedia audio system using its audio/video RCA outputs or built-in FM transmitter. The unit also features dual audio/video inputs so you can connect optional external audio/video sources to the RM-921C. In addition, the Valor RM-921C is equipped with a USB port and memory card slot.

9.2" Widescreen Monitor: The unit features a 9.2" widescreen 16:9 TFT Active Matrix LCD. The screen has a total of 1,152,000 pixels (800 [H] pixels x 480 [V] pixels x 3), and is compatible with NTSC and PAL sources. The monitor has viewing angle of 100-degrees vertically (55-degrees from the bottom and 45-degrees from the top) and 130-degrees horizontally (65-degrees left and right).

Adjustable Display Angle: For the best viewing angle, you can manually tilt the monitor up and down 150-degrees.

Display Modes: You can choose from the following screen modes - Wide, Pan&Scan, or Letter-Box

Picture Adjustments: For optimal picture quality, you can make the following adjustments to the monitor from 0 to 100 - brightness, contrast, color, and tint. 

Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from English, French, Spanish or Italian as you on-screen display menu languages.

Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's hard-key controls along the inside frame, the roof mount monitor comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control that operates all the functions of the unit.

Audio Output: The unit features a stereo Left/Right audio output to connect to your vehicle's audio system. You can select a different rating level of dB for the audio output from Off, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or Full.

Built-In FM Transmitter: The RM-921C features a built-in FM transmitter used to supply audio from the unit over RF frequency to your factory headunit which is not equipped with preamp audio RCA inputs. You can also use the built-in FM transmitter with an optional set of RF wireless headphones. The unit's FM transmitter can be set to either 88.7, 88.9, 89.1, 89.3, 89.5, 89.7 or 89.9 MHz. 

Two A/V Inputs: The RM-921C features two composite RCA audio/video inputs allowing you to connect up to two external audio/video sources to the monitor and your audio system such as a VCR or Game system.

USB Port: The RM-921C features a type-A USB port on the front panel that supports USB 1.1 for viewing JPEG digital still images.

Memory Card Slot: The RM-921C also features a memory card slot that supports Secure Digital cards, MultiMediaCards, and Memory Stick for playback of JPEG digital still images.

Dual LED Dome Lights: The roof mount monitor contains two white LED dome lights that can be manually turned on or off with a switch on front of the unit. The unit's LED dome lights can also be wired to your factory dome lights so they turn on and off whenever your interior factory lighting turns on or off with the opening of your vehicle's doors.

Auto Off: If there is no is no video signal input to the unit, a NO SIGNAL message displays with a blue screen background and after 30 seconds of no video input, the unit will power off automatically.

Mounting: The RM-921C mounts to roof of your vehicle with the supplied metal mounting bracket, rubber mounting gasket and six supplied self-tapping screws. The monitor attaches to the metal mounting bracket with four supplied machine screws.

Built-In DVD Player

Integrated DVD Player: The Valor RM-921C features a slot-load DVD mechanism on the right side of the unit for playback of your DVD-video and audio-CD discs.

Disc Compatibility: The RM-921C's integrated DVD player is compatible with the following 12cm discs.

  • DVD-Video
  • DVD+/-R
  • DVD+/-RW
  • CD-Audio
  • CD-R/CD-RW with MP3
  • VCD/SVCD

Note:  Multi-session CDs and 320kbps WMA files cannot be played on the player.

MP3 Playback: When a MP3 disc is inserted into the player, a menu screen appears automatically. You can use the menu screen to select the folders and tracks you want or the player plays the tracks in the order they were burned onto the disc.

Playback Functions: The RM-921C features the following playback functions for your CD or DVD discs.

  • Repeat:
    • DVD: You can repeat current chapters, current titles, or all of the DVD. You can also repeat only a certain segment of the disc by using A-B repeat.
    • CD: You can repeat current tracks or entire CD. You can also repeat only a certain segment of the disc by using A-B repeat.
    • MP3: You can repeat current files or current folders
  • Random: You can play the audio of tracks or folders of a CD in a random order.
  • Multi-Angle: If a DVD video is filmed from multiple angles, you can choose to view the DVD video from different perspectives.
  • Zoom: During DVD video playback you can zoom in at 2x, 3x, 4x, 1/2x, 1/3x or 1/4x the normal viewing range.

Search Functions: The RM-921C features the following search functions for your CD or DVD discs.

  • Next/Previous: This feature allows you to go to the next or previous track on a CD or chapter on a DVD.
  • Fast Forward/Rewind: This feature allows you to fast forward or rewind through a disc at 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, or 32x speed.

Last Position Memory: The integrated DVD player will resume playback of where ever you stopped playback on your disc as along as the disc is not ejected.

Parental Control: This function of the RM-921C restricts the viewing of movies to children of appropriate age levels only. You can select from 8 different levels which are protected by a 4-digit password.

IR Wireless Headphones

IR Wireless Headphones: The Valor RM-921C features a built-in IR transmitter that functions with the supplied Valor ACC-HP1 IR wireless headphones which allows you to listen to your DVD or CD in privacy. The IR headphones operate off of a carrier frequency of 2.8 MHz for the right channel and 2.3 MHz for the left channel. The wireless headphones requires two "AAA" alkaline batteries, which are not supplied. The lightweight headphones offer an adjustable fit with comfortable foam ear-pads and a soft leather headrest. The battery compartment is on the left earpiece, while the On/Off button is located on the right earpiece. The right earpiece also has a rotary volume thumbwheel control, and a red LED which illuminates when power is on. The headphones Auto Power Off feature turns the headphone's power automatically off after a few minutes without receiving a signal source.

Inputs and Outputs

Top of Monitor:

  • Power 12V: Yellow 24-inch 12V constant wire
  • Accessory: Red 24-inch 12V accessory wire
  • Ground: Black 24-inch ground wire
  • Dome-Light Signal: 24-inch green wire that detects a dome-light signal
  • Audio/Video Output: Single composite video and Left/Right stereo audio RCA outputs on an attached 10'' pigtail for outputing an audio signal to the vehicle's audio system and a video signal to an external monitor
  • Audio/Video Input: Single composite video and Left/Right stereo audio RCA inputs for connecting an external source to the RM-921C
  • 5-Pin Connector: 5-pin female connector on a 11'' pigtail that attaches to supplied Audio/Video input harness

Audio/Video Input Harness: 8.25" Audio/Video harness contains a composite video connector and Left/Right stereo audio RCA connections on one end to connect an external audio/video source and a 5-pin plug on the other end that plugs into the RM-921C

Front Panel:

  • USB: The type-A USB port supports USB version 1.1
  • SD/MMC/MS: The memory card slot supports Secure Digital Cards, MultiMediaCards, and Memory Stick formats

Note: There is no USB cable or memory card supplied.

Dimensions

Monitor Closed:

  • Width: 11.4375"
  • Height: 2.375"
  • Depth: 10.0"

Monitor Open:

  • Width: 11.4375"
  • Height: 9.1875"
  • Depth: 10.0"

Mounting Bracket:

  • Width: 10.125"
  • Height: 0.185"
  • Depth: 7.5"
 
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Great Value

Written By Dennis, Jersey City, NJ on Saturday, November 07, 2009
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Outstanding product! The slim design flows well with my Nissan Quest's
(2009) overhead. The unit is simple to use--my 5-year old son handles it
(and the remote) with ease. The screen is large enough to easily view from
the third row seats. Unit was professionally installed by a near-by (walking
distance) authorized Installer.net Received only compliments. The only
downside is interference when using the sound thru the FM radio. (In the
NYC area, every FM frequency seems occupied.) Overall great value.
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5 out of 5

Easy to install and it works great

Written By kevincp, Rancho Cucamonga, CA on Thursday, October 22, 2009
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It was a pretty easy installation once I tracked down the wire I needed to tap into for the 12v after ACC power. The flip down lid on this was a bit tight at first, like a new laptop and didn't drop when I pushed the open button. It has since loosed up and works OK now. As for the functionality, it just worked. The FM transmitter (like any) is OK, but you hear hissing. At least this unit has the ability to directly connect it to my car radio (if your radio has that ability). I have to buy an adapter for my 2009 GMC Acadia. Overall, I would buy it again. The wireless headphones (FM frequency like as well), were OK, but they simply worked when I turned them on. No programming. The overall quality of this product is great and well worth it. Especially when you compare it to what the GMC dealer wanted for their DVD player. They wanted $1200... no way.
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5 out of 5

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Written By Bobby, Athens, TX on Wednesday, June 10, 2009
 
Needed a replacement for an older unit in Tahoe which didn't have built in DVD. This unit works great. Very simple to use w/ included remote. My 6 year old can operate it himself. Nice picture, good sound. Works w/ generic brand headphones. DVD slot next to front seat passenger so they can easily exchange DVD. Plays DVD R's just fine. Nice memory function. If you are playing a movie and turn off the car, when you restart the car, the unit comes back on and picks up where it left off, great for the kids. The unit feels solidly built. The only complaint I have is the overhead lights are led type and are a bluish white. They work fine and run cool, but don't match the other lights in the car.
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