ESS Headrest Video Package

Two replacement headrests with built-in 7" video screens (Black)

  • ESS Headrest Video Package


  • ESS Headrest Video Package


  • ESS Headrest Video Package


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by Zak Billmeier

This headrest video package from ESS is a great way to keep your backseat passengers happy — at a price that'll fit your budget. Each package includes two headrests with built-in 7" screens, available in three colors to best match your vehicle's interior. The headrests feature adjustable posts that'll fit into the post openings in just about any vehicle.

Two audio/video inputs in each monitor accept a variety of sources, and LED backlight technology gives you better contrast and truer colors. You can control the action with the two included remotes, and your smaller passengers can tilt the screens for the best viewing angle.

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Note: You'll need an audio/video playback source with these ESS headrests — there's no DVD player included in the package.

Important Note: You should not install this universal-fit headrest screen package in a vehicle with active or SRS headrests, as you will lose important safety features. Please consult your vehicle's owner's manual.


  • two black replacement headrests with adjustable mounting posts
  • two 7" LCD monitors
  • two A/V inputs per monitor
  • LED backlight for better contrast and color rendition
  • two wireless remotes
  • 15-degree tilt (front to back)
  • 1/8" headphone jack, plus built-in transmitter for optional wireless headphones
  • headrest dimensions: 10-3/4"W x 7-1/8"H x 5-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • 2 Headrest monitors with attached 22" cables (black)
  • 2 Wireless remote controls
  • 2 CR2025 Lithium battery (installed in remotes)
  • Two 36" Wiring harnesses (proprietary monitor plug on one end/power and signal input on the other)
  • 8" A/V adapter cable (3.5mm miniplug on one end and female composite video and stereo audio RCA jacks on the other)
  • Two 2.5" Lengths of heat shrink tubing
  • User manual

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Overview: The ESS-7.IR mobile video system contains two replacement vehicle headrests with 7" LED backlit LCD video monitors built-in. The monitors have independent inputs, so they can be used to display different sources (no video source is included with the system). Because the monitors' inputs are not linked together, and most A/V head units have only one set of rear monitor outputs, Y-adapters may be necessary to connect both screens. NTSC and PAL signals are compatible.

Headrests: The system includes two padded vehicle headrests, available in black, grey, and tan. The headrests include through-the-post wiring to make it easy to install the wire in your car seats. The headrest posts are approximately 6.25" in length, with adjustable spacing to accommodate your vehicle's headrest post opening (between approximately 4.375" and 6.25"). Once installed, the headrests can be tilted about 15° for the best viewing angle.

Monitors: Each monitor has two inputs; AV1 has composite video and stereo audio RCA jacks wired through one of the mounting posts, AV2 is a 3.5mm mini-jack on the front panel, below the screen. Two 3.5mm mini-plug to female RCA audio/video adapters are supplied. Front panel controls found on both monitors include power, AV (source), +/- buttons to adjust menu items, menu, mode (4:3 or 16:9), and system (standard display, reverse, upside down, and upside down/reversed).

Menu: The menu has these options:

  • Brightness
  • Contrast
  • Color
  • Tint
  • Volume (default)
  • Mode (4:3 or 16:9)
  • Source
  • IR (infrared output, A or B)
  • Language (English, Chinese, Russian, Italian, French, German)
  • System (standard display, reverse, upside down, and upside down/reversed)

Source: Each monitor has two inputs and the input for each is selected independently. The input can be changed using the AV button, the menu, or the included remote control. A video source must be added to the system (none is included); DVD player, game console, camcorder, etc.

Headphones: Although no headphones are included with the ESS-7.IR system, either wired or wireless headphones can be added. Each monitor has a 3.5mm headphone jack below the screen, and each has a dual channel wireless IR transmitter built-in.

Transmission Frequencies:

  • Channel A:
    • Left: 2.3 MHz
    • Right: 2.8 MHz
  • Channel B:
    • Left: 3.2 MHz
    • Right: 3.8 MHz

Remote Control: Two wireless remote controls are included. Dimensions:

  • Width: 1.6"
  • Height: 3.4"
  • Depth: 0.5"
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5 out of 5

very good monitors

Written By KirkR, NY on Saturday, July 09, 2011
Great For The Price! Easy hook up to 2005 saturn vue to a pioneer deck. Match in color is close enough for my taste, and are actually a better cushioned head-rest than what was in it. Just went on trip and were priceless with the kids.
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4 out of 5

Interior Match for '07 Odyssey

Written By Kyle, Cincinnati, OH on Sunday, June 19, 2011
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I have been pleased with these units for far. The quality seems good and the buttons and functions all work great. The best thing about them is they match perfectly for my '07 Honda Odyssey (tan leather). I was worried at first but when I received and installed them they could not have been a better match. They look straight from the factory. The only reason I withheld once star is they do not quite match the factory headrest for positioning - they're set too far back. You have to lean your head back quite a ways before they make contact with the headrest. However, you wouldn't notice it if you were't looking.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Don't be worried, Great Product

Written By Nathan, Ohio on Saturday, May 28, 2011
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If you are skeptical about this product due to the lack of information you can find on it, don't be. I was at first because I could not find a lot of info of these on the internet but, I bought them anyways due to Crutchfield's reputation. I was not disappointed. I installed them in a Dodge Journey and while not anexact match to the interior, I have cloth and they are leather, I have had people look at them and not even notice they did not come with the vehicle. I did a completely hidden wire install and it looks like the product was factory installed. Screens are bright and have good picture, operation is straight forward and interfaces well with the Mygig radio. The only thing I wish they had done different was provide a combiner for their wire so I didn't have to split the signal coming out of the radio, but that is just me being picky. Overall i would highly recommend this product if you are considering it for you vehicle.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Overall Good Product - some quality issues

Written By Toyota Sienna Owner, Chicago on Monday, November 29, 2010
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Crutchfield lived up to reputation and delivered fast. Professional install of 4 headrests
into '06 Toyota Sienna. Fit and color match with taupe leather is quite good. Looks close
to original and has solid feel.
Overall picture quality exceeded my expectations.
Headrest has good angle of tilt front to back to accommodate when driver/passenger
changes seat position during trip. Button layout and usage is perfect. If it weren't for 2
quality issues I've found, these would get 5 stars. Unfortunately, I have 1 unit with a
defective headset mini-jack. I've tried 4 different headsets and confirmed problem is
with the jack. If jiggled into just the right place it will work provided nobody touches it or it
doesn't vibrate out. I also had a unit lock-up 2x during trip. The car had to be turned off to
reset it to normal operation. Other units did not lock up. It will be too expensive to have
them removed and replaced since both CAN operate with some difficulty. ESS needs to
get these quality issues fixed.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ESS Headrest Monitors

Written By jmn, Michigan on Saturday, May 29, 2010
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I bought these monitors for a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country.

Out of the box they headrest looked great, plus you can add headphones at a later date to save money now. The post that came with it are adjustable, but they fit a little loose in my vehicle. The overall quality of the picture is good, though not great. I am judging this based on the logo that comes on when they turned on, as well as when playing a DVD. Overall Thomas, Barney, and Dora looked good. Also I did use better than average RCA cables to help reduce signal loss, since I placed the DVD player in the front. Overall I'm happy with them.

One word of precaution, with some newer vehicles since they have active head restraints, you will lose this by installing these, and possibly others. Since this is part of the airbag system, you will have a airbag warning in your dashboard all the time.
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4 out of 5


Written By Anonymous, COLUMBIA, PA on Saturday, April 24, 2010
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I bought these for my kids so they would stop fighting in the back seat, it just slowed them down though! The tan matched pretty close to my seats. I ran the wires myself but in the instructions it said about using fuse taps. I talked to a local audio shop which installs all types of car equipment in my area. They told me to hard wire it to the fuse box because using fuse taps can cause problems. I was going to attempt this but since my truck is a 09 I didn't feel comfortable with doing it. It took them 4 hours but everything is working great. They used my ignition which i liked so nothing gets left on to drain the batt. For the money its a good buy the only thing is they don't lock in my seat which isnt a big deal I kept the factory ones down flush with the seat anyway. The tvs displays movies very nice, the picture is nice and clear!
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

ESS Headrest Video Package (tan)

Written By Ryan, Phoenix, AZ on Monday, March 08, 2010
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I originally purchased 2 overhead monitors for my 09 Jeep Patriot but they did not fit properly. I decided to explore headrest monitors and felt most were low quality. I attempted to research ESS online but was not able to find much, I was skeptical but decided to trust Crutchfield and try them. The tan color is very close to my Jeep seats, install was easy and the quality is great, very solid units. The good is easy installation, 2 video inputs, and LED backlighting, the only bad for me is that the second video input is 3.5 mini on the front of the unit, I prefer to see no wires.
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