ESS Headrest Video Package

Two replacement headrests with built-in 9" video screens (Black)

  • 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 9" 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.

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 9" 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
  • 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-9.IR mobile video system contains two replacement vehicle headrests with 9" 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 4.0625" and 7.625"). 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-9.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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Written By "X", South Korea - Military on Sunday, April 24, 2011
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I purchased these screens for a 2004 Yukon Denali. These screens look very
good installed, although like another person, it took some work to get the wires
routed through the seat (I used the hanger method). Picture is good and they
work great. I would recommend to anyone who wants to add them.
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5 out of 5

great pair!

Written By James J, Denver, co on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
I have recently purchased these screens, and installed them into my Envoy. The Resolution is absolutely amazing, and couldn't ask for anything better! I also ran a cable to my dash in order to connect my Droid X phone. I can stream live TV and all of my DVR recordings to my screens! I use the Remote Access app from my employer, DISH Network, and this screen really brings out the video quality.
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Great units

Written By Jason, Wilmington,NC on Saturday, February 26, 2011
Installed these in a 05 Yukon Denali. Running the wires through the seat was a bit
frustrating, since we could not unhook the leather cover. Instead we fished a coat hanger
down. Once we got the wires through it was smooth sailing. Ran the power and ground to
the fuse box and attached the hot to the ignition. I am using the Kenwood 5160 to run the
DVD's and it works and looks great. Gray matches interior pretty good. Couldn't be happier.
I highly recommend
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