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ESS Headrest Video Package
Two replacement headrests with 7" video screens and one built-in DVD player (Gray)
Our take on the ESS Headrest Video Package by Crutchfield's Dominic DeVito
This headrest video package from ESS will keep your backseat passengers happy. Each package includes two headrests with built-in 7" screens, available in black, gray, or tan so you can find the best match your vehicle's interior. The headrests feature adjustable posts that'll fit into the seats in just about any vehicle. A DVD player is built into one of the headrests, and a built-in transmitter sends the DVD soundtrack to your wireless headphones (not included in the package). If you don't opt for wireless headphones, each headrest also offers a standard headphone jack.
An SD card slot, a mini-USB input, and two audio/video inputs in the DVD headrest accept a variety of sources, in addition to the DVD player itself. Soft-touch controls ensure smooth operation and no worries about sticky buttons down the road. 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.
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.
What's in the Box:
- Headrest monitor with built-in DVD player
- Headrest monitor
- Monitor remote control
- DVD remote control
- Two 39" Wiring harnesses (proprietary monitor plug on one end/power and AV signal on the other)
- 39" AV cable (with a proprietary connector on one end and composite video/Stereo RCA connectors on other end)
- Two 8" AV adapter cables (3.5mm miniplug on one end and female composite video and stereo audio RCA jacks on the other)
- 8.5" USB adapter cable (with a male mini-USB type-B connector on one end and a female USB type-A connector on other end)
- 3 Sections of heat shrink tubing
- Four 5.5" hollow metal tubes (installed)
- User manual
- two gray replacement headrests with adjustable mounting posts
- two 7" LCD monitors
- built-in DVD player in one headrest
- two wireless remotes
- two A/V inputs per monitor
- SD card and mini-USB inputs on DVD player headrest
- LED backlight for better contrast and color rendition
- 15-degree tilt (front to back)
- 3.5mm headphone jack, plus built-in transmitter for optional wireless headphones on each headrest
- headrest dimensions: 11-1/4"W x 8"H x 5-9/16"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Overview: The ESS-7IR.USD.2 mobile video system contains two replacement vehicle headrests with 7" LED backlit LCD video monitors built-in, two A/V inputs, built-in IR transmitter, and headphone output. One headrest monitor also contains a built-in DVD player, mini-USB (type-B) port & SD card slot for multimedia playback. Each monitor has independent A/V inputs, so they can be used to display different sources. There is an AV output to connect the monitors together, so you can also display the same video on each headrest monitor. NTSC and PAL signals are compatible.
Dual 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 7" in length, with adjustable spacing to accommodate your vehicle's headrest post opening (between approximately 4" & 7.0"). The diameter of steel tubes are 10mm but can be adjusted to 12mm using the included post adapters.
15 Degree Tilt: Once installed, the headrests can be tilted approximately 15° (front/back) for the best viewing angle.
7" Widescreen Monitors: Each headrest features an integrated 7" widescreen TFT LCD high-resolution monitor with LED backlight technology. The 7" widescreen monitor has a resolution of 480 (H) x 800 (w) x 3 (RGB); totaling 1,152,000 pixels. You can select either a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for each monitor. You can also adjust the brightness, contrast, hue, saturation of each monitor.
DVD Player: One of the headrest monitors is equipped with a built-in DVD player. The DVD player is located behind the integrated 7" widescreen monitor. The monitor flips open to access the DVD player. The DVD player supports playback of DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, VCD, CD-Audio, CD-R/RW (MP3/JPG) discs.
mini-USB Port: The DVD headrest monitor features a front-panel mini-USB (type-B) port and comes with a male mini-USB (type-B) to female USB (type-A) cable to for playback of music, movie, and picture files stored on a USB thumbdrive or USB (MSC) device.
Note: There are two additional mini-USB (type-B) ports labeled Game 1 & Game 2 for future use.
SD-Card Slot: The same headrest with the built-in DVD player also features a front-panel SD-card slot for playback of music, movie, and picture files stored on a SD memory card.
Dual A/V Inputs: Each headrest monitor has two A/V inputs - AV1 has composite video & stereo audio RCA jacks wired through one of the mounting posts, while AV2 is a 3.5mm minijack on the front-panel, below the screen.
A/V Output: The system's composite video/stereo RCA output lets you link the two monitors together or connect an additional monitor.
Headphone Output: Although no headphones are included with the ESS-7IR.USD.2 system, either wired or wireless headphones can be added. Each headrest monitor has a 3.5mm headphone jack below the screen, and each has a dual channel wireless IR transmitter built-in. Transmission frequencies include - Channel A (Left: 2.3MHz / Right: 2.8MHz), Channel B (Left: 3.2MHz / Right 3.8MHz).
Audio Settings: The dual headrest monitor system offers Bass Boost, Super Bass, Treble Boost, and a Preset EQ (Rock/Pop/Live/Dance/Techno/Classic/Soft/None).
Remote Controls: Two wireless remote controls are included. One remote is designed to operate the monitor only, while the other is designed to operate the built-in DVD player.
Note: Each remote operates off of a single CR2025 3V Lithium battery (not included).
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