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Soundstream SHDM-103

Universal 10.3" high-resolution video headrest monitor

13 Reviews | 4 questions - 22 answers

Item # 530SHDM103

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Our take on the Soundstream SHDM-103

Your backseat riders won't ever get bored again on long trips after they start watching a show on this eye-popping video display. Soundstream's SHDM-103 10.3-inch LCD headrest monitor offers a high-resolution picture (1,024 by 600 pixels), providing crystal-clear imagery that reveals much more detail than a standard-definition monitor.

Picture quality that will keep their attention

Your backseat riders won't ever get bored again on long trips after they start watching a show on this eye-popping video display. Soundstream's SHDM-103 10.3-inch LCD headrest monitor offers a high-resolution picture (1,024 by 600 pixels), providing crystal-clear imagery that reveals much more detail than a standard-definition monitor.

Play the content from your phone

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology allows this monitor to play digital content from your smartphone, whether it's stored or streaming from your provider. For instance, you can watch the latest from your Netflix account when you're connected, or just listen to your playlist while the album artwork and info displays. Once your phone is connected with the correct MHL interconnect cable, this Soundstream monitor will display anything that you can play on your mobile device.

Soundstream SHDM-103 connection panel

SHDM-103 connection panel

Digital video input

The SHDM-103's MHL interface uses HDMI and USB plugs, along with some new technology, to send crystal-clear uncompressed digital video and audio through a single cable to deliver truly outstanding pictures and sound. Soundstream's optional MHL cable also charges the battery of your portable device, so it's always ready to rock. You're not just limited to your phone or tablet for input, either. You can play movies, music, or show photos from your standard non-MHL-capable devices through the SHDM-103's USB, HDMI, and auxiliary inputs.

More features

The SHDM-103 comes with three changeable color "skins" — beige, gray, and black — so you can match your headrest to your vehicle's interior. The mounting poles adjust to fit most vehicles, and Soundstream includes extra adapters that allow this headrest monitor to fit in even more vehicles. A built-in FM transmitter can send the signal to the car radio so everyone can hear. For private listening, you can plug into the headphone jack or use a compatible set of wireless headphones connected by way of this monitor's dual-channel infrared transmitter.

Important Note: This replacement headrest is not for use with the active headrest system found in some vehicles. Replacing such a headrest system could increase the chances of injury, in the event of an accident, and may void your vehicle's warranty.

This devices have a great picture no matter what video connection you use. Kids love them. Going to by some for my other car.

Arlen, MN

What's in the Box:

  • Headrest monitor (black vinyl cover installed)
  • 2 Vinyl covers (Beige/Gray)
  • 24" Power/Signal cable
  • Remote control (CR2025 battery installed)
  • 8" AV minijack-to-RCA adapter
  • 6 Pipe adapters
  • 4 Screws
  • Operating Instructions
  • Owner's Registration Card

Product Highlights:

  • single headrest with built-in 10.3" LCD screen (no built-in DVD player)
  • 16:9 widescreen with 1,024 by 600 picture resolution (614.4K pixels)
  • Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology enables HD content to be delivered from your mobile device through an MHL/HDMI cable
  • USB and HDMI inputs
  • auxiliary A/V inputs and outputs
  • FM transmitter for OEM integration
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack and dual-channel wireless infrared headphone transmitter (headphones not included)
  • compatible with Soundstream VHP-12 wireless headphones
  • wireless remote control
  • 3 changeable color skins included (beige, gray, black)
  • headrest tilts for better viewing
  • 4.75" to 8.25" pole width adjustment
  • 3/8" poles with 1/2" and 9/16" adapters
  • headrest complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Soundstream SHDM-103 Reviews

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Head Rest Mount: The Soundstream SHDM-103 features a padded vehicle headrest with a black vinyl cover. The black cover can be switched out for the included Grey and Beige vinyl covers. The headrest includes through-the-post wiring to make it easy to install the wire in your car seats. The headrest posts are approximately 6.5" in length, with adjustable spacing to accommodate your vehicle's headrest post opening (between approximately 5.0625" and 8.125"). The diameter of steel tubes are 10mm but can be adjusted between 12-14mm using the included post adapters. Once installed, the headrests can be tilted about 15° for the best viewing angle.

10.3" LCD Monitor: The Soundstream SHDM-103 features an integrated 10.3" widescreen LCD high-resolution monitor with LED backlight technology. The 10.3" widescreen monitor has a resolution of 1,024 x 600. You can select either a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio for each monitor. You can also adjust picture mode, color temperature, and noise reduction.

Dual AV Inputs: The Soundstream SHDM-103 is equipped with two AV inputs which will accept NTSC and PAL. The SHDM-103 is fitted with a front-panel 3.5mm AV input and comes with an AV 3.5mm-to-RCA adapter. The headrest monitor also features a rear-panel composite video/stereo RCA input. These AV inputs allow you to connect your portable MP3 player, DVD player, and/or game console.

HDMI & USB Port (MHL compatible): The Soundstream SHDM-103 is equipped with a front-panel HDMI input for connection of your mobile DVD player, Blu-ray player, or game console. The HDMI input can also be used in conjunction with the front-panel USB port to allow you to connect your Android smartphone, Galaxy S3, iPhone 4/4S, or iPhone 5 using one of Soundstream's MHL-to-HDMI cables (sold separately). The HDMI input will support up to 1080p video and 2ch PCM. By itself, the USB port supports connection of USB mass storage class devices (such as a thumbdrive) for audio/video playback.

Headphone Output: The SHDM-103 head rest monitor gives you two options for connecting a set of headphones so you can privately listen to your connected AV sources in the backset of your vehicle. The SHDM-103 features a built-in IR transmitter for listening through a pair of IR headphones (530VHP12, sold separately). The SHDM-103 is also fitted with a front-panel 3.5mm headphone jack for a hardwired headphone connection.

Audio Output: The SHDM-103 features a built-in FM transmitter to output sound to your car audio system through the car stereo's FM radio. The headrest monitor is also equipped with a set of stereo RCA outputs to connect to the Aux input on your car stereo (audio cable not included; RCA-to-minijack adapter may be required). The headrest monitor does not offer built-in speakers.

Remote Control: In addition to the unit's front-panel controls, the SHDM-103 comes supplied with a full function IR remote control for wireless operation of the headrest monitor.

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Customer Q&A

4 questions already asked

This is just one. [ GODMAR  Dec 22, 2015 ]
It is a single monitor. If you would like two in your vehicle, you will need to buy 2 of them. [ Richard  Dec 22, 2015 ]
It is a single monitor [ SPENCER M  Dec 22, 2015 ]
Only 1, not 2. [ Mark  Dec 22, 2015 ]
1 single Headrest Unit, can be connect to a separate additional unit. [ Patrick  Dec 22, 2015 ]
Just one. [ Erin  Dec 22, 2015 ]
Just one. [ Na  Dec 22, 2015 ]
This is just 1 single headrest monitor, not a pair. [ Kenny  Dec 22, 2015 ]  Staff
I think I partially solved it. I pushed video from my iphone5 to a HDMI to AV Composite RCA Converter and the video played perfectly. I even split the signal for 2 head units with fine results. [ Don  Jul 20, 2014 ]
Don, I put a splitter behind the head unit (Kenwood 890) and ran two RCA extension cables the whole way from the head unit to the two head rests. It seems to work very well, with good resolution and was simple to connect. Note that if you get the wireless headsets to work with the Soundstreams, they need to be pretty much straight behind the screen. [ ROBERT  Jul 13, 2014 ]
I haven't figured out a way, but if you find out please respond if you do. [ Arlen  Jul 12, 2014 ]
Brendan, yes you can. I was able to use multiple sources to include my alpine in dash DVD receiver. All you need are Y cables to split the receivers video output so you have connections for both screens. I am sure if you talk with one of the Crutchfield technicians/sales reps they can help you select the proper cables. Also, if you use the USB source ie thumb drive/portable hard drive and plan on ripping DVD's dont use the WMV format it isn't compatible with these screens. Good luck. [ CLINTON  Jun 02, 2014 ]
You can add a RCA Y Adapter to RCA Video cable from DVD Player. [ Randy  May 30, 2014 ]
Yes you can you need a y RCA conector with a male end on one side with two female connectors on the other end. Take the male end and plug it into the video connector (yellow RCA) on either tv and run the main video cable from the indash unit to one of the female connectors and plug the other tv into the othe female connector on th (Y RCA) and you will be good to go. [ DALE  May 30, 2014 ]
I used an RCA adapter that works just fine for me. [ JAMIE  May 29, 2014 ]
Sorry I was on the Baseball Field you need to get a RCA Female to 2 Male "Y" Cable. you'll need 3 of them. you get do an online search and there are several type at several prices. Good Luck This is work perfectly for you [ THOM H  May 29, 2014 ]
Yes... video splitter [ ALVARO  May 29, 2014 ]
I was able to use a composite splitter from my kenwood DDX-790 - works great. [ Seth  May 29, 2014 ]
Yes. Go to an electronics store. Or check on-line and get three two way splitters. Forget how it goes but. Make one end two females on the other or vise-versa I'm running sirus back seat tv. And a disc player with an A/B switch and than the splitter into two units Thim [ THOM H  May 29, 2014 ]
Yes, if your dash has rca then buy some y splitters for video audio L and R, run two rca cables from the dash to the respective monitor. I just recently did this with my car and it works great [ Dominic  May 29, 2014 ]