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Excellent Headrests for the Price
on November 22, 2011
I am very happy with this purchase. I've been looking for something to keep my toddler entertained for the car rides and this does the trick. I first tried a Coby Tablet and attached it to the headrest but the startup time on the Coby Tablet was just too long and the resistive touch screen is just too hard to get used to once you get used to a capacitive touch screen but anyways, getting off on a tangent here. I am currently using an iPod Touch with this and it works great, I'm just wondering if it would be more cost efficient to buy a more expensive headrest with a DVD player. I'll explain the costs associated with this product and you can make the decision.
Installation was very easy. I am an average-knowledge techie. You do have to run the cable through your car seat. I installed this in two cars. In my Toyota, the cable just fell through to the bottom, no problem whatsoever. In my Honda, there is some obstruction so I did have to remove the back plating to the car seat. Overall, not much of a problem, but be prepared to do some work getting that cable to run through the car seat. You do have to buy an adapter to connect the power to your car. It comes with two wires, red and black, you can either connect it directly to your car's electrical (too complicated for me, I chose the easier route) or buy a Enercell(tm) 12V/10A Solderless Vehicle Adapter Plug from Radioshack for $6 to connect it to your cigarette charger. Connecting the wires to this adapter is easy, it just takes some trial and error. Sometimes I had the wires in too far or not far enough. I tested it before I installed it in the car. I recommend you do the same so you won't be playing with the wires in a cramped space under the car seat. The last thing I did was to cover all of the wires with black electrical tape, not absolutely necessary, but I did it just to add additional protection on the wires.
-2 car charger adapters from RadioShack for $12 ($6 each) as noted above
-Electrical tape for $1
-A 3 port car charger adapter, the device that turns your cigarette lighter into 3 ports. The cord has to be long enough to run to the bottom of your seat. This costs anywhere from $10-20 purchased here on Amazon or at Fry's electronics. You need 1 port for each monitor and another port for your video device.
-Three 1 female to 2 male y composite splitters so that your video source can show on both monitors. At RadioShack, each splitter can cost about $8, on eBay, all 3 splitters will be about $8.
-iPod Touch 4G 8GB for $200. I'm sure a portable DVD player with video out would work too but I like the Touch because I can control it easier while driving. Surprisingly, the Touch is the only device I can find with composite out. Most devices these days only have hdmi out. I did consider buying the older Touch models such as 2G or 3G but I use the Azul App on the Touch and it only supports the 4G model.
-Composite cable for iPod Touch for about $20 on eBay, Apple brand is about $30 I think. Just make sure it supports your iPod Touch. I found that only specific ones support the 4G Touch.
-USB car charger adapter for about $6-10. For the iPod Touch, the composite cable also acts as a USB charger so I had to buy this USB car charger adapter. I know some of the 3 port car chargers have USB ports already so of course you won't need this if it does have the USB ports.
As you can see, there are alot of additional costs associated with these headrest monitors. Probably about $30-45 to install the headrest monitors and another $225-$240 for the video device. So it might be better to buy the more expensive headrest monitor with the DVD player already included. The reason I didn't do this was because based on alot of the reviews on Amazon, the lower priced DVD headrest monitors had a lot of problems. Most of them commented that the DVD players would break over time. Also I prefer the iPod Touch because I have alot of avi/mp4 movies that can play directly from the Touch.
Two more things I do want to mention is that the cords and adapters are all under the driver car seat and looks like a pile of mess. I'm sure you can buy one of those boxes from RadioShack to hold all of these cables but then that is another cost. I don't mind the mess since it's not visible but I thought I would mention it. I'm sure you can go have it professionally installed but I'm sure it's expensive for something you can do on your own.
Also, as mentioned in another review, these Pyle headrests go back really far. Most car headrests are bent forward, these are bent far back. I read one of the reviews addressing this and thought to myself, I never use the headrests anyways. Big mistake, you will miss the headrest when it's not there or bent back. I had to purchase some headrest pillows to make it more comfortable, another $20-30 on eBay.
I almost forgot to mention about the audio. The audio is loud enough when the car is in park or for a slow ride. It does get drowned out when on the highway. I have my ipod touch running through my auxiliary in my car anyways so no problems here.
In conclusion, I do love these headrests. I just thought a buyer would like to know the additional costs associated with them.