With the cost of OEM vehicle specific headrests being so expensive, not everyone wants to drop $500 to $1000 for the privilege of having a screen or two in the back seat. Luckily, there are a few good sets out there that are available for a fraction of the price and can be installed in any type of vehicle. Let’s take a quick look at 2 of the best in this mini roundup.
1) Pyle DVD Headrest Set (7 inch TFT Monitors, model no: PL71PHB)
The Pyle PL71PHB headrest comes with a 7 inch screen, a sleek black leather look, and excellent picture quality. With a 1400 x243 resolution, the unit is able to show widescreen movies with no black borders on the screen. The snazzy wireless headsets keep the noise levels coming from the back down while you drive.
Altogether, a great entry level headrest that gives a surprising level of quality for the price. Why pay more when these are this good? The only downside is that the color may not match all vehicle interiors, but if you have a darker shade of material on the vehicle seats then it matches up well. Recommended.
2) Power Acoustik DVD Headrest Set (8.8 inch Active Matrix TFT Monitors, model no: HDVD-9BG)
Canadian company Power Acoustik are well known for their inexpensive yet powerful subwoofers, and this headrest DVD set shows that they provide value for money in the back-seat-entertainment market too. These units can play DVD’s, MP4’s, DivX movies – just about anything you care to throw at it in fact. The USB and SD card readers are the preferred way of watching these formats, and thankfully the HDVD-9xx series can stream from these too – and all on an almost 9-inch screen. Add to this impressive media support great sound quality and the ability for each headrest to play separate video and audio (no more arguing in the back seat) and you have a winning product.
While the price point may be higher than the Pyle, it pales in significance when compared to other OEM headrests from Baton and Rosen ($1200 anyone?), making these a bit of a bargain for the feature set.
Overall, the Power Acoustik line represents some of the most flexible multimedia car headrests around. If only the instructions were a bit clearer this would be perfect, but once properly installed they are pretty hard to beat.