Last updated on November 11th, 2019 at 09:50 pm
A set of one of the best headrest DVD players will bring the theater experience to your back seats, giving your passengers a new level of entertainment for short drives or long trips. Headrest DVD players feature many convenient and entertainment features, like wireless bluetooth headsets, touchscreen monitors, DVD players and even video game players or video inputs. They come in a variety of styles to match the look and color of your original headrests, making them appear like they came from the factory.
With hundreds of models in the market, choosing the one can be difficult. We've assembled a list of the top rated Headrest Monitors based on several factors, including style, features, usability, price and more to help you choose the best and start enjoying movies in your back seat.
Best Car Headrest DVD Players and Monitors List
Tview T921PL Quick Review
Even before we tested the T921TPL Universal Headrest from Tview, we knew we were going to be handling an excellent brand. Tview has an impressive reputation for quality audio and video products. Also, the company is not limited to headrest monitors. They also manufacture flip-downs, sun visors, and in-dash monitors as well as their own wireless headphones, players, and antennas.
This product is sold as a pair of 9-inch replacement monitors and does not include the DVD player or headphones. It does have new remote controls and a wiring harness.
Some of the features we loved about this product include:
- IR Stereo Transmitter
- LCD screen with Aspect Ratio of 16:9
- 1440 x 234 video resolution with 250 NIT brightness
- CCFL LCD backlight
- Two Video and Audio inputs
- Two-channel headphone transmitter
- PAL/NTSC compatible
- Clean appearance with no visible wiring as it is placed inside the adjustable posts
- Comes in gray, tan, and black colors
- Compatible with most cars
Since it has a video input, you don’t even have to buy a DVD player for this set of monitors. You can simply hook up your mobile devices to play games, watch videos or listen to music. It does a pretty awesome job as a replacement set, more so because the installation is simple and easy.
Power Acoustik HDVD-91CC Quick Review
Another great choice on our list is the Power Acoustic HDVD 91CC is a 9-inch headrest monitor with DVD player with changeable skins. Although the resolution is slightly lower than Navisauto and Tview, it has something we think makes up for the slight discrepancy. You can tilt the headrest forward or backward which is great for tall or short users. It is also a universal model which means it can fit almost all cars and models.
Some of the top features of the HDVD 91CC include:
- 900 x 480 resolution
- 3.5mm front head jack
- Two A/V inputs
- Two built-in IR transmitter, FM stereo transmitter with built-in modulator
- Wireless remote
- Built-in SD and USB reader
- Compatible with most audio and video files including DivX
- RCA A/V input and output
- Adjustable poles
- 400 NIT Brightness
- Widescreen at 16:9 ratio
- Dual DVD capable
On the downside, it does not come with its own speakers or has an HDMI input. However, it does have a cigarette lighter cord adapter and comes with the standard 1-year warranty. Adding to the appeal is that in spite of all the functional features and reliable performance, the 91CC is quite affordable at under $150 compared to products that offer similar features that have a price tag of over $250! This proves to us that while the price is important – it’s not a good idea to use price as a primary guide to deciding the best headrest DVD player in the market.
Pyle PL73DBK Quick Review
This widescreen display is built into the back of a headrest. It's designed as a direct swap for the headrests already in your car so you can keep back seat passengers entertained. It plays DVDs through a built-in player but also comes with RCA cables plus USB and SD card ports so you can play games or watch other media.
The screen is a 7″ display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, a resolution of 1440 x 234 pixels and a 300:1 contrast ratio. It comes with a remote as well as buttons on the front panel and RCA (AV Audio/Video) inputs and output. Headphones connect either through the earplug jack or by using the IR link although there is also the option of using the built-in FM Transmitter.
Pros: Inexpensive, looks neat.
Cons: May be too quiet for some. Check fit.
Rockville RHP7-BK Quick Review
Rockville is a brand unfamiliar to many, but it is fast making a name for itself for being an affordable option compatible with most car DVD players and packed with features that make a lot of sense. For instance, it is sold as a universal pair of 7-inch monitors and comes with an easy-to-follow installation guide that has impressed over 60% of those who have bought it. You will need to provide your own external source for your video or audio like a DVD player, an adapter for the cigarette lighter power source, and headphones to go with the monitors.
The features that make the RHP7-BK an incredible find include:
- IR Transmitter
- Switchable and adjustable aspect ratio and contrast ration of 300:1
- Backlit display
- Internal stereo speakers with RCA A/V output
- Adjustable poles
- Capable of tilting forward and backward
- Multiple language menu
- Two remote controls
- USB port
Upon testing the RHP7, we instantly realized exactly how convenient having a pair of detachable and adjustable monitors with a step-by-step simple installation manual can be. Hands down, you can install these monitors on your own regardless if you’ve never done it before. The RHP7 comes with metal poles that can adjust sideways from 4.3 inches in width to 7.5 inches which means they can easily be integrated into all types of vehicles. We run the monitors for 24 hours to test its performance and picture quality – and we were not disappointment with it at all! The picture stays clean and clear. The high-quality leatherette headrests are plush and comfortable, and you get the option of using wireless headphones, internal speakers, and running the audio through your car stereo system.
Clearly, the RHP7 has been carefully designed and thought-out to bring maximum function and enjoyment at a pretty attractive price.
Audiovox AVXMTGHRD Quick Review
Close to matching Soundstream SHDM103’s performance and reliability is the Audiovox’s AVXMTGHR1D 7-inch headrest monitor with one huge difference – the Audiovox has a built-in DVD player! Although it has a lower resolution (480×234), it is possible to switch aspect ratio from 16:9 to 4:3 plus the display has color, tint, and brightness adjustments.
Equipped with LED backlight, the AVXMTGHR1D has a 12-volt power option and allows videos to be played from a USB and an SD card, maximum of 4GB. The most exceptional features of this product are the anti-glare and the fact that the product comes almost complete with everything you need to properly install it in your car like the bushing, power cable, manual, and even batteries for the remote!
Some of the key features of the AVXMTGHR1D include:
- Wireless IR Transmitter
- Built-in FM modulator
- 3.5mm plug
- Headphone jack (although headphones are not included)
- Audio and video inputs and outputs including options that allow for digital media files
- Adjustable poles
- Tilting backward and forward
- Cover skins in 3 shades: black, gray, and tan
- Remote control with batteries
Also impressive and not found in all our best DVD headrest monitors are the memory feature that conveniently allows you to pause and continue your movie and stability of the monitor that minimizes skips and video static.
Audiovox AVX10USB Quick Review
While some headrest DVD players replace the factory headrests other are more like tablets that attach to the vertical headrest posts. This is the case with the Audiovox AVX10USB. A DVD player is built-in or you can stream content from a microSD card, USB port or HD or RCA inputs. It's possible to set up two monitors as a master and satellite so that both show the same movie or show.
The screen measures 10.1″ diagonally and has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. There are four options for getting sound from the monitor: a dual channel IR Transmitter for wireless headphones, which are not included, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a built-in FM transmitter. That last one lets you play the sound through the vehicle's speakers, (which might be a bit frustrating for anyone who can't see the screen!)
A remote is included along with a 12V power cable, an AV cable and two extension cables, but the monitor can also be controlled by the capacitive touch buttons. Also included is a wiring kit for making a permanent electrical connection to the vehicle's 12V supply.
Pros: Big screen, option to hardwire the power supply.
There are 6 types of monitors you can install in your car. They are:
- Overhead for large vehicles with sufficient headroom space
- Flip Down which is a version of the overhead monitor that can be tucked away
- In-Dash for front seat passengers
- Sun Visor which is 5 inches long
- Mirror are 4-inch LCD monitors placed on the rear-view mirrors
- Headrests are most popular because they can be installed or attached to the original headrest or you can buy one with a replacement headrest
- Active Headrest Technology – Also known as Active Headrest Restraint which reduces whiplash injury in the event an accident occurs. If your car is equipped with this technology, it’s ideal to retain the factory-issued headrest and opt for the attachable monitor
- Dual Channel Infrared (IR) – This feature will allow you to use your wireless headphones with the headrest monitor
- Pass-Through Technology – This feature will allow you to watch the same movie from one source on multiple devices
- Cigarette lighter power cables – Allows for the quick installation of the video equipment
- Video Cables – This is critical to the successful installation of your in-car entertainment system because they are made specifically for car apps and have a higher insulation standard than cables used for the home and office. This added insulation also guarantees to keep radiated noise from affecting video quality
- Resolution – The quality of the picture cannot be overemphasized. The lower the resolution, the most pixilated the image will be so one should opt for at higher resolution with the ideal being 1024 x 768 which is the standard for a 7-inch Apple tablet – to give you a basis for comparison.
- Region-free – Ideally, if you want a headrest monitor with a built-in DVD player, the headrest player would be one that is “region-free” which refers to recognition of any DVD regardless of where it was made.
- PAL and NTSC – This refers to commercial TV color encoding systems. PAL is used in Europe and some parts of Asia while NTSC is common with US and Canada systems. The difference between PAL and NTSC is the frame/second wherein PAL delivers 25/625 while NTSC delivers 30/525.