Cadillac Escalade, EXT and ESV Forum - 2007-2014 Discussion, Headrest TV/DVDs in Cadillac Escalade Forums; Hey,
i hope everyone (and their Escalades) is doing well. I recently made some money from selling my GM shares, ...
i hope everyone (and their Escalades) is doing well. I recently made some money from selling my GM shares, so i figured the only honorable thing to do was to sink my profits into my GM Truck, that is whatever chunk of them is left after the women in my family have bought what they "need"
So i was wondering if anyone has had headrest TVs/dvd installed in their Escalade. I was thinking of Getting two installed on the front headrests (platinum style) and having a DVD player for each.
Has anyone done this? if so, how is it working out, and how much roughly do you remember coughing up for a decent install job.
I have just the headrests and use the factory Nav/dvd...I paid 450 for the headrests and did the install my self...they work great...also had to pay $75 for the Dealership to unlock the U42 code so that they would play in the back if I changed the front screen to something else...you also have to buy a $50-60 part so that you can get the video outs out of the head unit. If you where to buy new headrests with individual DVD's I would say your lookin around 12-1500 and probably a couple hundered for an audio shop to do the install.
No the unlock U42 code only unlocks the rear dvd...if yours didn't come stock with RES then when you hook up either a rear monitor or headrest monitors it will play with out doing anything different but when you change the head unit to the radio or xm it will pause the movie and the people in the back no longer get to watch anything....as soon as you turn the head unit back to DVD then it turns on in the front and rear. If you get the U42 code unlocked then no matter what the people in the back can watch movies. to unlock the Nav while driving to either watch dvd's or scroll through stations, or to input nav addresses you have to get a lockpick or something like that....it is a whole different mechanism that will hook into the back of your nav and allow you to access all the features of the nav while in motion.
My '07 ESV came with a dealer installed aftermarket A/V equipment (since it wasn't navi equipped from the factory).
The Eclipse AVN5500 headunit plays DVDs in motion (it's a simple hack that any self-respecting installer can do...by the way, it's only illegal in 3 states so no lectures please, it's not for me, I'm too busy driving) and outputs to dual DVD Vizualogic model A-1250/712-7 matching headrests. The headrests can display the head unit video source, watch a DVD, or play a videogame that's hooked up to the AUX input. It also (wireless) outputs the sound to the stereo through FM. It's extremely versatile. Prices vary, but are considerable cheaper than the factory DVD system. Installation shouldn't run more than $100 +/-, anymore than that and I'd do it myself, it's not that complicated.
You didn't mention what you had for a headunit. If it's the factory navi/DVD the factory headrests may be the way to go, although the Vizualogic can integrate just as easily with factory systems as aftermarkets. This is my second set of Vizualogic headrests, the first being in my '03 Navigator and I really like the way they look, fit and function. Good luck with whatever you choose to do...