Just finished up the installation of two 6" LCDs in my headrests.
I've been getting complaints from the kids about them not being able to see the RSE screen because it is so low. The toddler had a hard time seeing the screen when he's high in the carseat and the kids in the 3rd row couldn't see the screen at all. I did some research and ended up buying the two 6" active matrix TFT LCDs. I wanted 7" screens to match the RSE and Nav screens, but the headrests are too small. I paid $238 shipped for both screens from eBay. They were generic but I was told the actual LCD was made by Toshiba. I know many of you will flame me to death for buying cheap crap off eBay, but I was actually pleasantly surprised with the picture quality on these monitors. I got them from this guy:
Anyways, it took me a day to install the monitors into the headrest and another day to wire them up to the existing Panasonic RSE DVD screen. I search for wiring diagrams for the Panasonic DVD player without any success, and ended up having to find the video signals by trial-and-error. I also had to buy a $30 video amp. Overall, the install was not that difficult.
Here're some pics. I'll see if I can do a set-by-step write-up of the installation later.
Ouch! No turning back now...
Phase 1 complete. Perfect fit:
Found the composite video signal wires and soldered on RCA jacks:
Video amp wired up and tested functionality of system before putting things back together:
As you can see, the picture quality is awesome for such an inexpensive monitor. I still have to fine tune the all the pictures to match one another. What's cool is that the monitors can also swivel vertically inside the brackets for better viewing angles. Not bad for less than 3 bills. My video amp still has an extra output, and I'm planning to get another one of these monitors for the 2nd row center headrest.