Vizualogic A-1290 All-in-One Headrest Monitor Best Value

Vizualogic A-1290 All-in-One Headrest Monitor

Vizualogic A-1290 All-in-One Headrest Monitor

I have seen hundreds of rear seat video systems, from the very first one ever introduced, and the Vizualogic brand has by far the best product money can buy. The A-1290 is the tops in their line and what I would install in any of my vehicles. I can’t give a better recommendation than that and honestly every other product pales in comparison.

There are many reasons the A-1290 is my top pick but the easiest to see is the fact that Vizualogic custom builds every headrest for the specific vehicle in which it will be installed. The electronic package is exactly the same but instead of making a basic headrest to be used in all vehicle and a few colors, Vizualogic designs each headrest based upon the factory headrest and then sources the exact material that the vehicle manufacturer uses, right done to the proper stitch pattern and style of construction.

Beyond the cosmetic the A-1290 is exactly everything you would want in a rear seat system. Each headrest is identical in the fact that they both have a full function DVD player and 16:9, 9-inch LCD monitor. Both units can play their own DVD, or display what the other player has to offer. Additionally there are inputs for a gaming console or even an iPod with the ability to display video. Included are a full feature remote control and multi-channel wireless headsets that allow each viewer to listen to what they want to hear.

Because of the top notch fit and finish and that these units give users the option of viewing DVDs and games simultaneously on both headrest monitors, or independently on individual monitors, this is my top rated system.

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Vizualogic A-1290 All-in-One Headrest Monitor

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I have seen hundreds of rear seat video systems, from the very first one ever introduced, and the Vizualogic brand has by far the best product money can buy. The A-1290 is the tops in their line and what I would install in any of my vehicles. I can’t give a better recommendation than that and honestly every other product pales in comparison.

There are many reasons the A-1290 is my top pick but the easiest to see is the fact that Vizualogic custom builds every headrest for the specific vehicle in which it will be installed. The electronic package is exactly the same but instead of making a basic headrest to be used in all vehicle and a few colors, Vizualogic designs each headrest based upon the factory headrest and then sources the exact material that the vehicle manufacturer uses, right done to the proper stitch pattern and style of construction.

Beyond the cosmetic the A-1290 is exactly everything you would want in a rear seat system. Each headrest is identical in the fact that they both have a full function DVD player and 16:9, 9-inch LCD monitor. Both units can play their own DVD, or display what the other player has to offer. Additionally there are inputs for a gaming console or even an iPod with the ability to display video. Included are a full feature remote control and multi-channel wireless headsets that allow each viewer to listen to what they want to hear.

Because of the top notch fit and finish and that these units give users the option of viewing DVDs and games simultaneously on both headrest monitors, or independently on individual monitors, this is my top rated system.

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Audiovox - Jensen Custom Headrest Systems

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While not the fit and finish of the number one pick, the Audiovox or Jensen custom series does approximate the factory size and color of most vehicles. Just like the number one pick these headrest monitors simply replace the existing headrests.

These systems include a DVD player in each headrest and inputs for video games and iPods. It also includes two remotes so when one gets lost you’ll always have a backup.

I place this system as my second choice because it installs with very little alteration to your vehicle and maintains a look that does not raise that much attention to thieves. Also, I listed both brand names as the systems are identical and the name on them only depends upon where you find these units.

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Alpine PKG-RSE2

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The Alpine product differs from my first two choices in the fact that it is a fold down unit. Fold down video screens are how the whole rear seat market was started and they offer and easy way to show video to all rear seat passengers. While they are limited to one viewing option they can have bigger screens.

The Alpine PKG-RSE2 has a large 10.2-inch screen and includes wireless IR headphones so that the video can be viewed without disturbing the front driver and passenger. The unit has a built-in DVD player as well as inputs for video games and iPods. All can be controlled by the included remote control.

Because of Alpine’s devotion to building quality products and ones that also have as many options as possible, I pick this unit as my number three choice.

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Kenwood LZH-100W

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Coming in at fourth on my top five is the Kenwood LZH-100W. If you only shop for a little while you will start to notice that a lot of video units look the same and the features are almost identical. For that reason, I am placing my picks based upon how I have seen these units perform and from many customers feedback.

This Kenwood is very similar in features and style to the number three pick and has a 10.2-inch overhead monitor that folds down for viewing. Once again there is a DVD player included with optional inputs for video games and iPods. The Kenwood LZH-100W does have a built–in dome light that helps light the interior of the vehicle and since most fold down monitors go where the factory light was, it replaces that option.

I place this unit fourth because of the strong support that Kenwood offers and its fit in finish as compared to other units.

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Audiovox VOD 1021

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Coming in fifth is the Audiovox VOD 1021. Once again, this is a 10.2-inch fold down monitor. It has a built in DVD player and offers dome lights as well.

Not as feature packed as the other choices, I place this unit in my top five because it is well built and Audiovox as a company offers excellent customer support. Any product such as this should have customer support and because there are literally hundreds of choices in the rear set entertainment category, I though it important to point this out.

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Audiovox - Jensen Custom Headrest Systems

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Yes, this is the same system you’ll find in my top five picks and I place it at the top because of the fact that a custom headrest while more pricy is actually more economical in the long run. Since all that is required to install custom headrests in the removal of your factory headrests there is no cutting of your vehicles headliner or other factory altering procedures. If you decide to remove your custom headrest you can return your vehicle to factory easily and for little to no cost.

These systems allow for maximum features with minimum installation cost and that is a best buy in my eyes any day.

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Any Audiovox - Jensen DVD Fold Down Monitor

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These two brands are made by the same company and are the same product. I listed in the top five picks what I believe to be their best offering, but as a Best of the Rest buy you can look at any of their DVD fold down options as a number two option.

I place these units second because they are reliable, typically priced more competitively, and available in more places.

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Any Kenwood DVD Fold Down Monitor

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Once again I listed in my top five what I believe to be Kenwood’s best offering, but when it comes to a best buy I list them as number three. I do this because although they offer a slightly better product than the number two choice, it comes in the form of fit and finish. While I do believe that fit and finish are worth more money I lace them here because most will not notice the difference and that is what a best buy is, right?

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Any Alpine DVD Fold Down Monitor

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Alpine is known for their high quality product build and attention to detail in a products performance, fit and finish. For that reason I place them fourth on my Best of the Rest list. While many want the Best of the Best, you don’t have to buy the best to get good reliable performance.

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Any Valor DVD Fold Down Monitor

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The Valor brand of DVD fold down monitors rounds the list. I find this brand as a great value and they fit the criteria I laid out in my introduction to this category as a product that I would even refer to someone to buy.

The Valor DVD fold down monitors offer features similar to every other DVD fold down monitor that I have listed above. While they do not offer as many color choices as some of the units and the finish is maybe not as good this is a product I would have no issue installing in a vehicle that I own.

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