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    Okay. So I have been tossing this whole headrest monitor thing around my noodle, and thought the best route may well be touchscreen monitors. So researching the net has not been overly fruitful.

    The problem is finding any that meet my needs, and reasonable budget. Some call themselves headrest monitor, but do not come with the actual headrest, but seem to be decent units although a tad pricey.

    Others say "touchscreen" but really only for the OSD for the monitor itself, but come mounted in a headrest.

    So, if anyone knows of something, say $200 per unit, let me know and I will check it out.

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    I will tell you this; if i had to redo my headrest monitors i definitely would hold out to find something more suitable for a carPC setup! Unfortunately I had my headrest monitors in way before the whole idea of a carPC. The whole composite setup just isn't made for the carPC, poor quality and very limited when it comes to wanting to have true multi-zones. In the past I have done some research into replacing the headrest with touchscreen interfaces and had very little luck with it. I ended up deciding to by regular Lilliput screens and installing them in to the headrest myself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmullan99 View Post
    Okay. So I have been tossing this whole headrest monitor thing around my noodle, and thought the best route may well be touchscreen monitors. So researching the net has not been overly fruitful.

    The problem is finding any that meet my needs, and reasonable budget. Some call themselves headrest monitor, but do not come with the actual headrest, but seem to be decent units although a tad pricey.

    Others say "touchscreen" but really only for the OSD for the monitor itself, but come mounted in a headrest.

    So, if anyone knows of something, say $200 per unit, let me know and I will check it out.

    John
    OH GOD, why didnt you just PM me. Remember my setup has 4 headrest screens. The ones I use are from a company called Short-Circuit. Their screens are very cheap, but equal in product strength to the EBY701 Lilliput. These screens work great and come with the headrest shrouds.

    Here is a picture of my shrouds installed.


    The screen comes with everything, including the shroud. If you break the shroud, its only $1.95 to replace.

    http://short-circuit.com/product/VM70.html
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    Wow. That looks exactly like the cheap screen in my dash. I will explore their site later today.

    I don't know at this point if I am comfortable hacking into my headrests yet. And I'm sure the cables won't fit down the tubes. My Nissan of course has seperated headrests compared to your all-in-one (which I think would be easier, more or less).

    Hmmm, I wonder if anybody sells headrests ready for mounting monitors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmullan99 View Post
    Wow. That looks exactly like the cheap screen in my dash. I will explore their site later today.

    I don't know at this point if I am comfortable hacking into my headrests yet. And I'm sure the cables won't fit down the tubes. My Nissan of course has seperated headrests compared to your all-in-one (which I think would be easier, more or less).

    Hmmm, I wonder if anybody sells headrests ready for mounting monitors.
    Yea, there are companies selling the same screen, but I like Short-Circuit because their customer service is pretty good.

    Just remember I am doing a multi install, and pretty much got all the hard stuff out of the way. So you ask me and I can 99% of the time have an answer. I too was thinking of buying Lilliput screens, but the 300+ price tag was to much to swallow. So I found this company and feel in love. Infact all my screens are being replaced with theirs. Except my main dash screen, because it was designed to use a Lilliput EBY701.

    Do you have highback chairs like me? If not, then its really not that hard. You simply go to a junk yard and find a totaled car and buy those. Then experiment with them. As for the cabling, you will not get it into the tube. Simply run them along one of the tube and use split loom to cover it. You will not be able to adjust the headrest, but honestly, how many times are you going to have to adjust it? Maybe once every 3 years, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Yea, there are companies selling the same screen, but I like Short-Circuit because their customer service is pretty good.
    I may just take your advice and shop there.

    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Just remember I am doing a multi install, and pretty much got all the hard stuff out of the way. So you ask me and I can 99% of the time have an answer.
    Oh, I have no doubt you have lots of good info and experience to share. I will definitely pick your brain.

    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Do you have highback chairs like me? If not, then its really not that hard. You simply go to a junk yard and find a totaled car and buy those. Then experiment with them. As for the cabling, you will not get it into the tube. Simply run them along one of the tube and use split loom to cover it. You will not be able to adjust the headrest, but honestly, how many times are you going to have to adjust it? Maybe once every 3 years, lol.
    You have a good point. Pretty much once I have a new (to me) car the headrests never move. I never thought to go to the auto graveyard. And I've been there a few times for other fix-ups. Excellent tip.

    Now, have you settled on the best method for fastening in the retainer/shrouds? I guess I'm going to need a sponge-foam friendly adhesive.

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    Just for an idea of what I have. Click the images to see full size.

    View of my installed monitor.

    I put this into the stock radio space. Nissan decided to make the opening rather oval in shape. I tacked the monitor in behind using super glue. I fashioned some black pieces of plastic to fill in the oval ends. Friends believe it looks stock.

    My mounting choice:

    I took a board I had laying around (with tacky shelf liner stuff stuck to it) and mounted the HD Radio, amp, and custom cut box for the computer board. It hangs, facing the rear seats, via bungee cords to give some shock resistance. It gives me maximum trunk space. Could still tidy up some of the wires on the board, but to/from the board they are bundled.

    Here is a view of the back of the front seat.

    Of course, this is where I wish to mount headrest monitors. Fortunately Nissan designed the panel in the back to be easily removable which should aid me in wiring in the monitors.

    As I take more pictures, the will appear on my webshots album. I did have some earlier pictures of an old plastic box I had the motherboard mounted in, and showed another FE I was playing with on a full 15" monitor, but I have since deleted them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmullan99 View Post
    Now, have you settled on the best method for fastening in the retainer/shrouds? I guess I'm going to need a sponge-foam friendly adhesive.

    John
    The shrouds were a b!+ch for me to install. The metal bars on the inside are awkward. I basically took a dremal and made tiny little slots so I can use zip ties to get the shroud to hold into place. You will not have this issue. I think most likely there is a MDF thin board or wood panel in there and you should be able to screw into that to attach the shroud. Mine didnt have anything but foam and a metal U bar.

    As for the install. Its looking really nice. Wow those headrests are chunky. Let me ask, have you ever maybe though of doing it like the new cars are doing? You have those style seats.



    You could just have yours be stationary and sit lower at a slight angle. That way you dont have to come up with a flip idea.
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    First, let me re-state your comment that I should have asked first!

    And of course CraziFuzzy.
    Quote Originally Posted by CraziFuzzy
    You do get what you pay for...
    Those cheap USB sound cards came today. Tried every one of them. some have a slight tone if volume is all the way down. And it is NOT adjustable volume wise. That is to say, the first couple notches is low, after that, full volume. I could not ask my worst enemy to listen at that volume. Oh well, $20 bucks ($10 shipping!) won't make me cry. Its the principal of the thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    The shrouds were a b!+ch for me to install. The metal bars on the inside are awkward. I basically took a dremal and made tiny little slots so I can use zip ties to get the shroud to hold into place.
    I feel for you on that one.

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    As for the install. Its looking really nice.
    Thanks! I took those photos last night with a bright flashlight and my cell phone. But I guess they tell the story.

    Quote Originally Posted by HiJackZX1 View Post
    Wow those headrests are chunky. Let me ask, have you ever maybe though of doing it like the new cars are doing? You have those style seats.
    That is an interesting concept. However, I like your first idea of grabbing some spare headrests from the graveyard. Lower risk if I mess something up! and I like the height, more at eye level.

    I am going to go looking for headrests real soon. Perhaps after work tomorrow. I'll just grab the pole size and distance and go looking. I'm pretty sure they don't have to be Nissan originals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmullan99 View Post
    Those cheap USB sound cards came today. Tried every one of them. some have a slight tone if volume is all the way down. And it is NOT adjustable volume wise. That is to say, the first couple notches is low, after that, full volume. I could not ask my worst enemy to listen at that volume. Oh well, $20 bucks ($10 shipping!) won't make me cry. Its the principal of the thing.
    It depends, I payed 3.95 for each of mine. They have a 7.1 simulated surround sound chip. The mute and volume buttons are on the device, but I was able to control it also via Windows and CF. I think maybe you bought the model before mine.

    That is an interesting concept. However, I like your first idea of grabbing some spare headrests from the graveyard. Lower risk if I mess something up! and I like the height, more at eye level.

    I am going to go looking for headrests real soon. Perhaps after work tomorrow. I'll just grab the pole size and distance and go looking. I'm pretty sure they don't have to be Nissan originals.
    i agree, a lot more work would have to go into it, and if it gets messed up, you have to replace that whole back panel on each seat. i just wanted to give you options and ideas.

    Good luck on the hunt!

    PS: Here are the cards I use. I have six of them and have had no problems. http://www.amazon.com/Channel-Extern...8881189&sr=8-1
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