Transportation and entertainment became forever entwined once car radios first appeared in the 1930s. Options for playing music on the road have advanced ever since, but today we can also count mobile video among the latest and greatest in car entertainment. In fact, many new vehicles in the “family car” market now come with video systems already installed, and there are numerous aftermarket systems available for any type of vehicle, whether it’s an older minivan or a brand-new coupe. If you’re considering an upgrade to your car’s entertainment capabilities, there are several benefits to installing a car video player. Here are a few: CURE FOR ROAD-TRIP BOREDOM BY WATCHING MOVIES IN THE CAR With the holidays approaching, there’s a good chance your family will be spending a lot of time in the car, either stuck in mall traffic or trekking to Grandma’s house. Kids of all ages get bored easily, and there’s no better way to stop whining before it starts than with in-car entertainment. A DVD player and installed monitors will allow your kids to watch movies, TV shows, or even play video games, giving you the peace and quiet you need to safely navigate snowy roads or clogged parking lots. COST-EFFECTIVE AND REMOVABLE CAR VIDEO SYSTEMS While factory-installed video systems are designed to fit precisely into cars, they tend to be much more expensive than aftermarket systems, adding thousands of dollars to the vehicle’s sticker price. Additionally, factory systems are permanent, meaning it will be impossible—or at least very costly—to upgrade or remove the systems later. Aftermarket video systems, on the other hand, are reasonably priced and not permanent features of the car, so you can easily upgrade the system or remove it if you sell or trade in your car. INDEPENDENT DVD AUDIO FROM THE CAR STEREO SYSTEM Aftermarket car video systems are independent of the car’s audio system, which means backseat passengers can listen to DVDs through headphones while the driver and front passenger enjoy music from the stereo. Instead of fighting over which radio station or CD to listen to, everyone wins with the installation of a car DVD system. CAR DVD PLAYERS ARE CUSTOMIZABLE TO YOUR VEHICLE While you have several brands and models of car video systems to choose from, there are two main options for your car video monitor: a headrest monitor or a flip-down monitor. Headrest monitors are installed behind the front seat headrests. Flip-down monitors are installed on the car’s ceiling, offering a screen that flips down for backseat viewing and can be flipped back up and out of the way when not in use. Each option is customizable to your car’s design and available space, allowing you to choose the best equipment for your specific needs. HEADREST MONITORS CATER TO DIFFERENT PASSENGERS Car video systems with headrest monitors typically come with a DVD player for each screen, which is perfect for passengers with significantly different entertainment tastes. That means your preschooler can watch cartoons while your teenager watches the latest epic fantasy film—and in the event passengers agree to watch the same thing, many headrest video systems come with inputs to connect the screens.
FLIP-DOWN MONITORS ENGAGE MULTIPLE PASSENGERS Passengers can also share the same entertainment experience with flip-down monitors, which are large enough for everyone to see and can accommodate video games and photo slideshows in addition to DVDs. The audio for flip-down monitors can be connected through wireless headphones or through the car’s stereo system—as long as the driver doesn’t mind listening to a movie without watching it. GIVE THE GIFT OF MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Car video systems make a great gift for frequent travelers and harried parents—or for yourself, if a peaceful and quiet road trip this holiday season tops your own wish list. At Stereo Depot, our car audio and video experts can help you choose the right system components for your needs and budget, and we also offer professional installation to ensure the job is done right. Give us a call or stop in one of our two locations in San Diego or El Cajon today. Give Stereo Depot a call at our San Diego location at (619) 736-9964 or our El Cajon location at (619) 873-4641.