How to Connect Headrest DVD Monitors to Dash Monitors

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How to Connect Headrest DVD Monitors to Dash Monitors
Connecting rear seat monitors to front seat video is useful for mobile video systems. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Mobile video systems often incorporate rear-seat video in conjunction with the video available in the front. Most mobile video systems are equipped with a central distribution box (often called a "brain") to connect and route the various signals to the desired monitors. These boxes allow the same or different sources to be routed to the various monitors throughout the vehicle.

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Things you need

  • In-dash monitor/head unit
  • Rear-seat monitors
  • Central distribution box

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  1. 1

    Find a central location for the video distribution box.

  2. 2

    Feed the audio and video from each source to the RCA "In" jacks on the distribution box. Plug each RCA cable into the box using a slight twisting motion.

  3. 3

    Find the DIN jacks used for monitor connections on the distribution box. Plug the corresponding DIN plugs from each monitor to these jacks.

  4. 4

    Plug any additional proprietary plugs from each video device into the box for power and/or control.

Tips and warnings

  • Power inverters can be used to plug video games and other traditional 110-volt sources into a vehicle's video system.
  • Remember that front seat video is illegal in many states. It is advised to check with local law enforcement prior to allowing full-motion video outside of navigation for front seat occupants.

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