Vizualogic RoadTrip Universal Dual Headrest DVD System review: Vizualogic RoadTrip Universal Dual Headrest DVD System

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 5.0
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The Good The Vizualogic RoadTrip Universal Dual Headrest DVD System installs so easily in an afternoon. A built-in DVD player and SD card slot allow the RoadTrip to operate as a standalone system. Integrated FM transmitter and AV outputs and inputs expand the system's flexibility.

The Bad Slightly grainy quality to video. IR remote headphones have a very short range. Instructions for installation are inaccurate in a few places. SD card media playback doesn't support video.

The Bottom Line The Vizualogic RoadTrip Universal Dual Headrest DVD System is a simple and inexpensive way to add rear-seat entertainment, with removable headrests, to any vehicle using only basic hand tools.

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The Vizualogic RoadTrip Universal Dual Headrest DVD System is quite easy to install, requiring no custom fabrication or permanent modifications to the vehicle. We were able to install our system in an afternoon using only a pair of screwdrivers, a set of hex key wrenches, needle-nosed pliers, a wire stripper, and a set of wiretaps.

The appeal of the Vizualogic system, beyond its installation, is that it is a completely self-contained system. The system will even operate in a vehicle that doesn't have a radio. Just pop a DVD into the integrated player, don the included wireless headphones, and enjoy.

Design
In the box, you'll find two black headrests with integrated 7-inch LCD touch-screen monitors. If black doesn't suit your vehicle's interior, the unit also ships with a pair of tan and a pair of gray covers that can replace the black. While the two headrest units look identical, only one of them houses a DVD player and an SD card slot behind its screen. Pressing on the touch screen's bezel causes the screen to release and open forward, revealing the media slots.

A hideaway module has connections for wiring harnesses for each monitor, power connections, a single set of RCA inputs for video and stereo audio, two sets of RCA outputs for video and audio, and an FM antenna.

The unit also ships with an IR remote controller that should be familiar for anyone who has used a DVD player, and two pairs of wireless headphones that operate using infrared signals received from the monitors. The headphones feature a power switch with settings for Off, A, and B, and must be set to the proper channel for the driver- or passenger-side monitors. Each set of headphones also includes a volume control dial and a hidden battery door for the two AAA batteries required to power them. Batteries are included.

Wiring harnesses for the monitors, power cables, zip ties, and headrest post shims round out everything one should need to install the Vizualogic RoadTrip.

Features
The Vizualogic RoadTrip has all of the features that one would expect from a DVD player, such as the capability to display subtitles or switch between multiple audio tracks and video angles. Most of the DVD playback functions are activated using the included IR remote.

The touch-sensitive screen can be used to call up menus to adjust the image quality, volume, or to navigate DVD menus or file trees. The interface is a bit clunky and, with light text over a translucent background, can be a bit difficult to read. Because the unit lacks any physical controls, the touch screen is the only way to interact with the RoadTrip if you lose the remote.

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Vizualogic RoadTrip Universal Dual Headrest DVD System

Part Number: TMI7700001

MSRP: $999.00

As shown: $999

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