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I utilized our Infiniti JX35's rear-seat entertainment system (RES) on my recent road trip for the Thanksgiving holiday. Details about its makeup and some opinions on its performance follow.

I think this is one of the first (if not the first) long-term vehicles in our fleet with dual 7-inch displays mounted in the rear of the front headrests. There are some notable advantages to this: 1) The individual screens allows rear passengers to watch separate media; 2) No need for an overhead console to take up sunroof space; 3) The screens are at eye level (and can tilt); 4) No deployed overhead display that blocks the driver's rear view.



Along with the system you get two wireless headphones that are programmable for the left and right of the JX. You also get a remote control.



As is typical, you load DVDs into the vehicle's CD player. You can also watch movies on the main screen as long as the JX is parked.



Controlling the screens can also be done through the JX's main center stack display. As you can see, you have some different inputs here, including USB, which is for movie files off of a USB-style drive (not from your iPhone or iPod).
 

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Along with the rear RCA inputs and controls, you have a 110-volt outlet, meaning you can conceivably hook up something like an Xbox and play it through the entertainment system.

As for the system's sound and visual quality for rear passengers, I'd say its fine and certainly good for kids. But I don't think the wireless headphones are all that comfortable and screen resolution is average. Certain minivans, such as Chrysler's 2013 models, now offer rear entertainment systems with HD displays, HDMI inputs and Blu-ray players. For a luxury-branded, people-hauling vehicle like the JX, part of me expects a little more.

MSRP for the system is $1,850. (For comparison, the RES on the Acura MDX is $1,860.)

I once argued in a previous post about another car's RES that I'd just keep the money and buy a tablet computer or two for my kids. Most commenters disagreed. That point aside, I like the JX's twin-display design and find it to be advantageous over a traditional single overhead display.
 

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I don't think it justify the price. I can get 3-4 iPads for that price. But that's just me. And yes I do have two little kids. Also, I hate how Infiniti force to get this package in order to get other packages that I really want. Hope they'll change for the 2014 model.
 

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It is truly a great system. The benefit of this over ipads or other players is that EVERYTHING can be controlled from the front. You don't have to deal with kids passing computers, players, or iPads to the front, less distraction to driver and/or parents.

WELL WORTH THE PRICE in my opinion!
 

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Wow. That's cheap. I bought one of these off ebay (for more $$) but found that my tablet would 'vibrate' while driving making quite annoying.

Worth a shot for $2.47 -- maybe u can wedge a piece of foam behind the head rest to stop the vibrations.
 

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That is a cheap price. Shipping is about $5.50.

I purposely bought the theater package for the integration. I really didn't want a add-on, hanging off the seat with ear phone adapters, etc... all over the place. The theater system is always there and ready to go when needed. The iPad solution requires me to start/stop, everytime a video is finished, etc... Something my 2 yr old cant manage.

Looking at cost, iPad wins hands down. Looking at the integration helps bridge the financial gap.
 
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