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Gav1966 11-28-2005 08:49 AM

Hello All,

New to this forum having just taken delivery of a nice new SE+ complete with "free" DVD player. Trouble is, the DVD only comes with two sets of headphones and as we have five kids, you can imagine the disputes we could be in for during long journeys - better to have no DVD at all. The dealer initially quoted me for new headphones at £50 a shot, but after I bit of haggling I've got him down to £119 for the three, still costing me more than I'd wished for a "free" DVD player! The option of an FM modulator to play the sound over the stereo is about the same at £116.

My question is, has anyone seen better prices for these headphones? The DVD player is the Rosen A7 roof mounted player (i.e. nothing under the seats) and has no external sockets fitted as standard so plugging a set of speakers in isn't an option.

Also seen on a couple of other threads that these headphones aren't particularly great anyway and give people headaches - is this a common experience?

Any advice would be welcome,



pepper 11-28-2005 01:49 PM

I bought another 2 pairs off ebay and they work fine along with the original 2 pairs, but this is for another screen altogether.

I also saw the posts about the headphones giving headaches so I've kept it in mind but not told the others, because if I did tell them they'd immediately get headaches, if you sort of know what I mean.

Kirky 11-28-2005 03:33 PM

Hello Gav1966,
I had an FM modulator fitted to my new Sedona in Feb. this year, and it wasn't £116.

I have the bill in front of me now, and it was £222.66 in total!!!

I was told it would be about £100, but nobody mentioned the fitting charges or the V.A.T. I had wrongly assumed that 'about £100' included everything. I was not a happy chappy when I was presented with the bill, although I accept now that it was my own fault because I should have made absolutely certain what the £100 included. If I had been told £222.66 in the first place, I would not have had it done.


clartsonly 11-29-2005 04:01 AM

the headphones are rubbish, I got 2 additional sets for free when I bought my car (they told me they were £30 new), as we have 4 kids that is fine, but if you turn your head they crackle, are ill fitting for smaller children. in actual fact the only good thing is you can talk about private things when they are watching, but the amount of faffing about changing batteries, adjusting volume adjusting seats taking off when they fall asleep.

you can get cheap fm modulators of ebay for about £20 (remember these are illegal in the UK ;))

I actually plug our creative 2:1 computer speakers into an invertor and the dvd and let them listen to it that way, you may find if you have the "good" kia stereo it has a built in AV input to plug the dvd audio straight into. to be honest they are only really going to watch the dvd on journeys longer than 30-60 minutes anyway.

good luck, but I do suggest that you attempt to watch a whole dvd using the headphones from different seats before you part with more cash.

sorry scratch most of my post, I didn't see that you cannot touch any connectors at the back of the DVD player, what a terrible design, how on earth are you supposed to plug in a game cube or playstation into the back to play games in the car. :blink:

from the wiring diagram you would need to take the console off and route your own audio cables.

tonyd 11-29-2005 07:20 AM

Maplin ( sell a UK legal FM modulator for £19.99 - go to and look for part number L75AY. Basically you connect the existing aerial to the modulator, connect the modulator aerial output to the stereo, and connect the modulator to the dvd via the RCA connectors.

clartsonly 11-29-2005 08:13 AM

the only problem is the type of dvd player gav1966 has is like this

and the RCA connectors are inside the upholstery in the roof and not under the drivers seat.

Gav1966 11-29-2005 03:53 PM

Thanks for the replies. Out of interest, you can get an RCA mounting kit fitted which will allow you to plug in games consoles - but guess what - this is another dealer fitted "optional extra." This so called free DVD player is getting more expensive by the minute. :angry: On the plus side, the roof mounted design is quite neat and doesn't leave you with a box under the driver seat which looked to me like it could easily be kicked by accident.

Murphwiz 11-29-2005 04:26 PM

T oget anyform of RCA out/input you would need the adpator loom for that rosen DVD player, there are no RCA's behind the unit in the roof, only 2/3 rows of pins.

pepper 11-29-2005 05:17 PM

I'm beginning to think the set up I ended up with after all the faffing around is pretty good.
I've got a second input in the actual monitor on my unit and I've got the secondary line outs for a speaker system for the kids so I can plug a set of computer speakers into it.

I've also put a piece of board with velcro across the front of the dvd player, cos I could see my kids kicking the **** out of it over time!

54FLX 11-29-2005 06:50 PM

Nothing extra of real use to add other than before purchasing any further headsets see how you get on with the ones supplied.

Yes I know you have a different setup but the ones I have for my UK dealer fitted setup are Carp. As mentioned by clartsonly they crackle constantly and there is no way of adjusting them. I hard wired mine into the head in the dash.


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