2013 Infiniti JX35: The Rear Seat Entertainment System
November 29, 2012
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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).
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.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor