How Do Suburban Headphones Work?

Amy from MS asks:

How exactly do the wireless headphones work in a Chevrolet suburban? And can others in the vehicle hear what is playing? If kids are watching a dvd movie and have headphones on, will my husband and I be able to hear the movie? Thanks!

Great question! One of the biggest reasons that I bought headphones myself is because there is only so much Power Rangers I can listen to on an 8 hour drive before my brain turns to mush! With the headphones, your rear seat passengers will be able to listen to the DVD playing without disturbing the driver and front seat passenger. It’s bliss on a long family trip! Every car is different, so you’ll want to look at your owners manual for the exact method of turning the headphones on. Generally, there is a setting on the DVD player (in the front dash) that turns the headphones on, and the car speakers off. You can even set it so that you can listen to music while the kids listen to the DVD (again, this is vehicle specific so make sure to check your owners manual). Special thanks to AudioVideo2go.com for this information.

Photo credits: Headphones and remote pictured are from http://www.audiovideo2go.com/categories/Automotive-Headphones/

In General, however, here are some tips:
Rear Seat Entertainment System
Your vehicle may have a DVD Rear Seat
Entertainment (RSE) system. The RSE system
works with the vehicle’s audio system. The
DVD player is part of the front radio. The RSE
system includes a radio with a DVD player, a video
display screen, two wireless headphones, and a
remote control. See Radio with CD and DVD
(MP3) on page 295 for more information on the
vehicle’s audio/DVD system

Parental Control
The Rear Seat Entertainment System may have a
Parental Control feature, depending on which
radio you have. The Parental Control feature will
turn off the video screen and Rear Seat Audio
(RSA). This feature also disables all button
operations from the remote control and all audio
button operations from the RSA. This feature
can be used to gain the attention of the rear
passengers that are using headphones.
To enable Parental Control press and hold the radio
power button for more than 2 seconds. If on, the
radio, video screen, and RSA will turn off. If a DVD
and/or CD is playing, it will be stopped. A “padlock”
icon or a text message may be displayed on the
radio display depending on which radio you have,
while Parental Control is on. The radio can be
turned back on with a single press of the power
button and used normally, but the RSE system will
remain in Parental Control.

To turn off Parental Control, press and
hold the radio power button for more than
2 seconds. The video screen and RSA will return
to the state they were in before Parental Control
was turned on. The “padlock” icon will disappear
from the radio display.
Parental Control can also be turned off by inserting
or ejecting any disc, an ignition cycle, or pressing
the “play” icon on the radio DVD display menu.
Suburban DVD Headphones
Headphones
The RSE includes two 2–channel wireless
headphones that are dedicated to this system.
These headphones are used to listen to media
such as CDs, DVDs, MP3s, DVDAs, radio, or any
auxiliary source connected to the auxiliary input
jack, if your vehicle has this feature or A/V
jacks. The wireless headphones have an ON/OFF
button channel 1/2 switch, and a volume control.
If your vehicle has a third row video screen
display, it will have two additional headphones.

Push the power button to turn on the headphones.
An indicator light located on the headphones
will illuminate. If the light does not illuminate, the
batteries may need to be replaced. See “Battery
Replacement” later in this section for more
information. Switch the headphones to OFF when
not in use. Channel 1 is dedicated to the video
screen, while Channel 2 is dedicated to RSA
selections.
The infrared transmitters are located at the rear of
the RSE overhead console. The headphones
will shut off automatically to save the battery power
if the DVD system is shut off or if the headphones
are out of range of the transmitters for more
than 3 minutes. If you move too far forward or step
out of the vehicle, the headphones will lose the
audio signal.
The headphones will automatically turn off after
4 hours of continuous use.
To adjust the volume on the headphones, use the
volume control located on the right side.
For optimal audio performance, the headphones
must be worn correctly. The symbol L (Left)
will appear on the upper left side, above the ear
pad and should be positioned on the left ear.

The symbol R (Right) will appear on the upper
right side, above the ear pad and should be
positioned on the right ear.
Notice: Do not store the headphones in heat
or direct sunlight. This could damage the
headphones and repairs will not be covered by
your warranty. Keep the headphones stored
in a cool, dry place.
The foam ear pads attached to the headphones
may become worn or damaged if they are
not handled or stored properly. If the foam ear
pads do become damaged or worn out, the pads
can be replaced separately from the headphone
set. It is not necessary to replace the complete
headphone set. The headphone replacement foam
ear pads can be ordered in pairs. See your
dealer for more information.

Battery Replacement
To change the batteries, do the following:
1. Turn the screw with a coin or screw driver to
loosen, then slide open the battery door
located on the left side of the headphones.
2. Replace the two AAA batteries in the
compartment. Make sure that they are
installed correctly, using the diagram on the
inside of the battery compartment.
3. Replace the battery door and tighten the door
screw.
If the headphones are to be stored for a long
period of time, remove the batteries and keep them
in a cool, dry place.

Audio Output
Audio from the DVD player or auxiliary inputs may
be heard through the following possible sources:
• Wireless Headphones
• Vehicle Speakers
• Vehicle wired headphone jacks on the rear
seat audio system, if your vehicle has this
feature.

The RSE system will always transmit the audio
signal to the wireless headphones, if there is audio
available. See “Headphones” earlier in this
section for more information.
The DVD player is capable of outputting audio to
the wired headphone jacks on the RSA system,
if your vehicle has this feature. The DVD
player may be selected as an audio source on the
RSA system. See Rear Seat Audio (RSA) on
page 332 for more information.
When a device is connected to the A/V jacks the
rear seat passengers will be able to hear audio
from the auxiliary device through the wireless or
wired headphones. The front seat passengers
will be able to listen to playback from this device
through the vehicle speakers by selecting AUX
as the source on the radio.
If a playback device is plugged into the radio’s
auxiliary input jack, the front seat passengers will
be able to listen to playback from this device
through the vehicle speakers by selecting AUX as
the source on the radio.

Video Screen
The video screen is located in the RSE overhead
console.
To use the video screen, do the following:
1. Push the release button located on the RSE
overhead console.
2. Rotate the screen to the desired position.
When the video screen is not in use, push it up
into its locked position.
If a DVD is playing and the screen is raised to its
locked position, the screen will remain on, this
is normal, and the DVD will continue to play
through the previous audio source.
The RSE overhead console contains the IR
transmitters for the wireless headphones and the
IR receivers for the remote control. They are
located at the rear of the console.
Notice: Avoid directly touching the video
screen, as damage may occur. See “Cleaning
the Video Screen” later in this section for
more information.

Suburban DVD Remote
Remote Control
To use the remote control, aim it at the transmitter
window at the rear of the RSE overhead console
and press the desired button. Direct sunlight
or very bright light may affect the ability of the RSE
transmitter to receive signals from the remote
control. If the remote control does not seem to be
working, the batteries may need to be replaced.
See “Battery Replacement” later in this section.
Objects blocking the line of sight may also affect
the function of the remote control.
If a CD or DVD is in the Radio DVD slot, the
remote control power button can be used to turn
on the video screen display and start the disc.
The radio can also turn on the video screen
display. See Radio with CD and DVD (MP3) on
page 295 for more information.
Notice: Storing the remote control in a hot
area or in direct sunlight may damage it,
and the repairs will not be covered by your
warranty. Keep the remote control stored in a
cool, dry place.

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