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Things to KNOW Before You Buy IR Infrared Headphones

DON’T DO IT! Don’t buy a headrest DVD player package without IR infrared headphones ! It’s like buying a car without the keys. They’re small, but super important!

In our previous blog post we talked about  why infrared headphones are so important.  Today, let’s talk about the most important features your next pair of infrared headphones must have before you buy them.

There are many many many many different kinds of infrared headphones.  Did I say there are many?  We’re sorry about that. Let’s make it easy for you. Here’s what you look for:

What is IR Infrared Headphones?

Most vehicles with video screens use IR technology to transmit the audio signal wirelessly from the screen to headphones.   IR is  a "Line-of-sight" technology requiring no obstruction between the transmitter and receiver.  IR wireless headphones come in single channel and dual channel.  Dual channel headphones allow for 2 audio signals at the same time without interference commonly used for headrest DVD players for 2 kids.

IR infrared signal

There are many types of wireless headphones. Bluetooth, IR, FM and more. The standard wireless signal in vehicles is the IR infrared signal.   If you're looking to listen to your headrest DVD players or flip down video monitors, be sure you buy IR infrared type headphones.

IR Infrared frequency

The IR infrared frequency can vary from headphone to headphone. Be sure you buy the right headphone using the right frequency range. Some private brand name headphones may be designed to only use a special frequency for “Special Compatibility”, however this means they are “Not compatible” with your vehicle.

The  Autotain IR infrared wireless headphones are GUARANTEED TO WORK with your standard IR video device in your vehicle. The Autotain infrared headphones use the following frequencies:

Channel A: 2.3MHz and 2.8MHz
Channel B: 3.2 MHz and 3.8MHz

These frequencies are the industry standard and your headrest DVD players and Flip Down monitors will use these same frequencies. Both factory and aftermarket.

#1 Most Comfortable IR Infrared Wireless Headphone

Most Comfortable IR Infrared Wireless Headphones

#1 IR Infrared Headphone Autotain CLOUD The AUTOTAIN CLOUD IR headphones are "Hands-Down" the MOST COMFORTABLE IR HEADPHONES on the planet!!! How do we know this with so much conviction? Because we went out and purchased all the top sellers online and confirmed it!!! These are KID TESTED and PARENT APPROVED!!

Dual channel for 2 IR frequencies. 2 kids can watch 2 different movies at the same time in the same vehicle without any worry of audio overlap.

Auto shutoff after 5 minutes of non-use to save your batteries.

Adjustable for small and large heads. Yes, even parents can wear these super-comfortable headphones.

Folding design for easy storage when not in use.

Check Out: Autotain CLOUD IR Headphones


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Stereo or Mono

Another important feature is to buy infrared IR headphones that are built for stereo sound. Cheaper infrared headphones may only pick up one frequency and deliver it to both ears. This is mono. If you want your kids to enjoy true “Stereo Sound” you need to get IR headphones that have 2 frequencies for EACH channel. One frequency for the left ear and the other frequency for the right ear.

Dual channel vs single channel IR infrared headphones

This is one of the most CRITICAL features you can’t miss. Statistically speaking, the average family has 2.3 children and so DUAL CHANNEL IR HEADPHONES are the ONLY way to go!Dual channel headphones allow for your kids to listen to two DIFFERENT audio signals in the same backseat at the exact same time without overlap or interference.

When your child on the left seat wants to watch a Disney movie, they can turn their IR headphones to channel A and they’ll only hear the audio from their Disney movie. At the same time, your child on the right may wish to watch a Transformers movie. They can turn their IR headphones to channel B and they’ll only hear the audio from their Transformers movie. IT’S MAGICAL!  

I'm sorry we can't help with the remaining 0.3 child....


Dual channel headphones are the ONLY way to go!

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Most Comfortable IR Infrared Headphones

Because your kids will be wearing their infrared headphones for hours and hours, comfort is another CRITICAL feature you can’t forget. Many of the cheap infrared headphones on the market, cut corners or save on costs by using less cushion or padding on the ear pads. Don’t have your kids arrive at your destination with a headache or sore ears.

This is why Autotain went on a mission to find and build the most comfortable kid IR infrared headphones on the planet and developed the  Autotain Cloud headphones. Check them out and say ahhhhhhh!

Best IR HeadphoneSoft Headphone Earpads

SHOCKING: Find out more about which kid size IR headphones we tested for comfort and how they performed.  Most of them hurt our ears quickly.  Don't buy your children these headphones and expect them to wear these headphones on long family drives. 

PLEASE NOTE: The infrared signal for your wireless headphones is a “LINE OF SIGHT” technology. If you’re interested in learning more about IR and infrared technology before you buy your Autotain Cloud IR headphones, we'll go into more details on our next blog post.  Check it out.


You’re now ARMED AND READY to buy your kids the most comfortable IR infrared wireless headphones that includes all the NECESSARY features you MUST have.  We've done all the hard work for you, finding a factory to make everything needed into one unique and amazing product. Your next step is easy, click, buy and enjoy.

Your family vacation should be enjoyable from start to finish. Enjoy the drive!

Brandon and team

About OnFair

About OnFair

OnFair is the leading online provider and most passionate about offering only the best headrest DVD players on the market. They work directly with factory engineers to design and develop the most advanced features and capabilities available and then offer them to you in their exclusive AUTOTAIN branded headrest monitor packages.

Because they've been doing this for over 11 years as a family business from Lincoln, Nebraska, some would argue they've earned their PHD in headrest DVD players as it'll be nearly impossible to find anyone more passionate and more experience with the product.

Want to know more about the OnFair story, check it out here.