If you are wanting a Rear Seat Entertainment system, consider the factory RES DVD based system. The IVES is a dealer aftermarket system supplied by Honda. It looks a little more integrated that a typical aftermarket system (because Honda designed the enclosure for the unit), but it still uses FM modulation to transmit the audio to the stereo system.<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mikendana:
I am new to the site and have a question. We are narrowing it down to the color of our odyssey (taffeta white) but what about options? Does anyone have the iVES an is it worth it???</font>
RES stands for Rear Entertainment System and is a DVD system. The 5 Odyssey models that come from the factory are LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L-RES, or EX-L-NAVI. In the brochure it lists LX and EX comparisons with Leather, DVD Entertainment System, and Navigation as options to the EX. I don't believe there is nomenclature in the brochure that indicate specifically EX-L-RES or NAV. Maybe that's why it wasn't mentioned. But remember that DVD comes from the factory and VHS is dealer installed.<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mikendana:
Thanks for the 2 cents, I appreciate it. I appreciate any help I can get. How come the dealer never mentioned RES, I've heard about iVES and DVD but not RES. Is it a DVD player or VHS???</font>
A playstation 2 (or any other video game system) can be hooked up very easily to the factory RES DVD system, it's actually designed to accomidate that. There are RCA hookups located under a flip up door in the third sear area, and just below that there is a 12 volt outlet (which you would need to power the video game via a DC/AC converter which you can get at Walmart for about $25).<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mikendana:
Thanks, I just spoked to the dealer and he informed me that RES is the EX with leather. WE are definitely interested in the EX but wasn't leaning towards leather. I wanted the iVES cause of my 2 kids and the long trips we take. Also, on H and A accessories.com if you buy the iVES, they throw in playstation 2 for free. Anyone's advice on this??