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Hello everyone,
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???
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by mikendana:
Hello everyone,
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???
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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.

Factory system is hard-wired to the head unit, and will independantly source any audio (DVD, CD, cassette, tuner, or aux device) to the headphones, with the same or another source routed to the van speakers.

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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???
 

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DVD player with 7" LCD flip-down screen. Different head unit, hard-wired components (not FM modulation).

Also, when you get the RES you automatically get a cassette player (multi-hundred dollar upgrade from dealer).

The RES is only available on the EX-L, just like the NAVI. If you're looking at the LX you're SOL, my advice is to sign a PO to buy a EX-L ASAP, but keep that on the QT, OK?



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<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>
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.
 

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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??

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The dealer charged us around $1480 for hte IVES system. While this is more than the HandA deal that comes with the playstation, there were two advantages to going with the dealer. One is that it included installation. I read on the forum once that Circuit City would do the install for around $250. The other reason is that if the dealer does the work, it is covered by the extended warranty. I felt that this was a big plus given the highly mechanical nature of the VCP unit.
 

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<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??

Dana
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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).

With many other systems (including IVES?) I believe you could be stringing various cables from the front of the van to the back. It is much cleaner with the factory RES system.

FWIW, they have portable VCRs that run directly off of the 12 volt hookup if you are dead-set on having VHS cabability. Just consider, DVDs will survive being inside of a vehicle much better than VHS tapes do, especially in the summertime.
 
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