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Looking into a flat screen TV/DVD combo for my 77 Ericson 29. Any recommendations? I looked at West Marine's TVs, but was wondering if a normal flat screen would work. Only care to use it when in the marina and then will have shore power.

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I had a 15" flat screen but i just chaned it out for one of these
Insignia™ 22" Class / 1080p / 60Hz / LED-LCD HDTV : Insignia
I use an in-dash mounted 12 volt DVD so i didn't need the DVD built in the TV. I would recommend something that has a 12 volt hook up. it is nice to be able to watch a movie or check out the weather while at anchor. The TV above and a lot of others use a "brick" to knock the 120 volt plug in down to 12 volts and all you have to do is get a straight jack from radio shack and bybass the brick
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Justin,

I did a fair amount of consumer research on the topic just 5-months ago and bought this one: Amazon.com: Toshiba 22LV610U 22-Inch 720p LCD TV with Built in DVD Player, Black: Electronics

My requirements were pretty much the same as yours. It also comes in a 19" size if that is preferable. Very low power consumption (65W and 60W respectively) allow you to run it from batteries with an inexpensive (but good quality) inverter (and of course an antenna - when off the dock).

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Thank you both for the fast responses! I'll look into both.

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We have a 19" Insignia FS with built in DVD in the forward stateroom and a 26" Insignia FS in the main salon..............good units for the $$

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I moved the boat to Canada and solved the TV problem. No local broadcast or reception in most of Canada, what there is can be recieved with an old B&W TV from the 1940's.

But I am thinking it would be nice to upgrade the DVD to a Blu-Ray system ideally running off 12volts but inverters are so cheap I can't see 12v being cost effective.

The nice thing about these HD set ups is how close you should sit to the screen, most people used to old B&W CRTs sit much further back than they need to. When we only had the equivalent of a few pixels you had to sit way back to see the image. Now I could watch a 35" screen in the boat even though I can get no more than about 4 or 5 feet from it. Of course I haven't figured out how to mount or store such a large screen but I like the idea when watching movies on a laptop or our old 19",

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The smaller the tv the less difference Blu-Ray will make. On a 26" or smaller I doubt you could tell the difference.

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I just bought a Venturer 17" LCD from Kmart with a claimed consumption of only 36 watts. Checked it with a meter and it is accurate. I suppose I could see if it will run off 12 volts but am driving it off a little 700w inverter.

It comes with an option to connect to a PC so will use that if I ever want a DVD to be displayed on the telly.

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Saw this yesterday

Was in Wally World yesterday. They had a 22" HD for 168 bucks, and with built in DVD player was 258. Didn't look at the power usage, but all of the LCD tv's use very little.

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I bought a a naxa from BUNDLEcity.com good price and good service 12 volt
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