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I ended up selling my htib as the speakers were a hair too large, woofer was ridiculously too large, price was right. That energy set looks tight, but of course the question is, how small is it? Is there a way I could use the existing woofer in the set? What would be a good spot for a woofer in a 30' boat?

Now since this thread was warmed back up, the thing I really came to say is, I'm seriously considering a projector. Hear me out... LED projectors are hitting the market, so hot expensive power hungry short-lived incandescent (or whatever) bulbs are out of the picture.

Check this:
Amazon.com: iSiVaL LED Mini HD Projector: Office Products
It's from isival, they have like two products including this one. It's basically 720P high def, but the brightness is nothing compared to a conventional projector. But for the spaces inside a boat, this machine might just be enough for what i need, to throw a 60 inch diagonal picture with just 30 watts. The brightness may be a deal breaker, but I'm very excited for the future of LEDs, and this has got me thinking of shipboard projector screens.

For a screen, would I fab my own with drapery backing, a dowel rod, and something to stretch it out? Buy some pre-made roll-up that mounts permanently to the overhead? I could be a real poseur and hank and tension the screen like a sail.

For sound, I'm coming to a conclusion that a receiver is out of the question. It comes with a mess of functionality that I don't need anyway. Audiophiles forgive me, but it seems that the best solution would be computer styles speakers, driven by 3.5mm jacks. I could pick up a 5.1 usb sound card, plug it into the laptop and rock out reasonably simply. I've been spending months looking for compact hdmi 12v marine receivers, or any 2 of the 4, and the search is a fool's errand. HDMI or DVI or even VGA straight to a monitor or projector and that's it. If I had unlimited time I'd run USB through the boat, to plug the laptop into all peripherals wherever I'm using it.

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Damn, tough call... I think you're best bet if being frugal is a decent laptop and go external display to a LCD of your choosing. Most new lappies have HDMI outs on them. I'd stay PC based for flexibility. Speakers are whatever works really, there are a ton of 5.1 systems out there...

Edit: I would not touch a projector, they are great in low light environments - not so much if day light is around...
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Issues with a projector, especially a mini LED one would mainly amount to light control of the room. The interior of a boat can be pretty bright with white fiberglass surfaces and windows. You would need complete light control for a projector setup. Secondly is the screen size compared to your seating distance, check THIS out to calculate what size screen you should have regardless of technology.

Specifications:

Frequency Response: Sat: 150Hz-23kHz; Subwoofer: 36Hz-180Hz +/- 3dB
Crossover Point: 3.5 kHz
Sensitivity: 88dB
Power Handling: Sat & Center: 240 Watts
Recommended Amplifier Power: 20 - 100 Watts RMS (Continous)
Impedance: 8-ohm compatible
Subwoofer Variable Low Pass Filter: 40Hz-150Hz
Tweeter: 0.5-inch (12.7mm) hyperbolic aluminum dome
Midrange: 2.5-inch (63.5mm) high-excursion aluminum cone
Woofer: 8-inch (20 cm) Injection molded cone with Ribbed Elliptical surround
Dimensions: Sat: 4.7 x 3.5 x 3.5in; Center: 3.5 x 5.9 x 3.5in; Subwoofer: 12.7 x 10.5 x 12.3in
Weight: Sat: 1.6 lbs; Center: 1.9 lbs; Subwoofer: 16 lbs

You can see the dimensions there, optimally you would have the port and the driver of the sub open to the cabin atmosphere but on a sailboat just getting it to fit anywhere would be a good start. do you have any interior pictures of your boat?
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Issues with PC/laptops and Blu-Ray DRM playback! I dropped an extra pile of buck$ in my laptop purchase (HP Mobile Workstation) to get a Blu-Ray writer/player... only to discover that there are now licensing issues with playback software (both Nero and Intervideo). It seems that there are no upgrades available to play many "new featured" discs. So if I were in your shoes, I would likely just grab the low-end Panasonic and be done.
(my home theater has a nice Sony BR player, but that's a different story).
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We live on our 33’ sailboat and spend at least half a year at anchor or on moorings. Although I don’t have a Blu-Ray, I do enjoy watching movies on our system. We have two TVs, a 22” LCD in the Salon and a 13” LCD in the berth. We ripped all our DVDs (over 400 of them) to AVI files and play them using a Brite-View 1080P HD player in the Salon and a Netgear media player in the berth. We connect our USB hard drives to the media players. For sound, I use RCA cables connected to our Aquatic AV auxiliary input. I use the Aquatic AV because of the IPod control and the RF remote. Connected to our stereo I use a Bazooka sub and 4 Polk mid range speakers and 4 Polk tweeters. This gives us great stereo sound.
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Connected to our stereo I use a Bazooka sub and 4 Polk mid range speakers and 4 Polk tweeters. This gives us great stereo sound.
Do you slowly cruise through the mooring field bumping hip-hop, all lounged out in the cockpit drinking 40s?
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Do you slowly cruise through the mooring field bumping hip-hop, all lounged out in the cockpit drinking 40s?
LOL!!!!

Actually the sub is great for movies.
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Blu-ray playback on a PC can be solved by using Cyberlink PowerDVD software. It updates over the internet to handle the newest blu-ray disks, I've never encountered a disk I couldn't play. That and Arcsoft are basically the only 2 pieces of software that work correctly.
Of course you need an HDCP compliant connection for blu-ray like HDMI. You can also use SlySoft AnyDVD HD which will decode the content protection on a blu-ray disk and play it over a VGA connection. You can also use it to rip blu-ray images to a hard drive for later playback if you have the space. Each rip is about 45GB. The AnyDVD software also automatically updates over the internet.
Newer projectors, especially the LCD models, don't really need to be used in a completely dark environment, they get brighter with every generation. Optimal viewing distance is 1.5 times the horizontal dimension of the screen, figure out your screen size from this based on your viewing distance then make sure the projector can throw that size image from your mounting location.
On our boat we use an LCD monitor. I have a mount where the swivel arm stays permanently attached to the monitor and slides into a bulkhead mounted bracket. We have a 15 inch monitor that swings into the companionway for use as a chartplotter, and a 24 inch 1080p monitor with the same bracket that can be swapped in and swings into the cabin to watch movies. Any monitor with an external power brick generally runs on 12v power, you can just wire it directly in to your DC panel.
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Do you slowly cruise through the mooring field bumping hip-hop, all lounged out in the cockpit drinking 40s?
Now that's funny right there!!
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Swivel in the bulkhead

I was recently in a yacht where hey had mounted an iMac 24 into the bulkhead and could swivel it within the large port between the dining area and the bedroom. While seated at the table you could work on stuff or swivel it around to the bedroom and watch movies while laying down. When not in use it could be lowered into the bulkhead. I thought it was shear genius. The computer could remain very protected from the elements while underway and then when on the hook simply rose up on demand. I'd copy and paste the link but I've been lurking w/out posting for a long time and therefore cannot. I'd love to mimic this one day as it suits our needs as well. Keep in mind the Kauana (our inspiration) cruises over half the year long. Love it!
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