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06-20-2013 11:22 AM
Re: Marine LCD TV

I would say that when the admiral and I do watch the TV it is typically movies on our Mac that we downloaded from Itunes. Sometimes a dvd. We have an HDMI cable from our Mac connected to the TV. We have tried to stream movies through the Internet, that never works.
06-20-2013 11:16 AM
Re: Marine LCD TV

We have a 24" Haier HLC24XSL2 LED LCD TV/DVD which uses an external "brick" AC power supply and is perfectly happy to run directly on ship's 12V. The similar 24XK2 model has fluorescent backlight (and a built-in AC supply), but the XSL2 is LED backlight, thinner, and as noted above, 12VDC input. It's mounted on a VideoSecu ML20B slim non-articulated VESA mount, and the entire TV+mount extends less than 3" from the wall. This did involve sourcing a bunch of right-angle connectors and adapters (F59, RCA, VGA, HDMI and shaving the molded hood off a USB).

We can (and do) also watch DVDs on the laptop (and have to do so, for Blu-Ray), but it's convenient (and more power efficient) on rainy days to just slip a DVD into the TV for our 6yo daughter to watch.

The Haier has the usual VGA input (which is connected to the Raymarine E120 and makes for an impressive moving-map display for guests (with no buttons or knobs to mess with as the chartplotter can remain hidden under its sun cover), HDMI input (for putting the laptop's Blu-Ray on the bigger screen, aux Audio Out (piped into the Sony stereo for better sound - the only weak point on the Haier would be its sound /speaker quality), both analog and ATSC digital tuner.

It also has a few other "neat" features only a geek (of which I'm unashamed of being) could love, such as a USB input to view photos, movies and slideshows off a thumb drive (with a short USB extension cable to make it accessible from the front when the set flush-mounted against a bulkhead) and (!) the ability to record and pause DTV programs on said USB drive (never tried that, but you never know).

Aside from the occasional DVD, our main use of "off-the-air" reception has been the local station's continuous weather subchannel, for their weather radar image when conditions have gotten ugly.

I had looked at the various "marine" and "truckers" 12V offerings, but most were smaller and/or significantly more expensive.
06-19-2013 08:45 PM
Re: Marine LCD TV

We still have supply of 12V tellies in NZ. This is one example

Products - Burnsco Marine and Leisure

This is a 22", we have a 28" with built in DVD made by Sharp Electronics - we don't want the hassle of an antenna and only use ours to watch the odd movie - runs directly off the house bank, no bricks, no issues.
06-19-2013 08:19 PM
Re: Marine LCD TV

If you have internet access, you can use a laptop and stream all the live movies anyone can imagine, and there are several sites that provide the movies for free. and both come to mind, the best deal for movies on crackle.

While in the Florida Keys, a place where there is no network TV available, that laptop was a great source of evening entertainment and a good way to get away from all the books I read more than once.

Good Luck,

06-19-2013 07:49 PM
Re: Marine LCD TV

This is how we mounted our tv with a swing arm. The Admiral created a nice canvas nautical looking cover. Looks much nicer than a TV hanging on the wall. We used hook and loop to keep the TV from swinging out.


06-19-2013 12:57 PM
Re: Marine LCD TV

Originally Posted by jimgo View Post
Good point. No, actually they don't complain about the small DVD player screen. It might be OK for just them. But if my wife and/or I want to watch, too, then the screen is too small.
Ah, got it. That's where we diverge. The hour that our boy will be occupied by the iPad is a precious hour for us indeed. We'll be on deck having a beer.
06-19-2013 12:38 PM
Re: Marine LCD TV

Good point. No, actually they don't complain about the small DVD player screen. It might be OK for just them. But if my wife and/or I want to watch, too, then the screen is too small.
06-19-2013 11:50 AM
Re: Marine LCD TV

If it's really "just for the kids" then I don't see how something portable--like an iPad--would not work just fine. Do they complain about the portable DVD being hard to watch? Kids these days probably watch more movies on portable devices than on actual TVs (not that that's good thing).

We downloaded a few kids shows and movies onto our iPad for our 4 year old, which we use when traveling on a plane and are not opposed to him watching it on the boat. At his age, he needs some downtime each day, so it can be a nice way to encourage him to rest for an hour or so after many hours in the sun and water. I can't imagine feeling the need to hang a flat screen TV just for the kids to watch sometimes.
06-19-2013 10:44 AM
Re: Marine LCD TV

When the TV that the PO installed on our boat died, we opted to replace it with a Samsung LED LCD TV. The TV was razor thin and lightweight, but the best part was it only drew a few amps.
06-19-2013 10:31 AM
Re: Marine LCD TV

We have a HD TV/ DVD Combo Samsung 24" very similar to the Proscan one I linked. We mainly use it to watch movies on the hook from our home collection, We also have a Netflix dvd home postal service for $10 a month and have 2 latest DVDs at all times. Last weekend we watched Lincoln on board for instance from 11 -1 AM. We can also upload from our I pad as it has an HDMI input too.

As far a TV we rarely watch that except occasional news and like Minnie Sunday AM shows. Its nice to have when traveling for 3 weeks and also its our second home so why not.

We plug ours into the inverter and it uses 1 amps per hour. You can buy a cheap 1000 w inverter to plug into a 12V outlet.

Not necessary to bolt it onto a wall as they are slim flat screens and we have ours on an articulating arm so we can change its position. The TV has a cover made of Naugahide by my wife and can be flattened the TV/ arm against the wall and hooked into an eye holder to keep it in place where it doesn't move 1 cm.

We also have a high gain Glomar Antennae on our radar pole on the hoop above the radar. We have gotten all HD stations from Philly and NY when anchored in Barnegat Bay easily

Proscan 24" 1080p LED HDTV/DVD Player Combo | h.h. gregg

Glomex TV Antenna Kit
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