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04-16-2007 01:13 PM
sailingdog Also, be aware that the ATSC, over-the-air, HD tuners often will receive far more stations than the older NTSC tuners did, as most television stations will have two or more HD channels. The local PBS affiliate here in Boston has four channels, and its sister station has two you have six channels of PBS television instead of just the two.
04-16-2007 01:10 PM
hellosailor "Can you still get signals from an antenna? (if so how many channels?) "
Both analog TV and HDTV are *broadcast* television and can be received with an antenna. I call "cable" cable, because it isn't broadcast television.

Anyone buying a TV now should be aware that in Feb. 2009, analog TV as we know it will end. It all goes off the air and only HDTV will be broadcast.

IIRC New sets manufactured since last(?) month must all be able to receive HDTV now, there has been a phase-in requirement based on size, and some older analog-only stuff will be in the pipeline still, so be careful about what you buy and what it can do.

In theory there will be lots of converter boxes, priced around $50, to convert the new HDTV broadcasts down so our many old analog TV's don't have to be thrown out. But if you are buying something NOW...might as well look for something with both HD and analog tuners built into it, so there's one less box to screw around with. (And most of the guys in most of the stores, are clueless about these differences.)

"HD capable" "HD ready"...There are lots of buzzwords, most of them mean "you'll need to buy an HD tuner", caveat emptor.
04-16-2007 01:00 PM
sailingdog Very true Cam, but there are still plenty of ones on the market that were built without an ATSC tuner, even if they are technically HD-capable units. The only two I've found that were less than 26" were a Spectre unit, and a Sharp unit IIRC.
04-16-2007 12:42 PM
camaraderie In the US...all TV's must now be built with a built in ATSC tuner...but that was only as of 3/1 so there are still a bunch of non ATSC sets on the market. Standard analog TV broadcasting is set to go away by then end of 2009 so you need an ATSC tuner for sure at that point!
04-16-2007 07:51 AM
sailingdog If you're sailing near the US, it is pretty important to get a HDTV that has an ATSC tuner, since you can't have cable TV connected to the boat out at anchor, and most people aren't springing for the expense and weight of a gyro-stabilized satellite system. Most HDTVs smaller than 26" do not have a tuner built-in.
04-16-2007 07:38 AM
This one has DVD too.

Just saw this one at Futureshop:

Seems like a good price ($600 CDN) for an 26" HD capable LCD TV and it has a builtin DVD player too. Doesn't have DC capability but I have an old TV with DC capability on the boat now and I find I always run it off the AC (shore power or inverter) because it is too much trouble to switch the power cords at the back of the TV for DC.

04-15-2007 09:21 AM
teshannon I'm going through a similar search. Do your homework, even within good brands some models get poor reviews. Look for trends in reviews, not individual reviews. Weight and mounting location are a consideration for me. I'd like the thru bolt it and that seems to be dictating an articulating arm mount for me. Right now I'm probably going to buy a Sony Bravia 26 inch model. Good luck.
Tom Shannon
04-15-2007 06:49 AM
DC Flat panel setup

We use a SyncMaster system with a Tuner built in. The tuner isn't worth much outside the states because our only TV system option in US or Japan and NZ/Australia doesn't work. Even if you don't want TV make sure you get a LCD with AV inputs as well as a PC input. We hook our DVD player (Sony vertical) that runs off 10.5 volts so I added two diodes off our DC-DC regulated supply and all is good. Make sure you use a DC-DC stabilizer, I know others who don't use the monitor while charging and skip the voltage regulation. We also have a small DVD player that we can use in the cockpit, for KT doing Yoga/Aerobics, runs off 12 volts, and we can plug it into the big monitor if we want the size (and can stand the heat below).

Don't use the laptop as a DVD player, especially if it is your navigation computer. In the tropical climates it over heats and causes early failure. We had 5 boats lose their computers in one week in the heat of the Marshall Islands. Make sure you have good airflow, invest in a laptop cooling pad. Passive cooling is fine, a USB fan driven cooler is better but noisier.

Most chart tables have a small bulkhead between it and the saloon. I built a simple swivel that includes a stainless rod, drilled into a hole in the back of the chart table. It goes up to a small block with a slit, that is screwed into the mounting holes on the back of the TV (just match the screw threads which are usually metric). The bottom two bolts have wing nuts that tighten and hold the TV in place. This way I can pivot it toward the chart table for use with the computer, or to the saloon for the DVD player. You can also buy open frame LCD kits with the all controllers on the back from Earth LCD which you can mount in some nice wooden displays. I put mine in a metal picture frame and bolted it to the chart table bulkhead. click here for photo of the LCD mount (the picture frame LCD is in the lower left).

Don't forget a good car stereo (without a removable faceplace) with an Aux or MP3 headphone input and you've got a full "boat theater" system (Don't forget the IPOD).
09-30-2006 07:00 PM
sailingdog kerryt-

they do make DC-to-DC stabilized power supplies that output more than 12v... If you are interested, I can see if my friend can tell me what make/model he has on his boat.
09-25-2006 01:29 AM
kerryt Go to for a 12v DC voltage stabilizer. Bought one and it works great directly off 12v house battery power to my smaller LCD TV in aft stateroom. Larger LCD in Salon power requirement is greater than 12v. SOL..............
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