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Old 08-22-2005, 02:18 PM
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After five years, I finally killed the 13" Quasar TV/VCR in my Formula 382 this weekend. Tough little bugger - even though it is more or less in two pieces it still works!

Anyway - It looks like I can fit a 15" LCD with side-mounted speakers. The Sharp Aquos LC-15B2UA ($400-$700) is 19" wide and 12" high, the Sharp LC-15B6U-S is about an inch wider at $414, and a Sanyo unit that Wal-Mart had for about $300 looks to be about the same size-wise.

What do I need to look for? Do all these units have tuners and remote controls? How hard is it to hook up a basic DVD player? (Wal-Mart had those for $37...) I'm not looking for home theater here - just a good durable package that won't take NASA to install it, and will hold up.
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Old 08-22-2005, 02:24 PM
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After five years, I finally killed the 13" Quasar TV/VCR in my Formula 382 this weekend. Tough little bugger - even though it is more or less in two pieces it still works!

Anyway - It looks like I can fit a 15" LCD with side-mounted speakers. The Sharp Aquos LC-15B2UA ($400-$700) is 19" wide and 12" high, and a Sanyo unit that Wal-Mart had for about $300 look to be about the same size-wise.

What do I need to look for? Do all these units have tuners and remote controls? How hard is it to hook up a basic DVD player? (Wal-Mart had those for $37...) I'm not looking for home theater here - just a good durable package that won't take NASA to install it, and will hold up.
I think your on the right track with staying in the "disposable" market. Find what you like and order on-line.
With that said what the heck are you doing watching TV in the cabin anyways!
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Default Re: The annual "What flatscreen TV.....?" post

Search thru ebay for mobile electronics. I got a 19" flat-panel Monitor/TV with tuner, speakers, PnP, and input from computer so I can run my navigation stuff on something bigger than laptop. Also found a lot of choices for 12V VCR's, DVD's etc. There are probably even more choices now.

Also check out www.tigerdirect.com--the have some greatmounting systems and good prices as well.

I want to get one of those satellite antenna's that you can mount in headliner like they put on Escalade at auto show last year.
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Look at the picture, esp in the corners. See what looks best to you.

I think the Zenith/ LG models are a great value.
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How do you feel about not mounting the tv, but keeping it in a padded case or wrapped in a blanket? It's not like you are going to be watching it while you're running anyway!

My laptop works well as a dvd player.
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Any tv that you get for a boat is a roll of the dice. If you get one that was made on a Friday then it won't last long, Wed then maybe you stand a chance. You last set was obviously made on a Wed

The Sharp is a good set and we have put some LG/Zeniths in tough environments and they have worked well.....

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http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=SHLC20B6US

best price on the 20 lcd free shipping
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I have the 15' version of this one and it has been great, even in the ocean it took a beating and still works great. http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=PNTC11LV1
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I like the idea of a DVD/flatscreen combo. Seems like a small amount to pay for a cleaner installation. I'll keep shopping and watching ebay.
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