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Old 09-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #15
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Best TV Recommendation? None! As in "Unplug Yourself!" If you must, get a decent notebook computer and pull stuff down off the internets. Works for DVD's too.
Along this line you can also get a TV tuner for your laptop. I am much more likely to spend time on my computer than watch TV. Downloading video allows me to access content I want to watch rather than being programmed by a brain dead network.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:22 PM   #16
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Indeed. I don't watch much broadcast TV, mostly movies and internet streaming, like netflix. With Verizon I have decent internet access near most large highways, good TV reception? Not so much. Plus commercials rot your brain!
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:24 PM   #17
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Along this line you can also get a TV tuner for your laptop. I am much more likely to spend time on my computer than watch TV. Downloading video allows me to access content I want to watch rather than being programmed by a brain dead network.
You do pay for the stuff you download right? Some of us make a living making that stuff and would appreciate it not simply being stolen.
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:55 PM   #18
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I get my TV's from Costco they carry the smaller Samsungs. Costco doubles the warranty to two years and I think for $29 you get a no questions asked three year warranty on the cheaper TVs. Good thing to have with a trailer TV. They also have a regular 60 day no questions asked return policy. I took back 3 Samsung Smart TV's that weren't very smart, the picture was great but they would not contact to the Samsung server.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:45 PM   #19
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Robert and Laura,

I should also say that when we run our TV we are also running our Sat. Receiver for Dish TV. Since the Sat Receiver only runs on AC their's no point in having a 12V/110 AC TV for us. As well it turns out that a single 100 watt cigarette lighter inverter easily runs the TV and Dish sat receiver.

As to the comment about Vizio not being able to pickup thru the air channels well, we would not know because we use Dish TV, really marvelous when we're out in remote places, the typical situation for us.

As to clarity of image, the Vizio seems as good as any TV we own or have owned. It has been riding in our Scamp for about 25,000 miles and has survived well.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:15 PM   #20
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I've pretty much given up finding a 12V TV that meets my demanding specs. Few seem to have modern connection ports (DVI/HDMI) and none that I've found have true HD (1920x1080 native) LCD panels. Most top out around 1366x768, they may say "HD ready" or 1080P capable. But they just will take that signal and resize it to the lower resolution of the panel's native resolution.

Many people can't tell the difference, many may see it and not care. But for the picky home theater types out there, 110V may be the only option at this point.

So glad to hear they are not bad energy hogs with a decent inverter.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:36 PM   #21
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I've pretty much given up finding a 12V TV that meets my demanding specs. Few seem to have modern connection ports (DVI/HDMI) and none that I've found have true HD (1920x1080 native) LCD panels. Most top out around 1366x768, they may say "HD ready" or 1080P capable. But they just will take that signal and resize it to the lower resolution of the panel's native resolution.

Many people can't tell the difference, many may see it and not care. But for the picky home theater types out there, 110V may be the only option at this point.

So glad to hear they are not bad energy hogs with a decent inverter.
I haven't seen anyone mention or imply a "Decent" inverter is in use?
I will bet only cheaper ones are?
I can say from experience that the better the inverter the better the image quality though as you offer hardly anyone else can discern this.
The sets already have inverters built-in to power the screen illumination so that is not where the difference really is but the rest of the set and the scaling circuits do seem to like better,cleaner power for sure.

I even have a small 200w Sine Wave model that makes a difference I can see.

Also there are almost no better quality 12vdc sets on the market and I bet it is because there is no market for them?
Cheaper seems to be the driving market factor not better.

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Old 09-24-2012, 07:22 PM   #22
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As I posted earlier, it's hard to beat less than $200 for a 24" screen with 1080P, a DVD player, and all the inputs you can dream of and, you don't need an inverter, just connect to the 12 volt power and go. Less than 3 amps for everything. And in a small screen, any slight loss of resolution isn't apparent, not for $200 anyway This does expire tonight I think:
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BTW: The above post about downloading didn't mention any free downloading was going on. We also pay <$8 a month and download a ton from netflix.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:13 PM   #23
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Be patient. If you can wait for Black Friday sales you will likely find a 19" near that size for under $100. I got a couple last year for $99 so I wouldn't be surprised some would be cheaper this year.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:54 PM   #24
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I found a 20 inch LED TV for less than $200 at Sam's Club. It's supposed to only use 23 watts. If you read the the specs, the power consumption is usually listed in the fine print.

For boon-docking, a LED model is probably going to have the lowest power consumption. But some LED's use less power than others.
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If you are shopping for flat screens in a store, just look at tle back of the set. It's mandatory that power consumpion be stated on the back of the set, either on a sticker or molded into the case.

The now sold out, $170, 24' Haier, with it's dvd player running, pulls less than 35 watts and by running direct on 12 VDC, without the 120VAC power supply brick (or inverter losses), draws even less.
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We have never run our TVs on a sine wave inverter though I know owners of them swear by them. However I will say I can see no difference in picture quality between our 'cheap' cigarette lighter inverters and running the TV on the standard AC line, the primary sine wave source.

The only TV interference we've ever seen is from one of the computer's chargers and has nothing to do with inverters.
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Phillips PET749, 7.5 inch tv/dvd hdtv digital tuner.. Small but easy to put away
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Naxa 19" 12V/AC from Amazon (I think it was a little over $200). Built in DVD which remembers your place if you stop/start later.
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