For Your Viewing Pleasure

Posted: February 1, 2013  |  Tag: Electronics

By: John Temple

I am trying to decide what kind of TVs to buy for my boat. What type of TV is good for boats?
On our Carver 390, we have two TVs, one each in the most common places boaters put them. One is in the salon; the other is on the sundeck. In the salon, we are still using the built-in TV, which is an old cathode ray tube (CRT) model. I look forward to replacing it with an LCD TV that will swing out to give me space behind it for storage. Nothing fancy, but it will look fine.

There are big advantages to LCD TVs: low cost, light weight and a smaller footprint, to name a few. My strategy is to go low cost with fairly good quality. For outside, you want to note the NITS, which is the measurement of the TV’s brightness. LCD and LED work differently to produce the screen’s brightness, but an LCD with good or great backlighting brightness can be viewable when it’s in a bright environment.

I bought a TV for our aft deck at Radio Shack. I basically bought the size I wanted at the cheapest price. If it breaks, I’ll just buy a new one. It has both a SAT connection and an antenna, and it has a digital tuner. Those are the features to make sure you have. Our TV is kept “outside,” though the deck is enclosed, and has continued to work for a few years. I do take the TV, still connected to its wires, and put it on a lounge chair while we are running, which reduces vibration, and I cover it with towels to keep the salt air off it. For sound, I use an inexpensive, made-for-a-PC speaker system with a cheap subwoofer. It actually sounds good and works well,even after several years.

Our deck TV is HD, at 720 Hz. The main system we use is a non-HD satellite system; however, I can plug in an antenna and receive broadcast HDTV when we are at the dock at our marina. I gotta be able to see those football games in HD when possible.

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