TV in Cabin

Discussion in 'Classic Sea Rays' started by DavePant, Nov 11, 2019.

  1. DavePant

    DavePant Member

    Aug 5, 2019
    1989 270 Amberjack
    5.7L Twin
    I was thinking of what TV I want to install in my 270 Amberjack. I am trying to find a bluetooth TV that has external storage and will fit my spot fully. I think I am going to need like a 28"-ish . However I am having a hard time finding a 12V version. I was thinking maybe it is better to just get a normal 120V and use a small inverter to run it?
  2. Phasma

    Phasma Phasma2128

    Sep 17, 2016
    West Michigan
    2003 360 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1s Horizon
    Go to a fireTv and add a usb thumb drive. You won’t have to worry about getting a smart tv
  3. DavePant

    DavePant Member

    Aug 5, 2019
    1989 270 Amberjack
    5.7L Twin
    Sounds good but I am more wondering about using an inverter since LED TVs do not use much power or just going with a standard 12V tv.
  4. bobeast

    bobeast Dance the Tide SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 22, 2017
    Isleton, CA
    2002 310DA
    350 MPI w/V-drives
    Inverter will work but would be terribly inefficient. The TV internals likely run on between 12 and 19 Vdc. so you would effectively be converting 12V -> 120V -> 12-19V which losses at each stage. Start by looking for TVs with external power bricks. Then research each one to find one with a brick that outputs 12Vdc.

    While the TV may not be advertised as 12V, if that's what the brick outputs, you should be able to bypass the brick and wire directly to your boat's DC. Even if the brick outputs 19VDC, you can get a DC - DC converter on Amazon to drop it to 12V. That would still be much more efficient than the inverter route.

    As @Pasma mentioned, I wouldn't worry too much about a "Smart" TV. It will be obsolete 5 minutes after you buy it. Instead, go with a Fire stick, Android TV box, or even an Apple TV converted to 12V. That way you can change sources as the technology or your whims change.
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  5. DavePant

    DavePant Member

    Aug 5, 2019
    1989 270 Amberjack
    5.7L Twin
    Ahh yes I did not think of that! I will look into finding a TV with a power supply built into the cord that converts 120 -> 12v then just plug it into 12v.
  6. Mike sandor

    Mike sandor Active Member

    Jul 28, 2017
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    2007 320 Sundancer
    Twin 496. Bravo 3
    2018 3500 Chevy, Loadmaster trailer
    Raymarine Axiom, Quantum 2
    496 Mercruiser/Bravo III drives
    Rodger that on the battery bricks in line. I put a Samsung in my 320 with a brick output voltage of 19 volts. Bought a small 12 to 19 volt step up transformer. Been working for the last 2 seasons with out issue. Check your needed wattage . The stand alone cd used a brick as well, but the output voltage was at 12. I don’t believe the larger flat screens use a in line ac to dc adapter.
  7. Henry Boyd

    Henry Boyd Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 24, 2007
    Newburyport, on the peaceful and serene Merrimack
    ‘09 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express “Serenity”
    Volvo D6 w/IPS450 Pods
    That's exactly what I did for our 280. I went the cheap route and used one of the Best Buy house brand / Insignia tvs.

    When I did the TV for the new boat I went with the AC option as we have a built in inverter/charger and a big house battery bank. It is less efficient but our tv viewing habits make watching tv while without shore power infrequent. Basically in any location where we would be on the hook tv reception would be non existent anyways.

  8. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Well-Known Member

    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI Gen VI with V drives
    Don't forget computer monitors too. You only need a TV if you are going to have an antenna and receive over the air stations. I have a monitor with a roku hooked to it in one of the cabins. Works great. (wifi needed)
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