Car Television

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  1. TSE macrumors 68030

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    MacRumors community, you have been good to me thus far! But I ask for more help! Thank you!

    So my 94 Safari Minivan currently has the stock 10" CRT crappo television.

    I have been looking on craigslist for a replacement, and have found one, but I was wondering....

    Since the switch from analog to digital, what are the items needed so that I can watch full television without hiccup while driving?
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I sure hope you mean so your passengers can watch TV while you're driving.
     
  3. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed, it would be insanely dangerous to watch TV while driving.
     
  4. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Of course he meant that. If there's any chance he doesn't say he meant that now, I'll be very surprised.
     
  5. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Haha I didn't even think of me watching TV while driving. :p
     
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    That is not the impression you made, but I'm glad to hear that it is not your intent.
     
  7. R94N macrumors 68020

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    Well, I'd assume some sort of more modern aerial to get the digital signal, perhaps....I have no idea tbh! XD
     
  8. GadgetGeek71 macrumors 6502

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    I watched a really good car race while driving up I-95...j/k

    Run your VHF tuner into a digital converter.
     
  9. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

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    What I meant was, was that will it get good signal while the car is moving? I remember back when I was really young whenever our van was in motion the signal it got was pretty terrible, but I am assuming with all the advances in technology there needs to be someway for it to get good signal while in motion.
     
  10. GadgetGeek71 macrumors 6502

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    You're still going to have reception issues on the analog side (antenna) of the converter while in motion. Once it converts to digital, it doesn't matter.
     
  11. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So if I got a cheap CRT TV, put it in the car with a converter box, I would still have problems vs. getting an expensive LCD/already digital television?
     
  12. GadgetGeek71 macrumors 6502

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    Unless you have the right (expensive) setup, yes you'll still have issues. If you install a VHF booster it will help. If you go the full digital route, you'll pay more, but you will be better off. That and if you decide to install a mobile sat. system, you'll have most of the set-up installed.
     
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    Another thing...do you have a CB radio with a linear amplifier? If so, that will play havoc on VHF frquencies. It's best to put an in-line linear/phase filter on the transmit line of the radio.
     
  14. TSE thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Alright. Thanks for the help thus far. No I don't have a CB radio.

    How much do you think it's going to total down to? Here is the list of what it seems like I need:

    -10" or smaller digital television, if it doesn't have an AC power adapter I need one
    -VHF signal booster
    -Antenna
     
  15. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    What is causing the problem while moving is the car is traveling threw dead zones and requires things to be messed with. You know how on rabbit ears we would have to adjust them for different stations and location in the house. In a moving car it is always changing.

    Now that the signal is digital you either have a strong enough one for a picture or you don't. There is no in-between.
     
  16. GadgetGeek71 macrumors 6502

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    It's like buying a car stereo system...all kinds of choices. I can't price you the TV but, A decent system should run you between $400 and $600.

    Do you have a AC-DC Inverter that will run everything? I don't know the specifics of the vehicle.

    A booster will run about $120
    A good antenna will cost about $150
    T.V. - That all depends on what you're looking for
     
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