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Old 11-02-2008, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Replaced Pleasure-Way Plateau TV with new HDTV

With the digital change over coming we decided to replace our old TV with a new digital HDTV instead of installing a converter box. Thiswas prompted by the fact that our Concept DVD player quit playing and also needed replacing.

The old Samsung TV is actually a computer monitor with a built in TV Tuner. Although it is an LCD it is still analog and needed a converter box. The screen was also more square than current HDTV standards. It was precisely built into the cabinet and there was no way we would ever find a suitable replacement that could fit nicely into the existing opening.

The old TV with separate Concept DVD player above.



To remove the old TV you have to remove a plywood cover at the bottom of the cabinet by removing 4 Robertson screws and then we could unscrew the TV mount by reaching up and removing two wing nuts on 1/4" machine screws that held the TV to a plywood mount.



This is the back of the removed TV showing the two screws that attached it to the mount and the other connections. As you can see Pleasure-Way created an elaborate custom plywood mounting system to attach the TV. Workmanship of the cabinet was precise and superb.



Inside the opening you can see the plywood bracket built in. You can see the 400W inverter on the left that the TV plugs in to. The little red box directly behind the brace is the antenna amplifier I believe. I didn't do anything with it.



We re-used the brace but drilled two new holes for mounting an adjustable wall TV arm with two new 1/4" x 1-1/2" long machine screws and re-using the two wing nuts along with a washer and lock washer. The adjustable arm can swing out so you can turn the TV around or left and right tilt or adjust its up and down tilt. You just have to make sure the arm you use will fit in the opening. We installed the new TV on the arm and plugged in the coaxial cable and speaker connection. The power plugs into the existing 400W inverter inside the cabinet so it can run on 120V or 12V. We left the DVD player (red, white, yellow) connections alone as they were no longer necessary.



The new TV we installed was a TrueTech 19" HDTV with a built-in DVD player that we bought at Target when it was on sale for $269. It probably isn't the best TV in the world but it works and solved two problems easily. We left the Concept DVD player alone for now just to plug the cabinet hole since it would have also been a pain to get to anyway. We could add a new DVD player or just a CD/Radio in the future if we choose.



We get a lot more channels with the new setup where we are at home compared to our old TV so we hope that portends a promising future. The Wineguard amplifier is needed or you get nothing. The Wineguard batwing antenna works. The new TV also scans for channels which allows you to narrow down the clicker to only found channels. Also, the remote works for both TV and DVD so two remotes are no longer needed. One more bonus. The inverter has two plugs. We now have access to it to use it for charging batteries, etc., without needing the 12V adapters. The mounting arm seems substantial enough with hand tightening knobs to hold the TV steady but if it proves otherwise we may stretch a bungie cord across connecting to two concealed eye hooks inside the cabinet.

The whole job including a quick trip to the hardware store for the two screws and washers took about 2 hours.

We are now ready for February 2009.
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Old 11-03-2008, 04:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Replaced Pleasure-Way Plateau TV with new HDTV

I too purchased a new HDTV - kept it a few days then took it back to the store. Decided that I didn't need to spend more $s for something that I already have. (I've found that I don't really watch much TV while on the road - and, it's usually a DVD anyway).

I installed a (govt sponsored) converter box that has an analog pass-thru - the whole set-up (TV/DVD Player/Box) works very well - doesn't take-up anything but already empty space and I don't have any problem with another remote.

Good for you tho - bet you'll enjoy the new TV.
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Old 11-03-2008, 08:47 PM   #3
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Several things. As I explained I needed a new DVD player as well as a converter box to make the old TV fully work. The second is I have seen digital broadcast on a wider screen vs the letterbox of the picture and feel you get more bang for your buck with a wider ratio screen than the old analog 4/3rds standard. Also wide screen DVDs look better as well. I upgraded from a 17" to a 19" monitor. The converter box will enable you to see digital on an analog monitor but you won't get true HDTV reception.

Despite all that, we too watch little TV on the road. I usually can only tolerate catching a local weather forecast and a little bit of news. It will probably be used for DVDs on inclement days.
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Default Re: Replaced Pleasure-Way Plateau TV with new HDTV

Thanks for posting your modification Davydd. I'd like to see more Pleasure-Way mods posted on this forum.

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...................... One more bonus. The inverter has two plugs. We now have access to it to use it for charging batteries, etc., without needing the 12V adapters........
That is a bonus. The inverter looks like it might be large enough to charge a laptop.
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It should. It is a 400W inverter. Of course you would be draining one battery for the other. Kind of like robbing Peter to pay Paul.

I may take the old monitor and set it up with my laptop in my home office. It might be good for CAD work having the drawing surface on one monitor and the tools on the other. Same with Photoshop work. Being a computer monitor was the original intent of Samsung. Since it had a built-in TV tuner the B van converters adopted it for a TV.
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Default Re: Replaced Pleasure-Way Plateau TV with new HDTV

Davydd,

Since our DVD player isn't working right, we're going to have to make this change too. Took it to Best Buy the other day to have an installer (the repair guys often know so much more than the sales staff) suggest what we could do, and he basically threw up his hands. He didn't know, they didn't have anything that would fit. Even though the pictures have been removed (grrr), your descriptions are so clear it's easy to understand exactly what and how you achieved this fine result. We'll pursue that.
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