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Old 02-28-2015, 07:33 PM   #1
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Newbie has question regarding retrofiting to LED TV and better speakers

Just purchased an 08' Itasca Sunova 29R. Typical orginal equipment setup up front. Three cabinets. Left cabinet over drivers seat has the hookup for the satellite box. Center is the old style square TV mounted behind a wood panel. Right cabinet has the inverter and coach control box and a combo DVD player/VHS player. I have purchased a 32" LED TV and will be removing the old (heavy) TV and the DVD/VHS player. Will probably mount the new TV externally on the frame the previous TV sat behind. There are two speakers left and right the radio uses, however they don't produce a very good sound. I have looked at models on the internet that the same year/make, etc as my unit. I note that some people have done the TV retrofit and mounted external speakers on (Bose type) pedestals on the left and right of the cabinets on driver/passenger sides. I plan to purchase a new blue ray DVD player and dont' plan to replace the DVD/VHS player (would never use the VHS). It appears I would need some type of amplifier to power the speakers. Would be using an HDMI connection from the blue ray player to the TV, of course. Have any of you retrofitted your MHs in such a manner. Would I need to purchase a receiver to power the (Bose-style) speakers? And of course, the controller that would sent the blue ray signal to the rear TV does not have HDMI connections.
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I priced a cable to go from a RCA port on my DVD to a HDMI port on my TV and found the cost at $70. I opted for a newer DVD. As for the speakers, I prefer an external Amp and when listening to music on Direct/Dish once I get the music tuned in I can turn off the TV.
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:56 PM   #3
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Try using a sound bar if u could fit one they have a built in amp and some come with a sub woofer and sound as good as old school stereos
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:58 PM   #5
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Hi,

The Blu Ray player will power the speakers.
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nix the BlueRay player as an answer.

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The Blu Ray player will power the speakers.
Combination receiver/BlueRay players will power external speakers. I haven't seen a BlueRay player that will power speakers directly.
The idea of a sound bar if mountable is excellent idea. Wish I had thought of them when I wired up my Winnebago Brave. Plus, they are available with wireless woofers and the woofers can power separate rear channel speakers for true 5.1 sound system.
Also, most TVs will have a VGA or RGB input that will accept the RCA output connections from your VHS Player if needed.
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X2, look into a sound bar
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:22 AM   #8
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I just did this upgrade. I used a Mor/Ryde mount that allows theTV to move forward and swivel. The bottom aiming speakers can be heard better. Backup plan is to put a ZVOX 220 in the left side cabinet since this cabinet is usually open anyhow for control of the electronic. I have a ZVOX 570 at home and really like it.
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I removed the CRT TV from my rig in 2013. I cut a piece of 1/2" plywood and mounted it using a couple of 2X4s, (to each side of the box). I used a flat TV mount to attach the 32" LED TV to the plywood. The sound was not so good on the JVC TV that I bought so, I bought a Phillips sound bar and mounted it inside the box below the TV, (the only brand that would fit in the box). The sub-woofer sits behind the TV. We usually only use the sound-bar when watching a movie. The TV has good enough sound for the news. I can also play music from my phone using the sound-bar. I had to fabricate a new frame around the TV. Think it looks good and I'm happy with it.

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I have a 2004 Winnebago Sightseer with the same arrangement. I put a 32" Samsung TV in that area. I too used 3/4" plywood to hold an articulating TV mount. Took a day to do. I had to modify the wood facia to fit the TV.
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Thank, your setup looks exactly like mine. Did you use the existing DVD player or go to a blue ray? Did you have to add an HD to analogue conversion unit between the TV and the RV controller? Sound for TV adequate, or did you add a sound bar?
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Went with blue ray. New TV don't require a conversion. I did upgrade the antenna to one more enable to digital. Not a requirement though. Your antenna should work
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Pardon the Grammer in my last post. Darn phone has a mind of its own.
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