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Patio TV

by saulsteam / August 7, 2008 9:37 AM PDT

I am looking to put a +- 42" flat screen outside. Obviously in an area that is protected from the element.

My question is what would be the best type of TV to use? Plasma w/anti glare or LCD? Are there specific specs that I should look for?

Thanks for your input.

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Someone else wants to do the samething...
by givemeaname / August 7, 2008 10:18 AM PDT
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One brand advertises its sets specifically for outdoors.
by NM_Bill / August 9, 2008 4:09 AM PDT
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For bigger bucks, of course.

If truly protected from the elements ( & that would be substantial because we get some real wind driven rain occasionally) I tilee would opt for an LCD because it has substantially more brightness power considering its location.

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Outside/Patio TV
by brucemichael / October 1, 2008 5:34 AM PDT
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I'm looking to do the same thing.
My research tells me that LCD is the way to go due to low level of light refection. But then again I've recently noticed the price level of Plazma tv's plumiting and then there's the worry of it getting it stolen outside so you don't want to spend too much (well for me anyhow) I'd be interested in how you're going with the whole idea?
Oh another hint from a TV tech. If you're having trouble with signal loss, try using "Cat 5" computer cable for your AV leads, if you're handy you can make some up yourself!

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outdoor tvs
by sirroundsound / October 2, 2008 11:54 AM PDT
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(NT) If theft is a real concern, TV for outdoors should be nixed
by NM_Bill / October 2, 2008 1:42 PM PDT
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outdoor TVs
by bevillan / October 3, 2008 1:32 AM PDT
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That Pantel link posted is a good place to start. I wouldn't trust a regular LCD HDTV in an outdoor enviroment, even on a covered patio. Water moisture in the air can really mess with a TV's internals and if you live in somewhere hot where temps will get up to 100F you might fry its cooling system.

Is your patio air conditioned? That would help.

Otherwise you are looking at brands like Pantel that charge $3000 for a 20" display.

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