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  • Just got my StarVision Pixelon! Need Power!

    I couldn't believe it when Mr. FedEx showed up this morning at my door.. On a Saturday of all days!!

    I was just beginning to wonder if they shipped it out yesterday and emailed me the tracking number yet, and here the friggin thing is showing up on my doorstep!

    You can believe I was very happy to see Mr. FedEx..

    I'll post some pics in a bit, after I head over to Radio Shack and get a power adapter..

    What kind do I need?

    The other thread said 12v, 1mA on page 20, but I find that hard to believe. The box clearly says 12v, 1a, and it consumes < 8W of power..

    So what do I need for this bad boy?


  • #2
    Originally posted by sq_geek
    The other thread said 12v, 1mA on page 20, but I find that hard to believe. The box clearly says 12v, 1a, and it consumes < 8W of power..

    So what do I need for this bad boy?

    If the box says 12v, 1a then get that or a little larger. 1ma wouldn't power a led light.
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    • #3
      Does this one look right?



      It says 12v, 1000mA, which I would assume equates to 1A.

      ????

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sq_geek
        Does this one look right?



        It says 12v, 1000mA, which I would assume equates to 1A.

        ????
        yes 1000ma = 1a
        [H]4 Life
        My next generation Front End is right on schedule.
        It will be done sometime in the next generation.
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        I am for hire!

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        • #5
          that should work in theory, but i have one, and it puts out 14.2 V according to my fluke multimeter

          I have heard similar reports elsewere. I dont know what the true voltage range for that bad boy (screen) is, just giving you a heads up.
          Cheap Laptop, great for Carputer!

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          • #6
            Well, the voltage range is stated on the box as well:

            Supports 11V DC~24V DC

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            • #7
              Originally posted by sq_geek
              Well, the voltage range is stated on the box as well:

              Supports 11V DC~24V DC
              well there you go
              [H]4 Life
              My next generation Front End is right on schedule.
              It will be done sometime in the next generation.
              I'm a lesbian too.
              I am for hire!

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              • #8
                14.5V on your fluke is probably the off load output, when you attach that monitor it will drop to around 12V.

                Craig
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by craigyb
                  14.5V on your fluke is probably the off load output, when you attach that monitor it will drop to around 12V.

                  Craig

                  fair 'nuff
                  Cheap Laptop, great for Carputer!

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                  • #10
                    OK, I got the adapter from Radio Shack. It's the 12v 1000mA adapter, for $17.99.

                    I cut off the tip and spliced in some butt-connectors that allow me to snap my LCD into the AC or into my car.

                    I must say I am very impressed with the screen. It could be a tad brighter, but I'm OK so far.. I have yet to put it in the car and see what it's like during sunlight....

                    The cables are not finicky one bit. I never had interference..

                    Compared to the Xenarc v1 (180cd/m2) it is brighter. I would also say it's a wee bit clearer. Sorry, can't compare to a Lilliput, as I don't have one.

                    The casing does seem very cheap looking, but it grows on you after a few minutes, and after seeing how nice the screen looks. The headrest shroud and remote work as expected. I haven't messed with the USB touchscreen yet, sorry.

                    Here's some pics.. I kept saying to myself "I'll post clearer pics than the other guys posted" but it just seems it's damn near impossible to get a good pic of an LCD with enough light to light up the case, and not too much light that it causes a glare.. *sigh*

                    The LCD itself is not blurry. It's very clear. These pics definitely do NOT do it justice.. I almost shouldn't even post them...


                    http://www.getrealmail.net/~ipvfletc...sp-7vgat-1.jpg
                    http://www.getrealmail.net/~ipvfletc...sp-7vgat-2.jpg

                    *56k beware*


                    All in all, I must say I am happy with it.. I hope it works out in my car and isn't too washed out from the sunlight... Time will tell.

                    $239 + CA tax + 2-day, $15 shipping =

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                    • #11
                      saweet!

                      does it have any yellow tint to it? I read somewhere else it had a yellowish haze that the lilli (and the xenarc i assume) doesnt have....

                      input?
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                      • #12
                        The yellowing is not noticable, unless you compare it to something else.. It just looks good.

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                        • #13
                          OK, in-car review time..

                          First off, I can happily say that the Starvision looks right at home in an auto dash..

                          Glare is obviously an issue with any LCD, but this LCD seemed to stand up decently too it. It claims to come with some anti-glare coating.

                          As for brightness, it is not that bright, but still usable, in a somewhat tinted car (cannot vouch for non-tinted cars as I don't have one )

                          One thing I discovered is that the brightness and other settings are NOT SAVED when it powers down... WTF?!? How do I "save" them??

                          Even with full brightness, in sunlight it is still not that much brighter, if any..

                          In dark, or in a garage, or a night, early morning, it looks bad-***.. Very easy to see and plenty bright (not blinding though).

                          Also, at night, there is a fairly bright reflection on the upper part of the windshield, where the "sun banner" is (top 6" inches) in my Maxima.. I'm not sure how to prevent this.. Maybe put some black vinyl on the inside which will not reflect light?

                          All in all, I am happy.. For $239, you could NOT go wrong!

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                          • #14
                            let me know how the touchscreen functions.. if its good i think i'm sold.
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                            • #15
                              Awesome! Definitely can't wait to hear about the touchscreen, since I gotta get crackin' on my car... before it gets too busy at work again for me to see the light of day.
                              2003 Toyota Camry V6
                              Kenwood Excelon 790 HU, VIA C7 + M2-ATX, Xenarc 700TSV, and 5 discreetly installed amps.

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