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Thread: To all you LCD gurus, please help me find the right screen!

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    To all you LCD gurus, please help me find the right screen!

    Ok guys, I'm looking to buy a screen for my in-car TV/DVD setup. Unlike the majority of you, I won't be doing the whole in-car computer deal, so I don't think I will necessarily need to go the XENARC/GAIN/LILLIPUT route like most of you. Right?

    That being said, I need you guys to recommend the best 7" or 7.2" LCD/TFT screen for my application. Remember, I'm only using it for a DVD Player with MP3 capabilities and TV tuner, no CARPUTER. Also, the screen will be fitted towards the lower part of the dash, so I guess I'll need one that has decent viewing angle possibilities--i.e. one that won't have a washed out screen from a 30 degree top viewing angle.

    For your reference, the exact dimensions for the dash opening I will be working with is [7.3125" wide x 5" tall] or [185.7375mm wide x 127mm tall].

    IF POSSIBLE, I'd love to find a screen that has a black frame and squared edges, rather than the usual rounded. That way, I'd have less prep/custom work to do for the screen fitting. I know it's a long shot, but there might be some screen out there like it.

    Thanks a lot guys!

    PS- I've done A LOT of searching on this board, including reading through all 100+ pages of the LCD forum, so I've tried searching! Please help!

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    what will be the source of these dvds and whatnot? do you have a headunit? what is it's output? RCA? SVideo?

    You are correct you won't need a xenarc or lilliput ... and will probably be able to find a good screen for $200-$300 depending on what you need
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    what will be the source of these dvds and whatnot? do you have a headunit? what is it's output? RCA? SVideo?

    You are correct you won't need a xenarc or lilliput ... and will probably be able to find a good screen for $200-$300 depending on what you need
    I will have a DVD player installed in the glovebox, which will then be hooked up to an Alpine headunit's AUX input. The DVD player will have A/V outputs, just like the type you find on your TV at home (RCA I believe?).

    If you could throw any websites my way where I could search for some screens, that'd be great. I've only found DSCustoms.com and MP3playerstore.com so far. There have got to be others out there!

    Thanks for your response.

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    What are your impressions on this screen? Is the display good enough?

    http://digitalww.com/VGA_TM_700VGA.htm

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    certainly good enough, but more than you need by a long shot.
    car computer rev 5: 8" lilliput and usual suspects

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    Quote Originally Posted by robiewp
    certainly good enough, but more than you need by a long shot.
    Wow, really? Do you have any other suggestions?? I'd definitely like to save a few more dollars here and there if possible--without compromising the viewing quality of course.

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    I've heard great things, countless times, about the TM-701L, but I believe this is a DIN slot retractable LCD. Armen (the Digitalww.com guy) would be the best one to speak to. I suspec that the TM-702S is of the same quality, but I don't have any real knowledge of the subject. You might search the forum for mentions of these LCDs.
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    if you aren't putting a PC in your car there's no reason to have a VGA monitor. VGA is what makes these screens so expensive. You can pay less and get a screen that's just as good if you don't need VGA
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakes
    if you aren't putting a PC in your car there's no reason to have a VGA monitor. VGA is what makes these screens so expensive. You can pay less and get a screen that's just as good if you don't need VGA
    Ah, ok...thanks for clearing that up...I was under the impression that non-VGA screens would produce as crisp of a picture.

    But with regards to the screen I posted, isn't $230 a pretty good price for a screen? Could I find a screen that would suit my needs just as well for much much less? If so, please show me one!!

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    I will be receiving that screen on monday. That screen is basically a xenarc. Same lcd and im pretty sure its the same board too. I ordered the usb touchkit and hoping to install it in that if its possible at all.

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