I have been trying and trying to figure out a good audio/visual system for our soon to be new boat, a 54 foot cruising sailboat.
There is a dedicated TV locker in the salon
, but it is made for a small CRT television.
I don't really want a flat-screen television mounted on a bulkhead in plain view, or mounted to a locker door (how would you reinforce the hinges?), so I've about decided to buy a 22"-odd LCD television (with built-in DVD
player) and just stow it somewhere, without fixing it place anywhere. It then simply be set up temporarily if needed to watch a movie
sometime. I can't imagine ever needing a tv at sea but I suppose it could be bungeed in place if necessary when the boat is moving.
I am not much of a tv watcher, but audio is a different matter. I had thought to buy one of those micro home cinema units and fix it in place in the tv locker. Speakers could be built into the headliner
. But those "micro" home cinema units are quite deep -- too deep to fit the locker. So it looks like audio will have to be done with some kind of souped-up car audio system. And thus my question:
Any of you guys seen a car audio system with either optical audio input (to take the 5.1 audio from the DVD
player) or with built-in DVD and HDMI output? I can't seem to find anything; it is an odd specification which is not much useful for actual cars.
Any other tips, based on experience, for cruising boat A/V would likewise be appreciated!