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#1 Bruce Alan Greene

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 03:25 PM

My old Sony 8" trinitron AC/DC monitor tuner took a fatal dive yesterday. Not repairable.

Any suggestions for monitors that have:

video in/out
AC/DC (hopefully 12v/24v)
I will consider LCD suggestions as well.

will also need a tv tuner with video out for use with modulus.
I'm not really looking for a complicated and expensive diversity system (I'll leave that to the video pros) Just a battery powered tuner with video out with small size being a real plus.

Any suggestions?

-bruce alan greene
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#2 Mitch Gross

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 10:41 PM

Sony replaced their line of 8040 monitors with the L2 series, which have 9" screens. They run AC/DC, with 12vdc via 4-pin XLR or V-lock (no more NP-1 slots). Will fit fine in the standard PortaBrace or similar bags.

If you're interested in LCD screens, the Sharp Aquos models all run 12vdc and use a power supply to run AC. The connection is a standard 2.1mm collared plug, so Fred Davis or the like could easily make a cable for you. I think you can buy car adaptor cables from Radio Shack, so you could just snip off the cigarette plug and put on your own 4-pin XLR. I don't think they make the 10.8" screen anymore, but the have them available in 13", 15", 17" and upward. Certainly not as rugged or daylight-viewable as a CRT field monitor, but they're less expensive, lighter to haul around and consume less power. At one time PortaBrace made a soft case but I don't know if they still do. I don't know how sensitive the tuner in these consumer TVs are.

For a good cheap tuner the Sony 1040 or 1041 is a great old standby. Again, no longer manufactured as they were companions to the discontinued 8040 monitors, but they're still around at various retailers. Someone contacted me offlist last month to discuss one of these that he found for something ridiculously cheap like $150. The store just wanted to get rid of 'em. These run AC/DC, with 12v coming from 4-pin XLR or NP-1 brick. PortaBrace makes (made?) a case for this that straps nicely to the side of their monitor case, making a nice, compact and portable kit. I have a 1041 that I opened up and swapped the flimsy F-pin antenna connector for a BNC. It only took 5 minutes because the connector is actually a barrel adaptor from an RCA plug within the casing, so it was a $2.19 solution from Markertek and no soldering involved. Stuck on a right angle BNC and a whip antenna from Wolf Seeberg and I was all set. Excellent tuner.
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