Preamps with built in screens

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  1. Grant B

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    Gotta admit they look pretty cool in magazine adverts but are they useful?
    Cant really think of a use except maybe for a 2nd zone. They tend to be pretty $$$$$ right now, but if anyone has one are they an expensive gimmick or a handy tool?
     
  2. Arnold_R

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    I don't have a preamp with a built-in screen, but I did add a small 5.6" LCD monitor for my AVR. The monitor is situated next to my listening position. I use the screen to set-up my system and make minor adjustments. Also when I'm listening to music only on DirecTV and I want to find out more who's playing, I look at my monitor instead of having to turn-on my RP TV just to find out who's playing. I'll also use it to cue up a movie while everyone else is watching another program on my RP TV. While it does add to the COOL factor, I find it very useful! I didn't want the LCD on my preamp as I wouldn't be able to see the info from my listening position.

    Arnold
     
  3. Ed Werner

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    Arnold, that is too cool! Good points you brought up, I thought also it was just for the *bling bling* factor, but never considered the things you brought up.

    Would you happen to know where I could pick up a nice tabletop LCD screen, and should I get a widescreen LCD since my tv is a widescreen or does it not matter? Come to think of it, I think the menu on my reciever is in a 4:3 format so I guess a regular one would be better?

    I keep getting distracted by these add ons, I need to get some power surge protection/conditioners and rack and stands and...uuhhhh so much so little money. [​IMG] I wonder what size I should be looking at, my eyes couldn't handle anything too small.

    --Ed

    Sorry bout the rambling, coffee kicked in.
     
  4. Arnold_R

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    I actually got mine on ebay new. I think it was $70+. It's nothing fancy but definitely has the WOW & Bling Bling factor for very little money. The picture isn't the best, but it's good enough for OSD and checking on what's on TV before turning on the RPTV. I love it! Sometimes I just wish I had a little bigger screen, may be 6" or 7". But, the price differences was over 2X+. It's a perfect match for my Onkyo 989 ver2. Yeah, it's tough with the upgrade stuff, especially when deciding what to get next!

    Arnold
     
  5. Grant B

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    Arnold
    Cool, one reason I posted was for that reason exactly. I also have a front door camera with caller id which is great but annoying to stop the movie and check whos there.
    Thanks
    Grant
     
  6. Arnold_R

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    Grant,

    I'm planning on using the LCD screen for a video security system I plan on installing in the near future. That's one reason why I thought I should've gone to a slightly larger screen. To me, having the screen on the pre-amp just isn't as useful as having one right next to my listen area.

    Arnold
     
  7. Ed Werner

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    Thats some cool stuff guys. What did you use to transport the signal, just a long composite cable from the video out on the reciever? I was trying to imagine it, and thought that would be the way to go. Right?

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  8. Grant B

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    You know those annoying ads for x-10 cameras, I bought 2 of those, cheap and they work ok. They send to a wireless reciever (50ft great...100ft iffy)Both cameras go to the reciever. I think it'll take 4 at the most
    That gives me a RCA line level out which I run into a caller ID box. That gives me the camer out with a caller id stamp over the view. I Modulated it over channel 22 (no stations around to interfere with). It also has a channel 3/4 output but so does everthing else in the world!
    I combine that with my Directv reciever output and then I distributed it to every TV. We tend to get a lot of people asking for money or camping on our doorstep. It's great to see whose out there before you go to the door.
     
  9. Arnold_R

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    Thanks Grant for the info regarding the X-10 stuff. I knew those annoying pop-ups would come in handy some time.

    Arnold
     

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