At Bundlecity.com we sell a bunch of 12 volt TVs. In fact, our phones and our chat lines are often ringing off the hook by folks calling to ask about the various features and functions of a 12 volt AC/DC TV. One of the most common questions our valued customers ask are about the accessories that they can purchase along with their TV. We believe that everyone should be an informed customer so we spend a good amount of time going over the best gear to use with your new TV. In this article, we will review these commonly-purchased accessories. These include HDMI cables, over-the-air high definition (HD) antennas, TV mounts, DC cords and extended warranty plans. Read below to learn a little more about each accessory so you can benefit from these products as well.
HDMI Cables: HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. An HDMI cable allows for the highest quality connection you can make between your high definition TV and another home theater component such as a Blu-ray player. HDMI cables transmit high-quality audio and video signals, eliminating the need for both audio cables and video cables. With one cable, you’re able to get great video quality (up to 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second) and amazing digital sound (eight channels of 24-bit audio at 192kHz).
In short, HDMI cables are a must-have accessory if you want to get the best picture quality on your high definition TV. To learn more about HDMI cables, please read our blog post entitled, What Are HDMI Cables And Why Do I Want One?
Over-The-Air HD Antennas: A few years ago, the United States government mandated that by June 12, 2009 all TV broadcasting was to be transmitted digitally. This allowed for some of the best picture quality possible. Unlike the days when TV broadcasts were analog, the switch to digital TV broadcasting eliminated many of the most commonly-experienced distortions, such as snow and ghosting.
If you don’t use a cable or satellite service, there are several good reasons to consider using an over-the-air high definition antenna. Firstly, local digital TV broadcasts are easily received and you’ll be able to enjoy your local TV stations. Secondly, over-the-air digital reception is the best picture quality you can get. In fact, while cable and satellite providers have to use data compression to transmit their signals, over-the-air signals are transmitted at full resolution. Lastly, over-the-air signals are free. Once you purchase an antenna, the high definition signal you receive won’t cost you anything.
If you want to learn more about over-the-air HD antennas, read our post entitled, Choosing An Antenna For Your HDTV.
TV Mounts and Brackets: TV mounts are great for allowing you to install your flat screen TV on the wall or from the ceiling, thereby allowing you to get more organized and open up space. When choosing a TV mount, make sure to select one that will give you optimal viewing angles and flexibility. There are several types of TV mounts. However, the most common types of TV mounts include:
- Flat or Flush TV Mounts – these types of mounts sit flush against the wall and provide minimal functionality. They are used when you want to mount your TV to the wall without any need for tilt or swivel functionality.
- Tilt-Capable Mounts – tilt mounts allow for a certain degree of tilting. This gives the added benefit of choosing a more optimal viewing angle. This is especially useful when you need to mount your TV above the fireplace and need to tilt it down in order to see the screen easier.
- Retractable Arm TV Mounts – TV mounts with an arm, often referred to as “full motion articulating tv mounts,” give you the most flexibility. These allow for tilting and swivel action thereby providing the most latitude to mount your TV in many areas. Full motion arm TV mounts are especially useful when you want to mount your TV in a corner or other tight places.
- Ceiling Mounts – when there are no walls available, ceiling mounts are a great option. These can be mounted anywhere and allow you to choose the amount of drop you require from the ceiling.
We have a more comprehensive blog post on TV mounts. To read more, review the post entitled, TV Wall Mount Buyer’s Guide.
DC Cords: A DC cord will enable you to power your TV using your vehicle’s 12 volt cigarette lighter plug instead of plugging your AC cord into the wall socket for power. This is a great option for times when you are traveling and want to use your TV on the road. For example, many RV or boat owners use a DC cord to power their TVs. While most of the 12 volt AC/DC TVs that we sell come equipped with a DC cord inside the box, many customers choose to purchase an additional DC cord just for back-up purposes. When purchasing a DC cord, make sure you buy one that comes with a built-in fuse in order to protect your TV from any power surges. The ones we sell on Bundlecity.com all come with a built-in fuse.
Extended Warranty Plans: Many customers choose to purchase an extended protection plan because these plans extend the manufacturer’s warranty period. In addition, any defects that are normally covered under the original manufacturer warranty would be covered through the life of the extended service plan. Purchasing an extended protection plan protects your TV from potentially high repair costs. A small investment in one of these plans can save you from the headache of finding a qualified repair center and the added expense of fixing your TV.
Getting The Most Out Of Your TV: These accessories are a great compliment to your flat screen TV. We’re here to assist you with any additional questions. If you need more information than what was provided in this post, please contact us through email, chat or by telephone and we’ll review any of the topics covered in this post in more detail.