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Old 04-07-2016, 11:23 AM   #31
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I'm debating whether to bother with a TV for our 21. My MacBook Pro can play DVDs and long ago I bought a converter/adapter that lets my plug it into a coax cable and view TV on it. It's 15" screen sitting close to us looks larger than the max size TV we could get mounted for the 21. I'm leaning toward getting the TV ready option and seeing how often we actually use it. So far with our 17, it has only been a few times total.

More importantly I want to get a better quality radio than Escape offers, one with HD radio tuning built in. I'm hoping that the HD signal will come thru in more remote areas. It has for us at home where we got a weak analog signal, but the HD tuner I bought works perfectly. We listen mostly to NPR and in Wisconsin all the NPR stations broadcast both an analog and digital signal. Does anyone know if other states and/or provinces do the same?
I'm in complete agreement with your synopsis, we only used the antenna a couple of times and decided to drop it off the option list, just getting tv ready option. Radio is more important, HD and or satellite as well as blue tooth to play off the iPhone reception. I leaning towards a good hd/satellite/table top model with good sound, Koss maybe.
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:33 AM   #32
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I'm in complete agreement with your synopsis, we only used the antenna a couple of times and decided to drop it off the option list, just getting tv ready option. Radio is more important, HD and or satellite as well as blue tooth to play off the iPhone reception. I leaning towards a good hd/satellite/table top model with good sound, Koss maybe.
Jim, I've been looking into something like this one: Pioneer Receiver as it's made for a vehicle and hopefully will absorb shocks and I like the idea of it built in - out of the way. From looking at Leon and Lindy's 21 setup it looks like there is plenty of space where ETI mounts the standard radio. I'm going to see if Reace will do the wiring, speakers, cutout and I;d just then install this type of receiver.
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A bit off topic, but how do people play radio stations via a bluetooth speaker. I know I can use my phone, but I would also like a separate radio player. I would want whatever it is to be portable.

At home we use Sonos a lot. I love that radio stations come in clearer than off the air, and that there is over 30 million songs to choose from to play, and thousands of radio stations to choose from. I would love to incorporate this concept into my trailer, but unfortunately it is all wifi based, though the biggest problem is that it is all 120V. Maybe I should suck it up, and use an inverter.
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:38 AM   #34
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A bit off topic, but how do people play radio stations via a bluetooth speaker. I know I can use my phone, but I would also like a separate radio player.

At home we use Sonos a lot. I love that radio stations come in clearer than off the air, and that there is over 30 million songs to choose from to play, and thousands of radio stations to choose from. I would love to incorporate this concept into my trailer, but unfortunately it is all wifi based, though the biggest problem is that it is all 120V. Maybe I should suck it up, and use an inverter.
Jim - internet radio has great quality, but we spend so much time away from wifi availability and cell data costs an arm and a leg. Even then lots of places we camp have poor cell coverage too.
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Jim - internet radio has great quality, but we spend so much time away from wifi availability and cell data costs an arm and a leg. Even then lots of places we camp have poor cell coverage too.
You can have wifi local network (your trailer network), and not have to use data. Of course, pulling in radio on the phone would require using data, but that is why I am looking for another portable solution.
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:52 AM   #36
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You can have wifi local network (your trailer network), and not have to use data. Of course, pulling in radio on the phone would require using data, but that is why I am looking for another portable solution.
Huh? We setup a wifi shared network frequently using the iPhone as the hot spot, but the data connection still has to come from somewhere - in our case Verizon's cell tower network. The only place we seem to find a provided wifi network are at the yucky commercial RV places. What am I missing? We can locally get our iPhones, iPads and MacBook to talk to one another and/or I can connect via Bluetooth to each other or, for example, that receiver I'm looking at, but internet radio is gonna need an internet connection somehow
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A bit off topic, but how do people play radio stations via a bluetooth speaker. I know I can use my phone, but I would also like a separate radio player. I would want whatever it is to be portable...
We had ETI add a Jensen JHD910BT Bluetooth radio in our build. Has am/fm/wb and can stream to your portable Bluetooth speaker. Is very small (often used on motorcycles) and takes up very little space in our 19' on the face of the upper cabinet above the stove. Ours looks like this.

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Old 04-07-2016, 02:02 PM   #39
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Huh? We setup a wifi shared network frequently using the iPhone as the hot spot, but the data connection still has to come from somewhere - in our case Verizon's cell tower network. The only place we seem to find a provided wifi network are at the yucky commercial RV places. What am I missing? We can locally get our iPhones, iPads and MacBook to talk to one another and/or I can connect via Bluetooth to each other or, for example, that receiver I'm looking at, but internet radio is gonna need an internet connection somehow
Eric, I am talking about doing it without a data connection. Even should our internet service go out at home, we can still use our network to share data, print, play music, and so on. If one used a router in the trailer, I would assume could achieve the same thing.

Once again I ask that age old question of mine, "Am I missing something?". And please keep any responses to the question at hand, and not my mental (in)stability.
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We had ETI add a Jensen JHD910BT Bluetooth radio in our build. Has am/fm/wb and can stream to your portable Bluetooth speaker. Is very small (often used on motorcycles) and takes up very little space in our 19' on the face of the upper cabinet above the stove. Ours looks like this.
This is what I would like to have, but in a portable version. My though is to use it outside the trailer too. I always assumed it was a built-in only solution. You say they use it on motorcycles, then it must be capable of that. I will look into it.
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Old 04-07-2016, 03:17 PM   #40
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We listen mostly to NPR and in Wisconsin all the NPR stations broadcast both an analog and digital signal. Does anyone know if other states and/or provinces do the same?
This is a couple years out of date, but it's not a very active topic of discussion:
CRTC looking at bringing HD Radio to Canada

So whatever you do to receive HD Radio in the United States will likely work for digital audio broadcasts in Canada... but you're not going to find many of them.
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