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3. Automotive Video Entertainment > 30. Supersize Your Fold-Down LCD Screen

Supersize Your Fold-Down LCD Screen

A lower-cost, higher-quality fold-down screen awaits you with standard ceiling- and wall-mounting approaches.

If you want a big screen in your car, you can go to your local car stereo shop and spend $1,000 on a 14” fold-down monitor. While flashy and large, the quality of this monitor will leave much to be desired because of its composite-only video inputs and its low TV resolution.

Alternatively, you can go to your local computer shop and spend $199 on a 15” LCD flat-screen monitor. The lowest-end flat-screen computer monitor, with a VGA input and at least 1024 x 768 resolution, has far better quality than a high-end car screen.

The difference, of course, is that the car screen has a custom molded fold-down enclosure, whereas the desktop LCD has a stand. But fortunately the Video Electronics Standards Organization (VESA) has standardized a mounting system for flat-screen monitors. As a result, most LCD monitors use either a 100-mm or 75-mm square bolt pattern on the back, and companies such as OmniMount (http://www.omnimount.com) and AVF Vector (http://usen.avfgroup.com) offer a large array of inexpensive mounting solutions that can be adapted for in-car use.


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