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By lm (Sat Dec 03, 2016 at 02:54:45 PM EST) (all tags)
The new one has convinced me that my vast array of RCA adapters and splitters are now obsolete.

The old TV was bottom of the line digital 10 years ago, 36" led 780p, picked up in the scratch and dent section of the local electronics big box store. It had quite the impressive array of inputs, 8 or 10 altogether ranging from digital to analog. The output selection was also pretty vast.

The new one, which cost less than the old one only has 4 inputs, 3 hdmi and 1 legacy analog. And only three audio outputs, 2 digital and 1 legacy "headphone" analog jack. Aside from inputs and outputs it beats the old TV on every metric. It's a 40" 1080p set with built in Roku.

The fun part is trying to get my old speakers and TV Link set up. They both only have analog connectors. The speakers aren't all that great. I could probably live with the internal speakers on the new set. But plugging in anything to the headphone jack turns off the internal speakers. And the headphone jack goes to my TV Link.

What is a TV Link you ask? It's a device that pairs with my hearing aids so that I can feed the audio from television straight into them. This vastly improves my television watching experience. It also improves the quality of live for my wife who doesn't have to share an apartment with a TV turned up loud enough for me to hear it well.

Oddly enough I don't seem to have a 3.5mm splitter to plug both external speakers and TV Link into the headphone jack. I'll try that first. Such things are cheap.

But it looks like the real solution might be a DAC to allow me to connect the SPDIF audio out to the analog connection on my TV Link. That solution gets up into the tens of dollars instead of the buck or two for a splitter. So I'll try that last.

Anyway, now I can recycle a few tens of pounds of obsolete cables.

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They just don't make them like they used to. by ana (2.00 / 0) #1 Sat Dec 03, 2016 at 03:46:09 PM EST
After years of doing without, I bought my first TV and used it to watch the convention that nominated GHWB, which would have been in 1988. It was really cheap at Radio Shack.

I discovered the following week that Star Trek was on Saturday nights after my bedtime, so I went back and bought a VCR.

I used that TV until the last year or so when it finally got crowded out by a pair of hand-me-down digital flatscreen jobs. It's still functional; living unused in the attic.

Or get rabies. Also don't do that. --scrymarch

What gave out (on lm's TV)? by wumpus (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 11:53:55 AM EST
If it wasn't LED, I'd assume the flourecent bult/inverter died. They are basically wear parts. I can't remember many [transistor] CRTs dying, I think I threw one out due to the [ancient RF, not IR] remote died and I couldn't change the channel without it. I think the last generation of CRTs eventually were thrown out for being too big/using too much power (but simply never failed, possibly because somebody was using a flatscreen instead).

I'm guessing the overall power supply and it simply didn't turn on. But those eternal CRTs used the same systems.

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The remote... by ana (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Dec 04, 2016 at 12:30:56 PM EST
The remote died years ago. For a while I was using a universal remote from DAK that I got soon enough to transfer the important functions. The last 10 years or so it had a cable box. There was a hardware channel change thing under a little door as well.

The appliance itself was built like a tank.

Or get rabies. Also don't do that. --scrymarch

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