Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lets Get This Started!

In an effort to get this site ramped up, I figured I would reach out to see who has had what experiences with certain Outdoor TV's. From my years of experience, I can honestly tell you there are 3 companies offering good products in this marketplace. 

SunBrite: www.SunBriteTv.com 

We have worked with the SunBrite TV for years. SunBrite is a good company and they have sold the most outdoor TV's, and from my personal experiences they produce a good product in the outdoor residential and light commercial outdoor TV market place. SunBrite sells their product through a bunch of Internet resellers and also through big National chain stores such as Best Buy, Sears, Wall Mart, JC Penny, Frontgate, etc. 

I am also familiar with Pantel Outdoor TV's, after working on a handful of projects in the last several years,  which were mostly for very large commercial applications where the dollar wasn't so much the issue. Pantel makes a good quality product. Pantel claims to be better in direct sunlight than Sunbrite, but personally I can't see a difference. But to tell you the truth, I have found no outdoor TV that works well in the direct sunlight. Pantel has positioned there pricing structure for the very high-end luxury market. I guess, more power to them, if they can get that kind of premium!

The third on my list is SkyVue, which is the newer company on the list that hit the market in the past few years. The customers whom I have installed the SkyVue TV's for, have had nothing but great things to say about the product. SkyVue differs from Sunbrite and Pantel in using exclusively the more durable higher end LED video panels. SkyVue has also addressed a big outdoor TV industry problem, which is the lack of good sound volume. SkyVue came out with a big 60 watt speaker bar that blows away the competition. The answer of addressing poor audio volume was long over due, and I would bet you the rest of the market place will follow SkyVue's lead in great sound soon. SkyVue markets their product only factory direct, which provides a customer the opportunity to buy a TV with better specs for less money than Sunbrite or Pantel.  

I have also been around the Mirage TV. In being an outdoor TV Professional, I have seen it all. "Let the Buyer Beware" should apply to the Mirage TV. The Mirage TV is not in the same league as the Sunbrite, SkyVue or Pantel TV's. Anyone knowledgeable in our industry knows that an outdoor TV must have cooling fans survive, and a Mirage TV does not have cooling fans. I have known more than one customer who has tore apart their Mirage TV after failure from premature heat failure. They found duct tape covering up the ventilation holes in the back housing. Covering ventilation holes does keep the dirt, insects, and some moisture out. But, if you don't replace covered ventilation holes with cooling fans to exhaust the interenal canabilistic high temperatures, you've got a guaranteed reciepe for premature electronic circuitry failure. The ventilation holes you see in the back housing on an indoor TV are there for a good reason, and its only common sense that you even need more heat to escape with a TV outdoors. Sunbrite, SkyVue and Pantel all use cooling fans for a good reason. In my opinion, you don't have a good and long lasting outdoor TV, unless you have cooling fans. 


Now that I've opened up with the good, bad and ugly in this forum, what have been your experiences???

Happy Holidays!

Adam S..

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for putting this up. It's nice to get some feedback on the brands available out there. Now I need to find a good installer that can put it up outside on a brick wall!

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  2. I just purchased a Skyvue outdoor TV for mounting on an exterior wall not too far from a pool spa. I will update my experience once I get it installed and have a chance to try it out. Look forward to using it on warm summer evenings while sitting in the spa.

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    1. I would love to hear an update on your experience and how it's performed. Looking at the 46" Skyvue and would love some more feedback. Thanks!

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  3. i just bought a skyvue SKY7020 for my outdoor patio i was wondering if anyone has any ideas about what cable i should use. HDMI or VIDEO CABLE. what is the best for this application. its going to be about 8 ft from a att uverse box.

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    1. I would like to hear a review of your tv and use of it with the uverse box, I am thinking about doing the same set up

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  4. Like ti hear about hooking up to cable box...plans on putting tv in my gazeebo, which is about 45 ft. away from the house.bring cable box outside in gazeebo? or some kind of wireless defice? and will it work right? thanks Jimmy

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  5. Interesting I just bought several Mirage Vision Tv's because of the superior quality of the TV. These TV's are amazingly sharp with high quality visibility even on the sunniest days. MirageVision TV's are an excellent choice!!

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  6. Dear Sunshine,

    I wholeheartedly disagree.
    My neighbor friend and I had a little experiment recently.
    I bought a Miragevision and he bought a Skyvue.

    Upon arrival, these were our observations...

    Miragevision - Came via Fedex ground, still in the manufacturer's original box. A label was blacked out, so I got curious. To my surprise, it was a TV from Costco.

    SkyVue - Came via UPS Ground, seemed professionally packaged with a big Skyvue logo on it. Double boxed, molded foam inserts, neatly tucked away inside foam wrapping.

    Upon inspection...

    Miragevision - Arrived with a mark/scratch on the screen (possibly from shipping) Good picture (the settings were jacked up as received it, but I managed to make it better with some tinkering), sound is fair. Free cover. Cloth-like and thin, similar to a re-usable shopping bag.

    Skyvue - Arrived in good shape. Good picture, the added sound bar is very good. A cover was purchased & seems durable. Similar to a good grill cover type material.

    Outwardly, the Miragevision tv seems nearly stock. The Skyvue TV looks more like a custom job w/their logo embossed on the back.

    One note - A setup/installation question was asked on the Skyvue, they were quick to respond and very knowledgeable.

    to be continued....

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  7. I’m looking to set up a mini outside home theater and want to include an outdoor tv. It seems like their are basically 2 companies, SkyVue and SkyBrite who dominate the native outdoor tv market. Besides the Mirage, are there any other good brands I should consider? Also, from the 3 TVs listed at the link below, do you have any recommendations?

    http://www.bestoutdoorspeakersguide.com/best-outdoor-tv/

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    1. Check out this link. It gives you a couple brands and models. A good selection of outdoor tv options from Oasis, as well as other brands.

      http://www.hometheatredirectory.com/california/beverly-hills/articles/best-rated-outdoor-tv-best-rated-waterproof-outdoor-tvs-414

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  8. **Update -two years later! My neighbor finally convinced me. After my 2nd failed outdoor TV, II reluctantly broke down and purchased my first SkyVue brand TV. Well, he now wishes he kept his mouth shut. I now have the bigger and better tv and his jaw dropped hard when he saw it for the first time.ha ha ha..suck it James! Aren't neighborhood rivalries fun?

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  9. **Update -two years later! My neighbor finally convinced me. After my 2nd failed outdoor TV, II reluctantly broke down and purchased my first SkyVue brand TV. Well, he now wishes he kept his mouth shut. I now have the bigger and better tv and his jaw dropped hard when he saw it for the first time.ha ha ha..suck it James! Aren't neighborhood rivalries fun?

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  10. I love OASIS outdoor tvs. They look nice, and have lasted four years in New England. By far the best waterproof tv I have purchased. I have an outdoor kitchen and patio, and we love doing outdoor movies and when games are on.

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