Don & Bonnie
Hi everyone. went camping over the weekend for the first time with our new 177se 2018. We have a Jensen tv and decided to check out the local news. it is a 12volt system. The problem is that we can't hear it very well, volume is real low wth the ac running you can't hear it at all. Is there an Amplifier or self powered speaker system we can use, or maybe a bose speaker system. Your advice is appreciated ty
Don & Bonnie
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fireblot
Don & Bonnie,
Happy to hear you had a successful first trip! For your TV, try this:

https://www.amazon.com/Tsumbay-Amplifier-Motorcycle-Speakers-Supported/dp/B06XZ2YJFL

Peter
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Don & Bonnie
great peter ty. I would like to know how it works. I am going to connect it to my 12 volt Jensen tv which has poor audio. Do you connect the rca plugs to the tv output and to the amplifier input? If so where does the amplified sound go to, Speakers? or does the amplifier have it's own speakers. I hope you understand what I am saying. Ty very much for your help.
Don & Bonnie
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Don & Bonnie
One more thing peter. What is the power rating, how many watts of power ty
Don & Bonnie
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retro195man
Lol... I was tired of blasting the TV for the same reason. 
I bought male 2 male headphone cables. 
On the 195 I have a TV in the bed area. The stereo is in the cabinet. All I did was connect the to, and now the sound comes through the stereo perfectly! 
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fireblot
D&B, I'm not an Electrical Engineer, but I am a Ham Radio Operator, so I know  just enough about amplifiers to be mildly dangerous. Your Jensen tv is 12v and is designed for portable use powered by a 12v battery source, so the audio amplifier output to the speaker isn't very powerful: somewhere between 4 to 8 watts depending on the model of your tv. The owners manual should show the "audio output" in the specs. The speaker(s) in your tv are also rated for this low power output, Consequently, your tv isn't very loud. If you buy an external audio amplifier (similar to the one I hyperlinked) it needs to be rated for 3 to 10 times the output of your tv to give a meaningful boost in volume. You will need to hook the audio output jack(s) of you tv to the external amp with appropriate cables and then feed the output from the amp to EXTERNAL speakers that are rated for the higher power. This sounds more difficult than it really is, any teenager with an MP3 player will be able to show you what to do! Your tv probably came with auxilliary audio output cables and any amp or external speakers of reasonable quality will most likely come with the right cables as well. I would think that you can get a 15 to 50 watt amp and speakers off amazon for under $100. 

Alternately, if your retro has a Jenson cd/radio, you can try feeding the tv audio into the auxilliary port on the stereo and it might give the volume boost you need. I love my Retro, but the Dometic A/C unit is definitely a noise maker!

Peter
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Don & Bonnie
Thank you peter and retroman for the info it helped a lot. I'm sure glad we have a retro forum, it solves and settles a lot of unanswered questions. Thanks again everyone.
Don & Bonnie
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Ralph L Staub
I have the same issue with the AC noise. In the 199, the AC is inches from both the TV and the Jensen stereo speakers. Even through the stereo, its a constant battle. I opted out of the Outdoor speakers, so I have an extra unused speaker output on the Stereo. Thinking of using it for a small set of speakers right at the head of the bed.
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mikes
I got a Bluetooth soundbar cheap on Woot! It runs off 5 V, so I rigged up a voltage adapter so it can plug into a 12 V outlet. Then, a Bluetooth transmitter (Indigo BTR9) plugged into the TV, which is powered from the TV's USB port.

The soundbar lives in the over-bed cabinets (177SE), out of the way and not taking much space. We just open the cabinet doors to use it. I also pair it with a phone, so I can play music.

It goes much louder than the TV. We don't have the Jensen stereo, but I think those support Bluetooth, so maybe just add a BT transmitter.
Mike
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2ty
I have a 189R and my Jensen TV sends its audio over to the Jensen radio/dvd player that came with the trailer using the HTML cable and comes out on the speakers installed in the ceiling.  No additional equipment required if you already have the radio.
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Rebecca Price
Please consider individual headphones. Even super cheap ones are good these days. 
I am very hard of hearing (not correctable by in ear hearing aids or by surgery) and very sensitive to making others around me uncomfortable when I simply increase volume of my music or TV.  
As deaf as I am, I am constantly amazed and irritated by the number of fellow campers who think nothing of increasing volume to the point that I can make out every word in MY trailer. 
Please be considerate!
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