RV Home Theater Entertainment System
In our Open Range, we have a RV Home Theater System. This system is kind of neat in that it can drive several speakers in a surround sound system AND the speakers that are located outside in the RV basement.
This system has a CD/DVD player, FM stereo, and has both audio and video controls to be a complete system. In other words, it was made to handle the TV, not just the audio.
Handling video, not just audio, is only for the higher end RV’s. Most RV’s in my opinion have a fairly nice RV Audio System.
A fairly nice RV system would be defined by being able to control many speakers (see list below), handle multiple inputs, and be able to be controlled remotely.
The RV manufacturers seem to get specialty systems that are hard to find for the common person for their units. If the system in our Open Range breaks, it would be hard to replace.
In some ways, a home theater system is too much system for many of us. I’ve put in a much nicer system which handles video better and has bunches of advantages. I’ve also modified my drawing to help people with Sonos speakers.
However, my system doesn’t need a tuner for radio or TV, a DVD, or CD player because I have all that in my system already. All I would need is a surround sound amplifier only. I’ve looked all over but haven’t found one yet.
When you are looking at these systems, your expectations about what to expect should be:
(editor’s note: I changed this list in 2017 to account for things like the “death of the CD”)
- Ability to drive primary speakers in living area
- Ability to play FM radio stations
- Remote control
- Bluetooth for music
- Ability to receive Apple Airplay or similar services
- Ability to play audio from MP3 players via auxiliary stereo input
- WiFi control. I’m a big believer in WiFi (See this article)
- BONUS for AUDIO
- Ability to play MP3 and other Audio files via USB or CD/DVD player slot
- Ability to accept iPod’s via iPod connector
- Ability to drive outdoor speakers
- Capture weather and NOAA signals
- Capture the time signal from Colorado
- BONUS for VIDEO handling
- Ability route HDMI
- Ability to handle over the air and cable inputs
- Nice, but this is at odds with minimalist living (See Spartan RV for reducing CD clutter)
- Ability to play a CD
- DVD player
These are some things to think about.
I found a few RV stereos on Amazon (disclosure) in case you are looking for one. Maybe this will help you get started.
Amazon listings related to RV Home Theater System Main Units:
To save you time, I searched through Amazon and found the HIGHEST RANKING (4 star or higher) with MOST RATINGS (at least 10 or more). Hard to find any that really handle video. Also there is not many RVs wired for video.
Amazon listings related to RV flush mount speakers:
To save you time, I searched through Amazon and found the HIGHEST RANKING (4 star or higher) with MOST RATINGS (at least 10 or more).