The Motor home
The Motor home
After doing a bit of research on 12 volt TVs for the Accordo 120 (check out this blog post) we decided to buy the Cello TV instead of investing loads of money on the “top of the range” Avtex model. First things first, the Avtex TV is a cracking TV that gets great write ups but it is damn expensive. I only want a 12 volt TV for camping holidays in the motor home and nothing else. In addition to this, the TV will mainly be used to watch movies rather than terrestrial TV. Given our plans for the TV there was no way I could justify the cost of the Avtex, so I ordered the Cello 12 volt TV.
We recently spent a few days in the motorhome at Walnut Lakes in Lincolnshire and this getaway provided a great excuse to use the Cello 12 volt TV for the first time and put it through its paces. How did the Cello 12 volt TV fair? Is the Cello 12 volt TV any good? What’s the Cello 12 volt TV like to live with? For the answers to these please do carry on reading.
If you are thinking of buying a Cello 12 volt TV this may well be the honest and unbiased information you are looking for. Similarly, if you are looking to buy a 12 volt TV and have not considered the Cello 12 volt TV (and why not?) the following may be of interest to you……………….
Setting up the Cello 12 volt TV
Setting up the Cello 12 volt TV is child’s play and self-explanatory. All you need to do is press the menu button and scroll down to the relevant settings, press “OK” and then follow the on-screen prompts.
I have to make a confession at this point – “I am crap with TV remotes and really struggle – so I let my wife deal with recording stuff, setting reminders etc.” There we go – I said it. Now I have got this confession of my chest I can say that I, yes even I managed to set up the Cello 12 volt TV without the aid of the user manual. If I can set up a TV, anyone can set up the same one – no problems.
The Cello 12 volt TV is the most user friendly, and easiest to use TV ever, and it is simplicity in itself.
Picture Quality of the Cello 12 volt TV
The picture quality of the Cello 12 volt TV is very good, and I was surprised just how good it is. The picture is clear, crisp, and sharp. The contrast and brightness is spot on (and obviously adjustable) so you can set everything to suit your particular tastes.
The picture quality of the Cello 12 volt TV isn’t quite as good as that of the Atex, but it is damn close. All things considered the picture quality of the Cello is fantastic and I have no complaints with it at all.
Sound quality of the Cello 12 Volt TV
Before I bought the Cello TV I had read reports the sound quality was poor, and that the Avtex sound was ten times better. When I went to look at the Avtex 12 volt TV I wasn’t impressed with the sound quality so I was expecting the worst with the Cello TV.
All flat screens suffer sound issues and when I read the Cello 12 volt TV sounds “tinny” I wasn’t surprised, and I wasn’t too bothered either because I knew there is an easy fix, which is to buy some speakers, which you can pick up for little money.
I have to say that when I fired up the Cello 12 volt TV I thought the sound was pretty good. At lower levels there are no problems at all, and it isn’t until you start cranking up the volume that the sound starts to become tinny. Given the size of the motorhome and the proximity I sit from the Cello TV I don’t need a lot of volume so I can keep it below the volume level where the sound quality starts to degrade. Consequently, I am not even going to bother buying any separate speakers or a sound bar, because there is just no need. I also played around with the sound in the settings menu a little, and this enhanced the (already good) sound even more.
Now I have sampled the sound of the Cello 12 volt TV I have to ask the question for those owners who whinged about the tinny sound “How loud do you need to have your TV?” Their motorhome, caravan, tent or whatever must be absolutely massive to warrant separate speakers.
Personally, I have no issues with the sound quality whatsoever. If you are thinking of buying a Cello 12 volt TV and have read reviews criticizing the sound don’t let these put you off buying one. The sound really isn’t as bad as what the reviews make out, besides if the sound isn’t quite good enough for you there is always the option of cheap speakers.
About the author
A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.