Furuno MUxxxT monitors, Hatteland X Series, and TimeZero Coastal Monitoring

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

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7 Responses

  1. Howard says:

    Is the 24″ widescreen the only one compatible with the TZ touch 9″. I was hoping for something in the 14-15″ range

  2. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Howard, thanks (I think 😉 for getting into some display complexity I managed to avoid in the entry…
    For starters, anyone contemplating a monitor purchase should download the MUxxxT brochure
    http://www.furunousa.com/ProductDocuments/MU-T%20Brochure.pdf
    and/or consult with a well-informed dealer.
    The brochure says that “Only the MU240T should be used as a remote display for the TZT14 or TZT9, as this monitor has a wide aspect ratio for proper video scaling of the TZT MFD video output.”
    I suspect that Furuno is being conservative with that warning but even if the 16:9 aspect ratio of the TZT9 displays OK on the 5:4 ratio MU170T, there would be black bars making up the difference in the image shapes and, hence, you wouldn’t be getting maximum use of the monitor.
    Ideally, then, you want a 14-15″ widescreen multi-touch monitor with DVI or HDMI (easy to convert) input, a standard Windows USB touch interface, and the ability to scale the TZT9’s native 800 x 480 pixel output up to something like the TZT14’s 1280 x 800 resolution.
    Hatteland doesn’t seem to offer smaller widescreen marine monitors yet and I’m not sure any manufacturer does, with the possible exception of the new Simrad MO16-T ( http://goo.gl/rHPnid ). I can’t even easily locate an office-style monitor that does the job, and it might not be bright enough (or dark enough for night running).
    Can anyone advise Howard?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why would you want a 14″ screen when the TZT14 is 14″?

  4. Howard says:

    Easy..
    I have a 28′ Pilothouse boat. I was hoping to put the weatherproof TZ9″ outside at the rear station and a touchscreen at the main helm. I was hoping that a 14-16″ touch screen would be more economical than a TZ14″ Obviously I loose a bit of redundancy, but I was hoping it would be a viable option.
    24″ monitor at the helm station is a little large.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I think it is a viable option, Howard, and a nice feature of the TZT series. There’s a Grand Banks here in Camden that’s getting a TZT9 installed on the flying bridge, with plans to first try iPads with the TZT Remote and Viewer apps at the lower helm. I suspect that if they use the lower helm much, they’ll want a fixed monitor and maybe a keypad.
    The problem is that there don’t seem to be many smallish multi-touch 16:9 displays available for monitor makers to build products around, even if they’re not looking for the high specs a company like Hatteland uses. Or maybe there’s just not market for monitors like this because obviously the big MFD guys like Garmin, Raymarine, Furuno etc are sourcing such screens somewhere.

  6. Howard says:

    The Simrad MO 16-T is exactly what I would want. Street pricing would hopefully be in the $3500 range.
    Howard

  7. PaRaDoX says:

    Hatteland have horribly low production quality, we’ve had six 19-inch Series-1 for two years and there’s almost always one of them in Norway for servicing at any given time. The potmeters give up, the trafos give up, the maximum dimming starts reseting are the most common problems.
    That’s poor considering they’re over 3000 dollars each. We also have alot of glass frame Neovo X-series for a fraction of the cost around the vessel (in places where dimming is not an issue) and not a single one of them have ever given up.
    However, the image quality, sunlight readability and perfectly smooth and linear down-to-true-zero-dimming is unmatched in any display I have yet come across. So if Hatteland could just make them not breaking down all the time it would be the best marine displays in the world.

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