This is a purchase to replace the monitor for my "Tview RV102C Back-up Camera".
The RV102C backlight has dimmed to the point that the display is almost useless even with the contrast turned way up. Because of the long tunnel effect of my long van it was on whenever I was driving. I hope the same will not happen with the PLCM7300BT. The RV102C is out of production, but the PLCM7300BT appears to be designed (And the manual written) by the same people.
The existing camera's (2) will be used, I expect with no problem. New camera tested with my HTPC, existing camera(s) tested with new monitor. NTSC is NTSC. They both worked.
The manual for the PLCM7300BT is just as bad as the RV102C one was, useless. So here is some more information.
Monitor wiring, black and red wires passing through a little box.
Black to ground, Red to +12 Volts which my Van Conversion Shop connected to the fuse box, a fuse that has power only when the key is turned on. Inside the little box is a 2 Amp fuse, a choke, two capacitors and a diode which eliminates power spikes on old vehicles (I think starting motors were the cause, new vehicles with all their computers have no problem ). The diode may be for protection for reverse power connections or overvoltage protection by blowing the fuse. Circuit board is hard to trace. The RV102C also had the same little box!
Two Video connectors, one male and one female. Female is for camera/
A Green wire which I will not connect as I want the monitor to be on all the time. This will change when I move the camera power switch from the back of my van to the dash. (I and the Van Conversion shop owner, who had taken the Dodge training course, failed to realize that the camera would drain my camping battery, a switch at the back of the van was the solution.)
Testing the Green wire action with my bench power supply produced the following results.
The Vehicle Key in the run position and the PLCM7300BT off. Connecting the Green wire to + 12V turns the monitor on and switches to the camera Video input. The Green wire is intended to be connected to the back up lights, with newer vehicles with LED back up lights, I must confess that I have no idea.
The back up light wire at the rear of the vehicle is where the camera power is intended to come from.
The Vehicle Key in the run position and the PLCM7300BT on. Connecting the Green wire to + 12V switches to the camera Video input. Removing the + 12V on the Green wire switches back to the other Video input.
If you connect the second Video input to anything that is not a camera, and use it when the vehicle is in motion, you go directly to jail!
Both 16:9 and 4:3 Video sources can be connected, see the Menu options. (NTSC)
There appears to be a microphone supplied which plugs into the bottom of the PLCM7300BT. I have no mobile phone so I can not do any testing, I have read elsewhere that all is not well with the blue tooth function. Those words are suspect as I see two speakers on the back of the monitor and the supplied microphone. The monitor touch buttons and the remote can adjust the speaker volume, "Analog variable increase / decrease" in the manual.
Comparison with the "Tview RV102C " with the "Pyle PLCM7300BT".
Touch buttons on the PLCM7300BT work quite well and the remote does also. The RV102C is horrible on both counts.
The PLCM7300BT has a better mirror when it is off, but for me little value in my long van.
(As I found little information about similar products on the Internet, I have no objection for this to be posted elsewhere.)
A little rewriting and maybe they will make it into the PLCM7300BT's manual which is badly needed.