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Buying Plasma - need advice



I am looking at buying a Panasonic 42 " TH42PE30PD but with no stand at all - I know that it will fit on my mantle piece which is 6" deep above my gas fire - Can anyone see any problem with this? - The heat is not a problem as I very rarely have the fire on, my main question is whether the unit will be stable without any other fixing - Been to a couple of retailers and the base looks solid enough, just don't want to fork out 2.5k if it won't stand up on its own accord.

Any assistance would be appriciated - or ideas - not sure about wall mounts as the flu (spelling) may be in the way and I don't want to do major DIY!!!!

Hopefully the pictures will show what I am trying to achieve!!



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Standard Member

I think you will find that this unit is NOT self-supporting, you will need to use a wall mount.

You will also need to consider what other pieces of equipment you are going to connect, and where the cables are going to go.

I personaaly would not put my panny above a gas fire.

Hope this helps.



Established Member
Ditto above post, it will come tumbling down. Get a wall bracket, if anything it will give you peace of mind.

I see you are already concerned by putting this post up, don't take a chance of leaving it on the mantle, after all accidents do happen.


Established Member
I personally would not entertain putting my plasma on a mantlepiece and certainly not above a fire.

The tv is not self supporting you would need a table top stand in any case.


Standard Member
I have a viera 42. I lifted it onto its stand myself and it it very heavy. If that fell off the mantle it would do you serious damage, and it would not survive.

But wall brackets are made for the job. Not sure about the fire and connectors though.

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