Do Plasma TVs Have to be Transported Upright?

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  1. Solidstate

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    I was thinking of picking my own TV up - but it would have to slide in the back of a hatchback and lie on its side - is this a complete No-No - I'm guessing that yes, its a no, but I don't know. :D
     
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    Complete and utter no no. This is the one true 'plasma myth' that I can think of. You risk breaking the glass if you transport flat. You can lay it flat to fit the bracket if it helps, but don't even carry it round the house flat to be safe.
     
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    Thanks.

    When I brought my LCD back from Costco I transported it flat - but I remember hearing that due to Plasma's extra weight the screen could collapse under its own weight.

    Appreciate you clearing that up.
     
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    Not so much under it's own weight, but it could flex and touch the other components less than 1mm behind it, causing immediate failure. One of my customers once collected a Pioneer 50 and drove to Manchester with it flat and got away with it. All I can say is Mercedes suspension must be amazing. I'd never get away with it, I have a scooby.
     
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    Perfect timing on this post, I have just purchased a Pioneer 428 and am thinking of collecting it myself on Sat.

    I would have just plonked it in the back of the car flat - Ouch.

    I have an A-class so I can take out the seats in the back and transport the screen upright. Have just measured my ceiling height (so to speak) there is 42" height in the middle tailing to 37" at the door. Will the box the panel comes in fit in that sort of space?
     
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    I'd be surprised if you can fit it in, there's a fair amount of air inside those boxes, they're much bigger than the screens they contain.

    Dave.
     
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    What a great thread !

    Wow i never realised this was an issue so appreciate this little snippet of info :smashin:
     
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    I'm open to the option of a little box surgery to get it in :D
     
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    If its any help I managed to get a Panny 37" plasma upright, in the box in the back of a Passat saloon without folding the seats down. I would not have got a 42" in. (said the actress to the bishop!)
    Dave
     
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    The box mine came in was huge! :rotfl: and the pio instructions said to lay flat "CAREFULLY" to afix stand supports :smashin:
    Lot of money to risk takin chances imo

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    I think you'll get a 42 into an A class, no problem. Unless it's a Philips. The box for a Philips 42 is not much different to a Fuji 63, I have had them side by side!
     
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    You mean you don't need to refill the gas every three years or so?
     
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    Nope it's not a Phillips its a Pioneer PDP-4280XD, if the box is taller than 42" - Could I drive with it held in a diagonal position?

    Don't Pioneers has a plastic front panel not a glass one?
     
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    MAW,you have put me off the Samsung and Sharp what about the Pioneer 5080xd??

    When you open the box for this set,is it not stood erect in order to attach the bracket rails,without having to "carefully" lay it flat
     
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    Nikonkid, yes, it's held upright in the box. Some brackets can be fitted with it held like that, but reall really, lying it face down on a carpet or blanket or some such is totally fine if that makes things easier. We do it all the time. you need to be careful with the Pio mostly to avoid damaging the gloss finish, which is notoriously easy to scratch if there's grit in the carpet or anything.
    Pioneers do have a plastic filter in front of the glass plasma cells, this also is easy to scratch if you are rough with it, drag it about face down. You all will doubtless be careful with your own new screens. I do quite like the Pioneer G8 screens, head and shoulders above the no name and Korean rabble. You'll certainly find a vastly better picture than the Sharp LCD, though they are finicky to set up. Fortunately, everyone has done the hard work for you there, just copy the settings to start you off, it will be close.
     
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    Do you really think a carrier will transport them upright

    I used to be a Pilot for a Cargo airline out of Luton and we often carried Plasma and LCD TVs on our aircraft sometimes a huge amount of them.

    I used to cringe as they were getting loaded the loading crew would just chuck them down the aircraft and tie them up with loading straps sometimes flat sometimes standing up and as far as i know they never came to any harm. They would often have only 30mins to load and that means not much care is taken.

    As far as I know there was no problem could be wrong mind never got to see them unpacked.
     

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