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Plasma Screens keep upright at all times?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Duncan G, Jun 10, 2004.

  1. Duncan G

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    I am thinking about getting a plasma screen.

    Am I right in thinking they should never be laid flat when being delivered and then set up at home. I am sure I read somewhere the picture can be affected.
     
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    I rember reading a post about this, I think most manufacturers put a device on the box that will tell you if its been laid flat, its something to do with the gases in the plasma. Also because the surface area is glass its more likely to crack if its laid flat.

    Does this rule apply for LCD's as well??
     
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    You can set it flat but it isnt advisable. Consider the mechanics, 2 great big sheets og glass close together, with the set upright there is no particular force upon these, when flat there is, particularly at the centre (consider it like a lever effect). Hence damage is much more likely if it is flat. Logically i assume this problem increases with screen size

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    DuncanG

    Transporting a Plasma laid flat can often result in a permanent deterioration of image quality - the glass panel often self destructs as it bounces around in the back of a van and shatters against the rest of the electronics within the display.

    If a screen survives being transported laid flat it will usually work fine with no long term issues.

    Willo - 'tell tale' meters are simple device that tell you if the box has been tipped over a certain angle or not; they simply work on gravity; usually a small metal disc 'falls' into the 'viewing' window of the meter if the box is laid flat (be warned they can be re set by couriers who are in the know!!!).

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    The Pioneer 504 manual actually instructs you to lay if flat on the screen to install the speakers...
     
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    Hello Brogan

    Just don't drive around at 70mph in a transit van whilst installing the speakers :)

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    Great Scottish wit Joe
     
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    The instructions with my stand said to lay the plasma on something soft, eg table cloth, cardboard to attach the stand to the back of the plasma.

    I thought not bl**dy likely, and managed with it held upright.
     
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    Same here.
    I just left it in the polystyrene base, which supported it fine whilst I fitted all my bits.
     
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    Me too, although it's not installed I will be asking others to lift it up whilst I put the base on. I was very surprised that the panasonic manual stated this.
     
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    Sorry to ask again, but does the same apply to LCD tv's??
     
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    I guess it applies if it's a large LCD as you will still have a lot of weight and potential bowing/cracking of the glass.
     
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    Thanks for the replys. :thumbsup:
     

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