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Old 12-18-2008, 02:53 AM   #1
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goin to pick up my Sony 46 W today and was wondering if its ok to lay down flat in my suv since this is the only way it will fit..seems like I have read that its ok to lay a LCD down...maybe not?...any help on this?
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goin to pick up my Sony 46 W today and was wondering if its ok to lay down flat in my suv since this is the only way it will fit..seems like I have read that its ok to lay a LCD down...maybe not?...any help on this?
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:07 AM   #3
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As long as its not a plasma you should be ok, I think lcd's can handle being laid down.
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If you are getting it new in the box I would suggest reading the information on the box and go by that. I have purchased one new plasma and one new LCD and both had cautions to transport them only in the vertical position. But as previously stated I think it is more important with plasma than it is with LCD.
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If you are getting it new in the box I would suggest reading the information on the box and go by that. I have purchased one new plasma and one new LCD and both had cautions to transport them only in the vertical position. But as previously stated I think it is more important with plasma than it is with LCD.
Biggest reason for the vertical stance is to prevent any kind of stacking.
Actually, some recommend laying a plasma (or LCD) flat on a soft clean towel if you are installing a wall mount.
The frame will not have the screen directly on a surface for 'most' models.
I would say, don't lay any flat, especially a plasma for transportation.
That does not mean you can not lean it back against something soft while it's in a vehicle. If it is out of the box, that is probably much safer than trying to support it vertically.
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Biggest reason for the vertical stance is to prevent any kind of stacking.
Actually, some recommend laying a plasma (or LCD) flat on a soft clean towel if you are installing a wall mount.
The border will provide having the screen directly on a surface for 'most' models.
I would say, don't lay any flat, especially a plasma for transportation.
That does not mean you can not lean it back against something soft while it's in a vehicle. If it is out of the box, that is probably much safer than trying to support it vertically.
I agree, Panasonic (which I have) instructs you to lay it flat to install the stand but cautions you not to transport it flat. I understand this is because the large screen is only supported at the corners and can flex and break. I believe it is also because the electrical connections that connect to the screen can come lose if it flexes. I have never seen an LCD or plasma screen out of the TV set so that is only what I have read.
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goin to pick up my Sony 46 W today and was wondering if its ok to lay down flat in my suv since this is the only way it will fit..seems like I have read that its ok to lay a LCD down...maybe not?...any help on this?
Thats how I moved mine. I have an open bed pickup and the TV (still in the box) was laid flat in the bed on top of a packing quit. Course, I only had to drive 2 miles to get it home.
If you do do this, make sue that you have the box braced in, in case you have to slam on the breaks so it won;t slide forward and slam into something
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Don't let it bounce around and you're fine. My Philips TV had all the warnings on the box to keep it vertical, but as soon as it's out of the box the manual suggests laying it flat on soft quilts or towels for attaching a wall mount, connecting cables, etc.

Like someone else mentioned, the warnings are mostly to discourage stacking the TVs.
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Don't let it bounce around and you're fine. My Philips TV had all the warnings on the box to keep it vertical, but as soon as it's out of the box the manual suggests laying it flat on soft quilts or towels for attaching a wall mount, connecting cables, etc.

Like someone else mentioned, the warnings are mostly to discourage stacking the TVs.
That's true, it's not worth trying to keep it vertical outside of the box.
wrap that baby up in lots of soft 'stuff'.
That's how I trucked a new LCD rear projection 150 miles in the back of our SUV.
In fact, the retailer's warehouse where we picked it up said it is safer doing that than keeping it in the factory box bouncing around in a UHaul trailer.
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I have an 3 and a half year old Toshiba 50HD95 TV I'm taking to a friend's house in my SUV. Is it safe to lay it flat on its back with lots of support and cushioning (blankets, etc.)? The guy at Best Buy said my new Panny TC-P54S1 could be transported it on its back as long as it wasn't warmed up, so that's how we brought it home, with no adverse effects. I'm wondering if there's any difference with the older Toshi.

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I wouldn't lay down a plat panel myself. At least in the box it has support for it to some degree, but without the box it shipped in there would be a higher likelihood of something breaking.
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I was in Best Buy the other day and noticed they had a lot of the smaller LCD boxes stacked on top of one another. Seemed strange to me as I thought you weren't supposed to do that. When I got my 32" I brought it home vertical in the backseat of my car.
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well it is your TV and you can transport it any way you can. But i consider the following. Once it leaves the store you are responsible for damage. Warranty does not cover cracked, scratched or sets subjected to misuse/abuse (and transporting the set flat and/or out of box is contrary to printed instructions on box could be said to be abuse by manufacturer/store)
I would be mortified if my very expensive new TV screen was cracked getting it home with probably no recourse for getting it fixed/replaced under warranty.

That is why for large purchases like this i opt for the store to deliver the TV. As i did for my recent purchase of a panasonic TCP50S1. The store delivered it, unboxed it and set it up on the pedestal base. After checking it out only then did i sign off on it.
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