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Old 03-27-2005, 11:52 AM   #1  
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Anybody here has heard that Plasma TVs have to be transported always in the upright position? That's what a guy from CC told me when I said that I may like to pick it up at the store myself. They charge $40 for delivery. I just would like to pick it up myself with someone else simply because I'm at work during normal business hours.

I will be picking up my Panny TH-37PD25U at Sears on Tuesday (CC actually didn't have it; discontinued) and I want to know what precautions in transportation I should take. I already know that during the first 100 hrs or so I should be extra careful with the contrast/brightness and 3:4 screen displays...

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They do have to be kept upright. The shipping boxes on our LG plasmas have a tilt indictor on them so we know if they have been tilted and we are to refuse the shipment if it indicates tilt. They also have a shock indicator.
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Old 03-27-2005, 02:10 PM   #3  
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Wow! I'm glad I asked! I am not picking up the 37" Panny. I just canceled the original order and placed another one with home delivery (by Sears).

They told me they will deliver on Tuesday and that tomorrow night Monday they will tell me the 4-hour window.

Thanks for the detailed info (boxes having tilt indicators!). I think this is important info not disseminated as often as say, the info about burn-in and break-in period for plasmas.

Anyway, lucky for me (and my wallet) I found out in time
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I'm glad you asked.
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can I ask .. WHY they cant be tilted? haha
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Of course they can be tilted some as they make tilt mounts for them. My guess would be that the glass is very fragile and even a bump could cause enough shock in the wrong direction if the panel is laying flat during transport to break it. I don't think just laying one on their face or back would cause any harm, but I don't know that for sure. We keep them upright for the most part, maybe tilted slightly. They always transport glass standing up.
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Anybody here has heard that Plasma TVs have to be transported always in the upright position? That's what a guy from CC told me when I said that I may like to pick it up at the store myself. They charge $40 for delivery. I just would like to pick it up myself with someone else simply because I'm at work during normal business hours.

I will be picking up my Panny TH-37PD25U at Sears on Tuesday (CC actually didn't have it; discontinued) and I want to know what precautions in transportation I should take. I already know that during the first 100 hrs or so I should be extra careful with the contrast/brightness and 3:4 screen displays...

Thanks!
Excellent choice. When I received mine, I had to actually check the box for damages and to see if the tipping meter was ok. You are going to love that system. So be patient, and let them deliver it to you without taking any risk on yout part.
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can I ask .. WHY they cant be tilted? haha
Congrats...!...welcome to the world of Plasma TVs. Remember the first 100 hours are critical, then its home free. Don't display any content in 4:3 mode, turn the contrast and brightness down to 50% or less, and change channels frequently, especially any channel with a logo on it. Beautiful setup you have.
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Old 03-28-2005, 07:48 PM   #9  
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Thanks

Tomorrow morning (Tuesday, east coast) they will be delivering it. I finally opted for that option (delivery) to avoid "accidents" in transportation for which I would be responsible.

I do not know how the tipping meter looks like... How do I find it? How do I read it?

Looking forward! Took the morning off work just to wait for it!

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Here is the Tip-N-Tell that comes on our plasmas:
http://www.uline.com/ProductDetail.asp?model=S-866

and here is the shock indicator:
http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_1053.asp

There will be 2 tip (tilt) indicators and one shock indicator.

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Old 03-28-2005, 09:21 PM   #11  
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Thanks rbinck; IMO you are doing more for LG and your customers and potential customers than many mid-level execs in their cushy not-so-little offices... Ha ha!

I mean, with the accurate technical info about shipping. This is the first time that I see such important and accurate information portrayed and documented to the final user (of VERY expensive) electronics.

Thank you.
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Old 03-30-2005, 08:02 PM   #12  
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Well, it arrived yesterday morning! My Panasonic TH-37PD25U/P.

I was going to skip the part about the Sears guys (actually only one of them; the "lead" one) not knowing much about these sets. It must have been the first Panny 37 or 42" that he delivered.

You see, they will assemble the stand which is the same exact model for the 42" as it is for the 37". The model number of this stand is the same; I checked it on-line before it arrived.

The guy erroneously assembled the stand for the 42" display and solemnly proclaimed "they included the wrong stand in the carton". It didn't matter that I said three times that the same model stand was used for both the 37" and 42" models; he completely ignored me.

Then the other guy (maybe he did hear me) noticed that the stand could be assembled in a different way by screwing the screws in other holes such that it would fit correctly the TV. Luckily the "lead" guy decided to follow the advice and it worked. Of course it worked.

Before that, this same guy told me that the TV stand that I had, would not hold the display because it (the display) was, well, "wide and big". I informed him that what mattered was that the TV that I had on it weighed about the same even though it was smaller (21" Sony CRT TV), and that the stand for the plasma display more than enough fit on top of this stand. Assuming that the weight is evenly distributed across the flat panel display (!!), then everything should be OK, right? I had to insist that he install it on said stand. The "other" guy also agreed for the same reasons. Laws of physics, you know...

Ferrite core for the coax cable (included with the Panny)... "What is that!?" said he (at which point I was assured that I would have to take care of these details going forward).

They only plug the AC in, plug in the cable feed and turn the display on. If an image, any image comes out, then they're done. I guess that's one of the reasons most of us educate ourselves well in these matters before spending this much ca$h.

Well, I am very satisfied with my new Panny plasma 37". I was prepared to see analog cable for what it really is, for the first time: low resolution, Ha ha! Crap.

Of course I am having digital cable (with some HD stations) installed Saturday morning (with HD-DVR). That was planned even before I bough the set. In fact, I found out from Adelphia their HD cable lineup before I decided to get a digital display, even if my original motivation was to watch DVDs in wide aspect ratio and at their full resolution (ED).

Now I will get the "extra" of watching most of my favorite prime time TV shows in ED! (Which looks like HD in these units when you don't watch them 12" from the screen, ha ha!).

The DVD experience is theater-like. And for now I only have cheap $10, six feet component video cables (Phillips) from Walmart until tomorrow when the "real" one (plus an HDMI cable for the HD-DVR) arrives from bettercables.com.

I expect to see a difference in DVD playback when using their component (1 meter) video cables.

My set had ZERO hours on it when it arrived, BTW, and I am religiously following the BREAK-IN instructions from Panasonic; I want this set to last me as long as possible.

Later on I will use my DVD Essentials calibrating DVD. For now the set really looks great without extensive calibration.

I only hope that STANDARD definition DIGITAL cable is a significant improvement over the analog crap that I am now watching (which was hidden before, when watching it in my old, small screen Sony interlaced-only CRT).

Has that been your experience? That STANDARD (as opposed to HD) DIGITAL cable is significantly better than the analog?

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I have the 42" panny ed plasma and am on adelphia also, I have adelphia digital and HD using their cablecard. I can tell you that if you dont care about the cable program guides and pay per view or in demand movies then use the cablecard, the PQ with cablecard is phenomenal especially on the HD channels. You will love you set.
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Old 03-30-2005, 09:12 PM   #14  
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Aha! Thanks!

I thought about CableCard but...

I don't care about "PPV" or any other interactive feature that the CableCard does not provide.

I am getting an HD-DVR (which will also serve as my digital cable box) only because I don't want to miss some of my favorite prime-time network programs in HD when I can't watch them for whatever reason, and I certainly do not want to record them to "infra-definition" (240 lines?) VHS! (Ha ha!).
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Old 03-30-2005, 09:48 PM   #15  
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"Infra Def"... I like it!
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