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Hello.

I am in the market for either a plasma or lcd and have been leaning towards plasma.

Can someone tell me if plasmas are less fragile than lcds?

What I am concerned about is my grandchildren accidentally breaking the screen
by placing their hands on the screen.

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Actually LCD has a much more fragile screen then plasma. Place your finger on an LCD screen and you will begin to see streaks going across the screen. As far as plasma it is made of glass thus securing the gas pressure to produce the picture.

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can they now be transported sideways in a car?

tweeter etc. said that if you are carefull... not problem with the Pioneer transporting home facing sideways in my station wagon.

I don't think Best Buy will let you leave the parking lot unless it is packed upright.
I think with a wagon though... a 50" will fit standing upright.

but a 60" would need something bigger like a truck or van... unless I went sideways.

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Actually LCD has a much more fragile screen then plasma. Place your finger on an LCD screen and you will begin to see streaks going across the screen. As far as plasma it is made of glass thus securing the gas pressure to produce the picture.

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I had a 32" LCD TV fall face down from about 30" on a carpeted floor with no damage what so ever. If it was a plasma TV with Glass... I would think it would of broke. Some Plasmas like the Pioneer have a anti glare layer... so you do have to be carefull when cleaning it. Treat it like a camera lens.

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Hello.

I am in the market for either a plasma or lcd and have been leaning towards plasma.

Can someone tell me if plasmas are less fragile than lcds?

What I am concerned about is my grandchildren accidentally breaking the screen
by placing their hands on the screen.

Thanks!

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Thanks creemail.

So, is the glass on the plasmas similar to the class on the crt type tv's or are they more fragile?
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Hello.

I am in the market for either a plasma or lcd and have been leaning towards plasma.

Can someone tell me if plasmas are less fragile than lcds?

What I am concerned about is my grandchildren accidentally breaking the screen
by placing their hands on the screen.

Thanks!

My 50" Panny is a beast...the glass is what makes it so weighty...I'm regularly wiping off my 2 1/2 year olds finger prints...no issues.

The bigger issue...my toddler knows not to touch the BigTV when Daddy's around...Mommy needs to get on board!

I wouldn't describe my 100+ LB. plasma TV as fragile...it seems quite sturdy and built to last.
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is the glass on the plasmas similar to the class on the crt type tv's or are they more fragile?

The glass screen on a CRT is EXTREMELY strong !!

The back end of the CRT tube (the neck) is the weak spot but that is protected withing the cabinet.

As a high-school kid working in a TV repair shop, I often was asked to 'implode' dead CRTs for disposal. I could not break the CRT tube via the screen ... I had to put them in a dustbin face-down and toss a sledge-hammer at the neck.

The glass on the screen of a plasma/LCD display is MUCH MORE FRAGILE than a CRT !!

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Thanks,

So, disregarding all other attributes in plasma vs lcd, which is best to go with as far as the strength of the display with the possibility of breakage by touching, etc?
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which is best to go with as far as the strength of the display with the possibility of breakage by touching, etc?

Well, I don't think either will break by "grandchildren placing their hands on the screen."

Now, smashing a toy truck against it is a different story!

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I would never recommend transporting a plasma TV horizontally. You can lay them on a carpet floor temporarily during installation or to add a bracket, but get them upright and keep them that way as soon as possible. Better safe than sorry.

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Panasonic had a recent marketing thing where they actually swung a hammer at one of their plasmas to show how strong they were. Personally, if durability from external sources was a real issue, then I would just get a cheap crt and not worry about it. I'm the kind of person who babies all of my electronics....you toucha my tv you loosa finger.

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a few years ago there was a series of posts on AVS where a member installed and tested Panasonic plasma displays for installation in jet aircraft

the displays had to undergo a series of qualification tests to meet FAA standards (yes they passed and he installed a bunch of them)

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There is an article on crave.cnet.com that talks about Panasonic's marketing of the resilience of their screens, how they are designed to withstand the impact of a Wii game controller, and specifically how they are more durable in that regard than LCD screens. I haven't reached my requisite three posts yet, so I can't post a link, but if you google Wii, Panasonic, and Crave it should float to the top.
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I specifically bought a plasma because I have small kids. LCDs are very fragile when compared to a plasma. Not to mention you get those oily marks on the screen if someone touches it with their fingers that are harder to clean.
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Thanks to everyone for their input. You guys are great!
I just ordered from my local dealer here a Panasonic TH-46PZ85U for delivery the end of this month.
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When the weather is nice, I take the plasma outside and use it for a backboard. No problem, even on the bankshots form about 15'.
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This is kind of off topic but...

What are LCD TV screens made of?

They don't feel like glass when you touch it; more of like some kind of thin plastic or something... But I was never really sure and nobody seems to know whenever I ask.
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My 50" Panny is a beast...the glass is what makes it so weighty...I'm regularly wiping off my 2 1/2 year olds finger prints...no issues.

The bigger issue...my toddler knows not to touch the BigTV when Daddy's around...Mommy needs to get on board!

I wouldn't describe my 100+ LB. plasma TV as fragile...it seems quite sturdy and built to last.

I would be more concerned about a 21/2 year old running full steam into the TV and knocking it over. Is it secured in any way. You would not obviously want a TV that heavy to fall on your child, or fall period!

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