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Old 11-22-2011, 03:49 PM
 
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My wife and I want to get an HDTV as our Christmas present to ourselves this year and I was wondering if any of you had any trouble with a plasma tv at this altitude. I live at the north end of town at 6750 feet, so I wonder if that would be pushing our luck.

Thanks!
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Old 11-22-2011, 04:37 PM
 
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I'm up here near the USAF Academy at about 6800 and I've had a 50-inch plasma TV for 2+ years without any problems. IIRC there used to be issues with plasma sets at altitude but most sets are fine, one just needs to check the specs on the particular set.
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Old 11-22-2011, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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When we were shopping for a new tv to use at our house at 8,000 feet, it was pointed out to us that altitude is not good for plasma tvs. I think it had something to do with the gases expanding with the lower air pressure.

I just did a quick google search and found the following:

Altitude pressure has long been a problem with plasma display devices. Since the plasma display element on a plasma TV is actually a glass envelope containing rare natural gases, thinner air causes increased stress on the gases inside the envelope. Therefore, the entire panel structure is normally calibrated to near sea level altitudes at the factory.

Denver (6500 feet above sea level) is on the borderline of what most manufacturers state as the maximum altitude limits for their plasma TV offerings. Santa Fe at 7000ft. in most areas poses a more significant threat. Atmospheric pressure is also different in certain areas of the mountains. I have spoken with plasma TV owners across the country to canvass this issue, and found that one user at 5500ft. can be significantly affected and another at 6500ft. may not - even though they view the same plasma TV. How can that be? Not certain, but it seems a valley can have higher atmospheric altitude pressure than peaks. This, practically, proves to be the case from my experience in speaking with different owners and asking questions that might solve the problem.
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:27 PM
 
Location: 80904 West siiiiiide!
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It used to be a problem 5 years ago, but they've sorted it out. I have a Pioneer 42" Plasma and I have no issue whatsoever
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Old 11-22-2011, 07:15 PM
 
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Same thing with us, what ryan said. No problems at all with our plasma- many of the issues have been resolved. Love the picture
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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Thanks, everyone, for the responses.
Much appreciated.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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When I was first looking for a HDTV a couple years back, the guys at Sears, Best Buy, etc said that the altitude problems are not the issue now that they once were. Still, I chose LCD mainly because of the reflection issues as my living room TV faced a big bay window.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:36 AM
 
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It's just like moving new windows over the passes (eg. Monarch). The manufacters have small tubes in them so the gas can expand. RP
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Old 11-25-2011, 07:32 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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I had a Plasma TV when I lived in CO Springs and never had a problem with it.
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