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#1 of 5 Joe S.

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Posted August 25 2008 - 01:23 PM

My 2 yr old just chucked a marble through the front of the TV, nice crack and the TV now will not display (power button flashes red.) The crack isn't that large, but what can be done about this? Is it worth the price of repair, or do I need to get a new plasma? BTW, this is a Pioneer 50" 720p, about 2 yrs old (can't remember the model number right now.) No extended warranty.

Any one been in this situation before? Worth the repair, or is a new panel just too costly?

#2 of 5 Dan Driscoll

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Posted August 26 2008 - 01:59 AM

Since the TV won't power up I'm going to assume the actual plasma panel cracked, not just a protective screen. In that case I'm pretty sure your TV is toast. I'm not aware of any effective method of repairing a cracked plasma or LCD panel. Since the panel is far an away the most expensive part of the TV, replacing just the panel itself it is probably not cost effective, you would be better off getting a new set.

The good news is that the plasmas on the market today are better than 2 years ago and less expensive. The Pioneer Kuro is the best and most expensive, but the Panasonics comes pretty close and cost a lot less.

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#3 of 5 Joe S.

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Posted August 26 2008 - 08:44 AM

Found a 5010 at BB for $2400. We'll see if insurance will cover the other TV or not. Done...

#4 of 5 Kevin C Brown

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Posted August 26 2008 - 12:24 PM

Joe- Send you kid over my place in about a year. Posted Image I want an excuse to get a new display then.

Seriously, I feel for you, but look it as an opportunity to upgrade. I have 2.5 year old twins, and we are trying to sensitize them to not play near the plasma. We'll see if it works or not. Well, until *I* want to upgrade. Posted Image

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#5 of 5 Gregg Loewen

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Posted August 27 2008 - 01:01 AM

good luck!!
Insurance should cover it.

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