insignia any good?
by billzfan4life - 1/21/07 4:00 PM
does anyone have any experience with an insignia tv? if so, how is the quality?
by: billzfan4life January 21, 2007 4:00 PM PST
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you would be better off saving up a little more money, and buy a samsung, insignia, and lg are the same, insignia being the very base model, and LG, or lucky goldstar, has never been known for making a good tv...
I have bought two of these tv's at the same time and I hate them both.
The picture quality is terrible and one of them now has a short in it which Bestbuy wants to charge $150 just to diagnose.
Its a poorly manufactured product which I would never buy again.
Stay far away.
My landlord has been in the TV repair business for over 30 years. He told me to pass on Insignia. He can't get parts for them (said he has 12 he can't repair) and you have to pay shipping to China and back.
The best intel is from the troops on the front lines, like your landlord. Hopefully anyone searching for info who runs across this thread laughs at the earlier diatribe and sticks to what you've posted since it really says it all. [Low price aside- Who would want one if it can't even be repaired??]
I always have to laugh when I read this string because there is more B.S. from supposed experts then I have seen any where. The latest "my landlord has repaired TV's for thirteen years". Seriously, your landlord???? Well my plumber has been repairing TVs for 14 years and he has never had a problem getting parts for Insignia. Try beating that!
Oh really? Your landlord can't find the Samsung and LG parts that are inside every single Insignia tv? Also Insignia TVs are manufactured in Mexico, not China. The next stop is coming up ahead, better take this opportunity to get off the ******** train.
I would like to know the cheapist tv that I can just plug in. I don't deal with several cables. Can you recommend some?
I have a 46" HDTV 1080p 120mhz Insignia and it is awesome
Exactly, compared to what?
If someone buys an Insignia who has never owned any HDTV before, then of course it will look fantastic because HD pictures just look great. The Insignia isn't a terrible picture, but I own an Insignia TV and I own Sony and Toshiba HDTVs, and comparing them, the Insignia TV has an inferior picture and even more important, it's cheaply made. The best analogy I can make is comparing my Insignia TV to the quality of an old transistor radio: Cheap dials, poor menu options, poor remote, cheaply made cabinet. But, the Insignia was cheaper than my other TVs, so that's a plus.
How people here have no idea what they are talking about. Take the back plastic off of an Insignia TV. Pick any single part. Search its part number online. It is made by either Samsung or LG. You people are all sheep blindly led by big names, especially of big names that no longer make good products aka Sony and Toshiba who have inferior televisions.
Nowhere did I promote either Sony or Toshiba per se
I would also assert that *some* of the Samsung & LG HDTVs are pretty good- esp. of late. Regardless of what (quality?) parts you supposedly _see_ inside these Insignia panels, you are misinformed if you feel you are getting either the same quality product or PQ easily found easily elsewhere.
I did the Sony comparison
by Dan Filice - 10/4/10 10:44 AM
In Reply to: Nowhere did I promote either Sony or Toshiba per se by Pepe7
I own an Insignia product, so I feel I have first-hand knowledge to compare the Insignia to my Sony, my Toshiba and now my Panasonic Plasma TVs. Yes there are only a few companies who make panels for LCD TVs as well as some other TV components, but as the previous posted doesn't seem to get, the quality of TVs goes beyond the panel or a few other components. My Insignia has only the most basic adjustments to the image (Picture, Brightness, Contrast) which does not come close to the adjustments my other sets have (individual Red, Green Blue, Hue, Contrast, Sharpness, Deep Color, Bit Rate, Black Level adjustments, etc). Also, there are lots of circuits and processors in TVs that enable it to do upscaling, affect color depth bit rate, process SD signals, do frame-rate interpolation, and many others. Sorry, Insignia does not have many of these extra processors, etc. that make some TVs cost more. Insignia ia an OK basic TV but IMHO it does not equal many of the better TVs.
I'm glad we have you as a true voice of reason on this topic. It seems a bit haggard by now, eh?
Are insignia tv's any good!
I bought a 26 inch insignia Flat screen from Best Buy about 7 months ago. It worked great for about 6 months then suddenly stopped working. So I brought it back to Best Buy who returned it to the manufacturer as it was still under warrantee.
I picked it up yesterday and set it up again and it still doesn't work. Needless to say I was very frustrated with the whole experience.
I did get some fun smashing it to about 50 pieces in my backyard,lol. but can't say it was worth the $320.00 I spent for it. Needess to say Insignia has lost me as a customer. Like someone said, "you get what you pay for." I set the 10 plus year old Samsung back up and it's working great.
Insignia NSLCD47HD-09 Extreme Burn In Problem
Ever since I subscribed to Netflix, I have had severe burn-in problem. If I fall asleep watching a movie, when the movie is over, it returns to the netlix menu, that menu, word for word burns in my screen. I also discovered that any type of menu or picture that doesn't move, gets burned in. And it is quick, too. I left the menu for my DVD player up for approximately 5 minutes, came back and switched it back to regualar TV and now you can see every word that was on that menu plus colors and lines from previous times I forgot to turn off my Wii or DVD player..or fell asleep. It is horrible, and I think it is totally unacceptable. I would have never bought the tv if I had known about this problem. I can't afford to buy a new one. Does anyone know if Insignia or Best Buy is liable for this problem? I see numerous complaints about same problem with Best Buy's Insignia High Def LCD tvs. Oh..I am so bummed about this.
I bought a 32" Insignia HD tv. I wouldn't buy another one!!
I have a NEW Insignia 32" HD tv. I have had it a couple months. I can say I won't buy another one. I have looked at the ratings and reviews on TVs. I don't see Insignia tvs at all on any of them that I have looked at. I have talked to the Insignia customer service and Best Buy Geek Squad--ALOT of good that did. I did get the extended warranty--not sure what good that does. All I have gotten is a run around from both places. THAT IS DISGUSTING--no way to run a business!
i own an insignia 42". it's the best tv i've ever owned. i intend to buy another. i've had it over 1 year. best picture running hdmi. have compared side by side to sony, samsung, and vizio. beats them all by a bunch.
IME at least, esp. with the larger size panels where detail starts to become for evident at typical viewing distances, it's quite clear which panel provides better PQ. Of course I will not discount any sort of end user subjectivity.
It would probably help if you listed which exact model numbers were being compared, along with the individuals HDTV settings used, and the source component(s) that were involved.
Good observation,7. Most of these postings are for smaller models than the 55" open box LCD I bought last month for at least $900 less than comparable "big name" sets - was wondering if anyone has had any experiences with the bigger screen model. So far it has been fine, with better pic and sound than my previous 50" 720 DLP. Have a friend who bought 3 Insignias last year (46", 2 37"s) and so far is completely satisfied. Could it be these recent models are really going to perform better? (My fingers are crossed at this time). If anyone has any info please post - I will post any pertinent happenings.
If you are happy with what you bought at an open box price, then simply kick back and enjoy your HDTV
Seriously though, what new info are you looking for? Even a side by side in store you can see always glaring PQ differences from higher priced name brands that offer more features, let alone when you take it home and have it properly adjusted. Also factor in that the large the panel size, the easier it is to see imperfections.
Scenario: FWIW, pretend you bought the 55 generic LCD for $1000. You could have bought a 50" name brand plasma with stellar PQ for a couple hundred more. Price gap has narrowed of late.
Thanks for the advice, 7. Am kicking back as I type enjoying an HDTV broadcast of my favorite NBA team while enjoying a cold adult beverage - hope you also are having an enjoyable evening. But....you seemed to have misunderstood my question - am not concerned with the PQ, which is completely satisfactory in the setting in which the tv is being viewed (as stated, better than what I had.) Was wanting info on the RELIABILITY of the LARGER screen models - whether I can expect impending doom (like the smaller sets) or if there is a glimmer of hope for a brighter future (prognostication as opposed to validation?) As for the plasma issue - was fully aware of the of the very affordable prices and loved the PQ's, but viewing area has several LARGE windows and lamps to be reckoned with, and chose to go with a flat-glass screen to minimize reflections. Gracias por la informacion!
Hopefully you can continue the cold adult beverage run since it's now March Madness!! [they dragged me and made me fill out brackets at work- being mostly a soccer guy, I haven't a clue or a prayer...]
Regarding reliability of larger vs smaller, it's always going to be a crapshoot. I have friends who are on their third Vizio LCD w/ no issues. Other friends have Dynex HDTVs that crapped out after a year, were replaced with Insignia (etc.) to stay inside a price, and still look god awful compared to nearly anything else. FWIW, my friend who consults for Best Buy corporate still tells me to avoid their house brands at all costs due to the volume of issues he sees behind the scenes dealing with repairs, returns and exchanges of the generic house brand HDTVs. They do fill a price point/niche however.
There were some folks earlier on in this thread insinuating that simply because you see some similarly branded parts inside some of the name brand HDTVs that you do in some of the house brand versions that you should receive the same quality. Unfortunatly the baby was thrown out w/ the bathwater in that argument.
More importantly though- why would you be asking such a question about reliability *after* purchase?
Curiosity kills the LCD?
Gracias por su compliment, Mi Amigo! (I think that's pig Spanish - my vocabulary is mostly limited to nachos, enchiladas, cervezas y margaritas. LOL!) The answer to your question is 2-fold: 1)pure curiosity as to the experiences of others, and 2)pure curiosity to see how this tv will perform in the future given the history of this brand. I realize I am, so to speak, married to this tv for better or worse (I'm divorced - it'll have to suffice) and will be interested to see if the relationship is a romance or tragedy (will be sadder if the tv fails than I was when my wife bailed out! Ha!) Will post any developments for your perusal. Thank you for the info/opinions on the LCD's - you are certainly well versed in this subject, and I value your comments. As for the March Madness picks - I was a manager/practice player with a major college basketball program when I was in school and consider myself somewhat of an expert, but routinely have my butt kicked by friends who fill out their brackets by picking winners solely by their preference of the teams'nicknames. Go figure! Anyway, enjoy the Madness with a few cervezas frias - I bet your brackets will be highly competitive. Have enjoyed conversing with you - Mucho Gusto y Saludos! MG
Have not had a problem with picture, etc; just with the warranty repair.
Only had this thing 9 months and the power adapter cord fails; at first needs to be replugged in several times, now does not work. This cord is a poor design; should be one piece t begin with; Secondly I was told I had to bring in the TV WITH the cord. Third, I have to leave the TV and cord for two weeks to get "service." I am not happy with that; no reason I cannot just get another cord, and how about a loaner TV? Ha Ha will never happen of course.
I am beginning to understand why Best Buy is losing stock value. The previous TV I bought at WalMart; it also failed; I called and they said immediately they would refund my $ so I could go get a new one. What a difference!
love it or leave it
well maybe i am lucky but my wife bought me 46 inch and i think it is as good if not better than most if not all major brands, the picture as crisp as you get as a matter of fact my wife says its hard for her to watch as it is so real possible the sound could maybe get a tweek or two..maybe i am just lucky 6 months..ghostzipper
Don't buy an Insignia tv
I have an Insignia 19" tv. I would never buy another. It takes 30 seconds to turn on, yes I have timed it.
Although it is a 19" tv the picture is only 15". Over the past year several people have tried to find a way to change this for me with no luck. I have a new Samsung 19" tv that I love.
BIG MISTAKE-I WILL NEVER PURCHASE AN INSIGNIA TV AGAIN AND I WILL NOT PURCHASE A TV FROM BESTBUY. If you can't stand behind the product you sale then you shouldn't sale it. The tv was slow to come on, I returned it to the store within the 30 days and was told this was normal. Four months later the tv would freeze then stop working. I waited on a service guy to come that was ordered out by Insignia but he never showed so I returned it to Bestbuy myself and got it back three weeks later with a new Main Board. It worked for 6 hours and I had to return it again with the same problem. Bestbuy said they can't refund me or give me a new one unless it was okayed by the manufacture. Seriously if you can't back your product you shouldn't sale it and why do you purchase a service contract when it has a two year warranty anyway. I plan to return this tv every time it tweeks the wrong way for the entire two years if they do not replace it or refund me. I was told to email Insignia because they listened to the consumer more than the store people. Got a problem with your Insignia email them at insigniaproducts.com/contact please. If you are happy with your Insignia consider yourself lucky. I was told by a tv repair guy that they always work on Insignia's. The tv from Walmart has lasted longer.
Is it time to retire this thread yet?
Hola, Mi Amigo! March Madness time again - how the days fly by the older we get! Hope your bracket was a winner last year - mine wasn't! Will go at it again this week - hope you do well! Just wanted to report that I will be watching the Madness again this year on my Insignia 55" LCD - have had no problems over the past year, and have had several compliments on the quality of the picture. At the price I paid it is now expendable, but hope it will continue to perform for some time to come.
Buena suerte, P7 - Hasta la vista !
Time to retire