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Hey everyone!

I am looking to upgrade to a bit larger screen and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with Insignia TVs?

The one that I am looking at in particular would be the 42" LED 1080p 120hz.

Please no, "You get what you pay for" type of answers. I am looking for anyone with actual experiences with the brand or even better, this actual TV.

I'll be pairing this up with the Energy Take Classic 5.1 system and a Denon AVR-1613 receiver. Trust me, if price was not an option, I would love to get a Samsung to complete the perfect package, but I digress.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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Well unfortunately, you get what you pay for is really the best advice we can give you. Yes, the picture quality may be enough for you, however the tv will obviously be lacking in extra features and overall build quality/support. Insignia's are pretty much towards the lower end of quality sets you can get.
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Please no, "You get what you pay for" type of answers. I am looking for anyone with actual experiences with the brand or even better, this actual TV. !
Funny and ironic. 1st response was exactly what you weren't looking for. wink.gif
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That is a decent set with a well known panel with good characteristics, and MVA panel with good native black levels. Go for it.
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Thank you! Anyone else with any input (from experience preferably)?
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I also have been looking at this tv at Best Buy. My two choices to pick from are the 42" Insignia 120HZ and the Sony 42" KDL42EX440. The Sony would cost me about a $100 more than the Insignia NS-42E480A13. I would not mind paying the extra money if that meant i was a better quality set. Would appreciate any comments from members or anyone who has has experience between these two sets.
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Well unfortunately, you get what you pay for is really the best advice we can give you. Yes, the picture quality may be enough for you, however the tv will obviously be lacking in extra features and overall build quality/support. Insignia's are pretty much towards the lower end of quality sets you can get.

I wholeheartedly disagree. As the Best Buy store brand, Insignia has as good or better support than many "name brand" sets. For example, I had a Sony LCD that developed an issue about a year after purchase but not too far from the original warranty expiration. It took more than one try and the old "runaround" before I got them to really fix the issue and even though the first try at the same problem happened within the warranty period, they tried the old "warranty expired" tactic with me a week after I had gotten the set back from them (expired while they had it).

Conversely, I had an Insignia plasma that developed a line on the screen, which they told me to take back to Best Buy to send for repair. Within three days, they called and told me to go back to Best Buy and pick a new TV (of any brand).

Just saying, there are good and bad CS stories for every brand. At least Insignias are somewhat backed by Best Buy as that is the only place you can go to buy one.

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Larrimore is right. Having a physical place of business in every city where you can go with your problem and talk to a person face to face is priceless.

Insignias are decent sets too.

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I own an Insignia 42" LCD television that I bought 3 years ago. I have to be honest, the picture is very very good.

BestBuy is coming out with a 65" Insignia 65D550NA15 for just over a thousand dollars.

The 50" Insignia at BestBuy has the same model number and has some very good feedback.

I just want a "no frills" large TV, nothing else. Don't need all the smart features. What do you guys think?
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I have a 65" insignia that I bought last year as a place holder until new 4K TVs were out. When displaying a bright scene, picture is very good. However, shadow detail is terrible and uniformity is not very good (corners are bright). However, having said that, I looked at other name brand TVs at the same time and even tried a couple. They weren't any better. Insignia uses same panels as name brands, you are just missing out on some of the software tweeks that many people don't care about. I think you could do a lot worse.
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I have had an insignia in my bedroom for around ten years now. Sure, it's 720p and needs a bit of tuning to keep the blacks from being grey and the colors from being a bit bland, but it outlasted a top of the line sony that I bought a few weeks after it at magnolia (before best buy sorta ruined the store). Haven't had to do a thing to it since the day I bought it except calibrate it a few times.
And anyway, all of the panels on flat screens are made by a few manufacturers. You do get what you pay for to a certain extent, but there are always deals to be had if you can be patient.
I don't know if you are interested, but I'm selling my Mitsubishi diamond 52" LCD (because I don't have room for it at my new place). If you are looking for something with great color that can display 120hz natively, it's right up your alley. Of course, like a couple other folks here said, you can't stroll in to a brick and mortar store if you buy used, but these sorts of electronics generally work, or are doa (or dead within a week or two), and only need a new lamp every... Well... Going on 7 years in my mitsubishis case.
The only thing I'd suggest is do a bit of research on the actual LEDs, and electronics in the actual tv you are going to buy. You will find that even the most generic of brands share components with their more prestigious competitors... And then there's the processing capability and quirks...errrr... "Perks" in the form of apps that no one uses.
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