I couldn't find allot of info online about this model, so I thought I'd start this thread.
I picked up the Insignia NS-55E480A13A
this past week from Bestbuy. I was replacing a 5 year old 42" Insignia LCD. I had zero issues with my previous Insignia LCD and was very happy with it (for the price).
I did allot of research and spent countless hours online reading reviews and comparing prices. I was not in the market for a 3D TV and wasn't interested in a SMART TV. I settled on this TV due to the price (under $700). It also had mostly favorable reviews and looked good at the store (compared to the other models that were in my price range). I'm no videophile, so I don't need the best display on the market, but I do appreciate a good picture.
The new TV is mounted on a tilt bracket above our fireplace mantle. Our viewing distance is about 8-9 feet. I have an HD DVR, Samsung Blu ray player, and an XBOX 360 hooked to it.
The first thing I noticed was how thin this TV is (less then 2" thick). This is a BIG difference from my previous LCD. I was also surprised by how lightweight the TV is (just 50 lbs for a 55" TV). The thin bezel around the TV is a nice touch, but I'm not too thrilled with the visible speakers at the bottom of the set. The bezel has a glossy finish that can be a bit distracting in a bright room. It was nice to get a much larger screen while not really taking up that much more wall space.NOTE: The included power cord is a bit short (less then 5'). This may not be a big deal for some, but I had to go to Radio Shack and purchase a longer one.PICTURE
Out of the box the picture was not very good. After a few minutes tweaking I was pretty happy. I started with the settings from the CNET review (listed below).http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/insignia-ns-55e480a13a/4505-6482_7-35554161.html
---Picture settings menu---
Picture mode: Custom
--Advanced Video menu--
Dynamic Backlight DCR: Off
Insignia 120 Hz: Off
Aspect Ratio: Normal
Color Temp: Warm
Noise Reduction: Off
Adaptive Contrast: Off
I found these settings to be a good starting point. I'm still trying to find the best settings for watching sports (Basketball). Any Recommendations?SOUND
The Sound is pretty week, but I'm running the sound thru an external receiver...so it isn't an issue. From what I've read, the sound is not so great on any of these LED TV's. As I mentioned earlier, the speakers are visible at the bottom of the TV and add to the thin bezel that surrounds the TV. You would think that this may help wit the sound quality, but it doesn't. Just a bad design choice.REMOTE
The remote is very light and feels very, very cheap. I do like the button layout, but I don't plan to use it very much. The remote from my old Insignia TV was 100x's better and was even backlit.NOTE: Insignia does offer plenty of remote codes via their website.
This TV does not have any bells & whistles. It lacks 3D and doesn't include any SMART features or Wifi. It is certified to work with the Roku Streaming Stick.
UPDATE: I have added the Roku stick. It took less then 5 minutes out of the box to setup. It plugs into the MHL port on the back of the TV. Full featured Roku without having to add a separate box. You can use the Insignia remote or the included Roku game remote. Apps load quickly and were very responsive. I could tell no difference in the Roku stick vs a Roku box (I also have a Roku LT). Streaming video in 1080p looks great! I also like that it supports dual band wifi (b/g/n).The only downfall is having to run an optical audio cable from the TV to my receiver for 5.1 sound.OVERALL
So far I pretty happy with my purchase. The TV is exactly what I wanted (for the price). I still plan to tweak the settings and I'm looking forward to adding the Roku stick. I would recommend this TV to anyone who wants a decent size TV (55") and is on a budget (under $700).
Does anyone else have this TV? If so, what are your thoughts? Also please share your settings.