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post #31 of 83
Quote:
Originally Posted by GamerGirl
You're using composite cables for your DVD player?? How's SD programming on this set?
if by composite you mean the old standard white,yellow and red then yes thats what im using.

i dont have anything else at this time.

i dont know what SD programming is, if you mean standard programming then i still cant help cause its not being used for anything other than dvd's (no cable, no antenne)


anyone else have the lines like im describing?
post #32 of 83
I picked up this TV a couple days ago. So far, I've only used it for Xbox, but I'm pretty pleased with the picture quality. However, I am having one issue. The TV seems to clip off what I'd estimate is about 3 or 4% of the picture on either side of the screen. I've got the Xbox hooked up with component cables and in the Xbox dashboard settings, I've enabled Widescreen and all the HD modes (480p, 720p, 1080i).

I didn't notice the problem until I tried Halo 2 where parts of the HUD (in the upper left and lower left and text messages) very noticeably get cut off. In other games where interface elements aren't quite as far out on the edges of the screen, its less obvious, but on close inspection, the problem is just as present. The TV picture size setting is set to "Full" (the 4th option) which is what the manual says should be used for a 16:9 signal. I can't seem to find any other settings to adjust that might remedy this.

Is anyone else having this problem? Any solutions? Thanks.

-Aaron
post #33 of 83
well folks,

im taking this TV back. its just to grainy and the the blacks have touches of green in them...

last night i hooked up my Phillips 20" and the Insignia to the same dvd player and saw a world of differance in detail.

its to bad, i wanted this to work out since its alot more for any other wide screen TV.

one thing i learned is, im never going back to a square set. i loved morphing the TV shows.
post #34 of 83
I bought this TV as a replacement to a 26' Samsung I bought last year that was advertised as having a QAM tuner (that worked). I haven't noticed any picture quality difference. The built-in tuner does QAM and seem to do a decent job of OTA receiption as well.

Since it's in the bedroom I haven't done much critical TV viewing, but watching movies 480p seems to give black levels.
post #35 of 83
i think im going to use the 379 best buy credit and do the payment plan for an $899 LG 30" wide screen "direct view" set...anyone have a review on that?

post here or jagurs(at)gmail(dot)com

any help on the LG would be much appreciated since i dont want to make another mistake.
post #36 of 83
forget_your_life: i'm curious, when you did you comparison test, did you continue to use your composite cables, or did you upgrade to component? if not, then your cable choice may have a lot to do with the green push, along with no calibration(?).
post #37 of 83
The price is $349.99 now, or $297.49 with the 15% off coupon. I couldn't resist any longer and bought one.

I've noticed that the picture is slightly strecthed both vertically and horizontally. Has anyone found a way to reduce the vertical height and horizontal width?
post #38 of 83
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Originally Posted by E_One

Watch football on HD... fox(720p) and cbs (1080i) it was great! cbs broadcast looks much better than fox, maybe because the conversion for fox broadcast. I'm using satellite, SD content looks better than on my 65" Mits.


FOX HD for the NFL can't touch CBS. It has nothi ng to do with the conversion CBS is just the king when it comes to HD NFL.


Usually in this order for NFL HD video quality:


CBS
ABC-mnf
ESPN - SNF
FOX


ABC and ESPN are a toss up.
post #39 of 83
Quote:
The price is $349.99 now, or $297.49 with the 15% off coupon. I couldn't resist any longer and bought one.
Hm... still within 30days... will try price guarantee policy at best buy this weekend... 30 bucks... not to bad.
post #40 of 83
What is this "15% coupon" that everyone keeps talking about?
Thanks!
post #41 of 83
here you go...

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....cat70500050005

This coupon expires on Nov. 19 and only good for close out / clearance / open box tv
post #42 of 83
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the great information guys. I am definately picking this one up very soon, before November 19th definately. Anybody know if this tv is still on clearance at BB?
post #43 of 83
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Originally Posted by Darkshier
Thanks for all the great information guys. I am definately picking this one up very soon, before November 19th definately. Anybody know if this tv is still on clearance at BB?
Yes it is. I just got home from picking it up at my local BB.

Have a few question though. I currently have TW standard cable so can I get HD channels from the cable line or would I have to use the attena?

My current setup is that I have the TW cable line going through my VCR which goes out to my TV via composite cable. I have an attena going to the TV coaxial port so I can recieve the HDTV channels. This work except that the signal from my standard cable are quite grainy looking going through my VCR.

2) Some channels looks a bit pixelated while other channels are a bit too smooth where faces looks kinda odd, is this a problem with the TV or the HDTV feed? I'm thinking it's the HDTV feed since ABC and CBS doesn't have these problems.

3) for those that calibrated their set, what settings do you have sharpness/contrast/brightness on? My DVD player broke and mine won't come until, hopefully, tomorrow or monday.
post #44 of 83
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkshier
Thanks for all the great information guys. I am definately picking this one up very soon, before November 19th definately. Anybody know if this tv is still on clearance at BB?
Yes...

I just picked one up at my local BB, I called ahead and they had two in back. They did NOT have any out on display!

David
post #45 of 83
Just a question about this set. Now that the 15% off coupon has been extended a few more weeks and the price also dropped, I'm strongly considering getting this. People are saying this is on clearance in their area... does that mean that it will be on clearance everywhere? I was at BB last week and saw the set, and it wasn't on clearance then.

Also, I'm a little concerned about the stretching issue mentioned above. Are other owners noticing this? The vertical/horizontal stretching, I mean? Or is that just because someone didn't have their picture settings correct?

At less than $300 with an integrated HD tuner and (possibly) QAM, this is a great buy even if it doesn't have HDMI. I can get a 2 or 3 year extended warranty with the added savings, too, which gives peace of mind if something should happen.
post #46 of 83
Clearance is for each store but, when a store runs out of them it probably won't be getting more. If one store in your area is out of stock, another store may still have it.
The streching issue most likely is aspect ratio setting. One setting stretches horizontal, another stretched vertical, another both ways more like zoom as top & bottom get chopped a little).
The 3 yr extended was $139 I think. I didn't get it. The tv comes with a 1 year parts and labor. I figured if it works ok for a year it'll work fine for 5 years.
post #47 of 83
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Originally Posted by jeffK987
Clearance is for each store but, when a store runs out of them it probably won't be getting more. If one store in your area is out of stock, another store may still have it.
The streching issue most likely is aspect ratio setting. One setting stretches horizontal, another stretched vertical, another both ways more like zoom as top & bottom get chopped a little).
The 3 yr extended was $139 I think. I didn't get it. The tv comes with a 1 year parts and labor. I figured if it works ok for a year it'll work fine for 5 years.
Thanks for the info. No offense, but I wouldn't be so sure about that last part, especially on a lesser-known, in-house brand like Insignia. My parents had a 36" Sony HDTV, one of the best, for 3 years and it recently stopped working. There was absolutely no warning, no telltale sign of a problem, after performing beautifully for more than 2 years. It just stopped turning on one day.

And that stretching issue the other poster mentioned seems to be a problem with the HD feed he's receiving. I don't think he was referring to the picture on regular channels.
post #48 of 83
Quote:
Originally Posted by Superman07
forget_your_life: i'm curious, when you did you comparison test, did you continue to use your composite cables, or did you upgrade to component? if not, then your cable choice may have a lot to do with the green push, along with no calibration(?).
i was just using RCA cables and a S-video cable.

the differance was obvious.

i have since bought a 30" LG...i got it with the 15% off coupon and another $90 bucks off since it was opened for a total of $688

with the same low tech RCA and S-video hook-ups the piture is a million times better and the sound is sesational

i am saving for a DVD player with HDMI, thats why im doing the RCa right now.

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the one cool thing the insignia had was that ability to scroll the picture up, for sub-titles it was so nice.
post #49 of 83
Just an update for the price match... yes i am able to get the price match although i have to argue with them. They told me that it does not valid since i already get 15% discount. I explained to them that that does not make any sense at all... I told them I will return the set and buy a new one with the coupon since the coupon is still valid... and finally they understood. So I got 25.50 credit back...
post #50 of 83
I really don't understand the logic in off-brand thinking.

There's this Insignia, which is made by Orion, and with recent Toshiba products we're seeing the reliability. Again, with this clearance coupon, and the HS420 Sony 30" tubes approaching $799.99 at BB, and the XS models going for almost less b/c of clearance, why would anyone buy these things?

Are we, as a society, so bent on saving money, that we'll do anything to justify buying a product hoping it lasts the manufacturers warranty?

I'm not trying to call anyone out, but working retail lately, I've noticed more and more, it's quantity over quality for the masses, and it's really starting to confuse me.
post #51 of 83
for me the reason of buying insignia... primarily i'm going to use it with xbox360. Those tv you've mentioned, will need a set top box to receive ota HD signal... that's about 78 bucks if you go the radio shack clearance and may be higher if you buy other models...

let say $800 for the price you quoted vs 297.50... my eyes does not hurt when i watch insignia tv... well that's 500 in my pocket... thank you very much. It's up to the person who buy the set... if you happy to buy expensive stuff that's fine... good for you... for me, i just can't justify the cost. if you think $500 is so bent on saving money... good for you... i can use extra $500 for my other things :)
post #52 of 83
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris_006
I really don't understand the logic in off-brand thinking.

There's this Insignia, which is made by Orion, and with recent Toshiba products we're seeing the reliability. Again, with this clearance coupon, and the HS420 Sony 30" tubes approaching $799.99 at BB, and the XS models going for almost less b/c of clearance, why would anyone buy these things?

Are we, as a society, so bent on saving money, that we'll do anything to justify buying a product hoping it lasts the manufacturers warranty?

I'm not trying to call anyone out, but working retail lately, I've noticed more and more, it's quantity over quality for the masses, and it's really starting to confuse me.
Sorry Chris, but some people just can't afford to buy expensive TV's. I am a full-time college student who works 25 hours a week making $7.10 an hour. For me, I don't have too many options other than this Insignia. Not only that, but I did my research and made this thread, which has had very positive results. Everyone in this thread who has purchased the Insignia HDTV, has had nothing but praise for it. For me, my small budget and my xbox 360, this HDTV is the way to go.
post #53 of 83
Hi guys, I was wondering for those who have this tv and have tried playing videogames on it how is the picture quality? Im planning on buying this tv for the xbox 360 and wanted to make sure that the 480, 720, and 1080 hd images look good on this tv for gaming. Can you please describe your experience with game quality in detail on this tv because this is the only tv ive found with hdtv in my price range. Thanks
post #54 of 83
Ahhhhh!!!!!!!

...


Well, I got this tv, because it was the only widescreen HDTV that fit my $300 budget. And guess what? It doesn't turn on. I plugged it in, turned it on: nothing. Not even a power light. All that happend was a loud buzzing sound -- like something spinning around, whirring. Great. I am going to exchange the TV tommorrow. And the Best Buy is a two hour drive away. Great... Anyway, I am getting another one of these, hopefully a working one. These things only happen to me... : (

P.S. I do like comma splices...
post #55 of 83
Hey guys, I just got the 30" version of this tv the other day. It will be 399 on Black Friday so I am going to go back in and price match it to get the 399$ deal. But anyways, my tv looks amazing on SD which surprised me and the HDTV is alright, but I think my tv is defective because my colors,brightness, and contrast have to be turned WAY to high for AVIA and the colors still looked washed out. I was wondering how all of your experiences with the colors and cont/bright are coming.
post #56 of 83
I have the 26" IS-TV040927. HDTV & SD colors & brightness have stayed ok since I set up with Avia. The DVD's (component used) sometimes need brightness turned up by 5 or so because scenes are too dark, otherwise colors have stayed ok.
post #57 of 83
I'm interested in this tv also. I saw that ad in the thanksgiving BB flyer.
post #58 of 83
I've been watching the prices and features of 30" crt hdtv's for the last 2 years. I've wanted to buy one for that long. I've been waiting and watching for the best bang for the buck. I only want one for one reason to watch dvd's. I'll be using my kenwood 5 disk dvd changer via componet cables. The tv will only be turned on to watch a movie and then turned off. But I want to get the best picture quality that I can get for this price range. I thought about the panasonic tau 34" but then I'm in the 1g club. And if i'm there might as well just jump up to a 51" projection for 899. I'm really after a few things. Movie viewing experience, picture quality, longevity. But, if this tv does the trick then I'm going to endure the black friday and get one. If not then I'll end up coming home with a Toshiba 51" Widescreen Rear-Projection HD-Ready Monitor with HDMI Inputs http://images.bestbuy.com/BestBuy_US...7071633_sa.jpg

for 899.99 it's cheaper than the panasonic tau 34" and well i'm sure that the pq is lesser but the screen size makes up for that because it ads to the give and take situation.

This is why it's taken me 2 years to decide on what to get :D Well that and it's soo overwhelming when you go into a store and your swarmed by different options. So, I think that I want to get something and stay under 1g. And I want the biggest screen size to stay under 1g and also just get a good deal. I have a kenwood krx-1000 that is just sitting begging to get hooked back up along with my expensive speakers. All I need is a tv. and watching movies on the 19" monitor even with zalman 5.1 heaphones isn't anything like watching a movie in THX with dual 15" subs blazing away :D

The BB ad says minum 2 per store. So this insignia 30" WS is my first choice then if they are sold out by 6am today I'll just get the toshiba, and if the toshiba has some crappy picture when I check it out. I'll probably A) hold off longer or B) drive to Circuit City look at the 34" tau see the 1200.00 price tag and go back to waiting :D

Either way. I'm going to go out during black friday tomorrow :D
post #59 of 83
:( WooHooo, I Survived Black Friday !!!! I saw alot of frozen doughnuts and I waited in line to get into BB. I even stood in the cold and tried to get this darn tv to fit in the back of my gf's 96' saturn sw2, it didn't fit (doh). So we ended up going to fleet buying a nice new tv stand for this bad boy, and I also bought a 3 foot component cable set from BB and a monster cable surge strip (149 one not the 200 one :eek: ) and then went home to get the cherokee. After lugging this thing up 2 flights of stairs in the cold I'm now ready to set it up :D To bad this is going to be a weekend project including painting the walls and setting up the audio system once again ( I've missed my kenwood krx-1000 and dual mtx ps15's :cool: ).

I sure hope the thing turns on :D

I really like the visual astetics of this tv. looks very nice. and I also like the fact that it up converts to 1080i. Well time to paint some walls, Been up since 4am :D I'll report back once I have it all hooked up and calibrated with avia.

Oh, and the BB that I went to didn't have the toshiba 51" they said that they didn't even receive any at that location. But they had the insignia. And I figure that since this is my first hd set. Might as well give the bargan priced one a shot.

regular price is 649.99 was on sale today and tomorrow for 399.99. That's a darn good sale :D Espeically considering my set was the last one that left the store. And they will not have any more for awhile they said. (probably not till monday or soemthing :D)

Mine was manufactured in 0ct 05' that's kinda reasurring :D

enough of my rant. I hope that I have good luck with this set. I'm not looking forward to the 2 flights of stairs again. It'll be through snow if I do it again :(
post #60 of 83
wookie....
CONGRATS on surviving BlackFriday!! Last year was more than enough for me!!!
Glad you got the set.....You probably already know this...but it's worth mentioning....LET THE SET WARM TO ROOM TEMPERATURE BEFORE POWERING IT ON!!! Power supply caps, especially, are prone to fail when voltage is applied under cold conditions (<32 degrees)....
Lugging these things is a royal PIA.....but, hey....you did it!!! :D And just think of all that nice HD stuff you'll be able to enjoy as your reward for your efforts!!
ENJOY!!
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