Despite using different lighting systems, the Insignia NS-55E480 (LED) and the Samsung E550 (CCFL) that we compared it with performed similarly in terms of color balance and black levels. The Samsung was a competent TV but a disappointing downgrade from the D630 that preceded it, and the Insignia sits in a similar middling category in terms of picture quality.
The Insignia was able to deliver relatively deep black levels and lacked the distracting backlight intrusions of some of the other LED models. Color was another matter, for while colors were vibrant they weren't always the most accurate, with some skin tones looking a bit too rich and greens a bit too dark. As a result it's definitely an above-average performer for the money, but no threat to many LCDs in the $1,000-plus range, much less to equivalently priced plasmas.
December 19, 2012 4:07 PM PST
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| Caption by: Ty Pendlebury
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