Inexpensive, many inputs, great stock speakers, Best Buy Warranty
Reliablity issues; make sure you get the warranty!!!
Background info: I'm a college student. I finally decided to get a new TV and since I know tube TVs are on the way out I figured I should bite the bullet and get an HDTV. The problem is that most HDTVs are way out of my price range. ... Read full review
Background info: I'm a college student. I finally decided to get a new TV and since I know tube TVs are on the way out I figured I should bite the bullet and get an HDTV. The problem is that most HDTVs are way out of my price range. Enter the Insignia.
First, the good. One of the technicians told me that despite being a "house brand" the actual components of Insignia HDTVs are usually LG, Sharp, or Samsung since Best Buy doesn't actually make the components themselves. Therefore, when you buy an Insignia, you're buying a higher-end brand in an Insignia box.
This TV has a boat-load of inputs, 2 HDMIs, 2 component sets, RF coaxial, VGA etc... I was able to hook up my PS2 and Wii and DVD player, all with inputs to spare.
The speakers that come on the TV are fantastic, and seem to simulate surround sound. I was very pleased by the quality of speakers that came with the TV. However, that did not stop me from buying my own surround sound system.
I went into Best Buy and bought this TV after seeing it side-by-side with comparably sized HDTVs that cost a lot more. I couldn't tell a difference so I thought I'd be frugal and buy the house-brand.
Now, the not-so-good. The only reason this isn't "terrible" is because of Best Buy's warranty policy. Make sure you get the warranty!
I bought an Open-box item and it had a dead pixel, normally I wouldn't care, but the pixel was stuck on RED and it was literally in the CENTER of the screen. So I returned it and got a new TV, this one has bad processing, digital, and analog boards. So the picture is really pixelated and the color is just "off". It's under warranty so the parts and labor are free, but it's annoying that this is happening to begin with.
I took a gamble with the Open-Box item and lost, that's forgivable. But I got the second TV BRAND NEW there should have been no problems with it.
I hope I just got stuck with "lemons" as opposed to this brand being unreliable, however my experience remains the same, both TVs I bought have broken. The only saving grace for this experience has been Best Buy's warranty.
If you are looking for a budget HDTV, this is worth a look, buy the warranty too. I imagine that these are fine machines that will fulfill your desire for great picture at a great price, assuming they don't break of course.