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Yikes.. okay. hope you set all the TV's to default color settings since they can manually change these to make certain sets look better than others. My friend used to work at bestbuy told me that they had the most complaints from insignia... get a warranty??
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Yikes.. okay. hope you set all the TV's to default color settings since they can manually change these to make certain sets look better than others. My friend used to work at bestbuy told me that they had the most complaints from insignia... get a warranty??
I was sort of concerned with the brand, but I am superbly happy with my purchase. I played with the settings in the store, but this was actually one of few that the display model didn't have the contrast and colour set way too high. Anyway, the picture is awesome on this thing. I had to turn the colour temp from "cool" to "normal", turned the brightness down to 30/100, and turned the backlight down to 50/100. Looks gorgeous to me, and I was using a nice 1920x1200 before. Like I said, I compared in the store for a good while before I decided to go for it. A buddy of mine has had his Insignia for a couple years now with no issues, a 42" 1080p 120Hz, though it looks no where near as nice as mine. My sister has a 26" Insignia with no issues other than it sucks, and it's about 3-4 years old. There's a 2 year manufacturer's warranty anyway, and that's good enough for me. No dead pixels or any defects. Only gripe is a bit more ghosting than my 1920x1200 KDS, and the housing is not so nice. Other than that I love it. Even my mom who doesn't care about TV's, who gave away her 32" to use a 13" because "it's cuter", sat down and just watched my wallpapers change for a good 10 minutes.
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I would have went with this.
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I would have went with this.
hannspree tend to look bland and washed out to me, even with the best color calibration I could manage... might have just been my panel though.

If that panasonic you didn't end up getting was the same IPS panel they are talking about on hardforum then it seems to have tested with alot of input lag so I wouldnt use it for gaming/PC display (unless its just movies your watching)

How are you liking the purchase so far ? I dont know whats available to you up in canada, but i feel in love with the vizio xvt series displays that are 240hz/led/full-array units for the price of most edge lit samsungs/sonys. Vizio isnt the mediocre brand they used to be imo.
    
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I am wondering how did you know specific panels are IPS did it say on the box or just assumed.

If the tv you were looking was a floor model the contrast and brightness was probably adjusted so high that the viewing angles and the lighting of the floor gives you the mis-perception of little to no difference in viewing angles. If you ever really dealt with a tn panel and ips panal you can for sure tell that IPS is superior in color and viewing angles.

As long as your kept the receipt keep th tv for a few days if it satisfy your needs then great, but to be honest insignia tv are third tier in my opinion.
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I would have went with this.
I can't order online, I had to buy locally. And I wouldn't ever buy a display without seeing it in person first. Specs mean nothing, I have one of the worst monitors I have ever seen (eMachines) and it's specs say it's better than my KDS with contrast/response time/etc., and it's junk. I could have bought a 120Hz, but none of the lower priced models had a good picture. There where about 100 some TVs on display, and this was one of the nicer looking ones that wasn't $$$. I'm very happy, and it's like like I haven't seen other TVs. My one friends has a 46" Samsung, another has a 42" Sony, another a etc. Like I said, it looks awesome, and I am way more than satisfied.
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I am wondering how did you know specific panels are IPS did it say on the box or just assumed.

If the tv you were looking was a floor model the contrast and brightness was probably adjusted so high that the viewing angles and the lighting of the floor gives you the mis-perception of little to no difference in viewing angles. If you ever really dealt with a tn panel and ips panal you can for sure tell that IPS is superior in color and viewing angles.

As long as your kept the receipt keep th tv for a few days if it satisfy your needs then great, but to be honest insignia tv are third tier in my opinion.
I adjusted the settings in store, and I know how to set up a display fairly descently. The Panasonic model was listed as an IPS panel, but it honestly did not look like like other IPS panels I have seen at places like Canadacomputers. It was pretty disappointing actually. I thought I was even looking at the wrong model at first. I don't know, but maybe there is a such thing as sub-par IPS panels as well, I mean, a 32" IPS for under $500 seems pretty unbelievable. On a side note - you should have seen how they had the plasmas set up. They had a soccer broadcast of some sort playing, and the grass was fluorescent green. People who don't realize it's probably set on "vivid" or something would just walk by and think it sucked, and never buy it.
Edited by Aaron_Henderson - 1/13/11 at 10:07am
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