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Insignia brand electronics
« on: January 07, 2016, 08:19:10 PM »
Any experiences/opinions on Insignia electronics (Best Buy store brand), especially flatscreen TV's?  I'm looking at an open box model at Best Buy, smart LED 48" Insignia.  For the stick house, not the RV... 48" might be a little large.  ;)  Price is good but I have no experience with the brand, and internet reviews are sparse since Best Buy is the only place that sells Insignia.  I'm not beholden to any particular brand name when it comes to electronics (or anything for that matter), but generally I stick with brands that have a history & good reputation.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2016, 08:23:44 PM »
Why not locate a small mom and pop TV repair shop and ask them which brand they see the least of and which one they would recommend?
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2016, 09:03:26 PM »
I would not buy any electronic device I could not find a large amount of user reviews on.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2016, 09:20:57 PM »
I have seen a lot of them browsing looking for a coach. However abt.90% of the TV come out of China and most are made at the same place? Very few made in Japan anymore. I have had bad luck with Sharp and Hitachi. Good with Sony, Samsung and Panasonic. JS Good luck
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2016, 10:08:15 PM »
I tend to agree with Tom about reviews for electronics. If there is a good body of reviews you can usually find out commonly recurring problems. In flat screens I have a Samsung plasma in the basement that has been trouble free for five years, a Sony LCD in the RV installed by the prior owner that is also excellent, and a Toshiba LED in the house with a nice picture but a number of problems with the "smart" functions. Subsequent reviews showed that other users had the same problems.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2016, 03:09:30 AM »
I have one and so for it is great.  Mind you it has only been a year, but it has a great picture and hasn't broken down yet.  I picked it up fairly cheap as well at BB.  I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2016, 03:30:57 AM »
There are a fair amount of reviews on Insignia (and they are largely positive), the only limitation being that the reviews only exist at best buy.com since that's the only place the brand is sold.  Insignia has been around for many years though, so that may say something for its reputation to some extent.  I'm sure Best Buy would drop the name in a heartbeat if it wasn't being sold and profitable.

I agree that it seems most electronics are nearly identical these days... flatscreen TV's, cell phones, and laptops all seem pretty much the same to me, the "typical user" of such items.  Sure there are professional or industrial purposes for some electronics, but I don't need that capability and I don't expect anything grand from Insignia.  Status quo is fine. ;)
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2016, 05:57:56 AM »
I have two of them and at 6 years old, they're still going strong.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2016, 07:21:59 AM »
Insignia is not a manufacturer of electronics.. It is the Best Buys house brand and the products are simply re-branded other company stuff... ONE of the companies they buy from is LG,  I have dealt with several LG products including my Dometic Microwave and one INsignia product and ... Well I'm convined LG stands for Lousy Goods.

I"m sure other products in the line are better however.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2016, 07:41:41 AM »
I've never had any problems with LG. Back when a 32" flat screen tv cost just south of $1000, we had a Polaroid. It quit working shortly after we bought it, no help from Polaroid. Come to find out, Polaroid had issues with their power supplies and wouldn't stand behind their products. Just this past week, I saw Polaroid tv's advertised somewhere and was thinking"I wouldn't pay$5 for one of them". The only way I would have a Polaroid product now is if I received it for free.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2016, 12:26:34 PM »
I picked it up fairly cheap as well at BB.  I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.

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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2016, 01:07:42 PM »
I've never had any problems with LG. Back when a 32" flat screen tv cost just south of $1000, we had a Polaroid. It quit working shortly after we bought it, no help from Polaroid. Come to find out, Polaroid had issues with their power supplies and wouldn't stand behind their products. Just this past week, I saw Polaroid tv's advertised somewhere and was thinking"I wouldn't pay$5 for one of them". The only way I would have a Polaroid product now is if I received it for free.

LG used to be Goldstar. Remember the disposable microwaves and VHS tape players? However I have had a few LG flip phones and they hold up pretty well. I am hard on flip phones and won't own a big clunky smart phone. I'd destroy it in weeks. I could break a crowbar in a sand box if I put my mind to it.

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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2016, 01:22:55 PM »
OP said Best Buy so BB must be Best Buy.  Dick nvrver
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2016, 01:26:54 PM »
OP said Best Buy so BB must be Best Buy.  Dick nvrver

Sorry, I didn't connect the two. Thanks.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2016, 01:47:46 PM »
I bought 2 from BB 2-3 years ago for two bed rooms at home.
So far no problems at all.

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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2016, 02:08:15 PM »
LG used to known as Lucky Goldstar. They were not known for their high quality. That said, I have been fairly impressed with their current products.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2016, 04:33:55 PM »
LG used to known as Lucky Goldstar. They were not known for their high quality. That said, I have been fairly impressed with their current products.

Yes, it was a very successful "rebranding."  Fortunately, it appears that the new name coincided with a significant quality improvement effort.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2016, 05:30:57 PM »
I'm sorry.  I am generally lazy.  BB is indeed Best Buy.

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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2016, 07:26:12 PM »
The worst TV I had was a Sharp Aquos.  Their top of the line premium brand.  Died for good after 18 months.  Parts to repair it cost more than replacing it with a Sony from WalMart.

The best is an LG.  In between there are Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, and a Polaroid that simply refuses to die.  It's the oldest too, it's old enough to be analog.  I still use it as a computer monitor once in a while.  Used it in an RV for about 10 years before the digital thing happened, and a couple of years afterwards with a converter.

I just read on wiki that Insignia is made up of last years LG models/parts.   Have you looked for prices on name brands at Amazon?

I've had very bad luck with stuff from BB.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2016, 07:55:27 PM »
Amazon is where I do 90% of my shopping lately, so yep I've researched there A LOT for various brands/models.  For what I'm finding with TV's, some of the major name brands are priced anywhere from $200-500 more (up to double the price) for reasons I cannot really determine.  Those big brands have big advertising budgets to support, so I'm not really convinced that they are better in the technology sense.

For almost everything I buy, I research Amazon reviews even if I end up not buying there.  This TV purchase is pure "want" as we have a Vizio 38" LCD flatscreen that has been working almost flawlessly for ~7 years now.  It was a refurbished model that I bought from a wholesaler on ebay.  I just want something a little bigger for our living room.  Newegg.com has a refurb 48" Vizio with features I want for $399, but then I found an open box Insignia that is almost identical for $319.  That got me wondering and I posted this thread.

It seems like everyone has something good or bad to say about every brand that exists, so I'm used to that.  So far, with Insignia I'm finding that some folks are hesitant for speculative reasons (I would put myself in that category too), but very few actual owners/buyers of Insignia have anything negative to say.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2016, 08:39:03 PM »
Just put an Insignia brand 40" in the guest room. I am impressed with it and the price was right at Best Buy. The salesman said Insignia and Vizio share a lot of the same parts which I cannot verify but I had a Vizio that lasted 7 years and now have a 65" Vizio. I also have a 24" Insignia in the bedroom in the MH which we have had now 3 years and it is still working fine. I bought it when our 42" Samsung in the Living area of the MH quit under warranty until we could get it fixed and then the 24" Samsung went out several months out of warranty.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #21 on: January 09, 2016, 08:19:02 AM »
Ok, my history with Goldstar and LG
For a time I worked part time in a computer store..  The company who's product we sold did not make monitors so they bought them from another company (Magnavox I think) and they were good.. They put out a call for new bids and Goldstar won, They were crap, with over 50% return under warranty rate.. They went back to the original company.

Then the office where I worked full time bought a Microwave.. I warned them against goldstar but they bougut one anyway.. The ONLY home use MIcrowave I have ever seen without a "Start" or "Cook" button that must be pressed to start cooking,, Just open the door, Put your popcorn in, twist the knob when the corn is finished popping take it out, close the door and walk away.  Thankfully when the unit caught fire (They do that if you run 'em without anything in 'em) a co-worker was quick with the fire extinguisher or the office would have been "Well Done" (Happened on a different shift from the one I worked).

The VCR in my Motor home when new.. ZENITH, and LG brand, Never once pulled a tape properly, new or used made no difference, Replaced by a Panasonic (Cheaper than the simple repair,, Easy to do but requires a special tool I did not have). and later by DVR's which are playing Perry Mason as I type.   Microwave (Dometic but made by LG) turntable did not turn. Hole the shaft went in was too small and the motor shaft was too short so the motor never engaged the triple arm thing that turns the turn table.. I re-engineered and used a GE motor, that works fine.

In short 100% NOT HAPPY with LG products

And I left out the Insignia and Zenith Digital TV adapters that hang up if you do not change channels from time to time.
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
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Re: Insignia brand electronics
« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2016, 10:10:25 AM »
My friend worked at Best Buy for 3 years, and he said that insignia uses the same parts as other major brands, but they use the Best Buy brand name instead, so they should be similar in quality to other offerings from other brands near the same price point, except that Best Buy can sell them $100-150 cheaper because they don't have to give the major brand a cut of the profit. That said, if you're worried, Best Buy usually offers a warranty, and I have had great experiences with the Best Buy warranty in the past for other electronics.

 

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