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42" Insignia 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV EXPIRED

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Best Buy has 42" Insignia NS-42P650A11 720p 600Hz Plasma HDTV for $400 and free store pick-up. Thanks avalon

Specs:

  • Resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Contrast Ratio 1,000,000 :1 (dynamic), 30,000:1 (native)
  • Tuners: ATSC / QAM / NTSC
  • Refresh Rate: 600Hz
  • Inputs:
    • 2x HDMI
    • 2x Component Video
    • 1x Composite Video
    • 1 x PC Audio Rear

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Now only $400 with $100 price drop - seems similar to the Panasonic specs?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Insig...Id=9748831

I like the 42" price trend!

ps.

apparently it's a rebadge of the well rated Samsung PN42C430 http://amazon.com/dp/B0036WT3UW (thanks huevos)

it's 720p (thanks BIGFOOT_PI) but that isn't a real problem in a 42" plasma

more info in previous old 2010 black friday thread https://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=379558&t=2420975 (thanks xvoltM2)
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Last Edited by matthimself May 23, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Distance chart showing the benefits of different resolutions... For this 42 720p and 1080p will look the same to MOST people at a distance of 7 ft and greater
http://s3.carltonbale.com/resolution_chart.html

This 720p TV supports 1080p input by converting and displaying in 720p.


Enter service menu by pressing while the TV off: Mute, 1, 8, 2, Power


BTW here are the calibration suggestions, credit goes to ksbarnz from avsforum:

adjusted grayscale under: adc/wb -> adc result and then adjusted the following to:

(to adjust the low end of grayscale)
2nd offset R: 109
2nd offset G: 113
2nd offset B: 109
(to adjust the hight end of grayscale)
2nd gain R: 146
2nd gain G: 144
2nd gain B: 149

I also set the picture settings in the main menu to:
Picture mode: Movie
Contrast: 100
Brightness: 50
Sharpness:50
Color: 48
Tint: 50/50
Color Tone: Warm2
Screen Adjust: Screen Fit
Digital Noise Filter: OFF
Energy Saver: OFF

This TV is in our bedroom, so it is viewed mainly in low light and was calibrated that way. If you view in a bright room you might need to boost subcontrast in the service menu to your liking.

The controls are limited for dialing in primary and secondary colors. The TV doesn't provide a way to adjust the luminance and tint of each color separately. You can only adjust the Color/Luminance of all colors at once, and the Tint of all at once. However, even with the limited controls they are not too far off.

There are a few quirks with calibrating this set however. The picture switches to dynamic mode when you are in the service menu. So if you use a meter you need to take your readings outside the service menu, mark down what you need to adjust, and then make the adjustments in the service menu. Rinse and repeat until you have proper grayscale.

Here are my settings for gray scale in the WB section of the service menu. They are all at defaults, but I think they are different from the defaults posted earlier. Maybe each set has a different set of defaults? Either way, I thought I'd add them as well for the full settings in the service menu.

Offset
R 132
G 128
B 145
Sub Contrast 128
Sub Brightness 128
Gain
R 150
G 128
B 131

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lol, are you saying they buzz? All plasma or just the Insignia brand?

Well at least it can be a store purchase with easy return...
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I picked this up last year for $450 (I think). For the price, it's phenomenal. The general consensus is that it's a rebranded Samsung, top to bottom, with a longer warranty to boot. As for the implication that it buzzes, I've had no problem at all, even when all audio completely muted and in a dead silent room.
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Good tv with a samsung panel
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I'll wait until they're 1000000000000000000000000hz
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This is basically the Samsung PN42C430. Amazon's page: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN4...B0036WT3UW

When I plug it into my computer via HDMI, it even identifies itself as such. Same bezel and the input panel is the same. AVS had some pretty extensive discussion on it last year and the general agreement was that it's pretty much a straight rebadge.
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"Insignia 42" Plasma 600hz now $400 @ BestBuy"

Why mention the common and inconsequential plasma spec of "600Hz" in the title and not mention it being 720P? its in bestbuy's product title, and important to a lot of people, so shouldnt it be in your title (or at least the post itself) as well?

EDIT
thx for updating title OP
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Sweet! Gonna go try and pick one up tomorrow!! I can finally use my $25 Rewards credit and $50 gift card!
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"Insignia 42" Plasma 600hz now $400 @ BestBuy"

Why mention the common and inconsequential plasma spec of "600Hz" in the title and not mention it being 720P? its in bestbuy's product title, and important to a lot of people, so shouldnt it be in your title (or at least the post itself) as well?
Not going to be much difference in 720p vs. 1080p in a 42 incher from what i've read. And for the price i don't think it'll be a big deal. Not for me at least.
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Good price, thumbs up.
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Consumer Reports:

CR's Take
This basic 720p (1024x768) 42-inch plasma TV from Insignia, Best Buy's house brand, offers decent performance at a comparatively low price. While high-definition (HD) picture quality was very good, the set's performance with standard-definition (SD) fare, while good, was below that of many other sets.

CR's Take
This basic 720p (1024x768) 42-inch plasma TV from Insignia, Best Buy's house brand, offers decent performance at a comparatively low price. While high-definition (HD) picture quality was very good, the set's performance with standard-definition (SD) fare, while good, was below that of many other sets.
HighsVery good high-definition picture quality: it was very good at displaying fine details in high-definition content, just shy of the best sets; color accuracy was very good; contrast was good, typical for most models we've tested. Movies which were originally shot on film and converted to video appeared free of any jagged edges -- "jaggies" -- in scenes with motion, due to the effective film-mode operation (3:2 pulldown). High-definition and standard-definition video clips with motion detail appeared free of any visible jagged edges -- "jaggies" -- due to the effective de-interlacing operations. Sound was good, fine for typical TV programming, but won't reproduce the full range of movie soundtracks and music. The display panel has a slim profile of 3 inches. Long (24-month) warranty.
LowsStandard-definition picture quality, though good, was below that of most other sets: image detail was only good, falling short of the better-performing TVs; color accuracy was OK but below that of most sets; contrast was weak, giving images a flatter, less dynamic appearance. Brightness level was only fair, dimmer than most, best-suited for a darker room. Dark scenes, in particular, were slightly lacking in contrast. There was distinct banding (unnatural contours) on scenes with subtly shaded light-to-dark areas, such as a sky during sunset, rather than a smooth transition in the shaded areas. Image texture, especially on skin, was visibly lacking in detail. Touch-sensitive controls on console are hard to find. Lacks VGA input port, USB port, separate red/green/blue gain adjustments, auto power save, multimedia slide-show.
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