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- Insignia NS-42L780A12
- A simple, 46-inch TV that has a color-true, 1080p picture.
Insignia NS-42L780A12 LCD HDTV Review$599.00
The Insignia NS-42L780A12 is capable of displaying all NTSC standardized formats. Its native resolution is 1080p (1920 x 1080).
Contrast dropped below 50% on the Insignia NS-42L780A12 at an angle of 22˚ from center, which means a 44˚ total viewing angle. This is mediocre for sure, but it is about average as far as LCD televisions go. Thankfully, technology has improved such that the colors do not shift much, even if contrast drops. If you plan to watch this TV from a very wide angle, you may want to consider a plasma.
Reflectance was not a strong suit of the Insignia NS-42L780A12, but it was tolerable in all but the darkest scenes. On a white screen, the TV was bright enough to wash out most of our light source's reflection onto its surface. However, on a black screen, which is more common in media, our individual LEDs were reflected back at us, surrounded by a medium-sized halo of light. Rainbow patterns shone out from the LEDs at diagonals, but the effect was not as noticeable as the blur of light. Angling the light away barely did anything to help. Thankfully, when watching a movie with moving areas of color, the reflection is not nearly as distracting as it was on a screen of pure black.
Most modern TVs offer a bunch of video processing features, even though few of them are at all useful. The Insignia NS-42L780A12 gives only a bare minimum of processing modes, none of which are helpful.