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Manufacturer of Insignia brand TVs?

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  1. Jeff, WB8NHV

    Jeff, WB8NHV Guest

    I read with interest the post "Alternatives to Fluke DVMs?"
    regarding the question of the true manufacturers of DVMs and other
    equipment with names on them we don't recognize. (I have a Velleman
    DVM, BTW; while we're at it, who actually makes these?) It got me
    wondering. Who actually manufactures televisions with the brand name
    "Insignia" on the cabinets? I have thought of replacing my nearly
    seven-year-old RCA TV with an Insignia set (if only for the
    square-corner CRT; my RCA, with a standard 19" rectangular tube, still
    works very well with a cable box), but would like to know whether the
    Insignia sets are built by a reputable firm such as Sony, Panasonic,
    etc. or by some fly-by-night offshore electronics company. I once owned
    a TV made by Broadmoor in the mid-1970s for a (now defunct) retail
    store chain known as Kennedy and Cohen. The television had the name
    "Kenco" on the cabinet, and burned up after only three years. (By
    contrast, I bought a Zenith solid-state 12" b&w portable the day after
    the Kenco set quit; the Zenith lasted 22 years and was still working
    almost as it did when new, good picture and all, when I finally got rid
    of it in 2000.) I would hate to think Insignia TVs are being made by
    the same or another no-name offshore company, although in this day and
    age I wouldn't be surprised if they were.

    Thanks and very kind regards,

    Jeff, WB8NHV (email addy not shown to deter spammers)
    Fairport Harbor, Ohio USA
     
  2. JANA

    JANA Guest

    If you want future support and service, you are best off to purchase a
    quality brand name only. Insignia, is one of those imported sets, where the
    importers go to anyone in the Orient who can give the best bid to build a TV
    set.

    By-the-way, most of the Fluke products are manufactured in Philips
    facilities for Fluke. Fluke meters are only available through Fluke, and are
    built to very strict standards.

    --

    JANA
    _____


    I read with interest the post "Alternatives to Fluke DVMs?"
    regarding the question of the true manufacturers of DVMs and other
    equipment with names on them we don't recognize. (I have a Velleman
    DVM, BTW; while we're at it, who actually makes these?) It got me
    wondering. Who actually manufactures televisions with the brand name
    "Insignia" on the cabinets? I have thought of replacing my nearly
    seven-year-old RCA TV with an Insignia set (if only for the
    square-corner CRT; my RCA, with a standard 19" rectangular tube, still
    works very well with a cable box), but would like to know whether the
    Insignia sets are built by a reputable firm such as Sony, Panasonic,
    etc. or by some fly-by-night offshore electronics company. I once owned
    a TV made by Broadmoor in the mid-1970s for a (now defunct) retail
    store chain known as Kennedy and Cohen. The television had the name
    "Kenco" on the cabinet, and burned up after only three years. (By
    contrast, I bought a Zenith solid-state 12" b&w portable the day after
    the Kenco set quit; the Zenith lasted 22 years and was still working
    almost as it did when new, good picture and all, when I finally got rid
    of it in 2000.) I would hate to think Insignia TVs are being made by
    the same or another no-name offshore company, although in this day and
    age I wouldn't be surprised if they were.

    Thanks and very kind regards,

    Jeff, WB8NHV (email addy not shown to deter spammers)
    Fairport Harbor, Ohio USA
     
  3. Hi!
    A variety of different companies. The bad news is, at least as far as I can
    tell, none of the Insignia branded products are made by any 'name brand'
    company. The closest that any of them come are sets made by
    Funai/Symphonic...and these aren't great or particularly long lived sets.

    I'd personally recommend avoiding the Insignia-branded TV sets.
    Maybe it was just bad luck?

    I've got a 19 inch Montgomery Ward table TV (early digital tuner with IR
    remote support) that's still going as well as it did on day 1. The picture
    is still pretty good. However, it was made in the US, quite possibly by RCA.

    Whoever made it clearly intended for it to be repaired or
    repairable...there's a fold out compartent on the back that reveals a neatly
    folded schemeatic diagram of the set, along with service info. It also has a
    notice to the repairperson stating that "this service literature is property
    of the customer and should be returned with the TV".

    Buying a "brand name" set doesn't seem to be quite what it once was. I have
    my doubts that any TV sold today will last a third as long as the sets of
    times past that are still giving good service today. A decent name-brand set
    will, however, last much longer than many no-name cheap sets.

    William
     
  4. Mike Berger

    Mike Berger Guest

    If they were made by reputable companies to reliable specifications,
    don't you think they'd put their own widely recognized brand name on
    them?
     
  5. jakdedert

    jakdedert Guest

    I remember that a lot in TV's made in the 70's. It sure was handy....
    Conversely, sometimes (not as often, I imagine) the no-name sets last a
    good while, as well. I once stated my dislike for the Pinnacle brand of
    DVD players, to a group of A/V professionals. To my surprise, they love
    them. When they get one that works--which is usually, in their
    experience--it works for years. It cost them less than $40, and they
    rent it out for $15 a day.

    Those figures are hard to argue....

    jak
     
  6. MrManuals

    MrManuals Guest


    I'm not certain, but I think Insignia is JVC or Mitsubishi.

    Paul
     
  7. Mr Manuals

    Mr Manuals Guest

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