Immerse yourself in your favorite tunes with this Insignia NS-PSB4521 speaker system that features 2 satellite speakers and a subwoofer for crisp high notes and booming bass. Bluetooth 3.0 technology allows you to pair up to 8 devices.
Decent sound, poor functionality
Posted by: Xargos from: Massachusetts on
This speaker system is close to what it should be, but it falls short due to issues related to the way Bluetooth was implemented.
For a relatively inexpensive speaker system, the build quality is better than I would expect. This prevents any of the rattling some systems have when the volume is turned up. It's not solid enough to prevent any coloration of the sound, but for the price point it's more than I ask.
Connecting via Bluetooth is as smooth as it gets, but it comes at a price. The system was designed primarily for Bluetooth connectivity with little regard for the cabled connections used when hooking it to most computers. The cabled connection is only activated when sound is playing through it, and it takes around two seconds before it detects the sound. This means it will miss the beginning of anything that is being played. It wouldn't be an issue, but if there is anything quiet or silent for 10 seconds it will drop the connection and switch back to Bluetooth mode. This is by design, and it makes the system near useless for anything but Bluetooth. The other side effect of how Bluetooth was implemented is a very noticeable background noise that occurs every 10-15 seconds while playing via the cabled connection due to the Bluetooth radio searching for connections. If playing sound via Bluetooth, the background noise is a constant. Since this is pretty common when using Bluetooth, though, that in itself isn't a big deal.
In short, if you only intend to use this speaker system for Bluetooth and nothing else, it's not a bad choice. If you intend to use it otherwise, I'd stay away from it. Mine will be going back due to the design flaws.
18 out of 18 found this review helpful.
Annoying if not for BlueTooth
Posted by: MikeMagsNH from: North Hampton, NH on
These sounded great in store but not so good at home. they are primarily designed for bluetooth use. If there is no sound going to it for a few seconds it starts searching for a bluetooth signal again. so when you play music from a wired connection (PC) it dosnt recognize there is a signal for a few seconds. so when you start a song, the beginning of it always gets cut off.
most annoyingly though is the intermittent high pitched tone that they put out. moving surrounding equipment dosnt seem to change it. very annoying. I've read other reviews that suggest its from the bluetooth signal searching.
its unfortunate because they do put out good, clear, crisp sound. but the tone and signal searching is just too annoying.
long story short i'll be returning them. Dont buy em!
19 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Shuts Itself Off After Any Little PAUSE!!!
Posted by: WatDoUWantFrmMe from: Liberty, mo on
You and I can understand that Bluetooth connectivity is easy to kill and it may make sense to shut down when the connection is broken. WHY would any sound system shut down after a pause, including between songs, in a wired input environment?!?!? A direct line is just that and if I need to pause for a conversation, phone call, get the door or anything else the sound system should stay on and ready. Not this one. It shuts down, you have to re-power and then wait for the Bluetooth to finish attempting to pair. Ignorant. There should be a pair button, separate from the power button, to use when needed and the d@mn power should be on when turned on until turned off. It's not battery operated!! and we bought two of them....
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
will not stay on
Posted by: Robroy from: on
First the sound was GREAT, But the sound cuts out if there is a long silence and you lose about 3-6 sec till it comes back on a real pain in you know were!!!
If it would STAY on they would have been a Great buy.
A switch to stay on is all it needs.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Tmallyg from: Pittsburgh, PA on
I only bought these speakers because I had to buy a new monitor and I didn't have speakers. The speakers sound very good but sometimes it takes up to 30 sec. for them to recognize that there is sound coming from the computer.
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Great sound, when it works
Posted by: Jomothy from: Broomfield, CO on
I have a love / hate relationship with these speakers. On one hand, the sound quality is quite exceptional - especially for the price. The sound is extremely clear and the bass is very full. On other hand, I simply cannot recommend these speakers to anyone who plans to use them for anything outside of playing music via bluetooth.
The biggest issue with these speakers is how the bluetooth / line-in is setup. The bluetooth takes dominance, even if you have the line-in plugged in. If there's silence, or even low volume (whispering in movies, or ambient sounds in a silent scene) the speakers will turn the line-in off and start searching for a bluetooth signal. Even when sound picks up again in the movie, the speakers will only re-active ate (after 5-10 seconds of constant sound) 50% of the time. Since the bluetooth sound has a slight delay to it - causing the line-in to be mandatory for any movie / game, this make the speakers absolutely useless for movies / games. (tonight while watching a movie, I missed over 10 minutes of dialogue due to this)
If you need a pair of speakers for playing music via bluetooth, this is a great option. If you need a pair of speakers for movies / games, look elsewhere. But be warned - the bluetooth sound quality is lesser than the line-in sound quality. These speakers make a lot of needless sacrifices in the name of automation.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Good bluetooth sound system
Posted by: nerdyrcdriver from: Illinois on
I spent quite a while looking for the perfect set of speakers for my office. I was looking at products like the jawbone and beats pill, but wanted a normal set of speakers. I finally found these online and couldn't wait to try them out in the store. I was very disappointed with the store display (even after convincing the employee to let me plug my phone into the speakers). But as someone who also works in retail I decided to buy them and return them if necessary. I purchased these speakers to put in the office that my friend and I share. We each have a few bluetooth devices that we carry with us to work. I chose these because my logitech z313 speakers did not have the bass we wanted at the low volume required in the office most of the time. I brought these home for some simple testing over the weekend and I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of use and overall sound quality. I brought them into the office today and we were able to adjust the volume and bass to our liking without disturbing anyone else in the surrounding rooms. While I prefer the look and price of the z313 speakers more, I would not hesitate to buy these insignia speakers again for the added features. The sound quality is good. Nothing special, but nothing bad either. They are on par with the logitech ones but with the option to adjust the bass (a missing feature from logitech). We set up all of our bluetooth devices and listened to music all day without an issue. We have not tried using the chord yet, but we have no need to at this point in time. I could see these being a great set of speakers for a dorm room or bedroom/office. My co-worker and I are very happy with these speakers. Now our only issue will be what music to play.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Good for music, Not for chatting and games.
Posted by: Liger from: Okklahoma City, OK on
If you want to connect these to a phone, tablet, or ultra book for listening to music, they will probably do fine but not what I wanted them for.
However if you want to use them on a computer or gaming laptop, or of Skype, Team Speak, chatting and such, do not buy these.
Easy setup and good sound for the price.
Bluetooth pairing is poor at best, and only wants to connect to one device.
There is no selection of bluetooth or AUX input, the speakers always want to connect to bluetooth until they detect sound from the aux input. It can take up to 30 seconds before it will start producing sound from aux input and 10 seconds from bluetooth. It takes less then `10 seconds to switch from aux back to bluetooth, and will even switch between songs sometimes.
Using Skype, Team Speak, or other voice services, if you don't have music or a bunch of noise int he background, it will cut off the first few words every time someone talks.
I have had these a week and I am returning them to best buy to get something better.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Why bluetooth, why??
Posted by: deggdegg from: on
This is probably a fine sound system if you want to use Bluetooth. The problem is, the speakers favor Bluetooth over wired, and, if your wired connection doesn't produce sound for a few seconds, will turn off. Once you start playing sound again, they take a few seconds to turn back on. So, if you pause a video, expect to miss a few seconds of audio when you start it back up. Super annoying. No idea who decided to design it this way (why not have a simple Bluetooth/wired switch?).
5 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Save yourself the hassle
Posted by: Greg from: on
The sound that is produced by these speakers is acceptable. That's not why I'm reviewing these speakers though.
Pairing these speakers with a computer or other device is easy enough. However, when there is no audio or even very soft audio, even for a few seconds, they will go into "pairing mode" and start looking for the paired device to try to re-pair with it. This causes the audio to cut out and miss whatever is being played. It'll even do this when switching between songs or videos, and sometimes for no apparent reason at all. This is VERY annoying and happens more often than you'd expect it to.
When these speakers are connected via 3.5mm jack, the same thing happens. Between songs and videos they pop out of Audio-in Mode and start trying to pair with a bluetooth device. This, too, is VERY annoying.
Overall a pretty bad set of speakers just because of the bluetooth/physical audio jack combo... it never knows which one its supposed to be on and starts flipping back and forth. I would return it but I'm well past the 14 day return policy.
Unfortunately there is no way to circumvent these poorly thought out features so I guess I'm stuck with them until i purchase a better, higher quality set.
Save yourself the trouble and buy a different, higher quality set. You'll be much happier with your purchase.