This powerful Insignia™ NS-STR514 2.0-channel stereo receiver features compatibility with Apple® iPhone® and iPad® and most Bluetooth-enabled devices for easy wireless music streaming. The A/B switch supports up to 4 speakers.
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Good at Deal Price
Posted by: free88 from: Cape Coral, FL on
When on sale, this is a great bargain unit for basic 2 channel amp with minimal features. Best uses are for garage, second listening area, or outdoor pool area. Business use within limits.
No one should confuse this with a home theater receiver. This is really not meant for that. Its two channel only, limited power, limited connectivity, limited adjustment, and basically limited everything. However, if you can accept those limits and make this very use specific, there is a good value here.
I had an old pair of Yamaha NS-A200XT's that I used to use for home theater a while back. Paired with this amp, I think they sound ok. Clearly, this amp isnt putting out anywhere enough to really max out those speakers, but the sound quality and level is actually better than I thought it would be. I really didnt care for HDMI or having lots of connectivity options. I pretty much want this for radio and BT only. I feel the tuner is at least ok with the included antenna. It finds plenty of local stations and plays them clearly. BT sound quality is not fantastic, but that is a limitation of BT. It sounds ok, though. BT range is actually more than I expected. I have some BT stuff that wont connect stable over 10 feet. This unit is stable up to about 25 feet.
Basically, within the limits of the unit, everything is at least ok. Because the unit includes BT (and with good range to boot), this is actually a good deal. Comparable units from others are in the $150-$200 range.
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Excellent Receiver for the price.
Posted by: Snoopy from: on
My Story: I had a good minicomponent. The ants made their home inside the receiver. It stopped working it was a real mess. My decision buy another one and this was really cheap and I thought to give it a try. I bought it at a Best Buy Store. It was a big surprise: the sound is excellent, very clear, no noise. I like music but high fidelity. I had before a Marrantz, Onkyo, Sanyo [didn't like] and now this steal. Onkyo used to get very hot [good with cold weather], but this unit after hours still cool. Now I can recommend it.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Awesome for old school Stereo
Posted by: ChicoStick from: on
I was looking for a decent receiver just to listen to music. I have some old KLH speakers that will be updated at a later date but receiver first. I was looking at Sony and Onkyo but ran across this receiver while researching. It has the one thing standard the other didn't-Bluetooth. I listen to alot of music (streaming and local) and figured this would be a cool feature. It is and pairing is very simple. Sound quality is very good. Although I no longer listen to terrestrial radio I did check out the tuner and it sounds very good. Power output can shake my old speakers but very clear. All in all a very good receiver and it only set me back $99 on sale.
15 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Great price on 2 channel receiver
Posted by: Lazlo from: on
Was looking for a cheap replacement receiver and got this on the deal of the day. It's perfect for my need as a straight 2 channel receiver. Nice packaging. Got it home and set up quickly. Basic unit , A/B, AB speaker set up. Three input, CD, Aux 1 & 2. Aux 1&2 have both in/out function. You have to use Aux 1/2 for phono, etc as the inputs have no descriptions, nor does the screen display anything but CD, Aux 1, 2, 3.(?) Haven't figured out what the Aux 3 on display is for as there are only Aux 1 & 2 inputs. Nice feature is the remote. That also has buttons for CD, Aux1, 2, 3(?). Receiver works well with a better antenna, the single wire supplied isn't great, I only got 3 stations to auto program on that. Made my own dipole to 98.4 speck and was able to get the 30 presets. So far so good, unit working well. Bluetooth is ok, losing some definition in translation. All in all I would recommend it, it's a good unit for a basis stereo and it's cheap!
12 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Strommer from: Ithaca NY on
I was looking for an inexpensive receiver/amp to use in the garage. BB had this on sale for $99.00 and I decided to look at it after reading the great reviews. When I got to the store I saw that it has APTX Bluetooth. That sold me immediately. If you don't know, APTX provides a clearer connection (CD quality) if you are streaming from another APTX device. I can't believe BB is not advertising this feature! The receiver sounds very clean and clear. The BT works flawlessly with my laptop and phone. IN summary a real "best buy" for me!
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Posted by: BIGGIEben from: on
I bought this receiver to replace an old one that overheated at my first party since moving in. I bought this receiver knowing my receiver will go before my speakers so of course I have a 4 year warranty. I have this receiver hooked up to two 15 in towers and two 12 in towers. This receiver has a great band and never flat lines. It hasn't overheated yet and I am very pleased with my purchase. I would definitely recommend this receiver it does everything I want and more. I didn't see another receiver on the market for the price that offers this much.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great stereo for the Price
Posted by: NickNameisapain from: League City, TX on
I purchased the unit as a stereo for the pool deck. I wanted one with either WiFi or Bluetooth to play music other than the radio. This unit connected easily to my phone through Bluetooth. The purchase was meant to be low cost for outside use but provide decent sound. It did both.
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Didnt work after a week
Posted by: disapointed from: on
I should have listen to the other bad reviews. This receiver worked great for the first week but now it turns on then turns off again, almost like it is overheating. I am trying to take it back now.
7 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Open Box Pricing with these Specs is a Win-win
Posted by: GQKID from: on
Alright so I was able to get this receiver as an open box item (although, everything was still completely factory sealed when I opened it up) for just under $60 before tax (awesome price!) and I must say I have been really impressed. Although this is obviously one of Best Buy's in house brands I would say that as long as it has a decent life span (I have picked up a couple of JVC receivers from mid-80s that are still going strong) this is probably one of the best deals currently on a stereo receiver, especially with the added luxury of having Bluetooth built-in (so much better then the extra Bluetooth add-on devices in my opinion). This receiver pumps out power ratings (100w per channel x2 at 8ohms) in the usual range of other comparable (price range wise) stereo receivers including Onkyo, Sony, and Yamaha, and has roughly the same audio quality as the lower end stereo receivers of each of these aforementioned companies, yet the Insignia beats all of these competitors by offering the Bluetooth feature and really enticing customers with the price (this receiver is regularly on sale for between $90-$100 and can be purchased when on sale for even less if you go with an open box one, as I did).
So, overall this Inisgnia stereo receiver appears to be a great deal if you can get one for the right price.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great basic receiver/amplifier
Posted by: CWMan from: Greenville, SC on
Got this for my sister-in-law who is so technically challenged she can barely operate a TouchTone telephone and was floored when she was able to operate this receiver/amp after I set it up for her. I left her house and bought one on the way home.
My hearing isn't all that great any more, so I'm not the audiophile I was years ago, however, this is a great entry-level receiver/amp.