Enjoy a dynamic listening experience with these Insignia™ NS-SP213 2-way bookshelf speakers, which each feature a 5-1/4" woofer for clear sound and a 3/4" silk-dome tweeter for brilliant high-frequency audio.
Excellent Budget Speaker
Posted by: GuardDad from: Georgia on
This is a great speaker for anyone who wants pleasing sound on a budget. I picked up a pair for $59 in the store and I'm pleasantly surprised. These speakers have a very warm sound with surprising accuracy. Sure...they aren't true audiophile grade, but they sound nice and that is what matters.
Treble and midrange are very good without being too bright. Bass is respectable given that it's only a 5 1/4" woofer.
For this price, you can't go wrong. I recommend these for surround speakers, near field monitors, bedroom or office speakers. Add a subwoofer and they really sound sweet! They would even serve as mains in a small home theater set up so long as you have a sub. I have these in a workshop with a 10" powered sub and the sound is very good!
I have high-dollar speakers too, but most of us can't afford to have expensive stuff in every room, office, etc. It's nice to have the option of buying budget equipment that still sounds very pleasing.
I rated them 4 stars because I'm comparing them to true audiophile speakers, and they can't possibly compete with that. But on a budget curve, they are 5 star all the way.
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Excellent little loudspeaker
Posted by: Puzz from: Lakeland, FL on
If you thought the NS-B2111's sound good, you're gonna love these. To my ears, these are much more open without being grainy or harsh, or opposite of that and being veiled or cupped. Mid range is smooth without the lower end bloat the NS-B2111's exhibited.. To my surprise, they also have a "real" crossover in them mounted to the binding post wire connectors. Nicely done Insignia. At first listen, they sound constrained and compressed. After running them just a couple of hours with Pandora and my Playstation 3, they opened up quite nicely. Treble became more apparent. Mid range sounded less constrained and smoothed out nicely with some surprising low end shining through from time to time. I was not looking for anything spectacular with these, but I find myself quite surprised. I think you will too. I can't think of a better pair of speakers for the low price of $59.00.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
High Quality on a Low Budget
Posted by: WZZuP from: on
I bought these to replace my rear surround speakers (at the time the Polk T15 and the Insignias were both on sale for the same price, and crazy as it seems, I liked the sound of these better) and liked them so much I ended up replacing my front speakers as well. They are too good for just rear speakers. No, they are not audiophile quality but quality none the less. I've been looking at and auditioning a lot of speakers lately and these are built as well or better than some costing much more. Side by side they might not sound as good as high end speakers but, put four or six of these around your room, add a sub and a center channel, and the sound is truly immersive.
I've got a Micca center channel, an 8" subwoofer and four Insignias as surrounds. I feel the overall sound is more balanced throughout the entire room. For my budget and listening habits (90% TV/Movies, 10% Music) I am very satisfied with this setup!
If I had to prioritize surround sound into a list:
3 configuration (5.1, 7.1 etc)
4 speaker sound (warm, bright)
5 speaker placement
6 matching speakers
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Can't beat the value in these speakers.
Posted by: abestbuyfan from: Milton, WV on
I chose these speakers after comparative listening to all other shelf speaker options in my Best Buy Store. I was surprised all the full warm sound coming from these inexpensive speakers. They sounded better than most of the other brands that were twice the cost. Once getting them home I connected them to my Denon reciever and the sound is wonderful. It is a full sound with plenty rich tone. I can now save for an ultimate high end set up and still enjoy rich quality sound now.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Unbeatable speakers for the price
Posted by: CharlieHorse from: on
I picked up two pairs of these speakers when they were on sale for $29.99. On top of that, I ordered open box and used a $10 off coupon to get them for $13 per pair. I use three of them as fronts and center along with a sub in a modest bedroom setup (1800 cubic feet) and they're running off a Denon S510BT. The sound is surprisingly good for sub-$100 speakers and a steal if you can find them on sale. The bass rolls off a little high so a sub is probably a must. I also have a pair of Pioneer BS-22s which I still slightly prefer just for the extended low end. If you're tight on cash, these can't be matched for sale price.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Get More Than You Pay For
Posted by: BigJoe from: on
This little gem will clobber some of the big names out there. Clear and accurate image with no hint of harshness or distortion. Like others have said, maybe a little weak in the bass department, but not bad for a 5" woofer. Mine improved after a couple of days of playing, so don't judge too quickly. Out of the box they need some exercise. Very attractive design, and I like the front firing port so they can sit against the wall.
Do some web searching on these and you'll find a cool technical review. This guy not only put 'em on the scope, but he took one apart and was very impressed with what he found. So was I. It appears the money was spent on components rather than marketing.
Great choice for a small room basic stereo or for TV audio, and no question it would make a terrific surround in a 5.1 setup.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Good for the price
Posted by: Billy from: on
These speakers are nice for the price of course if you are looking for a even a little bass it's not there.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Great value speakers
Posted by: jskovs22 from: on
I purchased these to hook up to my 100 Watt Sony STRDH130 two-channel receiver for playing music, TV, and movies. I am already thinking about getting another set to use in my dining room. The speakers provide full, clean sound that is exponentially better than the speakers on any flat panel TV that I have heard. They are plenty loud enough for my family room which is about 15' x 25'. Both TV/movie dialogue and music sound great. My receiver supports two sets of speakers so I have the other output connected to a set of in-ceiling speakers in the same room. The Insignia bookshelf speakers are positioned on my tv stand, and the in-ceiling speakers are above/behind the sofa, producing a nice surround sound effect. Bottom line, these are good quality, value-priced speakers that will make an awesome upgrade to your TV speakers, and provide great sound for enjoying music. These speakers provide decent bass for their size, but If you are looking for really strong bass, you will probably want a sub.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: FoxACD from: Tampa, Fl on
I love these speakers. I have another set of Insignia speakers that I've had for years and the sound is great. I had read good reports years ago
on an AV forum about how good they were and were as good or better
than many other more expensive and well-known speakers, and they sure were, so when
I needed another set--no question. And these speakers are just as good.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Awesome Budget Speaker
Posted by: DUBB62 from: on
I purchased these to replace my old front speakers in my surround sound and they sound great! Great value