500W 5.1-Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver
This item is no longer available in new condition.
See similar items below.
500 watts total power
100 watts x 5 @ 20Hz - 20kHz, 8 ohms, 0.2% THD.
Multiple surround sound decoders built in. Learn more about surround sound home theater
Surround sound decoders
Include Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby TrueHD.
With 7 DSP soundfields for customizable sound.
Auto speaker setup with included microphone
Optimizes receiver output by measuring speaker performance.
Include 3 HDMI, 3 composite, 1 RF antenna, 2 component video, 1 coaxial digital audio, 2 optical digital audio.
Include 1 HDMI, 2 composite, 1 component, 1 subwoofer, 2 preout.
- Product Name500W 5.1-Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver
- Model NumberNS-R5101HD
- Color CategoryBlack
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 year
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 year
- Product Width17 3/10 inches
- Product Height5 3/5 inches
- Product Length13 2/5 inches
Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 41 reviews(41 Reviews)
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great product for apartment dwellerPosted .
I recently bought a 52" Insignia Plasma TV from Best Buy, so I really had no qualms about buying an Insignia receiver when my old JVC system died on me. I almost did not purchase it, because my local store did not have any in stock, so I went to a competitor store nearby and got a more expensive Sony receiver instead. Boy was that a mistake! It didn't work at all - video output was spotty at best, and audio would not work - period - through the HDMI cables. So I literally drove 30 miles across town to the only Best Buy in the region that had this item in stock to pick it up, and I have no regrets whatsoever. In fact, for just $30 more than I paid for the Sony system, I got not just this receiver but also the Insignia 5.1 Surround Sound speaker system, too. It took me about 30 minutes to hook up my components (Blu-ray player, AppleTV and DVR) and setup the speakers, with much of that time spent figuring out how to switch the input on the DVR to the component input since it doesn't support HDMI. Living in a rather small apartment, I don't think I'll ever get the volume higher than 50% of the maximum, which is just fine for me. I get fantastic surround sound quality even at lower volumes. I highly recommend the Insignia speakers to go with it - they are a great match and work well with great quality sound (I tried it with my old speakers and you can definitely tell the difference). Is this a super-high-end audio component system? No, but that's not what I was looking for. What I wanted was a quality system to give me good surround sound, a single source for audio and video, easy setup and quality production. I found everything I was looking for with this unit, with an excellent price. The two negatives: #1 - a really cheap remote. That's OK though - I can live with that. Who in this day and age doesn't have a multi-function remote already? #2 - It has an On Screen Display (OSD), but it ONLY works if you output video through the Component cables. Really? A system that highlights HD and HDMI features, and the OSD only works with COMPONENT cables? You couldn't reroute that display through the other circuit?I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Price and Product!!! Value is unmatched!Posted .
The receiver really filled my need for an HDMI connected receiver that would output both sound and video at a rock bottom price. I read so many reviews with other receivers that the sound had to come through another either component or optical cord and I already had my TV mounted with the HDMI cord behind the drywall. This product has worked flawlessly since I received it and produces great sound with my Polk Sub, Klipsch Center Channel speaker and Yamaha surround speakers. The only major gripe that I have with Insignia/Best Buy's internal brand is that you cannot program a NORMAL universal remote to control this device. In my scenario it was the Comcast Motorola Cable Box controller that has never had issues linking with any of my other devices. Well, it turned out alright since it gave me an excuse to upgrade to a Logitech Harmony 700, which is also another great product. If Insignia updated this on future products then there is no reason to spend anymore money on another receiver for a 5.1 surround sound system. Plug it in and enjoy!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Does the jobPosted .
This is a basic AV receiver that takes care of my needs. It has an auto detect feature... so it plays the True, Dobly digital, etc automatically. I have no need to alternate from the different 7 sound features, I just put it on the one that sounds best to me and let it play TV, movies, and video games. I believe this receiver is being phased out. I am a little concern how long this receiver will last, but I was willing to risk it since it was about half the price. The onscreen setup menu is helpful, but a bit low on the graphic/resolution - however, I only used it to setup the system. The microphone speaker system is nice, but I tweaked the settings (distances) after I ran that test - to get it just right. Also, I used another reviewers advice and set it on 'small' for speaker setting and I now get a lot more base out of my subwoofer. The hdmi hook up are easy to use, but it does not have passive play through - in other words, the receiver needs to be on in order to get any sound. The big negative is that it does not have a universal remote code. I purchase a learning universal remote ($25, bestbuy, pink box) and was able to 'learn' the codes from the original remote. It however will not learn the code to switch from DVD/Sat/Game. So I have to manual move it from the different inputs. Not that big of a deal since I typically just have it on Sat, but its a bit annoying I can not program all the codes. This receiver does output good sound, but I am playing it through my existing Bose Lifestyles ($1,200). If I had the money, I would have upgraded to at $350ish Yamaha. Overall, I would get it again but I would plan to get the $25 universal remote from best buy (with the macro codes) in the pink box.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Very Good HD ReceiverPosted .
I never write reviews, but I have read several on here about this receiver claiming both good and bad, so I thought I would share my insights because I consider myself very knowledgeable about electronics. Here are the pros: • Stylish looking front, makes you think you paid a lot more for it. • It decodes HD audio with some adjustments. In order to get HD audio you must set your blu ray player/etc to bitstream or direct so it will allow the receiver to do the decoding and display HD on the front. Some models like the old PS3 will only output audio as PCM/Linear which will not come up as HD audio on your receiver, however as many have noted it is still HD audio. Here are the Cons: • I use my Directv remote to control my TV/Directv, and my old receiver, which is very nice, but this receiver is not programmable via the Directv remote, and I have tried every code known. The only solution is a learning remote or expensive harmony--not something I want to invest in. • I also use to be able to program names on the display, but this unit cannot. For example, instead of CBL/SAT I could program it to say Directv. Not that it matters, but it was nice. Overall, I highly recommend it. I got this unit on sale for $179 which is a steal. I also got additional 12% off, which made it a better deal. Even at $279, I would still consider this product. I replaced this unit with a 2006 Sony model which cost 3 times as much, and my wife noticed a difference in sound—in the Insignia’s favor. Do not be afraid to buy Insignia, I usually buy Samsung/Sony, but have bought three insignia products before, and I am very satisfied.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent Receiver for the Money.Posted .
I just bought this yesterday along with Insignia 5.1 speakers. I was looking at getting the Yamaha for $329 because it had more features, but the sales rep told me that even though the Yamaha did have more, the one thing it lacked was that it didn't do the audio via HDMI. As well the Insignia does and it's made by Yamaha also. Another bonus was that it dose TureHD and 3 HDMI ports. I have a Sharp 42" 1080p LCD, a PS3 and Comcast HDDVR all connected to it. I also (as mentioned above) have the Insignia 5.1 Surrond sound speakers, and I must say i'm impressed. I played Star Trek Blu-ray on it to test it out, and it exceded my expectations. Now it doesn't have Bluetooth or IPod connection on it, but frankly for me that's not a problem, because I wouldn't need it for it. Just movies, games, and my favorite shows. I can honestly say that I now hear things that i've missed before on my old reciever. The sound is crisp, and clean with hardly any distortion that I can detect. The $249.00 put me off, because I was lierry of buying a lower cost reciever, but I have to say I was proven wrong. It's like the Insignia 32" LCD I have for my bedroom TV. Insignia makes a good product at a decent price. Not to say everything they make is perfect, nothing is, but if your looking for a good reciever w/TrueHd, On-screen setup w/mic, I'd say go for it and look at all the money you saved for something else to buy.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Just what i needed for the pricePosted .
Just picked up the receiver yesterday when it went on sale for $179. Had been looking for a low end 5.1 with HDMI switching & HD audio decoding. My living room isn't the correct size, nor shape for 7.1, so I didn't need to get more than a decent 5.1 receiver. This was replacing my 9 year old Sherwood that didn't even have S video, and recently stopped even sending sound to my sub, so it was time to make the change. The binding posts feel very flimsy, but they got the job done. They look like they don't do banana plugs, but there are little black caps on the end of the posts, once you remove them you're ok with your banana plugs. Setup took me a while, but mainly because i couldn't find the manual for my Sharp BD-DVD player to change the settings to enable Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD (you need to change your blu ray player's audio out to bitstream to be able to get them). Kind of bummed that i also needed to plug component cables into my TV in order to use the OSD, but considering that this player doesn't have analog to digital upconversion, i guess i understand. The sound is great. I was amazed at how my blu ray movies sound so much better compared to the other times i've watched them on traditional Dolby Digital/DTS. Auto calibration was easy. had to do it twice because i was making noise while getting out of the way. (i almost thought, maybe i should sit down in my spot and put the remote on my head, since my body will affect the acoustics, but i digress). So far, have not been able to get audio to my TV even though this has HDMI pass through. Need to keep messing with it to figure that part out. not sure if it is a misconfiguration with the TV or the receiver yet, the manual only said that i had to set the receiver to "amp mode" but i didn't see anything else in the manual for "amp mode", which i found odd. I don't get how Insignia hasn't been able to get remote codes setup with other companies. luckily i have a learning remote so i just learned all of the codes. An unnecessary 15 minutes IMHO, but at least i can use only one remote. the happiest moment, was after i finished connecting the receiver, and i looked at the HUGE pile of cables that i was able to remove from my system. optical, coax, RCA, component, it was a birds nest of unneeded wires on the phone. it was a nice little justification of switching over to an HDMI receiver. for a basic home receiver, for a small to mid sized room, and you have a good learning remote, this can't be beat.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Solid entry level receiverPosted .
If your looking for a entry level receiver with 5.1 sound, 100 watts per chanel, 3 HDMI inputs with the latest bluray sound support (DTS Master Audio, Dolby True HD), OSD (On Screen Display via component) at a great price (Sale price $179) this is your receiver. The features on this receiver are equal to the features on the entry level Yamahas, Pioneers and Denons. Set up was simple, connect speakers, plug in the HDMI cables and run the ROOM EQ (this took 10 minutes). Start to finish was less than an hour. Someone mentioned that they could not determine what codec was being used. The codec is only displayed on the receiver if the receiver has to decode the sound. Most Bluray players or PS3, will decode the sound before sending the signal to the receiver. Thus the receiver does not have to decode and will not display the codec being used. If using a PS3 (Fat/Older model), set the audio output to HDMI and Linear PCM 5.1. Just set the receiver to AUTO SURROUND which will automatically chose the "Truest surround sound based on the signal". This receiver goes on sale periodically so wait for it to be $179.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Excellent entry level receiverPosted .
I bought this receiver about 6 months ago. It is used for digital audio only. I do not do HDMI switching with it, although it is very capable of doing this.It is excellent for DVD surround sound. Makes the movies come alive. I have some old JBL floor speakers with JBL"s added later for the 5.1 surround. I bought this thinking it was an easy substitute for my Onkyo 803 while it was in the shop. I have grown to like it so much it is still the main unit. It is so easy to operate unlike the Onkyo. Does great on CD'S also. Great overall receiver at a very modest price that will hang with the big boys in the same class.I would recommend this to a friend