50W Bluetooth CD Compact Shelf System - Black
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Compact shelf system
Features a CD player, FM digital tuner and 2 speakers.
CD, CD-R/RW, CD-DA, MP3 and WMA playback formats
For listening to your favorite music.
Allows simple wireless connection of a compatible device.
50W power output (25W x 2)
For reinforced, dynamic sound.
Digital FM tuner
With 30 station presets makes it easy to listen to your favorite stations.
Two 2-way speakers
Deliver rich, detailed audio.
VFD (Vacuum Fluorescent Display)
Offers a high level of visibility.
Along with an auxiliary audio input allows easy connection of compatible audio devices.
Enables private listening.
- Insignia™ 50W Bluetooth CD Compact Shelf System
- Remote with 2 batteries
- 2 speaker cables, audio cable
- FM antenna
- Owner's manual
Manuals & Guides
- Bluetooth EnabledYes
- Number Of Speakers2
- Product Name50W Bluetooth CD Compact Shelf System
- Model NumberNS-SH513
- Color CategoryBlack
- Playback Format(s)CD, CD-DA, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WMA
- Tuner Type(s)FM only
- Radio TunerYes
- Number Of FM Presets30
- Number Of AM Presets30
- CD PlayerYes
- CD-R/RW CompatibleYes
- Disc Capacity1
- Display TypeDigital
- Product Width19.69 inches
- Product Depth10.25 inches
- Product Weight4.5 pounds
- Remote Control IncludedYes
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Parts1 year limited
- Manufacturer's Warranty - Labor1 year limited
Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 987 reviews(987 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
We Have Two of These - LOVE THEM!Posted .
We have one of these systems in our Den which sounds awesome, it's about 3 years old, still kicking no issues...I already know I love it but, ya still gotta check out the competition when purchasing anything new. The compact shelf system in our kitchen "kinda" died (not this brand) and after looking at the higher-priced Sony model I mean, we spend a lot of time hanging out in the Kitchen around the island so I wanted it to look nice and sound great. After reading the reviews we decided on this system again. It is awesome and the price, the quality, it's a no-brainer...we love it, looks great, sounds great, blends in and is ALWAYS on, day and night...at night we lower the volume to about 2-3. Can't beat it for the price and the quality!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great compact stereoPosted .
I really like the sound quality and ease of use. Fits nicely in smaller places. Bluetooth works great up to about 40 feet. Great buy, I will definitely get another if they come up on the deal of the day again.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Decent for the pricePosted .
It's ok, for the price. A little surprised that it doesn't have AM. I thought it did because if you look at the specs for this unit on the Best Buy site it says FM 30 presets and right under it it says AM 30 presets. I will admit a few lines down it does say FM only which I didn't see when I was looking at the specs... But.. It's not a deal breaker but I don't see with the blue tooth and aux input and usb input that they couldn't just throw AM in the mix as well. Bad quality control somewhere. They must have copied and pasted the specs from another model. But, again, it's very good for the price. Would still buy it even without the AM.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good for playing CDs, Not mp3s flash drives.Posted .
This is a decent sound system for the price. It's quite small and looks nice, so it sits nicely on a shelf. Set-up was quick and easy. I did have to return mine because it didn't quite fit my needs though (see below). I'm not a music expert so I'll try to describe the sound in layman's terms. The sound is surprisingly good for such small speakers. But the higher end is a bit distant and metallic. So the bass sounds good but the vocals could be more up close. Why does EVERY sound system out there sacrifice everything to the almighty bass? You can turn up the top and tone down the bass but it doesn't really make the top sharper. Overall it's really not bad. There are several settings for different kinds of music, but they are all totally awful, just leave the setting on normal and it's fine. Still, for the price, the speakers are good and do fill up a bedroom or a small to average living room quite well. I found them definitely loud enough for 95% of CDs. Some early CDs were way too compressed and will not sound right or loud enough on any system. I thought this system might provide an elegant solution with its flash drive port but... I have over 900 CDs and ripped everything at 320 kbps, amounting to about 105g. Obviously no phone can hold all that, and only the ipod classic can store that, although I dodge the ridiculously over-hyped and over-priced Apple like a plague. I don't want to bother with putting some things on a phone and having to unplug and swap that for another device or inserting CDs, and repeat. What options do people with a lot of music have these days? What I wanted to do was get a 128g flash drive and plug it into this system, which has a port right in front, and be able to quickly access all my music at once without importing to an app or anything in between. Which leads me to the one big flaw with this system: Yes it plays off flash drives, BUT, it doesn't recognize your folder structure: so for example if you put 10 albums on it, each with 9 songs, it sees tracks 1-90. And it ONLY displays the current track. So if you want to play track 8 from album 6, you just have to skip forward until you reach it. You can enter track "65" on the remote control, but again you can't SEE any track titles until they are playing. So you can imagine having 900+ CDs on a flash drive would be completely ridiculous. I realize that this port is for phones or mp3 players with their own displays and touch screens, but again they don't hold enough and I don't want an ipod or iphone. I can also plug in my laptop to the headphone port, but I don't want to have to turn on a laptop to listen to a speaker system, and it sounds much worse that way. Also it does not recognize external drives, but it does recognize flash drives. I would give this 4.5 stars if I could, subtracting one half for speakers that are decent but not quite excellent, but the big oversight of not having a searchable display makes me knock it down a bit further to a 4. So in summary, if you want just a CD player this is good (and it DOES play mp3 discs.) If you have a small amount of music on your phone or mp3 player and you want to plug it in here and control it from your other device this is also good. If you want to make any sense of your own stored music and folder structure that you've ripped and saved yourself this will not work. I don't know what people are doing these days to simply play a lot of music off one source.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A few snags but amazing for the price!Posted .
As a long-time recording engineer/producer, you can imagine that sound quality is important to me. As I am on a long-term project but staying in my own dwelling (not a hotel, etc.), I wanted a cheap but decent sound system through which I could stream music and play CDs (when I want better quality.) I shopped all around for a while and found this system. I kept shopping, honestly figuring for the price it couldn't be all that good. All the great reviews on other sites as well finally got the best of me and I took a chance and ordered it - especially since it was so inexpensive (my budget was $250-300). Well, let me tell you... for what this is, it sounds fantastic! The speakers on this system are great - going way above and beyond on solid, tight, yet deep bass response. Like REALLY good bass response but not being just a big floppy/muddy mess! The upper midrange is pretty anemic but the highs are nice and smooth, while being pretty extended. While I wouldn't say this system is "accurate" it is very "pleasant" sounding. Everyone I've played it for has been blown away. Especially with the Bluetooth streaming sound quality - it is AMAZING! In fact, the system sounds so good that I volunteered it one night for "movie night" for the crew with whom I'm working as the source for the sound (got longer, better quality speaker wire from a local shop). Our movie night consisted of an outdoor setup, so any sound system would be challenged with having no support of surrounding walls. We did it at the resort's pool area and the sound was so good, everyone was raving about it. It was so good that now 'movie night' is a regular thing. Imaging and soundstage are very nice, if a little 'laid back' and the clarity is excellent. The first time I fired them up and gave them a critical listen, I was truly reminded (showing my age) of the old Rogers LS3/5A speakers - studio/audiophile level speakers that to this day, well over 30 years after they were made still will set you back $1000-2000+. The highs aren't as 'sweet' as the Rogers and the midrange isn't as accurate but hey, it's darn close for $130 including the receiver, amp, and BT receiver!! These things actually have BETTER bass response than the Rogers! Crazy! And they are about the same size, if you are familiar with the Rogers LS3/5A. If not (and I don't expect many to have a clue about them...), just know that these speakers hold their own against some REALLY expensive, European (British) world renowned recording monitor speakers for less than 1/10th the price. Since the base unit to the system is so small (only about half the size of my Blue-Ray player), I put it on top of my Blue-Ray player (BDP) and simply plug the BDP into the Aux-In jacks. For movie night, I just unplug the speakers, antenna, and AC power from the unit, disconnect my TV's HDMI cable and AC from the BDP and go. It takes 5 minutes to teardown/setup due to its size and ease of use. Now, for the not so great: It's max indicated volume is "50" and on some source material, that is not loud enough. If the source material was recorded at a high gain, then this system get plenty loud. Even outdoors, it's held its own accept for one 5 or so minute quiet scene in a movie. That's pretty easy to live with. What's not is the system seems to have a threshold that if something is streaming (BT) to it and the volume is low - like a fade-in or fade-out on a song, the system just mutes the signal. So what you end up with is a song that either starts well into the actual song, or you hear bits and pieces that pop in and out (out being muted in between and it's quite obvious) in those quiet passages. This is very annoying and there seems no way to cancel that "feature". At any price, this is pretty unacceptable and is my biggest complaint about the system. I'm giving the system four bars for "Features" due to this. If it didn't have BT streaming and/or an Aux-In (both requirements for me), then it would likely get 1-2 bars from me on Features - because of this design flaw. The system also has a time-out (energy saving?) if it has not played anything or received a BT stream (even if it is still actively connected to the device) where the system turns itself off. Your BT device (iPod/iPad, etc.) will not turn the system back on the next time you start playing it; you actually have to turn the system back on with its power switch or remote control. This too can be annoying but, enh... for the price, I find it livable. One good thing about it is when you do turn the system back on after such a BT time-out, it will automatically reconnect to the last BT device and start playing whatever song is/was queued up when it went to sleep. The last thing is the speaker wire that comes with the unit. There's no other way to say it - it's terrible. It's 22 gauge at best and just really poor quality. But again, for $130 - go buy better speaker wire. With this level of system, buy some 12 gauge 'zip wire' and you'll be doing great! If they were going to skimp, I'd rather them skimp on accessories like speaker wire than on the system's actual quality - which is exactly what they did. Kudos. I would also recommend getting a better FM antenna if you plan to listen to the old-school radio. The unit does not have an AM band receiver, only FM. It sounds great for what it is but the antenna that's supplied is nothing more than a single piece of cheap wire. The antenna connector is designed to take better quality coax antennae if you choose to use such. Overall, I am VERY happy with this system and know that when I do return home, it will find a treasured place there too. This system would make a great bedroom, study, dorm, kitchen, shop, garage, etc. system and give WAY higher quality sound than a boombox, or most other small bookshelf systems I've seen/heard for up to $1000, much less under $150!! If you're on the fence, my suggestion is go for it and return it if you don't like it. My best guess is you won't be returning it because you'll love it too much.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Solid ValuePosted .
I purchased this stereo for use in my garage to replace a 20+ year old boom box. It is a great little unit for the price, packed with features, and I believe it to be a solid value. After using it for about a month, I have found a couple of minor things to nit-pick, but I do not find these big enough issues to dissuade the purchase of this unit. 1. I wish it was a bit louder since the garage is a pretty large space to project into. 2. I have it on a shelf that does get a lot of direct natural light, and it becomes really hard to see the digital display. It would be nice if it had a variable display that allowed dimming and brightening as needed. All-in-all I am pleased with the performance of this system and would definitely recommend it.I would recommend this to a friend
FeaturesEase of Use5 out of 5
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
It's what I was looking forPosted .
I bought this for my kitchen, to have better sound quality than one of those little portable speakers. Plus I wanted the option to play a cd and listen to the radio. To me, the sound quality is very good. I would describe it as sounding "warm." High notes sound clear and the bass is good for its size. There are different settings to adjust the tone, bass, etc., but it sounded good right out of the box to me. If you're realistic I think you'll be more than satisfied with the sound. Though my kitchen is a small room, It seems to go pretty loud as well. I also like its small size as its smaller than most other similar systems out there for sale. I love the bluetooth option, though the sound cuts in and out at times. I'm not sure why this happens. If I keep my phone still the problem goes away. It would have been nice to have AM in addition to FM - there are people out there who still listen to AM :-) Overall I am happy with my purchase as I like the features, sound, size, looks and price of the system ( I bought it on sale). I would definitely recommend this to anyone out there looking for a compact stereo for a smaller room.
FeaturesEase of Use5 out of 5I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Simple System, Simple Price...Posted .
I wanted a little "all-in-one" system for my den that would let me to listen to the radio, play a CD or use Bluetooth - that didn't look like the old "ghetto blaster". I love this little system - and for $99 am tickled. I listened to others in the store that were $200 - $300 more - and I have no regrets over this purchase. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but it gets the job done and I use it every day. Speakers are pretty darn good, too. I say that because I also recently bought a major brand 5:1 system (surround sound) for my living room and these little bookshelf speakers could be integrated with that no problem. In terms of looks, it doesn't command a lot of attention but that's what I wanted; very simple black system. Most of the functionality is handled by a remote, even tuning the radio. If I could tweak anything - I would add a manual tuner as an option for the user. That is the only reason I am not giving it a full 5 stars. If I could, I would add a half star back for a deserving 4.5.I would recommend this to a friend