I like the look of vintage audio equipment, and this has a strong 1970's HiFi vibe. At the same time, I wanted a modern music system that would pair with my iPhone via Bluetooth. When I saw this unit on sale for $80, I replaced my old office sound system (a Panasonic unit with dual eight tracks and classic Realistic two-way speakers).
The look of the Insignia is spot-on old-school minimalist cool. The gold tone is subtle, the pinhole circles for the speakers are classy, and I like the big white LED display. There are enough buttons on the console to handle basic functions, plus a big, classic knob for volume control.
The remote is typical Insignia - basic, black, and it gets the job done. There are some functions only available through the remote, so don't lose it!
The cut-outs for the USB port and 1/8" headphone and aux-in ports on the front mar the design in my opinion, but they are placed well for convenience. There are NO ports on the back, so if you plan to use the aux in, you'll have a cable plugged into the front of the unit.
The sound quality of this unit is good. It's an overstatement to compare it to a Bose Wave radio, but it sounds nice. There is a bottom-facing woofer to complement the front stereo speakers, plus a port on the back. The bass is pretty muted at low volumes (my 40-year-old Panasonic sounded better at the lowest levels), but the sound really rounds out as the volume is turned up. For my medium-sized office, this is all the sound I need.
The radio, which is FM only, does fine picking up stations using the wire antenna included in the box. I've also played an audio CD, and that works well. But the money feature for me is Bluetooth. This unit connected to my iPhone 8 with a little patience and fiddling - I just followed the instructions in the manual. Since then, when I switch the unit to Bluetooth and start music playing on my phone, it connects within a few seconds and plays reliably. Perfect for what I need!
One other note - the unit is surprisingly deep physically. It didn't fit on the bookshelf where I wanted to put it until I made some adjustments to the shelf so the front feet on the Insignia didn't hang off the edge. Because of the bottom-firing subwoofer, this unit does need to sit with all four feet on a solid surface to give a one-inch gap underneath.
In summary, this is surprisingly nice for a cheap radio. I've been using it for several weeks now. At the list price of $150, there aren't too many options that offer the same features and sound quality, but I'd still shop around. However, when it's on sale for $80, it is hard to beat!