Insignia™ - 80W Audio System - Gold/black

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Enjoy versatile audio with this Insignia all-in-one stereo shelf system. It has an FM radio for listening to your favorite stations, and its Bluetooth connectivity lets you wirelessly sync with compatible devices. Listen privately via the headphone jack on this Insignia all-in-one stereo shelf system, which has 20W RMS left and right channels for immersive surround sound.
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    • Insignia 80W Audio System

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (165 out of 175)

    Features


    Audio system

    Features CD/MP3 player, digital player and radio for a variety of entertainment options.

    MP3 playback format

    For listening to your favorite music.

    80W total output power

    For sound you can enjoy.

    Digital FM tuner

    Lets you listen to your favorite stations.

    2 speakers and subwoofer

    Produce crisp, detailed sound.

    Inputs

    Include USB and audio line-in.

    Outputs

    Include headphones.

    Remote control

    Enables you to operate functions from a distance.


    Customer rating

    4.6
    95%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Modern All-in-1 System with a Retro Vibe

      Posted
      WillysJeepMan
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I've been on a search to find an audio system for my living room that wasn't going to draw attention to itself and fit in with our mid-century modern decor. I had given up hope of finding a new audio system that was simple, clean, but had a "classic" look and was about to go for a vintage receiver and speakers. I stumbled across this at Best Buy and instantly fell in love with the looks. I was a bit hesitant about the "Insignia" brand, but for $80 I was willing to give it a shot. I have been pleasantly surprised and extremely delighted with this unit. The selection of inputs and features makes this a nice simple but useful system. I have loaded up music on a 64GB nano USB thumbdrive (Sandisk makes one that is slightly larger than the USB 2 connector itself) and organized the music into folders as playlists. Although there is no rhyme or reason as to the ordering of the folders, it is nice to have the dedicated folder buttons on the remote to switch between folders. A modern day Jukebox! The Bluetooth capabilities allow me to use one of my smartphones or iPod Touch to stream internet radio stations via the Tune-in app. I greatly appreciate being able to easily stream LuxuriaMusic to this system. The Aux input works well, but I'm confused by the design decision to place the port in the front of the system rather than the back. Having a cable sticking out of the front ruins the clean look of the system. I minimized the issue by using 2 "L" 3.5mm stereo connectors together to form a "U", allowing the cable to be hidden underneath the unit. (see photo) I have an audio switchbox attached to the AUX input that allows me to channel my turntable, audio cassette deck, or TV. The FM radio tunes stations in well and the autosearch feature to set station presets seems very accurate. Audio quality is acceptable... certainly fine for an all-in-one unit. The EQ presets offer enough of a difference to make a difference. Overall, I've found the sound to improve when the volume is raised a bit. If you don't expect this thing to be something its not, I think you'll find it enjoyable too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great shelf system at a fantastic price!

      Posted
      Rich
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I originally wanted a Bose Wave radio when it was on sale before the holidays for $539 but I decided even that was too expensive. I saw this Insignia shelf system on sale for a very good price of $79 new or 65.99 open box. I decided to take the gamble on the open box item. It has amazing sound quality at this price! It has two 20 watt speakers (40 watts left and right) and a 40 watt sub woofer for 80 watts total. I agree with other reviews that I don’t think you can get sound this good anywhere near the $65.99 price. Even $79 would be worth it! The bass is great. I like how you can turn the volume up loud and it doesn’t distort. It still sounds very clear. At the regular $150 price I would have to shop around more since that puts it in tougher competition with more choices. I did also purchase Bose Companion 20 computer speakers to hook up to this to make it more like a “Wave radio” but the sound from this by itself is great! The only thing the Bose speakers improves on is better bass at low volume which was important for my use of this in my bedroom at night. I also think they give a “wider stereo soundstage” overall though when I was browsing shelf systems on Best Buy’s website nothing came close to what this offered for the price. I really liked that this has Bluetooth, CD player, FM radio, line input jack and USB input. I can also change my iPhone if I need to using the USB port. I have not tried hooking up a USB flash drive and listening to music files stored on it but that is a nice feature to have. I did try a few mp3 format cd’s and they played with no issues. There were much more expensive shelf systems with less watts (powerful sound) offered. The remote is also very useful. I couldn’t pass up these features for this price! I didn’t listen to a Bose Wave radio to compare but I cannot imagine it sounds so much better than this to make it worth what they are asking for it at $599.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great look, good sound, right price

      Posted
      MparkH

      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!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent product for us old timers

      Posted
      PaulSouthNJ
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I was not in the market for one of these, but the appearance of the product in person spoke to me. It's retro while being quite modern at the same time. In my teens I was a stereo nut, back in the days when you would buy "a la carte" a receiver, turntable, dual cassette deck, later on a single-tray CD player, and if you were really hip, an equalizer. Oh and of course, speakers. You would upgrade to bigger and better components as funds allowed. It was actually quite cool. Anyway, thirty some years later we have Bluetooth, and vinyl records are coming back to an extent. I still own tons of CD's and feel when they are re-digitized the quality suffers a bit. Just my opinion. So this system has a subwoofer that fires towards the bottom of the cabinet, and a very clean look and carefully assembled feel to it. The CD player slot within the digital display is nearly invisible. Pairing the Bluetooth to my phone was painless. There are NO inputs or outputs on the rear panel, save an antenna connection, and a 4 foot one is provided. The only knob I would have liked to see added would be for manual tuning. Instead of one giant volume knob, there could have been two smaller knobs for both purposes. And there is no AM band, minor detail. Compared to the LG and Sony systems that have giant displays, flashing lights, and buttons all over the place, this is rather Spartan. There are just five presets to the internal EQ. But this unit is a slam-dunk just for the utter simplicity and excellent sound quality for its size. It's not a bargain but fairly priced, and the quality is there. The remote has a nice tactile feel, just enough buttons to do what it has to do. Maybe nearing the 50 year-old mark isn't so bad after all.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Insignia™ - 80W Audio System - Gold/black

      Posted
      ktub

      After reading all of the positive reviews, I decided to give this a shot. It's on sale at Augusta's one and only BB for 79.00 today. So what the heck? I need a compact sound system without all of the cables all over the place. I saw it on the shelf and it looked very retro.The front panel felt cheap and I wish they eliminated the speaker pinholes and replaced it with black speaker mesh. That would of made it look a little more rich. I looked on the bottom and saw this little tiny sub and I was like, no way is this going to hold up.Got it home, tore it out of the box. I didn't connect the FM wire antenna cause the radio stations around her suck really bad. It found my Bluetooth and connected in seconds. This thing rocks. The highs are pretty clear and the sub is doing a pretty good job of hitting the lows so far. So far I am very impressed. I listen to a lot of different types of music but I wanna hear and feel the bass and so far its doing a pretty good job.definitely a good buy. I just hope it can withstand the test of time and the serious bass tracks I'm about to hit it with. **The woofer is on the bottom and is about 4 inches in width. The system is on little risers that are about an inch high.**

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good when bought at discount

      Posted
      axiom71
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      First off - I LOVE the design. It is sleek and looks very high end, the brushed gold finish is nice and I was impressed with the volume it could create in-store. However, upon use, I have a few grumbles... The USB works fine, and the AUX was part of the reason I bought it, I even think it syncs with Bluetooth nicely, but no ability to randomize playtracks on a USB is limiting. the AUX is also on the front of the unit, which is ok - but would have preferred the back side (or a second AUX on back with RCA plugs) for the retail price I originally paid. The sound is good, as I said, but the exposed sub speaker on the bottom of the unit is paper and feels a bit fragile, if you never move it, ok, but the cone is right where your hands are likely to go when moving it around - luckily, I didn't tear the speaker! I assume the speakers hidden behind the front grill are also paper, which cheapens the unit and makes me wonder about longevity. The remote is ok, a few more features would be good, it plays CDs, but still no random feature...assume it plays mp3 CDRs as well, but haven't tried it. Overall, it is nice, glad I was able to catch it on sale after I bought it and got a price match. I don't think it was worth retail after I have lived with it for a few months. Still looks great in our meditation room and sounds ok. PS - the different "EQ" settings are mostly garbage.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Great Sound/Bad Bluetooth

      Posted
      Larry
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      The good- Simplistic design makes for ease of use. Size is perfect for setting into built in's around your home or next to a fire place. The finish is ok standard chipboard with thin vinyl (wood look) appearance. Cd player works wonderfully for people who are actually old enough to know what a cd is. The tuner also seems to work very well I was quite surprised by this as most modern radios really seem to lack picking anything up with clarity. The remote is full of features and is very handy. The bad- I bought this for a house warming gift for my parents. They recently down sized and moved into a town home. I thought this would be perfect not to large not to small. To my surprise they love using the blue tooth feature of this device. The blue tooth in this device must be some generic off the self add on however. Because the first system I purchased the blue tooth quit functioning in less then a weeks time. My father had contacted insignia on the phone and after assistance from the Insignia staff member was instructed it was in fact defective. Best buy was very helpful in exchanging this product over the counter with another. The second one is now acting up with Blue tooth issues. Just an fyi to people actually interested in a honest review of the product.. If blue tooth being a function of this device is not imperative. I would suggest to go ahead and buy it. If blue tooth is a must have of this device I wouldn't count it working for very long. God bless and Happy Holidays.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Good, but not great...

      Posted
      steve

      I had an expectation after reading other reviews that this product would have incredible sound, deep base, and richness. Some people compared it to the Bose Wave Radio. I own a Bose Wave Radio, and I can attest to the fact that this product is not even close to having the sound quality of the Bose, and would say that anyone who would compare the two does not really have a Bose to compare it to. That being said, for the price, it should be obvious that you are buying a low end product, and your expectations should be thus. I ended up giving this to my daughter to keep in her room, the size of her room should be adequately filled by this. If you are looking at this as something other than a kids room, or maybe a small office space, it's adequate, it makes enough sound (not quality sound) to fill in and keep as background noise. I must point out that I am OK with my purchase, it serves a purpose now as a kids room stereo, and it's good enough for that. Anyone who says that they are an audiofile, and they are impressed, is full of junk. Anyone who compares this to anything other than a $100 stereo/radio, is full of junk. It is NOT of the same sound quality as the Bose, it is NOT rich full sound, it is NOT anything more than a small shelf radio. My recommendation is this; if you are looking for a shelf radio in your garage, or in your kids room, or maybe the three season porch, this will suffice. Don't buy this thinking that you are getting a "cheap" Bose Wave Radio, it's not that.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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