Insignia™ - CD/Cassette Boombox with AM/FM Radio - Black/Gray

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Enjoy your music with this Insignia™ boombox, which plays CDs and cassettes for flexible listening options. The 10 AM and 10 FM presets help you find your favorite radio programming with a simple touch.

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$59.99

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Overview

What's Included


  • AC adapter
  • Insignia™ CD/Cassette Boombox with AM/FM Radio
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
87% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (775 out of 899)

Features


Plays back CD and cassette formats

To accommodate your music collection.

Record function

Allows you to make personalized cassettes.

Built-in AM/FM tuner

With 20 presets (10 AM, 10 FM) for simple one-touch recall of your favorite channels.

Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.


Customer rating

4.1
87%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Too many drawbacks to consider this divice

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

    We had a very old AM/FM radio with cassette player. Since we have a lot of old speeches and lessons on tape plus like talk radio, we were really bummed out when both the AM radio and the tape deck failed within the same week. The Insignia looked like it had everything we wanted, plus a CD player we didn't really care about, so we bought it. Sound quality was acceptable and it was very serviceable. BUT, here is why we found it useless and returned it. 1. It has ten station presets for each AM and FM. However, if the unit looses power - like a power outage lasting only a few seconds - all presets are lost and the unit defaults to "out-of-box" settings. Maybe batteries would prevent this, but if you're not going to move the unit around, you are just wasting money on batteries that will get consumed without you ever needing them. 2. Setting the presets is more bother then it should be. 3. If you are on preset 3 and want to go to preset 1 or 2, you must got to 4, then 5, then 6, etc. until getting to where you want to go. i.e. presets tune up one station at a time only, not down nor can you jump from, say, 4 to 7. 4. If you want to tune a station that's a long distance from where the radio is presently tuned, on either the AM or FM band, there is no rotary knob. You press and hold the up or down button, but the radio only scans to the first station it encounters. At that point you have to release the button, then press and hold it again...and again...and again, until you finally reach the station you want. 5. Pressing the on/off button takes enough force that the unit slides, so you must grab it to prevent the sliding. Now the problem is that you have just touched the CD cover, so it now pops up. 6. It does NOT have a built-in FM antenna. Rather a wire that dangles from the back. There were several other issues we had with the Insignia but we resolved all of them by returning it and getting a refund.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Did not last 3 months

    Posted
    MyOpinion
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this unit to replace a similar one that bit the dust after a good 10 years. I wanted a unit that played CDs and cassettes (radio is something I don't use that often, but it came with the package). It was ok, but the buttons were awkward to press, and the display did not show what track you were on if playing a CD--only the time elapsed, which is a pain if you're listening to an audio book and have to stop mid-CD. This is about 80% of what I use it for. Not perfect, but OK. Until it decided not to recognize that it had a CD in it any more. One day, I was playing CDs just fine, went to lunch, came back, started the next CD and got the No CD display. Tried the CD I was playing before I went to lunch--same thing. I've attempted several times since then with no luck. I've had it for maybe 2 or 3 months. Sure wish I had kept the original box and receipt.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      I am sorry to hear of the trouble with the unit, and wanted to follow up with you on it. For troubleshooting support, you can contact us directly at www.InsigniaProducts.com/support/contact.html for assistance, as well as to review manufacturer warranty options. - Jon, Insignia Support BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fine for everyday use

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

    I bought this after returning a Jensen to Target. I needed a cassette player to listen to some old cassettes I had. The Insignia cassette player does work fairly well, although I have begun to hear a little speed variation whenever playing any of the cassette tapes. You'll need to be careful if you have big fingers. The play button and the record button are right next to each other. It's very easy to accidentally press them both at the same time, which will erase your tape. There is no window to see the tape once it is inserted, so you can't tell approximately where in tape you are at. The CD player is fine. I was unable to get any FM stations, but I am in a very poor reception area, so that is par for the course. This is a good boombox for the patio or the workbench in the garage.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Boombox

    Posted
    BigRed
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    Bought this little guy to use at our Tiny House on the farm in New Stanton, PA. We are off the grid and using only solar power so we needed something that could run on batteries or be plugged in. This critter takes both CD's or cassettes and has an AM/FM radio. Really didn't have high hopes but something is better than nothing which is what we had at the time. Took it out of the box & plugged it in that first night and was surprisingly blown away !! It sounds outstanding. Full range of highs, lows & midrange with CD's - I even heard things that night from CD's I've played hundreds of times on my Bose system at home. It really delivers BIG Sound. And we were sitting outside listening - so the sound wasn't direct or just bouncing around a room. I have never been so pleased with a product before and I highly recommend it if this is something you need - BUY It !! You'll LOVE it !!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound but poor controls

    Posted
    TomInWestminsterMD

    This boombox has good sound, but I have several problems with it otherwise. When you want to switch from one preset radio station to another, you must cycle through all 10 presets, even if many presets are not set to any radio station. For example, to go from preset #2 to preset #1, you have to press the button nine times! When you're playing a CD, the display doesn't show which track is playing; it only shows the elapsed time of the track. The buttons are annoying difficult to push, and they make an annoying CLICK when they're depressed and again when they're released. The CD lid doesn't seem to operate properly -- it pops open only a fraction of an inch, and it's difficult to pry it fully open. Finally, the radio antenna is a limp wire, not a telescoping metal antenna.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Combo CD/Cassette w/AM/FM Radio Boombox

    Posted
    Alan
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    Bought this for my father-in-law. His last combo boombox died and he wanted another one which can play cassettes and CD's, which makes up his listening library. Not too many manufacturers make this combo CD/cassette boombox any more, but the Insignia got good reviews so I ended up buying it. So far, so good. The boombox is loud enough for my father-in-law (96 years old) and sounds pretty good considering he plays it pretty loud so he can hear it without his hearing aid. He likes to go to sleep with music. I am glad someone can fall asleep since his wife surely can't since the music is so loud. If you are looking for an easy to use CD/cassette boombox with an AM/FM radio which sounds pretty good and can be cranked up with minimal distortion, then I recommend the Insignia NS-BCDCAS1.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not all features worked

    Posted
    Mikey
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    My wife purchased this to replace a 15 year old boom box, we have purchased insignia products before from best buy and had no issues however my wife brought this home and the radio and cassette player worked fine but sadly the CD player would not work. She tried multiple cd's and it would spin and it looked like it was going to work and then it would stop and the message would read no disc. It was a real disappointment because the price was great being as the only other one they had was triple the price. She returned it for a refund. I guess the quality just wasn't there on this particular product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works but not great design

    Posted
    MTVessel
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    There are not many options for radio, cassette and CD players. So not too much to compare. Sounds fine for vasic midr-angey late 80s early 90s style boom box. Not a big bass sound to it. LED screen is bright and clear. Buttons are small (except cassette which is mechanical button) and hard to press and small to read. silver with dark print dies not work well fir poor eyes. Bought for father in law in his 80s having a tough time getting electronic buttons to work for him and reading - so i tagged buttons with cokored taoe for him to get use to. It does not have a contunuous play or auto sids B setting. Cassettes loads upside down. Pricey but works

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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