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Insignia™ - Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Powerbank - Caviar

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Insignia™ Portable Bluetooth Stereo Speaker: Take the music with you with this speaker, which features Bluetooth connectivity for easy music streaming from your compatible device. The built-in power bank charges compatible devices.Portable Speaker Buying Guide
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Portable Bluetooth Stereo Speaker
    • USB charging cable
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3831 out of 4067)

    Features


    Connect wirelessly for streaming music

    Pair this speaker with compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, including laptops, phones and tablets.

    Powerful stereo sound you can take on the go

    Lightweight, portable design is great for outdoor parties or camping.

    Rechargeable battery

    Plus an integrated power bank for charging compatible devices.

    Water-resistant exterior

    Protects the speaker from damage.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 4067 reviews

    94%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Depends on what you're looking for ...

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

      I enjoyed a couple of weeks of playing golf with my son-in-law in the Lake Charles Louisiana area a couple of months ago. I found it interesting that nearly everyone in a golf cart on those courses had a portable speaker bluetoothed to their mobile device enjoying music between shots. Rather than being distracting as I would have thought as a traditional golfer, it lightened the atmosphere and I found it relaxing and enjoyable. So when I returned to the Washington Metro Area I decided to pick up one I could use. I didn't want to spend too much as it'll likely get banged around a bit bouncing in a golf cart or thrown in my golf bag and probably get exposed to the elements as I play in the rain, snow, etc. So when I saw this on sale for less than $30 and the reviews looked pretty good I nabbed one. In addition to the price and reviews I liked the fact that this unit provided the ability to charge other devices - blue-toothing an iphone for a 5 hour round of golf while using an iphone app to determine yardage to the hole can drain the phone's battery fairly quickly so I figure this bit would come in handy. So how do I like it? For the price it's hard to complain so I won't. The unit seems pretty rugged. It seems like it'll be fine in the weather. It's certainly heavy enough to not bounce around too much. The neon colors available make it less likely that I'll accidentally leave it behind somewhere. The device charging piece works well. It's quite easy to use. In terms of sound quality, it's OK. Make no mistake, this is not a Bose speaker. A lot more bass would be nice. Having the ability to tune the bass/treble, etc would be nice. The volume range is adequate for riding in a golf cart or playing music on a deck table while you smoke a cigar and drink a beer. The sound will not fill a room. You won't be using this instead of your Sonos or to power your party. I'd view it as a portable personal speaker. OK, I said I wouldn't complain but I'll offer two improvements they might make that would make it a 3+. 1) the "buttons" on top of the unit control the volume, allow you to answer the phone or make a call, etc. The buttons have the normal symbols on them +, -, >>, <<, but they're the same color as the rest of the unit so they're very difficult to see (especially if you're not right on top of the unit and/or don't have your reading glasses on). I used a little black magic marker on my neon red speakers to fill in the indentations for the symbols .... it's not 'pretty' but it makes it much more user friendly. 2) Every time you change the volume the darn thing BEEPS. I say BEEPS in caps because it's a loud beep for every push of the button or touch of the volume slider on your iphone. THIS is quite annoying. How about a smooth change in volume without the darn beep! So, depending on what you're looking for this may or may not be a unit that interests you. While it's adequate for me and my purpose I would have been disappointed if I had paid more than the $29 or whatever it was that I paid. So when I check the "would recommend to a friend" I would also give him or her the caveats discussed here.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        InsigniaCustomerSupport

        Thank you very much for providing us with your honest review and feedback, I am glad to read that this worked for you and what you use it for, I will make sure to forward your feedback about the different color buttons to make it more friendly user and the bass/treble sounds that should be improved, I really thank you for this comments since we are always trying to improve our products and comments like this really helps us to determine which direction we should take, if you have any questions or suggestions you can always contact us at https://www.insigniaproducts.com/ and we will gladly be there to hear from you. Omar S. - Insignia Products Support. BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good sound, can charge your devices

      Posted
      Brian1118
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      One of the reasons I bought this speaker is that at the time I got it, there were no reviews, so I wanted to take the plunge to see if I could recommend this device to other people. My conclusion is that if you don't mind undetailed bass and don't need speakerphone / call answering capability, that this is a good bluetooth speaker. The mids and highs are good, and the bass is decent and has some detail (unlike most bluetooth speakers in this price range) and the sound quality is good, in my opinion. The bass is there, but doesn't overpower the rest of the mix, and the sound goes pretty loud if you need it to. The speaker is also splash resistant (although the manual says not to expose it to to water) and has a rubber flap covering the charging port, 3.5mm jack and other inputs to help it be splash-resistant. The key feature of this bluetooth speaker is that it can charge your other devices, and has a usb port that you can plug chargers in. It has a massive battery that provides up to 30 hours of play time, which is what it uses to charge devices. To do that, you open up the rubber flap, flip the switch to "charge" (there are 3 settings: on, off, and charge) and plug in a usb charger. Due to having that massive battery, this device is surprisingly heavy (although not overly so), and I would bet that it's one of the reasons why it can get as loud as it does. Personally, I ended up returning this speaker for one with better bass detail and quality, but I'm a bit of an audiophile and can be picky, and feel that most people wouldn't notice or care. What I feel many people would care about however is the lack of speakerphone capability. If you need to answer phone calls with your speaker, this one can't do that. However, if you just want big sound with a long battery life and the ability to use your speaker as a portable power bank (albeit a big and heavy one), this speaker may be for you. If you need more portability, the ability to answer phone calls, and/or better sound quality (albeit probably not quantity) you may want to consider other speakers in this price range, like the Samsung Level Box Mini (recently reduced to $50 from $100) which has excellent sound quality, but is not water resistant and is smaller and has lower battery life. Another options is a good all-rounder like the iHome Go+ Arc which is water resistant, can answer phone calls, and has slightly better bass (imo) than this speaker, but a lower battery life. Neither of those 2 can charge other devices however.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Speaker Sound Review

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

      I had the smaller version and wanted a fuller sound portable bluetooth speaker, but i did not want to spend a lot. The small version lacked bass & was ok at low to medium volume. In my research, i saw there was a larger version (a.k.a,Insignia Brick) which also could charge devices. When i got the Insignia Brick, i did my due diligence, as i always do with ALL my speakers (Mirage, Polk Audio, Paradigm, Bose, NHT, UE Boom, JBL) and take the time to break them in by playing the speaker at low volume for 40 hours. Many people make the mistake of cranking up the speaker to almost max volume as soon as they get it. IMO, you are overloading the speaker reflex, which in the long run will make the speaker sound distorted. I listen to a various types of genre so here is my feedback on the speaker. All types of music (jazz, piano, country, pop, heavy metal, rock, grunge, dubstep) sound great at low-to-medium volume. From medium-to-high volume, jazz, piano, soft country, still sound good. Medium-to-high volume does a descent job filling a 19ft x 14ft room. However, dont expect to feel like your at a dance club or rock concert. Unfortunately, heavy metal, rock, some pop songs, grunge, and dubstep sound a little muffled and lack some high treble tones. Dont get me wrong, it is not terrible, but dont expect crisp clarity or solid bass at high volumes. This is still a very good speaker to have with a couple of friends and music in the background, but dont expect a kareoke night. I love the portability of these speakers. I have other portable speakers, but this is perfect during my hotel stays on my business trip. It is 100% better than the iHome speakers typically in the hotels. I love my large UE BOOM speaker, but it is larger than what i want to you pack in my suit case. FYI, the UE BOOM that is not compatible with Alexa sounds so much better than the new UE Boom that works with Amazon Alexa. Hope this helps!!!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great for the money

      Posted
      DaveJ

      This Insignia bluetooth speaker is fantastic for the money. I got it on sale for under $30. According to Best Buys website, the details says it only has 1 speaker. It is in fact a stereo speaker, thus I can confirm it has 2 drivers for mids/highs and 2 passive radiators for bass. The sound quality is excellent (again, for the money - don't expect Bose sound) for what is is. It has good mids/highs and has decent bass. The bass isn't as accurate or refined as in most higher end systems, but it is there and sounds good. Although it doesn't have a mic for answering phone calls, it can be used as a speaker for calls. Instead, it contains a large internal battery for charging other devices via a USB jack in the back. It also has a mini USB for charging the speaker itself, and a mini-aux input for other devices that lack bluetooth. The bluetooth version listed in the manual is version 4.0, but it does not contain NFC. Under normal use, I had no issues with reception up to 30 feet away. Beyond 40 ft, I got connection hiccups. Because of the large internal battery, it weighs more than a typical speaker of its size. I did get about 18 hours of listening time before the battery died. It is water resistant, but not waterproof, so avoid getting wet if possible. Most of the speaker is surrounded by a rubber/plastic casing surrounding the buttons and inputs/outputs. If you're looking for a great bluetooth speaker bargain, you won't find better than this.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      OK Speaker but very ANNOYING how it cuts off...

      Posted
      Shawnee

      I got this speaker for $19.99 and I'm glad because it honestly isn't worth much more than that. I bought it to use with my Samsung Galaxy Tab (because the volume doesn't go up that high on the Tab). I generally watch everything on my tablet so was looking for something to help make a better watching experience for me by increasing the sound. I saw the good reviews for this product and the price was very reasonable so I said hey...why not? Setup for the speaker was pretty simple. It's very easy to use as well. Keeps a long charge and the sound quality of it is acceptable. It's not as crisp or clear as I'd ideally like...but for the price, I wasn't expecting something truly amazing. And you cannot skip songs or pause directly from the device. However, it is sufficient for my needs at this time. However, the one thing that has slowly but surely made me grow to HATE this speaker and want to upgrade to a new device is how after about 5 minutes of inactivity it randomly cuts off. If I am watching something and I put it on pause, or what I am doing ends, within 5 mins the speaker beeps and turns itself off. I GET SO SICK AND TIRED OF THIS! It isn't even a reasonable amount of time. I could understand if it was 30 minutes of inactivity but 5 mins, really? Additionally, I cannot connect it via bluetooth to my iPhone for whatever reason. Anyway, I've had it way past the 15 day return period, so I'm stuck with it now. I'll begrudgingly keep using it but I'm about to actively start looking for a better quality speaker overall, and one that doesn't just cutoff randomly. This may not bother some people but I certainly cannot tolerate having to cut it back on multiple times throughout the day...it's just silly.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Bought for a tablet, but used more for an iPod

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

      At first my father wanted a speaker for his tablet. After some searching and reading reviews, I bought this speaker and the previous version of this speaker for him to try. Between the two it was under $40 and they were well worth the price. But, this speaker ended up being used for more than just his tablet. Now, the previous version of this speaker, he uses for portability -he can turn on his music streaming on his tablet, leave the tablet and take his speaker anywhere in the house. This speaker, he uses as a stay in one place speaker, due to it's ports on the speaker. With this speaker he can hook up his iPod and listen to it or charge it. This was very useful as his original iPod docking speaker decided to just stop working after 10 years of use. So, now he can listen to his iPod through a speaker again. He says that the sound with this speaker is better than the Logitech iPod dock/speaker (originally paid $80 - 10 years ago). Only major difference is that the Logitech dock had a remote with it, so he is a little bummed that he cannot use a remote anymore. For me, the sound is great... Clear and Loud... and has more bass than the previous version of this speaker. I also like the battery size of this, and that it could be used as a powerbank if need be - this could come in handy if in an emergency situation like a Hurricane, etc... If i could, I would give this speaker 5.5 stars as it is a notch above the previous version of this speaker. I would purchase this speaker again and recommend it. But, if you want a speaker to be a little bit more portable, then go for the previous version of this speaker.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Mighty performance in a small package

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

      I seem to have an obsession with messing around with portable bluetooth speakers, but I cant seem to find one that really stood out. These little monsters can fill quite a nice niche and are loaded with features. Hold on to your ipods, grab your zunes, you can listen all day to your favorite tunes (I just died a little inside) In all seriousness, I was really, really impressed with the sound it made considering the price, and the size. Audio was clear, distortion is minimal at max volume or close to it. Bass performance is very good considering its side, and passive rear radiators. It does believe it or not, have true stereo sound and noticeable separation. Next on the list of impressive features, 30 Hours of rated Battery Life. Just let that sink in for a minute, its gonna be hard to find that in any speaker. Very well done, like seriously, that's a respectable, USABLE, battery life. I tend to use one of these for an alarm clock by pairing it to my phone and using the pandora alarm clock setting to play a station at max volume. (the people I live with love me). Next on the list of great features: USB charging out and in. An excellent feature, expected, desired, versatile. There's nothing worse than getting a killer little speaker with some dumb wall wart that you have to keep with you to charge it, (RIP Jam Storm, you could have been that much more amazing.) Output is rated at 1A and rightfully so, but here's the bad thing... **You can't use this feature and play music at the same time** Curse it all, I almost had a way to float chromecast audios around my house at will. Lastly, rubber contrsuction, and a 3.5mm aux jack and top mounted controls round out the features. No complaints here, all should be standard, and are. There you have it, for $50 or fairly regularly $25 on sale, these things are excellent gifts, or seed them through your house with Chromecast Audios for killer multiroom audio on the cheap. Just remember, they aren't gonna make you ditch your $200+ Sonos speakers. They're just really, really, good $25 speakers.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great speaker for the price its loud long battery

      Posted
      Monteptd

      This Insignia bluetooth speaker is fantastic for the money. I got it for $49. It is a stereo speaker. The sound quality is excellent (again, for the money - don't expect Bose sound) for what is is. It has good mids/highs and has decent bass. It contains a large internal battery for charging other devices via a USB jack in the back. It also has a mini USB for charging the speaker itself, and a mini-aux input for other devices that lack Bluetooth. Under normal use, I had no issues with reception up to 30 feet away. Beyond 40 ft, I got connection hiccups. Because of the large internal battery, it weighs more than a typical speaker of its size great battery pack. It is water resistant, but not waterproof, so avoid getting wet if possible. Most of the speaker is surrounded by a rubber/plastic casing surrounding the buttons and inputs/outputs. I use it in bath room with Amazon alexia dot for music I put on the shelf where there no plug so it great for me when I shower and shave and take it to work. great battery life. If you're looking for a great bluetooth speaker bargain, you won't find anything better than this one .

      I would recommend this to a friend




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