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Insignia™ - Voice™ Smart Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Alarm Clock with Google Assistant - Gray/Black

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Answer all your questions and share your playlist with this Insignia portable wireless speaker. Featuring Google Assistant, this compact speaker lets you search the internet or set your schedule with just the sound of your voice. Bluetooth compatibility on this Insignia portable wireless speaker allows sharing and casting to multiple devices, including phones, tablets and even other speakers.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Power adapter
    • Quick Setup Guide
    • Voice™ Smart Portable Bluetooth Speaker with the Google Assistant built in

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (716 out of 790)

    Features


    Multiroom compatible portable speaker

    Plays music in multiple rooms at once.

    Google Assistant built-in

    Ask questions. Tell it to do things. It's your own digital assistant.

    More ways to connect with the music you love

    Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability for pairing wireless devices.

    Rechargeable battery

    Enjoy up to 5 hours playback with a large built-in battery.

    Simple setup

    Put your Insignia wireless speaker in any room where you want music and connect it to your home Wi-Fi network. With the touch of a few buttons, you're ready to enjoy multiroom music.

    Clock Display

    The speaker features a digital LED clock display and has a built in alarm clock.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 790 reviews

    91%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Outstanding alternative (or addition) to Google's

      Posted
      OregonBruin
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      I first heard this speaker and it's smaller sibling at my local Best Buy. I was in the market for my first smart speaker that was based on the Google Assistant. Of course, the choices are growing as this segment grows in popularity. Not only do you have Google Home, now in three sizes, but Sony and JBL have added their take, to name a few. Really, it comes down to what you want from your speaker. I wanted something that sounded good, offered as many features as possible including portability that didn't cost a small fortune. The Insignia Voice Portable was exactly what I wanted, and more! Why not Alexa? There are a ton of choices. Cortana? Siri? Not so many choices but both have their take on a speaker, too. For me, it's about ecosystem, and I'm in Google's way more than any other. I'm a fan of Android since the beginning and will continue to be. I prefer Google Assistant to the others. I have the option to use Alexa through some Amazon apps on my devices, which I do. As a tech nerd, I really like more having more options. This speaker (and the smaller version) and the Sony are your only choices within Google Assistant (GA for short) if you want a display giving them an alarm clock vibe. When you set an alarm, timer, or countdown by voice or your regular device, the speaker display responds accordingly along with the confirmation by the male or female voice from Google. You can change the gender by voice. Aside from my phone and tablet, my Nvidia Shield TV all use GA. The speaker serves as an always-on way to turn some of my lights on and off, change color and brightness of one of those lights, play music from several services and answer questions. It really does so many things. I can turn my TV on and off by voice using the Shield or my Google Chromecast. You can get YouTube videos up and running. It's fun trying commands out. Because the GA is evolving, new features come via updates. Right now, phone calls aren't supported but may come in the future. Otherwise, you can do most anything the Google Home can do. You use the Google Home app to set it up and personalize your settings. As a speaker, this larger version sounds great. It's got a 2.5 inch subwoofer on the bottom and with the drivers, it puts out plenty of sound. It may not be audiophile quality, but I think it's quite surprising how full and rich it is. Audio is subjective so it is hard to know how each person will interpret the sound. When casting music using Chromecast built-in, you can't use an EQ but you can if you're using Bluetooth connectivity. I find it to suit my needs perfectly. It can be part of an audio group to play music throughout your home which might appeal to you. If you want to change the brightness of the display, change the volume, manually prompt Google Assistant, you can use the capacitive buttons on top which use a proximity sensor to detect your hand. You can set it to lower the volume to 20 by waving your hand over the top. That feature used to be mandatory but an update changed that, along with some other features mentioned in earlier reviews. The temperature display stays on for a minute after you all the local temp or anywhere in the world. It also comes on if you ask for the local forecast. It's a little thing but I like having that feature and it makes it unique. The box states it's battery lasts five hours. I've been getting longer than that by an hour or more, depending on what you do while it's running on the battery. The display flashes when it should be plugged in and you can check the battery level with buttons. There are different combinations of the three buttons for different tasks. There's a button on the back to mute the microphone, turn it off or reset the unit. Next time your in your local Best Buy, try it out. I know it's hard to fully appreciate sound while in a store but you can get a good idea. Insignia really did a great job with this speaker. It doesn't feel cheap at all. It doesn't come in white or a similar color, but the dark colors should fit in with the decor of most homes, if that's important to you. Overall, I think most people will share my enthusiasm. Thanks for reading!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Decent but lacking

      Posted
      Crasher
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      The Insignia Voice is a home alarm clock that offers google assistant with a 360 speaker for audio and voice playback. While it looks good in person and on paper there are some key features that it falls short in. Lets dive in and see if this is gonna be worth the buy for you. First impression out of the box is that this a pretty nice and sleek looking unit. The unit is not bulky or tall and takes up very little space on a night stand. Out of the box you will receive the Insignia smart clock and power cord. Once powered up you will notice all the display lights will come on. You have a center O button which acts as a pause/play button and action button. A + and - button are used to lower and raise volume and also control dimming features. On the back of the speaker is a mic button that serves as a mute and factory reset. Set up is very easy, once the unit is plugged in it will voice prompt you to download the Google home app which is free on the Playstore. Set up is very easy with no issues and took as little as 1 minute to complete. Once set up is complete the app will show you all the things you can do with your smart device. It will also allow you to set up a primary account for your music and video streaming for example if you have a Spotify account you can set it up as your primary music source this way when you say "Hey google play my hip hop playlist" it will automatically pull it from Spotify first and start streaming all the music you have in that play list. You can also hold down the + and - button which puts it into Bluetooth mode allowing the unit to sync up to your cellphone. I personally don't like this feature due to the fact that every single audio piece gets streamed through the speaker and eventually it gets annoying plus everyone around you can hear whatever it is you are watching. Now lets talk about one of the first issues i ran in to after initial set up was complete and that is the clock feature. I live in Denver and yet my clock was set to Eastern time zone. I tried several things to remedy this situation and could not find an answer. I called tech support and they told me that my phones time needed to be set to auto and then to proceed to do a factory reset on the unit itself. I did this and yet the time still remained two hours ahead. I then called back and they proceeded to tell me that it must be an issue with google and not the unit. I thought maybe after a couple of days it would sync up and display the right time. After two days it was still two hours ahead. This was very disappointing for a few reasons, one whats the point of using the alarm clock feature if my time is set two hours ahead and two this now defeats the purpose of being a smart CLOCK! After trying a few different things through my frustration i finally found a way to get the time to set properly. I had to manually set my time to Denver and turn off the Auto feature then do a hard reset on the clock in which it did finally set the right time, however i wanted to see if it would adjust the time if i adjusted my time and no, it did not. So i guess when daylight savings time comes around the corner im going to have the same issue again. This is very disappointing and is a clear example of a hardware issue and not an issue with Google Home. Lets move on and talk about the smart features of the Google Assistant. First off i just wanna say i have always been a big fan of android devices and the google assistant app. I actually use the Google Assistant quite a bit on my cellphone since it allows for hands free functionality. The Assistant on the Insignia Voice differs from the Assistant that can be found on your cellphone in many ways. The Google assistant on the Insignia Voice allows for some cool features like weather updates, sport updates, and much more other cool features. I mean heck you can even play trivia games with your Insignia Voice. However it does not allow for basic features that everybody does on a daily basis. What i mean by this is that you cannot have it read or send text messages, read emails, make phone calls and several other key things. The Google Assistant lets me know that it cannot do these features just yet but may be able to in the future. What i don't understand is why would you not implement these features into a smart device when these are features that everybody uses at least a couple times a day. Being able to play games and get sports updates is cool and all but i read my emails and text messages several times a day and this takes a bigger importance for me than some trivia game. I guess what this really comes down to is what you are hoping to get out of the Smart device in the way of a personal assistant. Sure it can put together a grocery list and set up reminders on a calendar for you, but how can you teach something to ride a motorcycle if it cant even ride a bicycle (metaphorically speaking of course.) Now lets talk about that 360 sounding speaker. This is a section i was actually very pleasantly surprised from. The sound quality is actually not too bad. When it plays whatever tunes you want it to, the sound quality can be heard equally from all sides of the room. And while this is not a expensive sounding speaker system i had no issues making out all my highs, mids and lows with very good clarity from my Insignia Voice speaker. Here's my final take away from this speaker. There are alot of cool features that the google assistant can do and to go in to detail on all of them would take up way too much space and time. While it does offer some cool things it also lacks some of the very basic features in every day life. My hope is that one day it will fix this with a firmware update allowing calls and text message play backs at the very least. What this is going to come down to as a buyer is rather or not something like that is going to bother you. The sound quality coming out the speakers however is pretty darn good. Pop on some of your favorite jams while your cooking or getting ready to go to work in the morning and you will find that sound quality is good enough for you to get in to your music and start singing and dancing along. The struggle of having to set the correct time and not getting proper information from tech support was very frustrating and the main reason i only gave this review 3 stars because at the end of the day i feel that this is a very average unit when compared to some of the other devices that are out there in the market at this price point. If you do decide to buy this my suggestion is to hold on your receipt in case you can't get your time to set properly and need to return the unit. All in all i feel that there are better units out there that can do a better job than this device but if your still curious to see if this is the right fit for you than by all means give it a shot. Pros: -Good 360 sound quality -Alarm clock feature with a built in assistant Cons: -Improper time set up -Lack of basic features ( i.e. text messages, emails, etc.)

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Ok Performance - Once Firmware Updates!

      Posted
      Shep
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      So I purchased this Google assistant/speaker primarily to use as an alarm clock. Got it on deal of the day, for a steal! Brought it home and plugged it in and connected it to WiFi and waited for the firmware update, as the bright yellow sticker on it suggests you to do before anything. I waited and watched the display to see if the firmware was loading. It should say “Load” when the firmware is downloading. It didn’t. It displayed the time. I waited about 10 minutes. I thought it might be ready. I connected it to Google Home and got it set up. I was able to ask it any questions, set timers, play music, etc. But when I asked it to set an alarm, it would tell me “Okay, your alarm is set”...but then it would quickly follow with “Hmmm...something went wrong. Please try again in a few seconds.” I would repeat with no luck. I then began the Google search for answers. Everything I saw was “Your Internet or WiFi might be weak and to try moving it closer to the router.” Done. Still the same. I dug further for answers. I then read that the firmware should be version 1.32xxx. Mine was 1.27 (you can check the version through the Google Home app). I read to download the firmware update manually you needed to reset the device by holding down the power button for 12 seconds. Done. Still not updated. I then read you needed to discharge the battery and plug it back in to reset it, so I unplugged it overnight and plugged it back in the next morning. Nothing. So finally, I read that there were daily automatic firmware updates nightly around 4 AM. So I left it plugged in and let it set overnight. The next morning, I checked the firmware version and it was still the same. Attempted setting an alarm and the same response. So finally, as I began looking at other alternatives that morning, I looked over at the display around 11:30 AM and saw the display showing “Load”. After a few minutes, it went back to the time and I then checked the firmware version and it was updated. I was then able to set an alarm. Once those shenanigans were done, it worked okay, but after researching other options and after the frustration I experienced, I decided to take it back, spent a considerable amount more, and purchased a Lenovo Smart Display. I didn’t realize how much being able to see what Google thinks you are asking would help, but it definitely does. Plus the screen plays videos and displays the weather and your calendar. It costs more, but the adage “You get what you pay for”, could never be more true. This Insignia smart speaker is decent if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, and can wait a few days for the firmware to update, otherwise, there are better options. After all that, I called in to question the reliability of the unit and future updates, and didn’t want to take the chance. This was disappointing, as normally, I love Insignia products.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Almost perfect speaker!

      Posted
      Dana
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      First off.. I posted a youtube video comparison between this insignia, the smaller insignia and the google home and home mini using shure microphones with no gain change. Search youtube for "MtnXfreeride Insignia Voice" to see it. I hear no difference between plugged in and running off battery which I like. This speaker is a little lacking on the highs/clarity. It can sound like the sub is straining at high volume. I wish hovering my hand or pressing the circle button on the top would initiate google assistant but they dont. Temperature only shows for 5 seconds and ONLY when you ask. Sound quality is very similar to the Google Home - it is better on some songs with its extra speaker for bass and it gets louder (by a bit). This speaker doesn't dim down the highs on bass hits las much as the google home sometimes does. I have only run it off battery with music for 1.5 hours at a time and had no issues. I can bring it into the bathroom while I shower which is nice. I wish it could charge wirelessly via a charging pad or dock to plop it in or have a magnetic plug. Its a very nice looking speaker and seems to be a quality built insignia product. I like the carry handle too. I am sure another company can put out a more powerful product like this, but I am betting it will cost 2x this product. I think its a good value.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice dorm or nightstand alarm clock replacement

      Posted
      mkcar1
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      Positives; For me using it as an alarm clock on the nightstand is perfect. You can change the brightness level of the full-time clock display. Also setting an alarm is easy and you can use hand motions above the speaker to access some functions. Insignia site states speaker is built by Sony. I have had good luck with their products so hope that continues here. The speaker is compact - as it is more or less a small tower design – and feels quite solid. Very nicely packaged. Its comes with an AC adapter and also has a usb port to charge a device. Kind of nice if you have your phone on the nightstand too and want to keep it charged. It has Chromecast audio capability built in but I could not find whether it uses 2.4 or 5 Ghz wireless or both Initial setup was done quickly as I already had Google Home installed on my android phone. Bluetooth sync is done separately, so be advised Sound quality is OK with 8 watts RMS rating. If you need something to really pump out the volume – this probably isn’t what you are looking for. A nice feature is if you ask it to turn volume up/down it shows the percentage of volume you are at for a few minutes. Same goes if asking what the temperature is (outside), it shows for a couple of minutes I have another Google assistant speaker and they synced up with no problem. You can play music on 1 or the either or both. Negatives; The display to me isn’t as clear as it might be. States its portable but it went “dead” when unplugged. Portable to me means it has its own battery and can be used with no AC power. To this point you cant change the alarm sound or use music to wake up to. Firmware update? If you turn off the microphone there are 4 lights at the top that turn red and stay on. While you can change the brightness it seems a tad much to have to do that at night on the nightstand. Cant make calls – but I cant on my other Google assistant speaker either (different manufacturer). I did some research and it seems you need certain firmware version for Google Home (1.28.99351 or higher) and Google app version (7.17 or above). I have the latter but not the former and cant seem to figure out how to update Google Home on my phone. Overall a nice addition to my “smart” home.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Goes above and beyond other assistants

      Posted
      dronedad
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      I removed this product from the packaging and immediately noticed that BB has upped the quality of both the unboxing experience for something with an Insignia brand on it, and the quality of the product itself. Setup: This device gets treated like a regular google home, with the app handling all the setup. You get it connected to your wifi network and it's off and running. I have an existing google home, with some other devices connected, so it was easy to add this one and name it with the room it's in. Build: If you set this next to the Google-branded home you'll immediately notice that it's almost exactly the same proportions, only squarcled instead of round. It goes give it slightly less of a "burial urn" vibe, thank goodness. It's surprisingly heavy and I assume this is from the magnets on the speakers. The speaker cover is a sturdy gray fabric and the plastic surfaces are solid and feel well made. The power plug is recessed into the bottom and there is an extra USB port that I need to research. The display immediately turns on and gets internet time, using my address without any setup. The second part of the display doesn't come into play until later when you ask it other things. I wish the LED segments looked a little more modern and less like an old clock. Operation: As a google home device, this thing is powered by the google assistant and for all intents and purposes appeared to work the same. I did notice that it wouldn't make calls like my other google home can, but the sound that came from it when playing music was comparable and edged the google home slightly in quality. When you ask the device certain questions such as what's the weather like, it will light up the second display and show the temp. I haven't looked into it yet but I suspect you have some kind of control over what that second display shows, but it's not immediately accessible. When giving it commands I only noticed a slight delay in controlling some of my lights, otherwise all interactions were as quick as the standard Google home. Overall: I enjoy having the google home, and I find this to be a feature added inexpensive alternative. Somethings like the rotary volume that is sort of kitschy on the Google home have been taken away and replaced with linear volume controls.but overall the operation is so similar that there's no reason to buy a higher priced alternative. Combined with excellent sound from the speakers and you've got a winner!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      I was hoping for better

      Posted
      DanW
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      On different days of the week, I have various alarm times. I was using a multi-alarm clock, which was working, but had reached the point of replacement, and I thought this would be a great option. It has no limitations (that I'm aware of), on how many alarms you can actually set. Perfect... The problem is, when you try to set it. You can ONLY set the alarm, using verbal commands. This may not seem like an issue, until your wife has already gone to bed, and you need to set an alarm, for the next morning. Good luck not waking her. For some reason, it does NOT support the alarms you set, in google calendar, which I think is a GIANT failure. My only hope is that Google is working to add that functionality. The other huge negative is the snooze feature. You can stop the alarm, by 'touching' a sensor/light, on the top. If you want to snooze, you have to SAY, "Hey google, snooze". To make things worse, it doesn't always hear you. It then defaults to a 10 minute snooze. It IS nice that you can say "snooze for 20", and it will snooze for 20 minutes. Another issue, with not having an app to edit your alarms, is that you can't 'skip' an alarm. For instance, you can say, "set an alarm, for mon thru friday, at 6am", and it will appear on your alarms list. If you have a day off, on weds, and you say, "cancel my alarm, for tomorrow", it kills that mon-friday alarm setting... permanently. As for the hardware itself, the sound is good. It has a nice base sound to it. I haven't used it a lot, for listening to music, but one time that I set me alarm, it thought I said to use music, so it woke me up to a music playlist, and the sound quality was nice. It has all the normal Google Home functionality. I am NOT a fan of some recent changes Google has made to the software, when it comes to music playback (something I do on my home mini). It's very difficult to play from your own library, even if you tell it to. It likes to play stations from Google Music instead. Overall, I feel like this was a step backwards, in certain areas. This technology is supposed to make life easier, not more complicated.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Competes with Google Home but cheaper

      Posted
      BigD
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      I own a Google Home, multiple Google Home minis, six of this speaker (NS-CSPGASP2) and two of the smaller version (NS-CSPGASP-B). When this speaker is on sale, it is a killer deal and definitely worth it. I was able to purchase it for $40 and the smaller version for $25. Here is my review: This speaker (NS-CSPGASP2) is very comparable to the sound of the Google Home and has almost the same functionality. The Google Home has just slightly cleaner, more accurate sound but this speaker is louder and has more bass. They both have Google Assistant but I believe the only thing this speaker doesn't currently support is phone calls but I imagine that will come in a future software update. For the money I definitely recommend this speaker over the Google home because the sound quality differences are minor at normal volumes and this speaker gets louder and has more bass at higher volumes. Plus this speaker has a built-in battery so you could take it somewhere and get something like 5 hours of battery life if you want. The smaller version of this speaker (NS-CSPGASP-B) is not the same and doesn't sound near as good as the larger speaker or the Google Home speaker. It doesn't have the battery for portability and is more comparable to the Google Home mini. It is also significantly smaller in size which is nice on a nightstand compared to the much larger version but is also why it doesn't have as much bass and punch as the larger speaker. If you have the space and it is on sale, go for the larger version.

      I would recommend this to a friend




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