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Insignia™ - 200W 2.0-Ch. Stereo Receiver - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 1932 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good at Deal Price

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    free88
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    When on sale, this is a great bargain unit for basic 2 channel amp with minimal features. Best uses are for garage, second listening area, or outdoor pool area. Business use within limits. No one should confuse this with a home theater receiver. This is really not meant for that. Its two channel only, limited power, limited connectivity, limited adjustment, and basically limited everything. However, if you can accept those limits and make this very use specific, there is a good value here. I had an old pair of Yamaha NS-A200XT's that I used to use for home theater a while back. Paired with this amp, I think they sound ok. Clearly, this amp isnt putting out anywhere enough to really max out those speakers, but the sound quality and level is actually better than I thought it would be. I really didnt care for HDMI or having lots of connectivity options. I pretty much want this for radio and BT only. I feel the tuner is at least ok with the included antenna. It finds plenty of local stations and plays them clearly. BT sound quality is not fantastic, but that is a limitation of BT. It sounds ok, though. BT range is actually more than I expected. I have some BT stuff that wont connect stable over 10 feet. This unit is stable up to about 25 feet. Basically, within the limits of the unit, everything is at least ok. Because the unit includes BT (and with good range to boot), this is actually a good deal. Comparable units from others are in the $150-$200 range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hesitant at 1st, but glad I pulled the trigger

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    fmsida
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    Don't mind the brand, and don't mind the price. This thing is so sweet, it's really basic but it gets to the point. It surprisingly has a good amount of power, and the music comes out clear. It does not have a lot of options when it comes to equalizer settings, you only have bass and treble, but for this price and what you're getting... you really don't need much more. I use the bluetooth option ALL the time. The range is great, and it does not cut off between walls that easily. I use this stereo for my outdoor speakers, I have 4 speakers connected, 6.5" 2-ways, but honestly, I am happy just using 2 speakers. Music gets loud, bass is noticeable, and the vocals are understandable. The sounds are not muffled, or distorted when turned up. I have not been able to turn it all the way up, and I don't think I ever will have to. This stereo is by far one of my best purchases, I was more impressed than surprised. The remote range is more than acceptable, I can play with the volume and settings from across the pool, (same thing with the bluetooth). It does not have a subwoofer output, which is kind of disappointing, however there's way around that. I have a subwoofer plate amplifier that has line in/line out for your speakers, so I run my speakers in that manner. (The subwoofer plate amplifier DOES NOT amplify my speakers, only the subwoofer). Overall, as you can imagine, I am quite happy and satisfied with this product. Yes, it only has outputs for 2 channels, but honestly, that's all you need. I was going to get a 5.1 stereo for the backyard, but I like i said before, I was impressed with the sound of this item. 200 watts is more than enough.. trust me. Enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great price on 2 channel receiver

    Posted
    Lazlo
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    Was looking for a cheap replacement receiver and got this on the deal of the day. It's perfect for my need as a straight 2 channel receiver. Nice packaging. Got it home and set up quickly. Basic unit , A/B, AB speaker set up. Three input, CD, Aux 1 & 2. Aux 1&2 have both in/out function. You have to use Aux 1/2 for phono, etc as the inputs have no descriptions, nor does the screen display anything but CD, Aux 1, 2, 3.(?) Haven't figured out what the Aux 3 on display is for as there are only Aux 1 & 2 inputs. Nice feature is the remote. That also has buttons for CD, Aux1, 2, 3(?). Receiver works well with a better antenna, the single wire supplied isn't great, I only got 3 stations to auto program on that. Made my own dipole to 98.4 speck and was able to get the 30 presets. So far so good, unit working well. Bluetooth is ok, losing some definition in translation. All in all I would recommend it, it's a good unit for a basis stereo and it's cheap!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Open Box Pricing with these Specs is a Win-win

    Posted
    GQKID
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    Alright so I was able to get this receiver as an open box item (although, everything was still completely factory sealed when I opened it up) for just under $60 before tax (awesome price!) and I must say I have been really impressed. Although this is obviously one of Best Buy's in house brands I would say that as long as it has a decent life span (I have picked up a couple of JVC receivers from mid-80s that are still going strong) this is probably one of the best deals currently on a stereo receiver, especially with the added luxury of having Bluetooth built-in (so much better then the extra Bluetooth add-on devices in my opinion). This receiver pumps out power ratings (100w per channel x2 at 8ohms) in the usual range of other comparable (price range wise) stereo receivers including Onkyo, Sony, and Yamaha, and has roughly the same audio quality as the lower end stereo receivers of each of these aforementioned companies, yet the Insignia beats all of these competitors by offering the Bluetooth feature and really enticing customers with the price (this receiver is regularly on sale for between $90-$100 and can be purchased when on sale for even less if you go with an open box one, as I did). So, overall this Inisgnia stereo receiver appears to be a great deal if you can get one for the right price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    exactly what we need for small business

    Posted
    Nick
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    I bought a Bluetooth to audio (RCA) adapter from Amazon to use with an old receiver at my wife small business. However, the adapter did not keep reliable Bluetooth connection. I have had to reconnect Bluetooth at least once a week. I have considered buying Sherwood RX4508, which has Bluetooth 3.0, but kept debating about it. This simple receiver has very similar look and spec with the Sherwood receiver (especially the connector layout in the back of both is almost identical). When BB had it on sale for less than $100, I thought why not give it a try. It is a better deal than the Sherwood and it comes with a remote control. We use an Android tablet to stream music from internet and connect to this receiver thru Bluetooth. It has been a month and the Bluetooth connection has not disconnected once. My wife business has 4 speakers on the ceiling and we don't need any fancy sound. This receiver works great for our need. Like other reviewers have noted, it is not hot at all comparing to 5 other receiver I have owned. By the way, there is no where in the manual, on the box, BB or Insignia website telling the version of the Bluetooth. I guess it has Bluetooth 3.0 like the Sherwood receiver. If it has Bluetooth 4.0, they would printed some where. However, this is not a mobile device, therefore there is no need to has newer Bluetooth 4.0 version since the big difference between 3.0 and 4.0 is power consuming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Posted
    Consumer

    As of the date of this review i had it for over 5 years. Not once did it every break or needed anything. Haven't cleaned it in forever but no dust build up. It had safety limmerters, once I connected a car Subwoofer from sub to recever no amp in between, it HITS but after volume 55-58 out of 64 the receiver just shut down to prevent any damage to it self. I know it wasnt the sub because I run that with a 800w amp in my car. Dont let that 100w fool you. I have 4 speakers connect to this thing and when i have house parties i rarely take it up to 64. I keep it at 55 to 59, more than enough. I have 2 bose tops (they don't produce any bass) and 2 3 way speakers thats for my bass. With all of them connect it doesn't rock the house li6kr a actual sub but it gets thr job done. only thing I wished for is for this thing to have more outputs instead of the 4. The frame is metal with the exception of the glass/plastic front. The remote still going even though my dog took a run at it. It's in not too bad of snap but surprised It's still functions normally. I have a 90lb dog not light bites. All in all great receiver. Have everything you'd want. Only problem is the price in all them 5 years it did not drop. But it didn't rise so i guess It's ok.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    This unit is okay...

    Posted
    jonboudreaux

    I'll try to make this review very short and specifically aimed at the audiophile. If you plan to use this unit to listen to music, especially through headphones, keep looking. This unit is not designed for that purpose. I bought this unit to listen to vinyl albums. Connected it to an Audio-Technica LP120 turntable & used Audio-Technica M50x professional studio monitor headphones. Running through the right receiver, vinyl albums sound INCREDIBLE with this combination. Not with this receiver though. The soundstage has a substantial imbalance. Highs can get very piercing and mid tones are very fat and dominant. Lows, even on the highest level, are not strong enough. This is okay if you are listening to older music, but if you're a fan of dance and hip-hop music, you will be disappointed. I tried switching to very high-end Bowers and Wilkins headphones and it made the situation worse. The Audio-Technica headphones were better at compensating the lack of bass from the receiver; the Bower and Wilkin's (already outstandingly balanced) had almost a complete lack of bass altogether. To make a long story short, I really wanted to like this unit, but it is not designed for critical music listening. Really, I'm not sure if I like it for casual listening either. Sound lacks muscle in this unit and I find myself constantly adjusting the bass and treble to compensate for the music I'm listening to. Not good.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not enough power for full sized speakers

    Posted
    MTS2000DES
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    I really wanted to love this receiver. Simply put, it just does not have enough output to drive a pair of Polk T-50s (6 ohms). The amp section does have discrete outputs, and does sound good but when pushed, it strains. It might pair better with small bookshelf speakers but full sized floor speakers are no match. I don't have an amp dyno but I'd be willing to bet this thing isn't putting out anywhere near the rated 100 watts per channel at 8 ohms. Other than that, it has a great AM/FM tuner, plenty of inputs including the front aux in jack, and is well constructed. The Bluetooth works very well, and sound is awesome. I ended up returning this and purchasing the Sony STR-DH190, which lacks an AM tuner, but you gain a superior amplifier section (the main purpose of a receiver anyway!) and a built-in phono preamp. This may be fine for a small speaker setup like apartment, but if you have full size drivers and expect it to get loud, you'll be disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Bargain on sale. A value at regular price

    Posted
    Geneo56
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    Bought this to replace an aging receiver that was about 17 years old. I wanted the Bluetooth feature to work and stream music via my Amazon Dot. Pairing to the Dot went perfectly. I thought it was not pairing but I was incorrect and smarter than me. Steams music from Amazon perfectly and consistently using with the Dot. The reception from the FM section is very good if you play with the included antenna a bit for getting the best signal. AM reception is OK. I mean I never listen to AM but I gave it a try. I had had just purchased a turntable to play my old vinyl records on that had a built in switchable preamp. That preamp will be needed to allow it to work properly with the input of this receiver. Not that many receivers come with a phono input anymore. If you are using an older turntable without a built in preamp you will need to purchase one with this receiver or buy a different receiver. I would then suggest one of the 2 channel. Sherwoods that can be ordered at Bestbuy.com as well. They are excellent and will last a long time I purchased the 4 year geek squad warranty as Insigna is not well known to me and It was only $20 for 4 years. Power of the receiver is sufficient to power the floor standing Pioneer speakers to decent volume levels with minimal distortion. Time will tell but so far I like this receiver .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but not good enough

    Posted
    Superdave123
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    I bought this to replace an aging 25 year old receiver to get the Bluetooth interface so I could stream audio from my tablet. Everything works fine but the tone of the unit is a little disappointing. With only a two-band EQ of Bass and Treble the receiver cannot be adjusted to obtain a full range of tone without increasing undesirable frequencies. As the bass is increased the unit also brings up the lower mid range frequencies and the unit begins to sound brassy and muddy; and as the treble is increased to bring in clarity it also becomes slightly harsh sounding. I am a musician and these are deal breakers. I have excellent high end speakers and they tell all. If the unit had pre-amp out and amplifier in jacks I could put an EQ in the system and make it sound great it but that feature was not designed in. Also many of us still have record players and this unit does not have turntable inputs, a serious oversight for a stereo receiver considering that people looking for a stereo receiver are probably really into stereo and turntables and records are still at the heart of vintage audio. In fact they seem to be making a comeback. Turntables have very low outputs and require a pair of pre-amplifiers which are built in to units accepting turntables. Overall the features aren't bad and it is super easy to use. If you are looking for an inexpensive stereo receiver then this would be a good unit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for the money

    Posted
    FarmBoy
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    This is one of the few stereo receivers on the market. Most receivers today are audio video receivers designed for media rooms and many speakers such as 5.1 or 7.2. I needed a simple stereo to power ceiling mounted left and right channel speakers in two rooms -- my great room and master bath. I have a separate media room upstairs where I use the more common A/V receiver. This Best Buy Insignia brand Insignia has nearly all the prerequisites including the ability to connect an iPod or iPhone. This requires a corded connection through the device's speaker jack. The receiver does not have a USB port for connecting these devices which is the only thing I would like to have had. You can also use Bluetooth but the compression may result in slightly lower quality sound reproduction but this is virtually indistinguishable to most. The Bluetooth connection at least doesn't require the device to be left connected with a cord. There are no front panel controls; all actions must be through the remote control. I have mine in an entertainment credenza and use an IR sensor to make sure I can control the device with all the wooden doors closed. The FM antenna is very sensitive and must be mounted in a good location.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great value, but temper expectations

    Posted
    IanRTL
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    I installed a set of ceiling speakers in our main living area and a set of outdoor speakers in the back yard. I wanted to be able to run both from a centralized location, so I ran power and speaker cable to a hall coat closet where this receiver now lives. First off, it was on sale for $99. You will NOT find a better deal on a stereo receiver with built in Bluetooth. It's got very good BT range at about 35-40'. With A/B speaker selectors, I can have music inside, outside or both at the same time. As far as the negatives, there are very few buttons on the front. You cannot select the speaker sets, change the bass/treble settings or a few other things without the remote. Beyond that, the bass/treble settings are very simple and do not allow for much "personal shaping" of the sound output. I'm a little disappointed with the level of output in the lower frequencies. My ceiling speakers are 8" coaxials that can reach to 50hz. I connected them to another more powerful receiver I have and the bass output was better. However, I absolutely can't complain much since this receiver was only $99. Other than that, the sound is crisp and clear with no audible sign of noise or hum. I would very much recommend this receiver for its features and value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall a decent receiver

    Posted
    Tylar
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    So after my Onkyo 7.1 fried, I needed something to just play music. I got this home, hooked it up and overall I’m satisfied, although this has absolutely nothing on better products such as Yamaha Onkyo etc. I was a little hesitant due to the limited features such as the 2 band EQ and limited number of inputs, plus I’m more of a 5.1-7.1 surround sound type person, but this was more in the budget. I’m curious to know exactly what the RMS output is per channel, because it’s not too powerful, but the clarity is there. When increasing the Bass, i noticed the mid range also increases and the sound becomes a bit muddy, plus the treble is ear piercing at high volumes. All in all it’s an okay receiver I would recommend it if your looking to increase your TV listening experience, or just listen to music, but if you’re an audio buff like me, and appreciate quality sound, I would maybe pass on this and wait for a better deal on a better product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Love it but then.....

    Posted
    Dragan39
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    I bought this for its bluetooth capability and it is awesome. Great price, nice look, connects easily to my iPad automatically, and then after plugging my device into it one day using an aux cord some reason it no longer sent sound to the speakers. The volume knob just clicked when turned and static to speakers. So back to Best Buy before 1 yr warranty ran out. Geek squad won't look at it and it has to be sent out. Then depending on if it can be fixed then there is a shipping fee. If it can't be fixed due to "act of God" like a surge then I have to pay to fix it and then shipping fee, etc. oh but I was told, if I had bought the warranty blah blah blah then I could could just grab another off the shelf. Ughhh, super frustrated. Well you win, I bought another one because I really need it and bought the warranty this time and it was easier to pay $99 then to wait 4-6 weeks to get my broken fixed and have them tell me it wasn't covered under warranty. To be continued I guess..... and still looking for anyone local that could do stereo electronics repair?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Receiver!

    Posted
    dominimmiv
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    I bought this unit several years ago for $79 on a Black Friday deal. And what a deal! I have no need for surround sound for what I am using it for. Connected to a pair of JBL Loft 40 and a Monoprice 8" subwoofer. The receiver rocks! Very good sound. The Bluetooth has AptX which is far superior to the standard format (Sorry iPhone fans your phones lack this feature). Sound quality is stellar when streaming Pandora and SiriusXM from a mobile device and locally stored music is even better. It can reach volume levels way beyond what I would normally listen to. The radio quality is meh as expected (and I don't use it). Bluetooth range is fantastic; my mobile device is usually across the room when connected. The unit looks great on the shelf. The remote is simple but has all the controls I need. A good deal at normal price but fantastic when on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid value and performance

    Posted
    Dave
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    I read some negative reviews on this unit but decided to try for myself. Glad I did. I am using this unit in my garage/shop so its not used every day. But have used it several times now and so far so good. The bluetooth capability was the main reason I chose this one. Too many ads on radio these days. But I did test the FM function and it pulls in the usual stations around here just fine. I am driving some smallish speakers but even so, I can crank them and they sound great. The only "con" I dont like so much is that the remote is necessary for some functions. In the old days EVERYTHING was on the face of receivers. I guess its the style now to do it this way....would prefer to have ever function available on the unit itself in case I lose the remote. That is why I took off one star. But for the price, and considering the performance so far, I guess I can live with it. Hoping the unit lasts long term. It should -- unit seems to be a quality piece.....but time will tell.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Died on day 2

    Posted
    Coolpal
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    Bought this to use as external amp to drive 2 channels using pre outs from pioneer elite sc-95 so I can derive all the 11 channels in a 7.1.4 config. These were hooked up to the Polk rc85i in walls and it did an ok job when it worked but sadly it quit working after exactly one use of about 2 hours. The next day, I tried to turn it on and it immediately goes back to standby and did the same even after I unhooked all connections to and from it. Needless to say I had to return it back to store for a refund. On paper it had decent amount of features and great rated power but I highly doubt the power ratings and even tho I only tried with limited set of speakers to test, none of them sounded as good as when driven from more premium receivers like pioneer or denon. The speakers I tested this with are: def tech RLS II, Polk rc85i, Polk mc80, and klipsch 6.5" ceiling speakers.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Simple left/right output for listening to music.

    Posted
    Bbuy
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    I bought this to put in my garage. It's hard to find a simple two channel stereo these days to just listen to music. The good is the Bluetooth feature for connecting wirelessly to your cell so you can move around and go in and out of the garage within range. A couple not so goods are many of the control features are only on the remote so don't loose or break that! Another is I was expecting more power for 100w a side, it replaced an 80wX5 channel surround amp that pushed my speakers better. But I have the good'ol 15" sub in each tower speakers though so if you are hooking up to smaller bookshelf speakers it might be fine. I was hoping to give the speakers more power, loose the theater surround sound features which are way to technical for just music with simple bass and treble knobs, and gain the Bluetooth but the other stereo sounds better. I will still use it maybe inside the house in a room that doesn't have or need big speakers like a man cave where you can use the Bluetooth but don't need big sound. Still ok for the price and features just didn't work for what I was wanting.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth a hundred bucks

    Posted
    JacktheCat

    Bought this 2 channel receiver as a part of a budget system for my daughter. The Blue Tooth functionality was a big plus as well as having a head phone and mini jack input available on the front of the unit. I ran this amp for four days off and on for anywhere from a few hours at a time to overnight to break in the speakers with no probs what so ever - it stayed cool the whole time and performed as an amp should. The rest of the budget system consists of two Dayton 8" subs (one hooked up the left speaker out from the receiver to the left speaker level input to the sub and one hooked up to the right speaker out from the receiver to the right speaker level input to the second sub - then left or right speaker level out to the corresponding speaker) two Polk Audio T 15s bought for 1/2 price from here as well and a pair of DIY speakers stands. The whole system cost less than $400 and sounds great. I really recommend this receiver at this hundred dollar price point - it really is a bargain.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Bluetooth 2 channel receiver

    Posted
    Artemas
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    I was looking for a low cost receiver with bluetooth to put in my Mother's garage. I purchased this item on sale for $100 at Best Buy and hooked it up to two Klipsch outdoor speakers to play in the breezeway between the main house and the garage. Good power, easy bluetooth connection, and very respectable sound. A year or so later I saw the receiver was on sale again for $100 and bought one for my bedroom. It has A and B speaker selections. I Hooked up some old Infinity Prelude1's on A and a new pair of Elac B5's on the other side of the room. Even though I have more expensive equipment in my room I play this Insignia with 4 speakers more often since its very easy to connect bluetooth and play. I tell my friends about this unit but no one has bought one. What a nice product. Heavier at 17lbs than other brands. Don't hesitate to buy. Even good at the regular price of $129.

    I would recommend this to a friend