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Insignia™ - 80W Audio System - Gold/black

Model: NS-HAIOR18SKU: 5732541

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 312 reviews

94%
would recommend to a friend

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  • So here are the positives: Bass weight and extension Power to fill a room Bluetooth range Sound quality though line in The negatives: Limited sound stage due to speaker proximity Some harshness at times from CD Inadequate power for some headphones.Rocknsouza
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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
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    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
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    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
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    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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Display Lacking Features

    Posted
    HOTROD1946713
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    The Sound is good and compatibility seems to be good too, but the Display and controls do not allow you to find the music selection you desire easily. The only way to get to your preferred song is to scroll through each song individually and the display only shows the folder number and track number as you scroll through the songs.. It does not even allow you to scroll through folders. It also doe not display any of the meta data available with most MP-3 files. This is enough of a problem to have almost made me return the item. My work around will have to be finding a cheap source for small memory thumb drives and some way to store and organize then. I had hoped to put all my extensive music collection on one or two thumb drives. This single thumb drive system works fine in my car but does not work with this system. Quite a disappointment!! Oh and the price is rather high too. With better control system and display functions I would have given it a 5 star rating and recommended it to everyone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Price - Convenient Design

    Posted
    Maceo87
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    I wanted a little secondary setup to play my vinyl records with the minimal amount of components possible. After grabbing an Audio Technica turntable, I battled with getting bookshelf speakers & an amp, but knew there had to be something more convenient. Enter the only All-in-one titled consumer electronic that actually fits its namesake. Audio quality is consistent across CD/BT/Aux and while not for audiophiles by any means, the tiny 40 watt sub underneath is a wonderful touch (and saved another component!). Form factor mixes 70s component style with contemporary industrial design, and is the perfect solution and is exactly as described.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive classic table radio performance!

    Posted
    MattiePR
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    I bought this for my son who is a hardcore computer gamer but also a budding musician. I was seeking a device that could connect to this Alienware laptop via Bluetooth for gaming fun, but also so that he could enjoy a wide range of music both streaming on his PC as well as on FM and off his MP3s. This radio is a modern version of some of the classic wood-box sweet sounding stereos many of us grew up with. With the solid subwoofer, and 80 discrete amps of clean sound, this is one modern take on the classic table radio. It rocked his mancave (basement) on the first use, and pairing the Bluetooth to the computer was seamless. I HIGHLY recommend this against all the waterproof Bluetooth portable speaker options. They lack musical soul as compared to this. The box gives the speakers room to resonate in a natural way, and the power of the amp is impressive. Highly recommended as a first great stereo, dormroom solution, or office soundsystem. This is Best Buy's store brand...and boy are they doing a great job!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable value for the price.

    Posted
    Rocknsouza
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    I wasn’t expecting much from this system. My wife was looking for something inexpensive that had Bluetooth and could play back CDs in her office and I saw this. I liked the retro look but wasn’t expecting much. Boy was I wrong! For $80 on sale, this is the best price to performance ratio of any audio component that I know of. No it is not better than a Bose radio (though the bass is better) and it is certainly not better Google Home Max or a B&W Zepplin, but it plays in the same league as them. So here are the positives: Bass weight and extension Power to fill a room Bluetooth range Sound quality though line in The negatives: Limited sound stage due to speaker proximity Some harshness at times from CD Inadequate power for some headphones. I liked this unit so much that I bought another one for my bedroom, replacing my Audioengine 2 speakers and sub. It seems well built overall and although I do not know how reliable it will be, you can’t beat it for $79 or even $99.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    amazing product

    Posted
    rocker5556

    originally purchased a sony boombox for our outdoor patio area and quickly returned it and exchanged it for the insignia. it was the same price as the insignia audio system and doesn't compare. it sounded mediocre at best. the display had no backlight and it supposedly had bass boost but that was misleading. this audio system is absolutely awesome. it is all in one so you don't have to carry around separate components. the sound quality is amazing and has many great features like Bluetooth, fm radio and a usb port. comes with a remote which is really nice. the display is great and has a subwoofer built in. I was tired of boomboxes that sound harsh and tinny. it is a quite large and heavy though and will make portability a little more difficult but still manageable. the build quality is very good. highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Clever bookshelf stereo speaker

    Posted
    jadegreen
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    After having looked around for a bookshelf speaker, I decided to buy this one and am glad I did. This one has many features which are difficult to find. First, it fits on a typical bookshelf. The design is modern and simple; it doesn't look like it was made with plastic on testosterone. The round knob to adjust the sound is easy. to use. Some of the reviews complain about the USB plug on the front, but that's because you don't have to reach around to the back to use it. The sound can be made loud. there's a speaker on the left and right and a subwoofer on the bottom.. There's an equalizer that has sets for 5 different sounds; it's accessible via the remote. The remote is rather easy to use, not too complicated. This isn't for everyone. But for a lot of people that just want decent sound, still play a few CDs, yet also play music via Bluetooth or USB and access FM radio, then this is one to consider. Oh, it also has an easy to set clock. This would look great in an office or in a bedroom or a living room. very nice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    An excellent product in all ways

    Posted
    cooldude
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    The Insignia All In One Shelf System radio is a reasonably priced outstanding radio in all aspects. Most of the playing features and fine settings are handed thru the remote (excellent preset equalizer sounds; repeat one, all, random; setting the clock, FM presents, the clock, etc). The built-in 40 watt sub-woofer (mounted on the bottom of the radio) adds unbelieveable quality to the sound. And the two front speakers are equal to the Bose type systems, albiet a slightly different touch to the Insignia speaker sound. The USB stick plays mp3 files, has a bluetooth option for playing songs from a smart phone, AND a CD player. I have this radio sitting on a hard surface, which really makes the bottom pointed woofer shine with reflective sound. This Insignia radio is one fine sounding unit that I highly recommend. I'm picky about sound - I'm a musician. Go for it, you'll love this electronic music playing system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    High Fidelity. Low Price.

    Posted
    Guod
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    This is a best buy at Best Buy. Perfect for an apartment. A kitchen. An office. A college dorm. Even a superior alternative to most TV sound bars. The product description on bestbuy.com is poorly-written (sorry bb) and doesn't tell the whole story. You get 20W each for the left and right speakers PLUS 40W for the included subwoofer loaded under the unit - furniture protective, scratch-proof feet also raise it for the bass to pound. Another great feature that isn't conveyed is that this is also an alarm/clock stereo - you can set it to wake up to your favorite radio station or one of your eye-opening CDs. I only wish they would have charged all of us an additional dollar to include AM radio. (Baseball games, news and talk shows). There are no treble or bass controls, BUT there are four EQ presets that serve quite nicely. Important: The sweet-spot for optimum audio quality is to position the unit at ear level - the l/r front speakers are highly directional.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good sound from an all-in-one

    Posted
    MinnesotaYooper
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    Bought this unit for my parents who were not ready to abandon their CDs and radio yet. They also had less space to work with than in the past. This unit fit the bill perfectly. It is stylish with both a modern or traditional decor. It doesn't have a bunch of annoying lights or gaudy nobs. The fact that the speakers are contained in the unit also means that you don't have to run a bunch of wire and hide a couple speakers. That brings me to the sound. I was worried that the speakers were going to lack bass and fullness, or that the volume wouldn't fill my parents spacious open floor plan adequately. The Insignia exceeded my expectations by a mile. The third speaker on the bottom of the unit puts out a decent amount of bass and volume is plenty for a large space. I will update this review if there are longevity issues, but it seems well built and simple enough to hold up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I was looking for Great Price!

    Posted
    Treemg

    I searched for months for what I wanted with no luck. I felt there had to be something good with an under $100 price. I actually came upon this by accident and the great reviews convinced me to try it out. Im so glad I did. I love the look of this stereo. I was looking for something vintage looking but with all the technology I needed. This is absolutely perfect. Looks great in my bedroom and the sound is fantastic! Right out of the box you can see the quality and how solid the stereo is. All the materials feel high end. Only one thing I would add, a sleep timer. Sometimes I like to pop in a relaxation CD at bed time. A sleep timer would be very useful. I wake up all the time though so no big deal I can use the remote to turn it off, so thats why it still gets 5 stars. I am a new fan of Best Buy's Insignia brand! I hope they never discontinue it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice sound in a great form factor

    Posted
    Steve

    Don't typically write reviews, and while this is not an audiophile system, vocals and mids are extremely clear, the highs are loud and symbols bright, and the bass is great for the form factor of this stereo when used in about a 200 square foot room. Since the sub is mounted on the bottom, I'd strongly recommended placing this on a solid wood surface near a wall or corner. This stereo is also handsome af, I mean look at it. Compared to one of those orbs of molded plastic known as the modern boombox, I would take this any day. There is a mild buzz in the lower mid-range from the metal grill vibrating a bit during sustains, but compared to whatever is happening with the plastic orb boomboxes, this occasional metallic buzz is not significant for me. Love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sound Quality is Warm, Rich and Impressive!

    Posted
    DefyingSilence
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    1st of all for $99.00 this thing does not hype the true sound of the source material in any drastic ways. It is very neutral, warm highs, lows and mid range. Very Comfortable Neutral Sound. I listened to the $349.00 Bose, yes it has richer hyped bass and high end etc. Some people like that others dont. Regardless testing it out at home I had it cranked all the way up and no distortion with every song I threw at it. So I am Very Impressed with this model and even bought a second one for my wife to put out by the pool. If you want it to sound even better? Get a couple granite or thick tiles less than 7 dollars at home depot to place the unit on. This will reflect the Sub woofer for the bass and make it sound even better..

    I would recommend this to a friend