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

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 1129 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Too many drawbacks to consider this divice

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

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Did not last 3 months

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

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      InsigniaCustomerSupport

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

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Satisfied

    Posted
    CinemaHeights18
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    I bought this because I wanted a reasonably priced radio that played AM/FM, and had a CD and Cassette player. It took a while to figure out how to operate the CD player and the sound was good, so no problems there. However the cassette player was another story. It played the first cassette well after a few false starts with the rewinding and forwarding buttons. No problem with the sound either, but went I put the second tape in total disaster struck. My favorite tape was messed up by this boombox. Part of the tape was literally stuck in the player and after a lot of whirling sounds and painstaking gentle pulling I was able to get the tape out. A long piece was literally pulled off the spools and out of the case, and I have been unable to get it back in the case since. One favorite tape messed up for good and no way of replacing it. Returned this disaster to BestBuy 2 days after I received it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Boombox

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

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound but poor controls

    Posted
    TomInWestminsterMD

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

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Cement buttons

    Posted
    WillPup
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    Flat, lifeless audio. No controls to tighten up the dead sound. No Bluetooth either as it says. Buttons are like pushing rocks into hardened concrete. I had to grip the whole radio with both hands then press the buttons with my thumbs. Do the genius’ who designed this junk know putting the buttons on top would at least help pressing these rock like buttons down instead of pressing back. Try pressing one of these cement buttons with your finger. The radio will slide until it falls off the table. If the cement buttons were on top you could at least press down. Unless it were on a folding table. Then you might collapse the table pressing the rock buttons down. Best Buy?? Bust Buy. Don’t Buy.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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

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

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fine for everyday use

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

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Works but not great design

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

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not all features worked

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

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this Product!

    Posted
    SCD469
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    I love this product! It's getting harder and harder to find a CD AND cassette player. I had been looking for a radio, CD and cassette player and found this quite by chance in Best Buy. Similar products online such as at Amazon were twice as expensive and many were from discontinued lines. The machine works very well and has good sound. The controls are a little stiff and there's not a remote control, but I got use them easily enough and can easily work them in a dark bedroom -- were I put this player. I've bought a couple of other products off the Best Buy Magnolia line and have been please with their performance and quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great CD/ cas. boom w. Radio, simple but good

    Posted
    dorje
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    I like this little boombox to play CDs. Haven't used the cassette player yet, since I hardly play cassettes any longer, but will try. Found my favorite radio stations, but still haven't found the perfect point in my apartment for the best reception. The antenna is flexible, so I will move it around. The instructions are a bit too simplistic on the small info leaflet. I had to find better instructions on the larger leaflet. I keep it next to the radio to refer to the instructions. It's a fine little boombox. Very lightweight. But what more do I need?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Had some troubles

    Posted
    nick36
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    We had to exchange our first unit because the power kept shutting off to the unit. It didn't matter what mode you were in. It is also hard to see the pictures on the controls. They are just indents and of course the same color. This box can "boom loud" when you need it and has a very mellow sound when you need that. It is lightweight and very easy to carry. It's a little too easy to push down the cd door opener and this stop the playing, though the cd may continue to spin. Reaching for the buttons and bracing your hand on the top is natural, but has that bad effect of opening the cd door.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice boombox

    Posted
    Marti
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    The Insignia Boombox was a great purchase. We have an Insignia TV and it is a good TV. The Brand name is very dependable. The Boombox was easy to operate and has a good sound. Best Buy is a good place to purchase products because they are a good company to work with. Have 2 laptops and use Geek Squad and get very good service from them. Boombox is easy to operate and nice to have to play CD's Will recommend to my friends that are looking for a boombox.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Service Ecellent Product

    Posted
    Jillian
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    I had to go into Best Buy to purchase a new printer for my office. The salesman was very helpful and knowledgable. As I was checking out I was told I was receiving a $50.00 giftcard. Wow, I get rewarded for shoppping. I had wanted a Boombox to listen to music in the kitchen. I knew where that giftcard was going to be used. I went back in and spoke to another salesman about boom boxes. He helped me pick one out. It was only $59.00. As soon as I got home I plugged it in to see how it sounded. Wonderful!!!! (and it was only $59.00). What a great experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Boom box

    Posted
    Giantjunior
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    I bought this boom box for my wife for Christmas. I chose this one because it also incorporates a cassette player and my wife has tons of cassettes still. Unfortunately just after New Years the cassette buttons collapsed inside the unit. I went back to read some of the reviews and many said the same thing. I will return this unit for another one and see how that goes. If it breaks again, then I'll return it for a refund.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Boombox for the price!

    Posted
    GaryV
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    It's difficult to find a digital Boombox these days that can play your old but treasured cassettes. This is a basic compact box that does everything without fancy detachable speakers or mega-bass features. Multi-function buttons take some getting used to but all modern electronic devices are doing this. I would highly recommend this for use in a bedroom, den, home office or workshop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not reliable!

    Posted
    Alexandra
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    I guess one gets what they pay for. From the beginning I was not impressed with the plastic buttons that seemed to stick easily. After less than two months of infrequent use, I began to need to use the CD player more often, and it began to skip tracks or stop and not respond to forward, reverse, or play. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, with no observable reason. Ugh!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gift for my Girlfriend

    Posted
    havanajoe8
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    My girlfriend has been using a boombox on her shelf for the last 10 years or so and one of the speakers finally stopped working. This Insignia unit made a nice little replacement for it! She likes the sound quality, it's small enough to sit on her shelf or she can take it outside when she sits on her patio. Only disappointment is that it only plays regular CDs, not CD-R/RWs with MP3s. Her old one didn't either but it would have been a nice option. However, the unit DOES have an aux-in port so she can hook her iPod to it with a small patch cable. Overall very pleased!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay Boombox

    Posted
    MissusSkeptic
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    So far everything has worked (I don't use the radio but tested it). The CD door sticks--doesn't spring up--and all the buttons on the front are hard to push in. The cassette player is staticky and slightly high-pitched but it does record from a CD and the radio. The display screen is very bright, like a glowing blue spotlight, which made it hard to use while sleeping. Overall, this boombox seemed the best I could find in a world where cassettes are obsolete. Time will tell.

    I would recommend this to a friend