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Insignia™ - Portable CD Player with FM Tuner and MP3 Playback - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 1047 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    What a piece of...doesn’t work

    Posted
    Disappointedandbrokenow
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This thing is a piece of crap. The outside frustration-ful packaging is heavier than the unit. That wouldn’t bother me so much if 1) the player worked, or 2) if having to cut several pieces off the packaging wasn’t required to open it, making it non-returnable. First, I popped in a MP3 audio book, which was the main reason I purchased the product. No matter what I try (the buttons on the side are extra cheap and wobble!), the display would either say “No Disc” or “Reading” and just make a grinding noise. Thought perhaps the audio was too long to play, as I have seen reviews indicating some players play short song MP3 CDs, but not audio books. It’s around 11 hours in length. It plays in my Sony player fine. I removed the CD, replaced it, etc. making sure it was properly inline, pushed far enough down, etc. So, onto a “regular” CD. This has to work, right? Nope. Same results! Doesn’t work. I know the options are pretty much nil on CD players anymore, but this thing is like a toy...no actual function.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    inconsistent MP3 performance

    Posted
    Starskee

    Works fine as a CD player and radio. I dig that it has a line out jack in addition to the headphone jack. The little "remote control" wire is cool, too. Everything seems to work well on this unit, except for an odd glitch regarding MP3 CD playback. Every MP3 CD I put in, it does this odd thing where (1) when it first reads the CD, it says there are more MP3s on the disk than reality (e.g., I put a CD in that has 123 MP3 tracks, but the player says there are 150). (2) Then, it actually plays FEWER than the total number of MP3 tracks. (i.e., you start from the beginning, it plays tracks one through seven, then it will skip track eight. Actually, it puts track nine in the eight slot. It will play a few more in sequence, then skip another. By the end of the CD, numerous songs have vanished / cannot be found by this player. Therefore, if you are trying to find a specific track, this player throws off all the numbering, such that what should be track 108 is now designated 96 or something.) Who knows which tracks will become invisible? It's like a musical inverse of Russian roulette. The same MP3 CDs, in my Panasonic SL-SV570, play consistently. Wish they still made that unit... I would never buy a Sony portable CD player, because those things put out a loud beep every time you press a button (track change, volume, etc.)--annoying!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Expected More

    Posted
    Trigal

    Use mainly for listening to Recorded Books on CD; very disappointed that you cannot stop machine and pick up from where you left off. An older Sony model could do that but that model no longer sold. The remote controller makes it easy to pause or stop while listening in bed without picking up player from night table and was my main reason for buying Insignia. It also has some controls on top of Player making it easier to view, but the controls on the side of the player are hard to read because lettering is black on black. Although the user guide states if the player is in stop (standby) mode for 60 seconds, your player turns off automatically to save battery power, my player did not when I paused it and the next day I noticed my brand new batteries were very low. The guide does not explain differences between play/pause/stop on the remote vs power on and off on the player and whether using the remote controller affects the automatic turn off function. I would have much preferred a pause feature to pick up where you left off when you turned off the CD to save batteries rather than a radio or CD-MP3 feature which is included. No information was given in the user guide on how to obtain the optional AC Adapter.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    IMHO

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

    This isn't a review where you'll read the item can't compare with something that costs umpteen dollars more. When I read that I think "so why didn't you BUY the other item and pay more, instead of complain? This item is just what I wanted...it's a step up from the one that was $5 less...which I bought five years ago and still works! I screwed up the latch on the one I had and for a $20 item to last five years...it's fully depreciated in my eyes. My new CD+ Player Sounds good...plays my CDs, the two FM stations I listen to come across static free. I was able to program the presets. I'm satisfied with the headset. It does what I want it to do. The biggest complaint I see is people who can't play their full audio books stuff....which isn't the CD Player's fault. The people who make the Audiobooks want you to buy a more expensive proprietary player...maybe?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Among the best of a dying breed

    Posted
    MrBR
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I still like to listen to CDs in a portable environment, but there are very few small format portable CD players still on the market. In the research I have done, this unit comes as close to meeting my requirements as any I could find. It has a hold switch to lock out accidental button pushes, it includes a line-out jack to feed other devices (such as my headphone amp) along with anti-skip memory, and it is small form factor. Aspects I would like to see improved include more recessed buttons, a true mechanical off switch to save the batteries during storage, better protection of the optics, a more robust hinge, and more complete battery consumption (when the unit stops due to "low battery" the batteries still have about half of their capacity). It would have also been nice to either provide a power supply or configure it to be driven by a high-output USB supply. Even though this review raises a number of complaints, I actually am reasonably happy with the unit, and in my opinion it appears to be the best-of-breed still available.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good unit, bad battery lid.

    Posted
    photolover111
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought this to play CD/MP3 audio books, which my old unit wouldn't do. The problem is that even though it DID play the CDs it would periodically and unexpectedly 'stall', just stop playing; eventually (perhaps 15 minutes, and often more) it'd either continue or inexplicably go back to the START of the disc and I'd have to track forward to my listening spot. !! Very bothersome, especially because each track was a half or a whole chapter of the book, so had to listen to many minutes of what I'd already heard. ... Apparently the problem is that these CDs were bought from the U.K.; the MP3 format CDs did at least not stall in my car's Kenwood player (10+ years old), but even then fast-reverse and fast-forward didn't function. ... However, this unit played regular CDs just fine, with fast-forward/reverse working. So the only real problem is that the slide-lid for the battery compartment was impossible for me to open with my fingers; it was just too 'tight', and I had to use rubber gripper-pads for 'traction' to slide it open.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not for Audio Books!

    Posted
    Audiobookaddict

    I listen to audio books on CD's and MP3 player. When my Sony CD player finally quit after being dropped, I thought this Insignia product would be a good option for both CD's and MP3 discs. But, big problem!! When you turn off the device, it always returns to track 1. If you put on pause, it will stay on pause until the battery runs out. So, when "life" interrupts, you either have to risk running down the battery on pause -- or stopping, noting the current track, and then fast forwarding to return to where you stopped. Oh, yes, if I'm on track 80 of 99, I must fast forward 80 tracks -- the device doesn't go backward from zero. I'm going today to get another Sony, and doubt if Best Buy will allow a return on this Insignia product. If anyone knows how to solve these problems, please let me know!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad Info & Terrible Online Service!!!!

    Posted
    Dannyboy3345
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I am a huge fan of Best Buy's but I had just a terrible experience with my most recent repurchase of a URC MX780 wireless remote control. I went to my local BB to purchase this remote control that costs $299.00. I had to replace the one I had because it no longer worked. The salespersons at TV/Audio dept were very helpful, but they were dead wrong with what I was told. I was told that after purchase I could program this remote myself. WRONG! You cannot, you must hire a Harmony technician to come to your home to program the device. By thee way that is another $100.00 to do this and you have a 4 hour waiting window for the tech to come and do the programming. To boot, my online experience to talk to a "live" person was excruciating!! 4 phone calls, 3 disconnects, a total of 40 plus minutes on hold and forced to hear the absolute worst "waiting" music that was barely audible. I was so ticked off that I have taken the time to write this negative review. Please note that this is my first bad review for BB. In the past, ALL my BB reviews have been positive. Hey Best Buy's, I am loyal customer but you really need to improve on the things that I have addressed in this review. Regards, Dan

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great performing CD / FM tuner combo.

    Posted
    JDtheJD1
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    During my student days I overindulged in purchasing compact discs and now more often than not I find playing the mp3 s that I ripped from those compact discs can really be a disappointment with the wrong set of earphones. Enter the Insignia portable CD / MP3 / FM tuner that I bought on a whim. While the headphones that come with it are adequate, I have found that using the line output feature always me to add it to my current home sound system with great results. Because it is battery powered and portable it is great for my basement workbench plugged into a spare pair of powered speakers with great results. When I fancy listening to one of my old favorite compact discs I no longer have to search my computer's media player to locate the mp3 that I might or might have not ripped earlier. I just pull the disc from its place and take it and the Insignia Portable CD / MP3 / FM tuner with me and get to where I want to be without worrying about misplacing my far more expensive mp3 player.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Close but no cigar

    Posted
    jazzdude
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    It doesn't do much good to be so generous with the included functions and abilities if the menu system and multi-selection buttons make the simplest operation a contest. After two hours of reading instructions and trying to locate and play a particular track, either on CD or Mp3 disk, I still had to refer to the instructions in order to avoid what I didn't want to play and find what I was after. Too bad. If they had added about three more buttons with single functions--like PLAY, STOP, SEARCH--it would be a nice unit. The skip protection is very impressive and I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort and quality of the headphones that come with it. I never did get the remote to work. Maybe if I had spent a couple more hours .....? I would recommend this to a friend if it was a fifth grade nerd. Nobody at the Scented Valley Rest Home should buy one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Product does not match description

    Posted
    whitecls
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I purchased this to listen to audio books in the car. The product description online and several reviews that I read said that it came with a remote which I thought would be a nice feature to have. When I opened it up there was no remote in the package. I figured I would give it a try anyway. When I tried using it I found that it doesn't not retain the location where I left off in the audio book. It would start over from the beginning. DO NOT PURCHASE FOR AUDIO BOOK USE!!! Apparently the product has changed because several people have said that it works fine for audio books. It does not. Even the manual states that it will not retained the location where you left off. It went back to the store due to the product not matching the description.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    So-so, if you don't "Stop and Go"

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

    This MP3 player does play MP3s. Plugged in to my car's aux jack (with and add-on cord) and with an external power source (with an add-on cord) I can listen to Mp3 books. However, there is background humming and popping. The headset that comes with the player is adequate. but without external power, the batteries are drained before one book is complete. Biggest complaint is that MP3 player does not remember where you left off in a chapter. So if you are in the middle of a 52 minute reading, say at minute 36, you have to listen to that first 36 minutes over to finish the chapter. I end up either sitting in my car waiting to finish or turning off the player when a chapter is reached, which could mean driving for 30 minutes without the book. Either choice is irritating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Open Package,--condition excellent--NOT!

    Posted
    KayBo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Thought I would save a few bucks on an open package item that was described as Excellent. It came in the original blister pack with all the items and paperwork. The blister pack was re-sealed with a "Inspected by Best Buy" sticker. However, when I opened the player, the left hinge pin was missing and the lid spring was unattached. It's clear that whoever inspected the unit didn't do a thorough job. No sign of the missing hinge pin--probably why the player was returned. My advice is to restrict open package purchases to your local store. The item took seven days to arrive even though it was sent Priority Mail. Will be returning to my local Best Buy for a refund. Annoying purchase overall. Can't comment on the quality of the player since it arrived D.O.A. Disappointed to waste time on this item.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      Hello, thank you so much for sharing your comments on this Portable CD Player. Hopefully you got a positive resolution at the store. Louie L. Insignia Products. BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Feature rich, but 'meh' quality

    Posted
    researchndestroy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    With availability of portable CD players drying up, this model is one of the few available from BestBuy. Instuctions, headphones and batteries come with this unit, but no home or car power adapters. It contains a 1bit DAC, so the audio quality nothing amazing. There's a "bass-boost" switch. It has a line-out audio jack as well as a headphone jack. A small LCD screen displays track numbers and MP3 artist/track information. The screen is not color and not backlit. Skip protection works okay, but turning it on increases the rate of power consumption. The unit is constructed from flimsy plastic. It is not likely to survive, if you drop it even a short distance. I purchased mine for around $30. $20 is probably a better price-point for this item.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    biggest waste of $$$

    Posted
    lulu55429

    i have purchased a couple of these i chose this particular one because it had features i wanted in a player (player with a hold feature and radio) . unfortunately it seems there are way too many bugs that haven't been worked out. i had 1 that would stop playing although the disc was spinning you could open the player and it did not recognize the door being open. i had another that the display turned upside down and backwards. i really have spent way too much time returning this device (under factory warranty- as it is a Best Buy made product) and am here to warn anyone else who is even thinking of buying this device- DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AND $$$$

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great non-skip cd player; fm radio a plus

    Posted
    pxtlaw
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I use this player when cutting my lawn on a 17.5 hp lawn tractor. I hit lots of bumps and have never had a skip. No problem with batteries; they last a long time since the delay is only 45 seconds, which functions perfectly. Battery complaints probably were about older models of this player that had 240 second delay, which is completely unnecessary. This newer version does not function with a remote, and I was told by a Best Buy (Geek Squad) technician that the newer player had been reprogrammed. I love this item, but the headphones do not work in a noisy environment; need to purchase noise canceling headphones if using in a noisy environment. Sony ns-p5113 works great with this player.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Portable DVD player

    Posted
    sbdiva707
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I was looking for a portable dvd player. I am hearing impaired and I use a hearing aid in one ear deaf in the other ear. So, ear-buds don't work for me. Included headphones are perfect to use with my hearing aid set to the t-coil switch! I have dropped the dvd player twice and it held together and continues to function fine. The head phones are comfortable. Spongy earphones that set around the back of the head. If you want to use ear-buds, I am sure those will work too. I use the dvd player mainly when I am scrapbooking. It would be great for the elderly-especially those that wear hearing aids or are hearing impaired. I highly recommend this product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK for the money

    Posted
    EmilyJFB

    Like other reviewers, the unit I originally bought had isses (would'nt play anything but the first track, got stuck on search, etc.) I actually returned two before I got one that worked. I have no complaints about the customer service and return process however. I have had this unit for several months and it generally works well. I do regret that it does not remember where you left off when you turn the unit off like the Panasonics did. My only other complaint is that the buttons are very easy to bump and accidently turn the unit the off. I use it to listen to books while I am working at laying tile or painting and that can be annoying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    sound is very good

    Posted
    redhead099
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I use the CD player to listen to audio books from the library. Listening to stories helps me tune out the dramas of the day and fall asleep. There aren't many CD players out there any more and I am glad Insignia is still available. It is one of the more reliable brands. I drop the players on the floor and they hold up better than other brands. I like the big wheel to turn on and navigate CD tracks. I can use that navigation by touch. The tiny standard buttons on the side are hard to use and see. The radio reception is great. The sound is just fine for books.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still Fun After All This Time

    Posted
    LissaNissaKrissa369
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    We know that people are switching to newer technologies these days, but we're three sisters who still like the convenience of carrying around CD players. That way we can go anywhere and listen to music without disturbing anyone else, and not having to download anything or buy anything off the Internet. This brand of player works very well. One needs to be careful, however, because the sound quality is like that of a big stereo system, and blowing one's eardrums out is not a good idea. If anyone else buys this player, don't turn the volume up too loud. We like it. The earphones go around the back of the head, but it's still comfy anyway. Great sound, for music or foreign language lessons.

    I would recommend this to a friend