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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 430 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent value on sale with one big asterisk

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    HifiGuy
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    Background- I owned a stereo store for over 25 years back in the day, so I have a pretty extensive background in audio technology. I would rate the sound quality of these good, but not great. And they do have a lot of features for the $$: wood cabinets, remote, two analog inputs plus bluetooth. If you intend to just use them by themselves, they seem like a very decent value. My issue with them is a feature that appears on the back panel but is not in their specs or description: a subwoofer output jack presumably for connection to a powered sub, and that's why I purchased them, to use with a Mirage sub I have. In order for the sub to work properly with powered speakers, the level of the sub out jack on the Insignia's should track the level of its speaker volume control, and I assumed it would, just like 100’s of other products that feature a mono sub out rca jack. But this product doesn't- the sub out is at max volume all the time. I assumed I got a defective pair, in part because when I got them home the bags the speakers were packed in were ripped and had obviously been opened by someone and returned. Not sure why BB thought it was OK to resell them as new, not Open Box, but that's another issue. I ordered a second pair from the website to try to assure I got a new pair from a different production run than the ones in the store. Looked brand new, but the second set had the same problem. I still hoped it might be a production defect, as opposed to a design defect, and might not be present on all examples so I exchanged the second set with a third one. Unfortunately, it had the exact same issue (and btw, it also had been previously opened- what’s up with that?). I looked for any other information on the Insignia website, and found a full instruction manual there (one had not been included with the speakers- just a quick start guide). It did not show anything hooked to the Sub Out jack in any of the configurations they illustrated, or mention the jack anywhere, leading me to believe that they realize that it was not designed correctly, and they are just pretending it isn’t there. The fixed output makes using them with a sub impractical -you have to adjust the sub level separately every time you adjust the speaker level via the remote. Again: if you don't plan to use a sub (or will control the sound level exclusively from your source and not use the Insignia’s own volume control) then these are a decent choice given the feature set, especially when on sale for under $150. In the end, I decided to keep them- I will use the left channel speaker output to feed a speaker level input on my Mirage. I'll only be getting one channel, but most bass in recordings is mixed to both channels to get the maximum lows a given pair of speakers can produce, so it will work, if not ideally. One other thing- my experience with both Geek Squad and Insignia in trying to get answers to this issue was uniformly poor. Three GS agents I spoke to on the phone had no knowledge about the product category, much less this specific item, and the Home Theater department manager I spoke with briefly claimed that all subwoofer outputs on home electronics are fixed level. I was surprised at this basic lack of knowledge, so I asked him if it made sense that every time I change the volume on a sub/sat system I have to walk over to the subwoofer and adjust it separately? He still didn’t back down- all subwoofer outs are fixed according to him. So apparently he intends to keep disseminating his incorrect assertion to other BB customers. Not a good sign for the training level at BB. FWIW, the Insignia 800 number (Insignia is a BB private label) hung up on me twice as soon as I identified the product and problem, again making me wonder if this is a known defect in a feature they are now trying to pretend doesn’t exist on this product, despite the presence of the labeled sub out jack. At least BB could Photoshop the product picture of the jack panel so the Sub Out jack isn’t there. That might cut down on the number of returns due to this issue. Which apparently are quite a few, given that two of the three pairs I received had been returned previously.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi! Thank you for taking the time to review these Powered Bookshelf Speakers. I'm really sorry that you had a bad experience at the store, we really appreciate you bringing this issue to our attention. Sincerely, Louie L. Insignia Products. BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice speakers, but returned

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    KMai
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    Let me preface this review by saying when I bought them I got them for a really, really good deal - $65. Also, these speakers do provide an excellent set of input/connection options - aux, RCA, bluetooth (and an output for sub, which I did not try). For the cost, they're really tough to beat. They're also not overly heavy, so the portability here is a nice feature. Where they fell just a tad short for me: 1) Overall volume. I was planning on using these in my garage and more importantly, for backyard projector/movie set-up. I tried them in multiple places (in the garage, in my basement workshop, and in a couple different spots in my backyard) and they were just so-so on the volume. I am an avid audio fella, and have mid to high-end audio equipment throughout my home. I don't share this to brag, but to let you know I understand when and where one needs to have enough juice to pack a punch in his/her technology, if you follow. I also am completely aware all of our ears are different. What sounds good to me may not to you, what's loud enough for me may be over or underwhelming to you. When I used these in a few outdoor locations, and knowing my neighborhood, where my home exists, and what noise I am competing with, these weren't optimal for how I wanted to use them. 2) Bass. Right there with the volume, the bass was just so-so. On these speakers it is nice to have separate dials to adjust volume, bass, and treble. When I maxed out the bass (which I typically never max my bass on any device) these were just still middle of the road. Could I have allowed for a longer break-in period to help? Surely. For the terrific price I paid, I could've just turned a blind eye and kept them. I didn't feel settling was a good move here and will keep my eyes and ears open for different solutions. If you're looking for an entry-cost set of speakers to use with a turntable or simple set-up, or in a low-traffic room, or in a room with a smaller footprint, these will be a very good and cost effective win for you. I would recommend, they just weren't a fit for me in the use I intended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers

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    mpc33
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    Pros/Good things: 1 - variety of inputs: Bluetooth, RCA, and 3.5mm phono input --Bluetooth range and connection is good. I have not had any problems with any device connecting with the speakers. As well, I keep the RCA connected to my television's audio out, and keep a Chromecast audio permanently connected to the 3.5mm input. 2 - remote control* (also see Cons/Not so good things) -- having a remote is nice, but there are also volume and tone controls, and the input selector on the speaker itself. 3- volume and sound -- These are bookshelf sized speakers, but they do get loud. I haven't had any issues with distortion, but I don't play music at peak loudness often. The bass is good enough for my liking. 4 - misc/etc -- The speaker grilles are removable. The main speaker has an LED to let you know what input you are on. You can also pair/connect your device via NFC, though I didn't use it and only paired via Bluetooth. Cons/Not so good things: 1 - remote control -- The remote is very cheap - though I very much appreciate having a remote, this one is rather flimsy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate Echo Dot Accesory

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    LittleAVguy
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    First off I wil say that these speakers sound nice, operate quite easily and have some nice connection options. I ding a star because I find the input switching a bit clunky and these are just a shade too large for most "bookshelf" applications in my mind (about a third larger than some Polk Bookshelf speakers I have). configured the bluetooth to work with the echo dot I have in my office and they are an IMMENSE upgrade in sound quality there. That might be damning with faint praise- the Dot audio quality is less than som <$20 speakers I have, or even those cheap ones that came with my PC that I used to have it hooked to with the Aux cable. I'm no audiphile but the sound is quite clear, and I don't get any distortion at any level up to what I find comfortable even for louder music. As much as I like these speakers for the use that I have put them to I don't think there is ANY WAY they would be worth the MSRP. I picked these up on sale for $80, and that feels about right, and I often see them priced around $100 which wouldn't be horrendous. I tested these against the soundbar I have on my bedroom TV and now I wish I had a good place to stick some of these instead of the wall mounted bar because from a sound quality and stereo seperation aspect they blow the bar out of the water. I can see someone using some of these for computer speakers as well if space permitted. Like so many things it depends on how they are used, but I like them, as long as the price is right!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound and connectivity options

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    Thon
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    The speakers have good sound and connectivity options. I was looking for a setup for an office that would allow me to play music from my phone through Bluetooth and play music from my CDs. I connected a spare CD player I had to the RCA jacks on the speakers. (I could also have used the 1/8" stereo jack input instead; now I still have that input free if I want to connect something else to the speakers, like an Amazon Echo or a small TV.) The sound is good for an office or bedroom, and it gets reasonably loud. Bass is not room-rattling, but has decent definition. The remote is also a nice touch and works well, although it is tiny. The only complaint I have is the audible beep when it connects to Bluetooth; I just wish there was a way to turn that off. Also, I purchased the speakers on a Deal of the Day for $60.00, which was quite sweet. I would not buy them at their list price of $199.99, as at that price point you could easily buy a full-fledged mini stereo system with AM/FM, Bluetooth, and a CD player. But if you can get them for $100 or less, they're a good deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible value, far superior to a sound bar

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    LostTrav
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    I work in film post production, so though I wouldn’t consider myself an audiophile, I know what good audio sounds like. When looking to upgrade my home theater, I considered the sound bar trend, but was sorely disappointed by the offerings in what I would consider to be a “reasonable” price range. Then I saw the last set of these on the shelf, and took the plunge on a whim because the price was incredible. No regrets a month in, these are an amazing value. Sound is deep and rich, none of the offensive bass found with cheaper sound bar/subwoofer combos. Highs are surprisingly natural, even with the volume cranked. There’s a little bit of typical cheap speaker midrange spike but still far superior to others in the price range. Built-in Bluetooth is easy and thus far dead on reliable. I have the “house” iPad synced to it, and popping on a Spotify playlist is quick, easy and sounds fantastic. I would love an optical input, but in lieu of that I paired it with the Insignia Optical to RCA converter, which also works wonderfully, and now I have a massive TV audio boost that works seamlessly with my PS4, Switch and everything else going through the TV. At the MSRP it’s a great pair of speakers. At the sale price, it’s probsbly the best home theater audio upgrade you’ll find anywhere. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value. Quality on par with much pricier spks

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    Bmow
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    I bought these for a TV in a large living room. I do not have a place for an AVR or amplifier. These speakers fit the space perfectly and are internally amplified... no AVR needed. You can power the speakers on/off using the remote or by clicking in the volume knob on the speaker. I programmed the remote code into my universal remote, so the speakers auto-power on when I'm starting up my system. Easy fix for those complaining about the speakers going into auto-standby. You can also change the input source by clicking in the volume knob or on the remote. The bluetooth has good range (about 40 ft in my house) But for a better solution. You can plug these speakers into an Airport express, Sonos connect, or Chromecast audio. That way you can play music through the speakers via wifi instead of bluetooth and get a more stable and longer range music experience. Bass is surprisingly good for the size of these speakers. It has a subwoofer output, which would be great for adding bass to a larger room. Treble is adjustable and I found it to be very clear and not fatiguing. Overall volume is great. They do distort when cranked to maximum, but they are not meant to be run at that high volume for long. You would want to get larger speakers and amp if you need to shake the whole house. Overall great value and quality. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding!

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    rickets
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    After researching a simple two channel audio set up for my study, including micro systems, stereo receivers, and integrated amps, I skeptically purchased these speakers, and I’m glad I did. Most importantly the audio for a speaker of this price point is outstanding. I own a high end sytem, including Aerial Acoustics speakers, and while these can’t match those, they sound really great. They’re a bit bright, favoring the high end of the frequency spectrum, but I wouldn’t expect anything different from a two-way bookshelf speaker. The available features are impressive, especially at this price. The Bluetooth connection is stable and sounds good with streaming music from my iPhone. The power is adequate to drive both speakers with no discernible drop off at higher volumes. The included remote enables users to skip forward/back and play/pause without having to grab the phone/tablet. Finally, the inclusion of a set of RCA inputs AND a dedicated subwoofer output is surprising and appreciated. If you’re looking for well made, feature packed, great sounding speakers that help avoid the added expense of a receiver or integrated amp, give these speakers an audition - I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. And, as with any speaker, remember to break them in before cranking the volume.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic price, and they sound phenomenal

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    Doom66

    I have a few sets of speakers from JBL, Swan, AudioEngine, Edifier, Klipsch, all great and all different. However, they are all over $400 in price. For $100, I can't say I've heard a better set of powered speakers than these Insignia ones. They also have Bluetooth, which works phenomenally by the way! All different genres of music sound great on these speakers and you do not need a subwoofer. They have plenty of bass. I suggest using them at least 6 inches away from the wall for great bass response. I'm currently running a turntable which happens to have an Ortofon 2m blue stylus with a good external phono, and vinyl sounds fantastic! Fleetwood Mac Rumours, Boston, Hendrix, Lana Del Ray, Vivaldi... it all sounds amazing on these speakers, trust me. If you feed good audio into them, you'll get great audio out of them. The digital music from my phone or any source also sounds amazing. Put these in a small or mid sized room and people will be wondering where you hid the subwoofer! For $106.00 total, I have yet to find a better pair of active speakers in my lifetime, with Bluetooth!!!!! Highly recommended to anyone. They are fantastic! Remote works just fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good quality speakers for the "on sale" price.

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    Maylok
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    I purchased a pair of these speakers when they were on sale for $129.99 to replace a smaller set (3" woofers) of similar speakers I was using with my TV. Build quality seems solid and the finish on the cabinets is an attractive wood grained, gloss black. I tested the speakers using a variety of music and was surprised at how much low end these put out. Volume was another pleasant surprise as these speakers could easily fill a good sized room with sound. Plenty of input options, the bluetooth connection was easy to set up with my iPhone and works from a good distance. The remote control is also a nice touch. I would have rated these speakers at 5 stars except for one small point. The addition of an "auto standby mode" (speakers go into low power mode when not receiving a signal) would have been a nice addition. This was likely a price point decision and is certainly not a deal breaker by any means. Overall, I was very pleased and I decided to purchased a second pair (at the sale price) for use with a small, mobile recording rig I keep at my vacation home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    way better than i had expected

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    bert
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    Have in mind you are only paying 80 dollars for this speakers(i got them on sale, regular price 199) as we all know you get what you pay for. Second day and so far so good, very punchy bass, tweeter doesn't handle very well at the highest volume even if you lower the treble. The bass does handle well just don't crank it all he way up, it does goo all the way to 3/4. Very nice features for the price. Its not my first insignia product so I'm familiar with the brand's quality and so far very pleased with everything i own from them. it has controls for bass. comes with a little remote( great feature). I was about to return them because the treble gets bad at the highest volume but then again i guess i could lower the volume just a little bit. I was surprised to see that it has bluetooth, rca aux and a 3.5 mm in aux. I'm pretty sure than you will be very pleased with them as well, i would buy them again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Definitely Good Sound

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    sg999
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    These powered speakers are more than worth it. I use them with a chromecast and a tripp lite hdmi audio extractor which provides excellent sound while watching netflix, etc. I had tried using these from the headphone jack on the tv but the quality of sound was awful. Using the hdmi audio extractor provides nice clean line level audio which these speakers do a great job of amplifying. My only criticism really is that the satellite speaker (the one that isnt powered) has really cheesy jacks (spring clips) for the speaker wire that no matter how much I fiddle with, they simply don't like to stay locked onto the speaker wire and in fact pop out. Oddly the speaker wire connection on the powered speaker uses a different spring clamp which works well. I would replace the connectors if I hadn't spent a few bucks and bought the warranty in case they blew or something, but they are working perfectly so far no issues. Remote works well and simply. Have not used the bluetooth. Volume maxes at a predefined setting which, with normal line level input, is more than adequate for my needs. All in All very happy, they do sound just fine.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional value, good performance

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    actiondan

    First off, this was never intended to be an audiophile product. Audiophiles should look elsewhere, and they already know that. That being said, this is a quality, convenience driven product, with BT being the main attraction. I was initially hesisitant, as most BT stereo speakers are overpriced if one considers overall performance. I feel for $69 on sale, these are an exceptional bargain. Treble is smooth, midrange fairly open, bass warm and punchy. They don't have that airy, reach out and touch 3D realism of hi end speakers, but that is to be expected. I have these on dedicated stands in a small room, and for that application they truly shine. Build quality is surprisingly good at this price point. BT sound quality is acceptable, and wireless connectivity is solid if one doesn't venture too far. These are perfect for a dorm, office, or other environment..Sometimes, good to very good, is simply good enough. These appear to be a clone of the popular Micca series, albeit with BT. Probably a 5 star product if they included a front headphone jack.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great value, decent sound

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    NostalgicLady
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    These speakers are great for small areas. There isn’t much power or volume there, so don’t get your hopes up. If you want any kind of bass you’ll need a dedicated powered sub. They’re definitely not Bose or Klipsch, but they work in a pinch. I hooked them up to my turntable and I was happy that they have a Bluetooth feature so I can listen to music from my phone as well. I have found that the Bluetooth does get a little spotty if I move around too much or use my phone for something else while I’m listening to music. The remote is convenient, though it’s really flimsy and I’m not sure how long it will last. These speakers aren’t going to rattle your windows or fully immerse you in sound, but they do a decent job, especially for the sale price that I paid.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    If you see these on sale... BUY. THEM.

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    Violet
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    + Receiver built into the right speaker. + Bass, treble, volume and input knobs on the right speaker. + Remote controls everything except bass and treble. It's small, but it should be... + AUX, RCA, Reliable Bluetooth. + Bass you can actually feel, sounds right and not cheap. + Max volume goes up to about my personal maximum limit. + Still pretty good in large areas (I tested them out in the store) + Subtle black wood-grain texture. Only con is that the treble gets kinda bad at higher volumes if it's turned up all the way... but why would you want your treble turned up all the way anyhow? OK for MSRP. Really good for $150. Any less than that? Unbeatable. Extra plus: they sound better than my boyfriend's LG soundbar which normally goes for $250. Also, they fit into milk crates perfectly. ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Powered Speakers w/Connectivity

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    Tech2204
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    Sound: Is great fills up my bedroom and small living room with livid sound. The bass and treble controls allows you to choose the sound you like. Connectivity: I use this speaker with a Chromecast Audio and it is a perfect match. The sound is superior to Bluetooth, no questions. You shouldn't test or review a speaker based on the sound of Bluetooth connections! The speakers have a powered USB connections that can power the Chromecast Audio or your phone. It is not used for music playback. Has a sub out rca connection to connect a powered subwoofer which I have done but it really doesn't need it unless you want to fill out a room. Cons: speaker can go on "standby" but will not turn on if a source is connected and playing. The remote is small and will get be eaten by the couch or the cracks of wherever you place it. Overall, this speaker is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent speakers for the price

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    eptronic
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    I wasn't in the store looking for speakers, but these were on sale and I was intrigued by them. I quickly went online and looked at some reviews, and decided to grab them while they were discounted. I am very pleased with them. I have been using them exclusively as blutetooth speakers to stream music from my phone in the living room of my house. They have a very nice warm tone and seem to have plenty of power. To fill the room with music, even during a party, I have never come close to maxing out their volume range. I am an audio and video producer with a lot of experience using high-end speakers, and these do a very detailed job reproducing sound for a consumer end experience. And for the price I got them, they are an incredible good deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    basic Bluetooth Bookshelf Speaker Pair

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    Axememan
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    Not bad ,they don't go super loud but good for most people.Has RCA/3.5mm inputs but no Optical Input ( an Optical Input would have made these a better value and more usable))The Inputs are switchable via the tiny remote.Do not lose the remote or you'll be stuck on the last input that you used.Sub Out is only max volume..bad design there.No Way are the worth their full listed price..too many other great choices at that level.100 bucks is ok,80 bucks or less would be more inline with their value.You would have to spend another $15.00-$30.00 to get a digital to analog Convertor if you want to use these for your TV Speakers.Unless your TV has Analog out that is.Get these,and the Convertor if needed,for your TV Sound Setup instead of a Soundbar.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great deal on sale.

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    Srfis
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    Very happy with these speakers. Plenty of power for small to medium sized rooms. I find the bass is good, not great, but for the sale price of under $100 I paid, I have no complaints. Highs seem fine. Obviously, if your an audiophile, these aren't the speakers for you, and you'll have to spend a lot more, but for average users, I would think they'll be happy with them. Good looking speakers. Separate bass and treble controls. Connected to my phone's bluetooth on the 1st try and has connected every time I've turn the speakers on. No drops at all. Nice little remote works well. Very small so it is easy to loose. Do wish they offered aptX.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the price when it's on sale!

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    loaded
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    I've been looking at bookshelf style powered speakers and I just wanted a nice black pair for my computer to match with my desk. I have them wired to my computer, but the bluetooth sounded good when I tried them through my phone. The remote is functional, but isn't required to use the product. You can access all functions through the right speaker controls. I docked a star for a couple of reasons. One: only with certain windows sound effects the left speaker makes a slight screech under high volumes. I can't replicate it with any other normal use and it doesn't happen at the normal volume I keep it at. Two: you can use them without the grill, but the LED lights don't look nice with the grill off. I purchased an open box version which was even cheaper than the sale price.

    I would recommend this to a friend