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Insignia™ - Universal Rear Speakers (Pair) - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 138 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very impressed

    Posted
    FrankD
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I just picked this unit up yesterday and hooked it up last night. It took about 5 minutes to unpack and 5 minutes to hook up to the TV. I used an Optical cable that I already had installed on the TV instead of the Optical cable that came with the speakers. I currently have the receiver and speakers set on the floor behind my recliner. I plan on getting a small table back there to put the receiver and speakers on top of. Even with the speakers sitting on the floor I was immediately impressed with the surround sound effect that this system provides. I currently have a Logitech 5.1 computer speaker system set up as my primary audio source (purchased at Best Buy for about $60). I have it connected to the TV with a 3.5 mm cable. The combination of this speaker system and the surround sound speakers in this review is excellent...and the total cost for both units is only about $130. That is $130 for a 7.1 surround sound system. The sound is very immersive with this combination. I spent a good hour on Youtube last night just playing Dolby surround sound videos (THX and Atmos included) and left so impressed that I can't wait to try it again this evening with some 4K Blu Rays that I also grabbed last night as well. Two big thumbs up for this addition to my audio setup. Just to help with clarification, the transmitter is connected to the TV and the receiver is set behind my recliner. The system is wireless in that sense. The two included speakers connect to the receiver via reasonably long wires (I haven't checked the length yet but I would estimate at least 6 feet) so if you were expecting the speakers to be wireless they are not. Only the receiver to transmitter is wireless.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not that great

    Posted
    Rich
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased two of these Insignia wireless rear surround speaker kits as open box items. I wanted to hook them up to a Sony HT-CT100 sound bar. One of them had a defective optical output or input plug so the sound would not work using optical connection. The other one I purchased did work with optical but the sound quality wasn’t great. When I switched the sound to stereo mode with the remote it sounded very tinny with no bass at all. I know these are rear surround speakers but I would have thought they should have a little bass to add to surround effects. The other issue was that when I switched the speakers to surround mode a very faint dialogue could be heard through the rear surround speakers not just the surround effects. I was surprised at this since I thought no dialogue was supposed to be transmitted to these speakers when in rear surround mode. I’m not sure if I was doing something wrong but I couldn’t resolve this issue. It was distracting having the sound bar have the main dialogue but the rear surround also having a low volume of the same dialogue would echo off each other. I did play with the delay settings on the remote but I couldn’t adjust it to a good enough not distracting setting. I ended up returning both sets of these speakers. Best Buy to their credit was very good at taking back these speakers and providing a refund with no hassle.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works well

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

    I bought a LG SJ9 soundbar thinking that it would be able to wirelessly add rear speakers, since you can add multi room etc.. BUT you cannot according to LG at least right now. So I started looking for rear add on speakers and the rocketfish was the one I first looked at but I do not think they have optical or HDMI in or out the Insignia has optical. So decided to go with the Insignia and I have been very pleased. So if you are buying SJ9 or other sound bars and would like rear speakers I would highly recommend these. Do not expect to be blown away but they do add rear channels that sound pretty good. I’m sure you could upgrade the speakers that came with it if needed! Before anyone posts and says it is a Dolby Atmos soundbar and is supposed to simulate the rear speakers so you do not need them! I say bologna, it might not with Atmos content but the SJ9 only has a limited front soundstage for the other 98% of media!!!! Good job Insignia.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Special Product

    Posted
    Owner
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I have a Sony Bravia Tv with an optical out I run into Klipsch The sixes speakers. The Bravia also has a separate audio out that can run simultaneously with the optical. Since the optical out is stereo 2.1, I was missing a "simulated" surround sound that imitates 5.1 through the DTS package in the Bravia TV. Although the insignia speakers seem small, they are weighty and have a bit of power. I am generally pleased with their clarity. The wireless works well, and fits my system. I didn't need or want more power, so the speakers also add a bit of highs to the sound that was seemingly a bit lacking, besides producing sounds to the rea of my room. The remote works well with the wireless and compliments the system and my other remotes. I have no wires crossing my floor which makes my wife very happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice set of remote speakers

    Posted
    RegularFamilyGuy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Was looking to get some rear sound and an option to listen to shows without sound coming from TV (have kids and wife who sleep in late or go to bed early). These were easy to install and work great. Sound quality is far better than the old 900mhz speakers I used to use. Yes, you have to have actual speaker wires between the 2 speaker connected to the remote unit, but the wires that come with the system are very long and stretch behind the couch so it is no big deal. Comes with an optical cable (many remote speaker systems do not) so I could set it up out of the box in 5 minutes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Seniors hearing enhanced

    Posted
    FTPC
    • My Best Buy® Member

    We are apartment dwellers. Our HVAC is right off the living room and the furnace sound is dominated by the roaring fire itself, which made my wife turn up the TV a lot. I picked up these speakers..easy to hook up, with a 3.5mm audio plug from TV audio outs. She now has these speakers, no wires to trip over, and can hear TV primary audio regardless of furnace/AC. No more having to blast the TV to where neighbors hear it. Buy these things. Should be good for surround too, going to experiment because there's an audio out from them too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for sound clarity!

    Posted
    Maverick
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Installed these along with the Insignia sound bar that I already had. Take the optical output cable from TV, put into front control box, then run additional optical cable from there to Insignia sound bar. You will then be able to control both the Insignia Sound bar plus the new Universal Rear speakers to you liking. All works good and for me when I sit in back of room closer to the rear speakers it helps to not have to turn up main sound bar so much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not good

    Posted
    JJCDAD
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Got this wireless speaker kit to avoid running speaker wires to my surround speakers. First of all I hate the idea that you have to run the audio source through the sending unit. It doesn't seem to pass through Dolby to my AVR. Not good. I tried it anyway. I found the sound quality degraded when compared to my audio source connected directly to my AVR. Then the popping and crackling started. Whenever the wireless system is powered on it emits loud pop and crackling sounds through the speakers. So I would not recommend this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Speakers To Add to Soundbar

    Posted
    MikeyJ65
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I had to say something about these speakers First of all, I got them on sale for$89.99.I added these to a Sanyo 2.1 sound bar.After hooking everything up with all included cables,I couldn't wait to hear them.I was not disappointed.The pairing process was easy.When I heard them for the first time,I was amazed at how great they sounded.I read reviews all the time.This product is well worth considering,even at the regular price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent but could be better

    Posted
    SirPets
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This unit is a great idea for those who don't have/want a higher end sound bar that is compatible with wireless rear speaker kits (for example Samsung or LG). They work great but be warned, check to see if you have an optical in AND an out on your sound bar. If you don't you will be stuck like me only having them plugged into the cable box has my sound bar only has an optical in. They work great when I watch cable, but of course they don't work when I use my UHD Blu-ray player or Xbox (all items plugged into my sound bar). Overall they are a great speaker kit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well but...

    Posted
    Joro0414
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Work well, but takes over complete control of my LG sound bar. Don’t know if this is the case with all sound bars or not. What I mean here is, if I don’t power on the rear speakers, the sound bar no longer works. So it’s an all or nothing situation. I would have liked to use the sound bar without the rear speakers from time to time depending on what I’m watching. System sounds and works great otherwise.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      Hi Joro0414, I understand that you would like to check the connection settings, so please contact us at 877-467-4289, so we can work with you on this matter. Viri E. Insignia Support. BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not bad but could be better

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

    These speakers were exactly what we were looking for, being able to hear our bedroom tv without turning up the volume so loud it would be blaring, and not a bad price. Easy setup. Only issue keeping it from 5 stars is that recently, the signal gets lost between the speakers and we have to turn them off and back on to get to listen to the program again. Very frustrating when you are watching live news or at a good point in a show. Could be better, but not bad.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers at a great value

    Posted
    Abbie
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased these speakers to add some extra oompf to our bedroom TV setup. They are absolutely perfect for that! One little speaker on each beside table and you can hear every little sound and whisper perfectly. The setup was quick and easy too with our insignia TV. These speakers, plus the sound bar I also purchased, were cheaper than the other sets that are just a bar and woofer. Overall, I am super satisfied and happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    ABSOLUTELY WORKS

    Posted
    dumdum
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I JUST BOUGHT THIS YESTERDAY FOR MY LG SOUND BAR,HOOKED IT ALL UP EVERYTHING WORKED EXCEPT THE REMOTE THAT CAME WITH MODEL NUMBER ns-hurst18 rearspeaker kit,before i figured out the battery that came with the remote i just bought yesterday was DEAD,THATS RIGHT IT WAS SHIPPED WITH A DEAD BATTERY.ONCE REPLACING THAT EVERYTGING WORKS FINE,FOR THE MONEY,I MEAN PLEASE 100.00,WORTH EVERY PENNY AND THEN SOME.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea, Works well

    Posted
    Siva18
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    First of all its a great idea of being able to get real surround sound (not fake) for any existing source( with optical works best). It does great job on that. You can control real volume , delay, master volume etc with remote. Gets really louder for small or medium room. Sound quality could be better but its inexpensive,, you can replace with other speakers

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for the $$

    Posted
    Bryanca
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Got these so my husband could put one right beside his chair and not blow me out with the TV volume, and these are perfect for that. Do keep in mind that there are wires to connect each speaker to the receiver. The sender (I'm not sure what the technical term is) hooks to the TV and wirelessly sends the signal to the receiver, so speakers can be across the room from the TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    What I was looking for

    Posted
    DKong
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Purchased these on sale after eyeing them for a while. They do what I wanted them to do. Video games, movies and sports were enhanced to the expectation of the purchase price. Nothing super special but buy a surround system for $500+ for that. I had to make some tweaks for them sound just right. 4 stars, you won't be disappointed if your expectations are realistic. Would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy Setup and Use

    Posted
    Davey

    I have the LG SJ9 using the HDMI ARC port and this speaker set up using the Optical port on the TV. Easy setup and use. Great way to have a more surround sound experience. Need to use the provided remote control to use with everything but I think worth the sound experience. If using the Optical port for sound bar, I suggest using the AUX-RCA ports for this setup as it comes with the cords.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Syncs well and loud

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

    I got this in sale and it was definitely worth it. I was able to set this up for my parents in their home with little fuss. The sound is quite loud, and syncs well with the video on screen. Surround sounds are not as distinct as some more expensive brands, but there is definitely some separation that makes for a larger, fuller experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound for such small speakers!

    Posted
    texasgreeneyes
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Our living room isn't very big, but we were having trouble with hearing the TV. I placed these speakers on a table about 6 feet behind us. The sound is great! I combined these speakers with a soundbar which I placed directly beneath the TV after we had mounted it on the wall. The speakers and soundbar work very well together.

    I would recommend this to a friend