Originally Posted by jas681312
I have an old Sherwood very similar to the one mcnarus posted and I'd put it up against that toy t amp junk any day. It would definitely be a good match for your Insignia speakers and it even has a phono input and nice binding posts instead of cheap spring clips on back.
Okay, let me chime in because this thread talks quite a bit about two brands I own. I don't have a T-amp, but I have a Sherwood receiver, and it's not a joke. Sherwood, IMHO, is one of the best kept secrets. It's not a high-end, but at the price, it's a great bang for the buck. Of course, it all depends on the user's preference, but it has a very warm sound with honest (i.e., not overrated) power. I have no idea why they sell it so cheap (and why they sell it at Radio Shack), but I often recommend it to friends who're looking for a budget stereo system.
I also own a pair of Insignia speakers. They are not a joke, either... You can go to the speaker forum and look up what people are saying. I got it just out of curiosity (with the price, nothing to lose), and it is staying in my home office permanently. However, Insignia needs power... It sounds decent with lower power, but if you feed it with some juice, it really opens up and sings. Bass is a weak point as well at low power, so you're not going to hear much bass with anything less than 60-70 wpc power.
Having said that, I believe Sherwood receiver would do better justice for insignia speakers. Both are great values, and they seem to complement each other very well. I ended up driving Insignia speakers using my old Yamaha 5760 receiver, and moved my Sherwood receiver to my music studio driving JBL speakers, but I would pair them up any day.
I don't intend to say Sherwood receiver is better than a T-amp because I never heard the T-amp sound. I'm just saying that Insignia can really shine if it is fed with decent power, and because of that reason, Sherwood seems to be a good option at a very low cost.
In fact, I just set up a full 5.1 HT system for my friend with Sherwood receiver, 5 Insignia speakers, and a TSC ASW-10 sub... The total cost was $600, all brand new with full warranty. It's a hell of an entry level HT system, and some HTIB systems are even more expensive than this.
So, note to OP... Don't treat your Insignia speakers like a cheapo... You have good speakers that want to sing, so let them sing with some juice. No matter how good the SQ is, I don't think you are getting the full potential of the Insignia speakers by feeding them with 15wpc.