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Bought these speakers at Best Buy over the weekend as there has been a good amount of chatter about them on the audioasylum.com speakers forum. The model number is NS-B2111.

I have played various types of music on these speakers with budget equipment ($100 Sony SACD/DVD player and a $200 Sony AVR 100 WPC). Very impressed so far!

Hop on over to the audioasylum and read the impressions by folks who have bought them. Especially good for a system in an office, bedroom, den, etc. I have far better equipment in my main system but these will do quite nicely in my bedroom system.
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Bought these speakers at Best Buy over the weekend as there has been a good amount of chatter about them on the audioasylum.com speakers forum. The model number is NS-B2111.

I have played various types of music on these speakers with budget equipment ($100 Sony SACD/DVD player and a $200 Sony AVR 100 WPC). Very impressed so far!

Hop on over to the audioasylum and read the impressions by folks who have bought them. Especially good for a system in an office, bedroom, den, etc. I have far better equipment in my main system but these will do quite nicely in my bedroom system.

I like shopping budget speakers myself, so enjoy seeing posts about budget solutions.

From some posts I read, these are not shielded, so right there, thats a weakness for myself. It takes out the possibilty of fronts for SS setup.

If they go on sale, I may pick up a pair for kicks and listen to them in stereo channel in the bedroom. No matter how cheap they are currently, I need them cheaper.
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From some posts I read, these are not shielded, so right there, thats a weakness for myself. It takes out the possibilty of fronts for SS setup.

Not sure just how much of a factor the lack of shielding really is...most folks don't put their front L/R speakers smack next to their TV unless you have some mammoth 62" projection TV. If your speakers are at least 1-2 feet away from the sides of your TV it should be fine.
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Was wondering when the Insignia speakers will show up over here. Finally. . .
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partsexpress, audiokarma, audioasylum, diyaudio....all have threads about these speakers. Nice bang for the buck. GR Research has already marketed crossover upgrade kit for them.

The tweeter can sound a little harsh at first, IMHO. Mine smoothed out a little after 4 days of 8-10 hrs per day of play. Some tell me that they will smooth out even more at about 8 days.
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I've had my pair for over a week. I'm going to break them in a bit further, through. Seriously, not a bad speaker for the money.

About the only negative thing I'll say is that I prefer the sound of my X-LS speakers a bit more.

Also, as mentioned above, there is a kit of reviesed crossover components and sound material inserts for the speakers, which runs about $95 from GR Research. For $150 total, they could make some very impressive speakers.
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Seriously, not a bad speaker for the money. About the only negative thing I'll say is that I prefer the sound of my X-LS speakers a bit more.


Nothing wrong with that. But aren't those X-LS speakers like $150-$200? If so, that's 3-4 times more expensive. For some people to even mention these cheap Insignia's in the same sentence with some of these higher grade speakers is impressive...IMHO.

I have some 3-way Acoustic Research speakers that I prefer and I know they were multiple times more expensive. (Well, at least for the original owner. I got them used for $20. ) Nevertheless, I can still find joy in listening to these Insignia's. They are going into day 7 of their intense break in. I think I'll need to cut the upper treble a little if I plan on listening to higher volume. But for low to moderate volume, they sound fine to me. I doubt I'll be investing another $95 into upgrades. Not when I have so many other speakers already.
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I have the day off and was close to a BB today, so of course I picked these up for $50. They do sound good. I was suprised by sleek design as well.

The only problem is my %@^%$ wall brackets are not deep enough to hold this speaker and I have a long and sturdy mounting bracket.

I don`t know an audiophile technical term from a hole in the ground. Bright, neutral, muddy, forward etc. In my own language, I hear each instrument, even change in vocal tone, distinctly, with this speaker. I can`t compare it too anything too expensive cause I`m cheap, but, it sure sounds like its worth more than $50. Where have I heard that before? Of course, from every manufacturer in the speaker world. LOL
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Since I have speakers I like, I doubt I will drop $50 on these. Still, I am always impressed by speakers that "punch above their weight".
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Thanks for posting these speakers here. I spend too much time on this site as it is, and don`t go to other sites so much. I would never have even heard of these. After listening to them most of the day, these are incredible speakers. Just finished listening to a Nora Jones Cd after listening to some classical music, and I am really impressed.

I was looking for some quality speakers for the bedroom, and now I am content. They sound great and are I am not getting any listening fatigue whatsoever. Thumbs up!
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Anyone have any idea how these compare to Polk R15s and the Polk Monitor 30s? I would expect them to beat out the R15s...
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No competition IMHO. The R15s practically have no bass, whereas the Insignia's are quite punchy. Like Rabbit97, I also don't exactly know how to describe the Insignia's in audiophile terms, but they sound "exciting and lively" to me.

Personal opinion, for sake of comparison between the two in a totally unscientific manner :
Insignia's are worth more than $50/pr
R15s are worth NO more than $40/pr
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Hmm, I wonder how the rest of Insignia's products are, this one in particular:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1130981752759
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Hmm, I wonder how the rest of Insignia's products are, this one in particular:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1130981752759


I think it all depends on whose products are being rebadged under the BB house brand.

I bought a pair of the speakers, a used Panny digital receiver, and an open box Toshiba 3990 DVDP for a bedroom system under $175.

The Insignia cabinet has a good bit of resonance. I agree the tweeters need some time to "come alive." I can't see the $100 tweak kit for them but I can definately see finding some Durham's Rock Hard water putty for them and maybe some Sonic Barrier from partsexpress and deadening that cabinet.

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The Insignia speakers are now on sale at Best Buy. I'm going back to the store to get the better price. If one feels these speakers are highway robbery at $50, then grand larceny now!

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1138085354138

I'm not sue if the price for these speakers on the website is if only one orders them online. I plan to get the better price regardless but I really don't want to have to return the pair I have as I have a decent amount of time on them now. Yep, I'm impressed even more now! I really wasn't planning to try them in my main system but eventually I probably will do so.

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Let us know if you were able to pricematch online. I just bought these and will pricematch as well, plus buy another pair since they are so cheap. Too bad shipping is so much online.

Updated: Nevermind. I see you can do an instore pickup, no shipping charges. Pretty sweet.
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The Insignia speakers look identical to the Europa's without the bullet tweeter on top. Someone mentioned at Audio Asylum that Radiient makes these for the BB Insignia brand name.

http://www.radiient.com/s.nl/it.A/id...=2&category=32

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hot dang!!!! I was going to grab some Polk M10's as my rears but it looks like I may have to snag these instead !!!!! glad to see some speakers that are MORE bang for your buck
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Here's an Audioholics review of a surround set of Radiient speakers:

http://www.audioholics.com/productre...entElarap1.php

Here's one from Ecoustics on the bookshelves with some good photos:

http://www.ecoustics.com/secrets/vol...rs-5-2006.html

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Nice sale find. I think my kids are about to get some Insignia speakers, sonic T-amps, and $40dvd-players to replace their boom boxes in thier rooms.

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Hmm, let me know when you get it and I'll have to come by for a listen...
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There is something screwy in the Best Buy listing for these. They are described as 12" wide and 18" tall. That just can't be right!
(Of course, they also say the Insignia outdoor speaker has a "4 inch subwoofer".)
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Hmm, let me know when you get it and I'll have to come by for a listen...

They are on sale for $35 and BestBuy has a 30 day return policy just grap a pair and play with them for a few weeks.

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I ordered a pair for pickup today. I'm hoping that they'll work well with my Sonic Impact T-amp and my iPod for a little system for my patio.
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I went back to BB to ask for PM to the sales price. Got back the difference without much hassle. Awesome .
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There is something screwy in the Best Buy listing for these. They are described as 12" wide and 18" tall. That just can't be right!
(Of course, they also say the Insignia outdoor speaker has a "4 inch subwoofer".)

The Radiient surround speakers from the Audioholics review are spec'd as follows:

Surround Channels (cont'd)

* Frequency response 60Hz - 20kHz
* Power handling 150 Wrms
* Impedance 8 Ω nominal
* Sensitivity 90dB/w/m
* Weight (net each) 16 lbs.
* Dimensions 14.38"h x 8.75"w x 12.5"d

Best Buy's specs for the Insignia's are:

Product Height 18-3/10"
Product Width 12-1/5"
Product Weight 13.3 lbs.
Number of Speakers per Package 2
Speaker Type Bass-reflex
Maximum Power Handling 120W
Frequency Response 50Hz - 20kHz
Tweeter Size 1" Silk dome
Subwoofer 6-1/2"
Subwoofer Driver Carbon fiber
Sensitivity 90dB
Impedance 8 ohms

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Width is 9"
depth is 12 1/2" (this is measuring binding posts that stick out as well)
height is 13 1/2"
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They are on sale for $35 and BestBuy has a 30 day return policy just grap a pair and play with them for a few weeks.

I know, I was just being lazy. Plus I never got around to hooking up the T-Amp you loaned me for all that time.
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The Insignia speakers look identical to the Europa's without the bullet tweeter on top. Someone mentioned at Audio Asylum that Radiient makes these for the BB Insignia brand name.

http://www.radiient.com/s.nl/it.A/id...=2&category=32

Actually, they are not designed after the Europas, but, rather, the suround speakers that come with the Elara set which does have the Europas for the front L/R, a center channel - and, of course the speakers badged as Insignias for the rear/surrounds.

Here's a picture: http://www.radiient.com/s.nl/it.A/id...=2&category=40

Edit: I should also point out that the complete set of Elaras sells for just $499 and I believe Radiiant ships via ground for free.

Finally, I thought the Audioholics review pointed out some flaws in which the veneer was done king of cheaply. Not sure how this fits into the equation. I know from experience, that the Insignias have a much better veneer job on them than the Axiom speakers that I owned for a very short time.
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