Insignia NS-B3112 - Boombox with iPod cradle - radio / CD / MP3 - blackBoombox
(1 Epinions review)
Not bad, but could be better
Dec 30, 2010
Review by Gambit624
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Multifunctional, portable, footprint
Cons:Sound quality when it goes outside, and playing iPod.
The Bottom Line: Not a bad choice for a kitchen or den, but would recommend something thinner for an office.
I bought this for my home about a year ago. I had a rebate card from my cell phone to use, so I decided to use it to purchase a docking station for my iPod for my basement. I didn't really research them at the time, so I went to Best Buy to see what had a feature set that I liked. After looking at the various options they had left, which were pretty slim at the time, I settled on the Insignia Boombox.
Recommend this product?
What drew me to this model was the radio and CD on it. Since I still have a few CD's in my house, I'd like to have the ability to listen to them without having to turn on my Surround Sound system, which can be a bit much. The radio option on it is nice, even though I don't listen much, it's nice at times to have.
It's footprint is not bad, honestly, for having a CD player on it. I have it on the back part of a dry sink where we store all of our Wii games and accessories, and it's pretty stable. Just make sure it's stable, or any CD in the player will become unbalanced and not play in the player.
Setup is a breeze. Plug cord into wall and unit, turn on, and away you go. You may have to unwrap your particular iPod adaptor for the cradle, but that's about it.
There are buttons for Function (Dock,Radio, CD Player), volume, tuning or advance (depending on function currently selected). This unit also comes with an antenna for the radio. I've never used it, as the couple of stations I listen to come in clearly.
Sound quality is middle of the road. With CD's, it's pretty good. Pretty crisp. Radio is not bad, about what you would expect it to be. My daughter has used this a couple of times, and her stations need the antenna to recieve the stations. Not a big deal. With my iPod attached, sound is acceptable. It's not the best I've heard, compared to my dock at work, but it's not bad for my basement. I've taken it outside a few times, and it seems that the sound quality takes a bit of a hit. Not sure why, but I find this to be somewhat annoying as I'd like to be able to take it outside while I work in the yard, or for my daughters occasional parties in the backyard.
This product could have been better, but with it being in the "budget" category of docks, I'm fine with it. Not sure I'd recommend this for those looking for across the board sound quality, but for general, everyday use, this product would be great.
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