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Insignia Soundbars Review

Best Insignia Soundbars

Insignia may be an obscure brand compared to giants like Sony and Bose, but the underdog surprises with amazing soundbars at good prices with the freshest technology! But is it truly worth the change? Let’s take a look at the best ones in our comprehensive Insignia Soundbars Reviews.

Best Overall
Insignia 2.0 Soundbar
Best with Subwoofer
Insignia NS-SB515
Insignia 2.0 Soundbar
Insignia NS-SB515
The Insignia 2.0 can produce loud volumes without compressing the audio. The compact soundbar will fit in with its new surroundings well due to its sleek profile.
The Insignia NS-SB515 comes with its own subwoofer capable of producing up to 30 watts of high quality sound. The low profile soundbar and subwoofer pair takes home theater entertainment to the next level.
Best Overall
Insignia 2.0 Soundbar
Insignia 2.0 Soundbar
The Insignia 2.0 can produce loud volumes without compressing the audio. The compact soundbar will fit in with its new surroundings well due to its sleek profile.
Best with Subwoofer
Insignia NS-SB515
Insignia NS-SB515
The Insignia NS-SB515 comes with its own subwoofer capable of producing up to 30 watts of high quality sound. The low profile soundbar and subwoofer pair takes home theater entertainment to the next level.

Best Insignia Soundbars Reviews

1. Insignia 2.0 Soundbar

The Insignia 2.0 has a digital amplifier built-in that reaches further than other 2.0 channels soundbars. For such a sleek soundbar, the amount of power it possesses is quite impressive.

The smooth design will fit in seamlessly with your other devices regardless of the brand. It sets up easily with multiple wired connections (RCA and digital optical). The soundbar even has a USB port [1], for playback and stored content.

The Insignia 2.0 also comes with a remote control for you to program and control the soundbar easily from the comfort of your chair. The small indicator lights on the soundbar will display the corresponding controls that you program.

Pros

  • Bluetooth streaming
  • Supports playback
  • USB port
  • Multiple connections
  • Digital amplifier
  • Powerful sound
  • Sleek profile and lightweight
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • No HDMI connection
  • No directional arrows

2. Insignia NS-SB515

The Insignia has a very unique-looking subwoofer that comes with the soundbar to add more bass to your media. With a total of 60 watts of sound, the NS-SB515 emits powerful audio, but it is not quite as powerful without a digital amplifier.

It also has a streamlined design much like the 2.0, but with the subwoofer, it can take up more space and is a lot heavier as a whole. This makes placement and mounting the soundbar on the wall tougher.

The NS-SB515 comes with all the cable connections (RCA and digital optical) that makes device setup possible in a matter of minutes. However, it does lack a USB port, which can be used for audio playback.

It supports Bluetooth for wireless streaming of all your favorite content from your mobile devices to the soundbar so you can enjoy higher quality audio. Bluetooth also facilitates a wireless connection with your TV for a neater appearance.

Pros

  • Sleek profile
  • Wireless subwoofer
  • Bluetooth streaming
  • Remote control
  • Multiple wired connections
  • Powerful sound

Cons

  • No HDMI
  • No digital amplifier

Insignia Soundbars Buying Guide

What makes a good soundbar? The sound quality, of course! There are general aspects you must look into to ensure you get yourself a high-quality soundbar. Follow our guide below, which we also used for this Insignia Soundbars Review, to find out what they are!

Design

A soundbar should have a very sleek and polished profile. Chances are, your home theater components may not all be of the same brand. To make sure that all of your devices will blend in with their surroundings, a streamlined design is best.

It should also be lightweight and compact, making it easy to find a home for your new Insignia soundbars. You can either choose to mount it on the wall, place it in front of the TV or mount it on the TV itself.

bookshelf beside a TV stand

The best way to ensure you receive unobstructed sound is by giving it a clear line of sight. Try not to have anything obstruct the soundbar or the remote sensor on your TV.

Channels

The channels of your soundbar refer to how many speakers or channels of sound emission a soundbar has.

The numbers you see that follow the model name (such as 2.0, 2.1, etc.) are used to indicate how many channels and subwoofers a soundbar has. The first number refers to the channels and the second refers to the subwoofer.

In general, the more channels a soundbar has, the more immersive the audio will be. 5 is the industry standard for surround sound, but a 2.0 or 2.1 soundbar is easily capable of creating simulated 3D sound with the right technology.

The LG LAS551H is a great example of a 2.1 channel soundbar that’s worth buying.

Sound Technology

Speaking of technology, soundbars are embedded with advanced tuning and systems to improve sound further.

In this particular brand’s case, the Insignia soundbar 2.0 has a digital amplifier which isn’t present in the NS-SB515. Therefore, the 2.0 has a wide-reaching range that is lacking in the latter.

Subwoofer

Soundbars like the NS-SB515 can come with subwoofers to enhance the bass. They usually take up more space than soundbars with subs built-in, but they are also capable of more power output due to their larger size.

black speakers on a dark table

If bass makes little difference to the audio quality, then an external subwoofer wouldn’t be as important as some of the other features. You can also opt for soundbars without subwoofers.

Connections

Both Insignia soundbars have RCA and digital optical connections. However, what is noticeably missing is the HDMI. Despite HDMI being the preferred form of connection due to its ability to support 4K passthrough, digital optical cables can still support high quality content in the former’s absence.

The most important thing is to make sure that your TV and Insignia soundbar have compatible connections. Otherwise, you may need to purchase adapters. With the corresponding connections, Insignia soundbars have an easy plug-and-play setup that can be achieved in minutes.

Our Top Pick: Insignia 2.0 Soundbar

The Insignia 2.0 soundbar is the clear winner in our Insignia soundbars reviews. The digital amplifier makes up for the lack of an external sub and more advanced inner systems by boosting the audio.

At an affordable price, the Insignia 2.0 is an amazing deal. It delivers clarity, high-quality audio and streaming abilities that can match products of a higher price range.

Willie Greer

Willie Greer is the founder of The Product Analyst. A cinephile, he has made it a personal quest to achieve the awesomest home theater possible. He now shares what he has learned through the years on the site, and has enlisted the help of tech-savvy colleagues in providing more insight about today’s most sought-after gadgets.
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