If your tiny portable iPod speakers aren't cutting it in terms of sound quality, but you aren't exactly thrilled about spending three or four hundred dollars on a state-of-the-art speaker system, I bring to you the Insignia NS-HD2114 shelf system. This system certainly covers the basics and then some, from a built-in HD radio tuner to being able to connect your portable music device through its USB port. Other great features include dual 2-way speakers, a 4-inch woofer, an iPod docking station, and a CD player. You can even play DVDs when the system is connected to a display screen. And if you have a look at some of the other pics below, you'll notice that it creates quite the ambiance when the lights are out! The best part, this new-age "boombox" is on sale at Best Buy for $136.
I've never been the target customer when it comes to portable DVD players because I hardly ever watch movies on small screens and when I do, I'm happy just using my laptop. Having recently spent some time with my friend's four-year-old, I learned that some people — particularly those who haven't lost their two front teeth yet — rely on portable DVD players for entertainment in planes, trains and other boring locations.
I got a chance to take the Insignia 10.2" 16:9 Widescreen LCD Portable DVD Player for a spin and was pleasantly surprised. I often think of Insignia as an "inexpensive" or "affordable" alternative to more pricey gadgets, but I was immediately intrigued by the player's compact size, light weight and sleek body.
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The Insignia 4-Gigabyte MP3 and Video Player has gained praise recently - namely from The New York Times - for its Bluetooth capabilities, which are still pretty rare in the MP3 player world. The player can transmit stereo MP3 music and video soundtracks to your headphones or speakers via a wireless Bluetooth connection, which means freedom from wires.
It features 4GB internal flash storage that holds up to 1,000 songs, 4,000 photos, 50 audiobooks or 14 movies, is just over 0.6" thin and weighs 2.4 ounces and supports MP3 formats and most image and video formats. It also has an FM tuner with 20 channel presets, which ended up being one of my favorite features. read more