At the end of 2006, I had the opportunity to review 2 digital audio players from Best Buy’s house brand of products: Insignia. I really liked both of these players and was happy when I was asked if I was interested in taking a look at their latest version of the NS-DV video player. Let’s see what has changed…
2.2″ resolution LCD color display
4G Flash memory
Photo formats: BMP, JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, PCX, TGA, FPX, and PCD
Music formats: MP3, WMA, WAV, and RA
Video formats: AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, DVD(*.VOD), QuickTime MOV, WMV, and RM
Built-in FM tuner with 20 presets
microSD expansion slot
Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Size: 4.0 x 1.8 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 2.4 oz.
Replaceable Lithium Ion Battery
USB charge / sync cable
Clear vinyl case
Quick Start Guide
Coupon for 1 free Audible.com book download
Coupon for 2 free months and 5 free downloads of Rhapsody access
$2 off Best Buy coupon for music CDs (specific CDs)
Out of the box, the NS-DVB4G looks pretty much identical to the NS-DV2G. The only physical differences between these two devices are a Bluetooth logo on the face, a Blue backlit ring around the scroll wheel and Play/Pause button, and a dark Blue (instead of Black) shiny face. The display is the same size and has the same great picture. The buttons are all in the same places and have the same functions.
Let’s go ahead and take a quick tour of the device. A large round wheel with the raised ridges physically rotates and is used to scroll through menus, lists and adjust volume levels.
The back of the player is plain except for the snap on battery cover.
The NS-DVB4G has two 3.5mm earphone jacks, just like the prior version. There is also a reset switch on the bottom edge of the player.
The top edge has a hold switch and a MicroSD slot so that you can increase the storage capacity.
The Right edge has an earphone jack and a mini USB connector which is used for charging and transferring files to the player.
At this point, I suggest that you go read my review of the prior model as it goes into detail about the menu system, converting video files, etc. I don’t want to rehash all that info in this review because nothing has changed with this new version.
Besides the minor physical changes that I mentioned above, the main new feature of this player is that it has Bluetooth. It doesn’t come with a set of wireless stereo Bluetooth headphones though… Yeah, that kind of bummed me out too… But luckily I have several pairs of Bluetooth headphones that I was able to test with this player. Here are the ones that I used:
I had no problems pairing any of the headphones with NS_DVB4G. Upon pairing with the first set of test headphones (BT450Rx), I immediately learned that the only way to adjust the volume levels is with the headphones, and not the player. This was a problem for me with the BT450Rx headphones because the lowest volume setting is too loud for me. This wasn’t an issue with the Pulsar 260 and ety8’s. I was able to adjust the volume to a comfortable listening level with both of them.
I really enjoyed listening to music with this player wirelessly. Sound quality using all three headsets was terrific. I’d have to say that the Insignia NS-DVB4G player is a better value than an Apple nano because it can play video files, had a built in FM radio*, and transmit music wirelessly to Bluetooth headphones. It’s even $40 cheaper than the same capacity player. The only down side is that if you want to take advantage of the Bluetooth feature, you’ll have to purchase a set of headphones separately.
* FM radio only works with wired earphones as it uses them as antenna.