Review on Insignia NS-WBRDVD (Dec 22, 2009) — For those individuals who are in search of gratifying image quality in a Blu-ray player, and desire to expend less than $200, the Insignia NS-WBRDVD ($180, as of December 14, 2009) makes a wonderful option. It can connect to the Internet wirelessly, and it lets the user stream movies off Netflix On Demand if they don’t desire to wait for a disc. However, It has a few weaknesses, but they’re practical trade-offs for the price.

Blu-ray Disc images from the NS-WBRDVD usually looked enhanced than those from the reference player, a Sony PlayStation 3. The Insignia provided appreciably enhanced detail than the PS3, with pleasant color balance and a good sense of depth. It worked fine with a number of diverse film styles, from the bright, natural sunlight of Mission: Impossible III (chapter 7) to the animated Cars (chapter 1) to the black-and-white Good Night and Good Luck (chapter 1), which looked particularly inspiring, with good contrast and a solid sense of film grain.

The NS-WBRDVD had a little difficulty with The Searchers–a 1956 classic shot in VistaVision, a large format that provides a dense, high-resolution image. Chapter 4 usually looked very good, but at times it suffered from extreme contrast and from some digital noise.


  • Extremely good remote
  • Wi-Fi connection for BD-Live and streaming
  • Economical
  • Starts up pretty fast.


  • Wi-Fi complicated to set up
  • Loud operation
  • Awkward at displaying image slideshows

Bottom Line

The Insignia NS-WBRDVD offers outstanding image quality, wireless connectivity, and a pleasant Netflix interface; however it too stumbles in its Wi-Fi system.

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