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Review: Griffin Technology iTrip Auto
Posted 21 February 2013 - 12:16 PM
Like many others, I've tried out at least 15 FM transmitters, ranging from $2 to $40. The most reliable "non"-charging unit I've found is the one made by Coby, which has a removable cap exposing another DC socket for use with a GPS or whatever gadget the Transmitter may have replaced. Just use a regular 3.5mm audio cable to attach your iPod to the transmitter, and the signal is strong and secure on virtually any "open" FM frequency. For a rechargeable unit, the $10 generic gooseneck contraptions at Amazon have worked fine for me, though they are a bit tricky to adjust to a convenient postion (out of the way of the gearshift, etc.). I also have the well-reviewed Sound Fly, but the previous 2 devices have given me litte reason to use it. Based on the description, this Griffin model ought to do the job, though consumer reviews at that big internet "bookseller" have not been too encouraging. Perhaps the most recent models have removed the bugs.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 02:08 PM
I like to listen to podcasts while I drive to shop in the bigger town 25 miles from home. I was fine with a car that had a cassette deck in the car radio because it was basically a direct connection. When I moved to a newer car with a CD player in the car radio I tried a few of the FM transmitter units. Trouble was that if I tuned to an apparently unused frequency in one town I found that by the time I got halfway there I was within range of a station using that frequency, and it is hard to retune an FM unit while driving. I found that someone had a unit which permits the output of my iPod Shuffle or Touch to play through the radio of my 2002 Taurus. It works very well except you can loose track of the connector which plugs into the iPod's earphone jack. An auto stereo shop got the part and did the installation for about $100 to $200.
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