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iPod in the car: recommendations on FM transmitters

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Even though this is a headphone site, I figure I'd pick the collective's brains with this one...

Do any of you use iPod FM transmitter units in your vehicles? I love everything I've got on my iPod, but I don't want to wear headphones in the car. Can anyone recommend a good FM transmitter? I don't want to replace the stereo just yet.

I attempted to use the DLO TransPod, but it stopped working after my initial use. The arm on it (as it plugs into the cigarette outlet) was also a bit awkward to use.

Any recommendations would rock.
post #2 of 12
I would buy a cheap head unit with an aux in. I have had a few fm transmitters and they all sound really bad. It usually is worse than normal fm.
post #3 of 12
If you have to go the FM route then...

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4694330
Scosche IPTRNSX Wireless FM Transmitter - Wal-Mart

The ONLY decent FM transmitter I have ever used. Comes with two cables, one for the iPod line out (charges too!), and one for a normal 1/8" jack. I've used most of the Belkin transmitters, and various other iPod ones, but the IPTRNSX is the best i've used.
post #4 of 12
I'm with no1likesme.

I posted this on another site...

I wanted to put a budget setup in my older accord and this is what I came up with.

I went with this...

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Bought from sonicelectronix.com for a little over $100. It comes with the installation kit as well.
post #5 of 12
If your car has a cassette player then get the mini to cassette kit. The sound quality would be better than using an FM transmitter. This is even more the case if you have a line out.
post #6 of 12
I agree with TonePusher. The FM transmitters that use the lighter seem to have much better reception than the old wireless ones. I used one from Maine to Detroit across New York last summer. Only lost signal briefly about two or three times. A quick change of frequency solved the problem. Here is the one I bought:

https://secure19.nexternal.com/share...t=products.asp
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by no1likesme View Post
I would buy a cheap head unit with an aux in. I have had a few fm transmitters and they all sound really bad. It usually is worse than normal fm.
I'm with you. FM transmitters are really terrible...I mean really terrible.. sound quality wise. You're much better going the aux route. I had mine done at a local car audio place for $20 or so. Good luck!

Mish
post #8 of 12
Lol! Yeah. If you can use the tape adapter. I tried using the FM because it was wireless and convenient, but sound sucked! Look for other options.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the recommendations, folks. I will probably go with a new stereo, since the current one is only AM/FM/CD, but the Scosche will hold me over till then.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by joe View Post
Even though this is a headphone site, I figure I'd pick the collective's brains with this one...

Do any of you use iPod FM transmitter units in your vehicles? I love everything I've got on my iPod, but I don't want to wear headphones in the car. Can anyone recommend a good FM transmitter? I don't want to replace the stereo just yet.

I attempted to use the DLO TransPod, but it stopped working after my initial use. The arm on it (as it plugs into the cigarette outlet) was also a bit awkward to use.

Any recommendations would rock.
I have tried several FM transmitter solutions and they all suck. I finally went to a hardwired version from Dice Electronics:

http://www.diceelectronics.com/ipod_integration.htm
post #11 of 12
Also a big thumb down for FM transmitters. The quality was terrible.
post #12 of 12
I agree the the rest that transmitters for ipods aren't very good. I tried to use my previous transmitter for a creative player on my ipod and the sound was crap, it was partially static. Get an aux in. It does wonders.
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