Cassette Adapters(Panasonic, Sony, Monster, etc)
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I'm looking for a cassette adapter so that I can use my M3 on the road. I've used the search function and read up all that I can on cassette adapters, but I have a few questions of my own. Based on the reviews at Amazon, it seems like the Monster adapter is surprisingly a poor product, and that the Sony adapter is fairly good but has some compatability issues with certain car decks. I can't find a dirrect review, but every now and then I'd see a stray comment within a review or thread about Panasonic adapters being very good. With that in mind, has anybody tried a Panasonic adapter before? The Panasonic website sells the adapter for $20 and a car kit that also includes a power adapter for $40(the Sony site has the same package for $30). $20 seems kind of steep for a cassette adapter, are the higher priced name brand adapters really worth the $10+ difference as compared to the random no-name adapters? And I also have a vertical mounted cassette deck in my car (98 Ford Contour), do all cassette adapters work with this style of cassette deck or do I need to look for a specific adapter? Any product reviews or comments would be appreciated. Thanks in advance
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Have you though about using a radio transmitter instead of a cassette adapter? I tried out my dad's cassette adapter on numerous cassette players and they all sound pretty cruddy.

My brother has a radio adapter in his car for his ipod and it sound alot better than i expectef. I did a quick search on ebay which came up with loads of cheap results, it may be worth trying one of them out! (http://search.ebay.com/mp3-RADIO-tra...fkrZ1QQfromZR8)

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In my own experience, a cassette adapter produces significantly better sound than a FM transmitter. My wife and I have owned three different FM transmitters for our iPods. The cassette adapter is very close to direct line-in quality (I'm currently using a line-in solution), with only a slight reduction in bass impact being noticeable with the adapter vs. line-in.

As for the original poster's questions, sorry I only have recent experience with the Sony adapter, which worked great.
 
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maybe it's just my dad's crappy adapter haha
 
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if u have a cass. deck in ur car use it.... dont use fm transmitters... they sound so bad, i tried all the itrip, airplay and unnamed brands they all sounded terrible (but if you must choose, then airplay)

but as for the cassette adapter, there really isnt much difference, i have sony, jensen, philips and a free one from my xm car kit, they all sound the same... FYI, the philips was like $10 at walmart
 
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I've gennerally had better luck and sound quality from cassette adapters than FM transmitters.

I returned a Belkin adapter which sounded very bad and distorted with the lineout from my iPod into my Ford truck cassette deck. Not sure if it was defective or just not a good compatability match.

I've used Sony adapters a lot, and have been very happy with them.
 
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maybe it's just my dad's crappy adapter haha


Yeah, I've got two really oldschool adapters, one from Koss and one from Sony, they both add tons of noise. I need to buy a new one.
 
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Thanks for the replies, I found both Sony and Panasonic car kits on efunctional.com for $20 each. $20 for a cassette adapter and a charger is more like it, lol. I'm probably just going to buyt he Panasonic kit and then try a cheap-o wal-mart cassette adapter if that doesn't work out too well. Thanks again.
 
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Cassette adaptors are definitely better than fm....

I've used several adaptors before going to line-in. There is a big difference in sound from company to company. My fav was a cheap Rio! branded adapter I got from "Best" buy. It had the best sound, but developed a short in the cable within a year. The Sony and Magnavox units I've used are also OK. A Phillips model I tried was the worst sounding of the bunch.

Good luck...they do sound different, but you won't find much on the internet comparing them.
 
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