FM Transmitter's Which one is best

Discussion in 'iPod' started by jrhaas, Jan 18, 2010.

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    jrhaas

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    I recently bought a new vehicle that does not have the jack for my iPod therefore I have purchased an FM transmitter the Belkin TuneBase II FM Transmitter~ the tuning is fine however the volume cannot reach capacity that obviously the radio/cd player can reach.

    I have iPod Nano 5th Gen, iPod Touch 3rd Gen & iPhone 3G OS & all are the same for volume capacity.

    Wondering what the concensus is on FM Transmitters
     
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    miles01110

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    The consensus is that they're bad :-\

    Does your car stereo have an AUX-IN port? If it does you can buy a $3 male-male 1/8" headphone plug and connect it that way.
     
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    jrhaas

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    No AUX-IN port on the Ridgeline...unfortunately:(
     
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    Replace the head unit with one that does have AUX-IN. Seriously. You can find some in the $100-150 range that will work just fine. You'll be much better off in the end. FM transmitter is just a poor solution in comparison.
     
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    nick1516

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    I'll pass on one with only a 3 star rating, does anybody know of one that is <$50 that is any good?
     
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    FM transmitters suck and are dangerous. That "unused" station will come into play over and over if you drive any distance. For some reason wingnut religious stations would keep coming up on my system.

    So, you have to keep playing with the radio, trying to find a clear station. Very dangerous and annoying. And the sound is fair at best.

    Check out Crutchfield so that you have an overview of different solutions. They also have good technical support. And you can check with local stereo shops. They deal with this every day.

    You will be soooo much happier, I guaranteeeee it.

    Oh, and check with your Honda dealer. Most car companies offer optional iPod hook-ups of various sorts. Many operate through the steering wheel controls and are very nice. Also, since your truck is new, there wouldn't be warranty issues, although I wouldn't worry too much about that.
     

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