Best ipod car fm transmitter?

Discussion in 'iPod touch Accessories' started by jamays00, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. jamays00 macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2008
    Hey everyone i've been searching high and low for the best car charger/fm transmitter from my 2nd gen ipod touch. The Griffin RoadTrip with SmartScan seems to get the best reviews. I've heard many complaints about static in populated areas. I live in Philly so I might have to worry about that. From what i've heard if you set it to European settings you can use 87.7-87.9 which one reviewer said are rarely used it many areas. :confused:

    If anyone knows of a better unit please let me know.
  2. DJ567 macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2006
    London, UK
    i bought the griffin for some1 and have to say it has a lot of static, but then i do live in london, so theres no channel that doesnt get used with all the pirate radio stations and interference from just about anything else you could imagine, better off with a car stereo with a line in jack
  3. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    i have a monster one that works awesome no complaints!
  4. Brewerpaul macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2008
    Clifton Park,NY
    I'm a cheapskate so I got this one, or one very much like it :|66:2|65:12|39:1|240:1318|301:1|293:1|294:50

    I haven't used a whole lot, but so far I'm basically satisfied. There's some FM noise, but that may just be a matter of finding a better blank spot on my car radio's FM dial. The charge function seems to work fine. One great thing that I didn't even think about when I bought it is that I can use it in the house too. We have radios in the kitchen, bedroom etc that don't have input jacks and with this gizmo I can listen to tunes or podcasts while I'm cooking or lazing in bed. I think for the money, this is worth considering.
  5. bildio macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    New Jersey
    I have the Monster, & I am very satisfied with it. It's reasonably priced on
  6. PeteB macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    The basic problem with this kind of in-car FM transmitter is this:-

    When you're sat at home, you can usually find a blank spot in the FM band that you can set the transmitter too without too much inteferance.

    However, when you drive more than 10 miles or so, you enter an area where there's another FM radio transmitter, invariably, it's transmitting a local station on the wavelength that you've set your iPod transmitter to.

    That's why I never bother with one.

    Unless they've now got dynamic retuning...
  7. tackchevy macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2007
    You're always better off with a hard line. If your vehicle has absolutely no way to directly connect an audio jack via converters and such, then get the monster FM transmitter. Every other product produces a signal that is too weak to cut through general static and interference. Still, for the price you'll have to pay, you could go a little more and just get an updated stereo with an aux input.

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