FM transmitter for Nano 7G

Discussion in 'iPod' started by muligens, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. muligens macrumors newbie

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    Yes, yes, I know. FM transmitters are the devil's work. However I find them invaluable as I tend to drive slightly older cars with less-than-perfect built-in stereos.

    I have tried several brands and models over the years, and by far my favourite has been the iTrip line from Griffin. I still use one for my 6G Nano and the sound quality is pretty good, it charges and plays music at the same time and pauses my ipod when i switch off the ignition.

    But with the advent of the 7G with the lightning connector all peripherals using the old 30-pin connector are obsolete so I'm in the market for a new one. I got the iTrip universal which is the only Griffin product listed as compatible with the Nano 7 but it has one massive drawback; it charges using the lightning connector but it transfers audio through the mini-jack.

    I have tried jack connecting FM transmitters before and they all suffer from the same problems; poor sound quality, heaps of interference and the ipod keeps running when you switch off the ignition. Which invariably means that I leave it running and drain the battery every time.

    I was hoping the iTrip universal would be better thean the Belkin's and similar that I've tried before but no such luck. It sucks.

    So, my question is; is anyone aware of a fm transmitter that works using the lightning connector? So far I've been unable to find one but surely I'm not the only person ever to have this problem so maybe some of you good folk will have the solution to my problem.
     
  2. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Are you opposed to getting one 'installed'? If not, look at the iSimple IS7705.
     
  3. muligens thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was hoping to avoid that but I will check out the iSimple. Thanks.
     
  4. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    It's really worth it..
     
  5. hoosker macrumors member

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    The cheap way

    Here is my experience...

    I have had many different FM transmitters. All have be less than perfect. The main problem is the FCC has limited the strength of signal they can project. This is particularly a problem in areas with lots of FM stations. In desperation I have tried some cheap transmitters (without chargers for the ipod) that connect only the audio. I am sure they are from China but I can tell you that they produce a signal that is much stronger than the iTrip and therefore generally are better at overriding nearby channels that would interfere with the sound. Makes me suspect that they are not in compliance with these restrictions?

    You can buy 4 or 5 of these, one for each vehicle you drive and still spend less money. Yes you do have to charge your iPod separately but chargers are cheap too. The up shot is that you can have good sound, cheaply now with a little extra trouble and connections. That is my recommendation. Meritline-dot-com has some transmitters like I am referring to. And if they quit working, well you just spend another $7-9 and get another. Other than an new radio with a USB/audio input, this is my recommendation.

    I can live without the lightning connection because I am cheap!
     
  6. muligens thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, at those price I can't really go wrong so I'll give the Chinese transmitters a shot before I try anything else.
     
  7. LucasLand macrumors 6502a

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    doesn't the current iPod nano have an FM radio built in?
     

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