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241 of 246 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2012
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In this review, superior reception and sound quality are a foregone conclusion. I would give this device 5 stars if there were two changes made. 1) A power button. 2) Four way articulating neck. I have the GOgroove FlexSMART X2 as well which features a long flexible neck and a power button. It is the best of all the Bluetooth FM transmitters I've tried. Where the SMARTmini excels is in it's portability. If you use a company car and wish to enjoy the wonderful features these devices offer, but don't want to drag around the long necked version, this model is perfect. It's collapsible and fits easily in your coat pocket or travel pouch. As I stated above, the only drawbacks I can point to is the absence of a power button and limited flexibility. As long as the device is plugged in and has power it is "on". You have to remove it from the outlet if you want to power it down. This can be a bit of a chore in itself since the SMARTmini has four VERY stout springs to keep it in place once plugged in. Also the control head has limited movement and getting it to a line of sight position can offer some challenges. I wish to leave any reader with the understanding that I have tried my fair share of FM transmitters and that these devices: GOgroove SMARTmini / GOgroove FlexSMART / Azeca BTC008 / Livio Radio offer the most consistent and reliable functions that I've experienced. I hope this perspective is useful.
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90 of 107 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2012
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Couldn't decide between this and the FlexSMART for my car, which lacks an aux-in port. Eventually went with the SMARTmini, based on the superb reviews and its portability. However, I regretted my decision just 3 days later. The DC barrel, while sturdy, is too long that it comes extremely close to my transmission stick. Its lack of a flexible neck left me only two ways to bypass this issue - turn it to the left or turn it to the right, both inconvenient. No power button and the sound quality through aux-in could also have been better. Good construction though.

Didn't test out the Bluetooth calling, as everything else wasn't cutting it for me.

Now that I have the FlexSMART, I can confidently say that I like it much better.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
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Works great WITHOUT the direct wiring to my iphone4.
Buttons respond like they should.
Setup is easy.
Sound quality is amazing even over Bluetooth.

MAJOR INSTALLATION TIP:

If you are like me and don't listen to the radio at all, remove the antenna from your car (most unscrew easily).

This will reduce your radio's ability to pick up any transmission that isn't your FM transmitter. Thus you won't have to search very hard for a good station to use.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2013
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I bought this to go with my new iPhone 5. Some of the reviews were a little iffy, but I figured I'd try it, knowing I could return it if the quality wasn't there for the price. The quality of sound is great! Way better than the Belkin transmitter I was using for my old iPhone. I have only used the hands free once, but the person on the other said I sounded clear. I took 1 star off (would have done a half star if I could) because the conversation on my end wasn't as clear, but it was ok.
I would definitely recommend it! I use it with an app called AppHIFIdock and it's beautiful!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2014
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I tried a couple cheaper FM transmitters before settling on the GOgroove X2 Mini. Both of the others were unable to broadcast a static-free signal to the radio in my '05 Jeep Grand Cherokee, on ANY frequency. The audio signal they did send was a lot quieter than regular radio stations. So I decided to try a GOgroove, and for the most part I'm happy.

The good news is, the signal from the X2 Mini is nice and clear. I live in Madison, WI and was able to very easily find a clear station. It took a little more work on a recent trip to Chicago, but eventually I was able to find one there too. If you live in Chicago and are having trouble finding a good station, try 98.3, it worked well for me.

Cons (none of these are a big deal, but worth mentioning):

The stalk that goes into the power outlet is too long. I've attached a picture of how far it sticks out from my dash. I'm not sure if it's this long for a reason, but it would make more sense to not be so big. I didn't want the goose-neck regular X2 since that'd stick out even more. But the stalk should be an inch or two smaller.

The auto-tune feature lands on even-numbered stations like 102.2 but US radios mostly can only tune to odd-numbered stations like 102.3. But it's pretty easy to find a station manually. Using the knob to tune it is a lot nicer than others where you just have buttons.

There's no power switch. I have 2 power outlets in my dash, one switched with the ignition and one that stays on all the time. It's in the switched outlet, so when I turn off the car, the GOgroove turns off but the radio stays on, and I get static. I'm training myself to turn the radio off when I turn off the car.

Overall though, these cons are pretty minor, and given how poorly some of the other FM transmitters I tried performed, I'm just happy the GOgroove puts out a clean signal with relatively little fuss.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
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GOgroove SMARTmini BT ADVANCED Wireless In-Car Bluetooth FM Transmitter performed better than expected.

The arm length for my 1998 Honda Accord, seats well in the DC adapter (cigarette lighter) and doesn't interfere with the transmission shift.

It arrived before the due date...the set up was a no brainer, with the GoGroove searching for an empty station for me; linking my iPhone bluetooth you can audibly hear if the process worked or not (thumbs up)

I decided to listen to the music saved on my iPhone, this unit performed flawlessly and I was very very pleased. I then decided to ramp it up. Will it play my Pandora stations on my iPhone? This went well too. No static and no interference. So...took the GoGroove for a drive near LAX going through a tunnel. While the music stopped playing briefly it picked up right where it left off when I emerged from the tunnel. Moving through the stations using the buttons on the GoGroove very intuitive. You can also use the buttons on the iPhone. Either worked fine.

Had a friend call me to test that aspect...FANTASTIC sound with NO STATIC whatsoever. The music went to a slow fade and the ring of the phone would start...very subtle. Press the blue phone shaped button to answer. She could hear me easily, I could hear her easily; no yelling necessary.

Last test...plug in my iPod using the USB port on the side. This worked well too.

In short, this thing is AWESOME and glad I got it. I'm going to order another for a friend who simply wants to use the bluetooth with her iPhone. I hope shes as pleased as I am. I would definitely purchase this again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2012
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I bought this as a replacement for a 3-4 year old Griffin FM transmitter. It took less than a minute to install and pair with my iPhone 4S and the sound quality is much better than the Griffin. I'm also using a dashboard mount for my phone & would recommend using one with the GOgroove SMARTmini.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2012
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I only connected this unit through the auxiliary port and it sounded very good through my car speakers. The problem I find with the GOgroove is the in-unit microphone is too far away from the person using it. There needs to be a external microphone so it can be placed near the user.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2012
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I've been using it for a week. Prior to this, I was using a griffin fm connector. The set up was very easy. The reception so far seems superior to what I've used previously. I currently use an iPhone 4s. I've tried both griffin and Belkin non bluetooth products to listen to my iPhone through the radio. So far, I like th go groove the best
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2013
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Overall this product was good for the price. The signal to the fm receiver in my car works good in the lower frequency ranges but not the best in the higher ones. Like all other fm transmitters the music you play isn't as loud as it could be. The Blu-tooth connection works pretty well and I haven't had any problems with it. So for the main uses it works great in all cases.

I did find some minor problems though and they involve Playing music through the headphone jack on either my phone or on the Gogroove. It seems like the unit doesn't filter out the car noise on the power input. So if I am playing my music on the aux input in my car while charging my phone it amplifies any type of car noise in my car stereo which makes playing music through the aux jack pointless while charging. Then I thought I could possibly fix the problem by connecting to the unit via blue-tooth and using the output of the unit to the aux jack and that has the same problems. These problems shouldn't affect most consumers, but should be noted because this product doesn't exactly do all it claims to do flawlessly and they should have put some kind of power filter into the device to prevent engine noises from going into analog signals in the device.
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