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Griffin 9781-TRP30BK iTrip FM Transmitter with Dock Connector for iPod (Black)

2.6 out of 5 stars 203 customer reviews
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  • Turns your car stereo into an iPod broadcaster
  • Clear LCD screen makes tuner setting a snap
  • Station setting memory eliminates fuss
  • Requires no batteries, draws its power directly from the iPod
  • Compatibility: iPod nano (1G and 2G), iPod mini, 3G iPod, 4G iPod with click wheel, iPod Color, iPod Video,iPod Touch
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Product Description

pThe new iTrip FM Transmitter follows in the tradition of Griffins iTrip line, with superior performance and innovative features that makes it the most popular iPod FM transmitter in the world. A convenient switch on the side of the iTrip makes it a breeze to select a broadcast frequency. But you wont have to adjust the settings very often - iTrip FM Transmitter conveniently remembers its most recent settings. Its compact, self-contained design makes controlling iTrip FM Transmitter a snap - perfect for use in autos./ppOne of iTrip FM Transmitters innovative new features is its selectable LX or DX modes of broadcasting, which allow you to adjust for the absolute best possible audio under real-world conditions. Even in large cities with lots of radio stations crowding the dial, iTrip FM Transmitters DX Mode delivers a background noise level below that of a cassette tape adapter, allowing the music to punch through cleanly. The results are stunning./p


The Griffin Technology 9781-TRP30BK iTrip FM Transmitter with LCD and Dock Connector for iPod lets you avoid the hassle of bad reception and bad music on your car's radio by transmitting your iPod's music directly to your FM radio. iTrip features a clear, backlit LCD screen that makes setting the digital tuner easy and intuitive. A switch on iTrip's side controls the broadcast frequency, but with iTrip's memory of broadcast settings, you might find yourself not changing the frequency often. The selectable LX or DX modes ensure optimal reception levels and cut background noise that would disturb your listening pleasure. It all comes in a compact, self-contained design that helps you control iTrip when you're busy coping with traffic.

iPod Compatibility
iPod nano 1G, iPod nano 2G, iPod mini, iPod 3G, iPod 4G (Clickwheel), iPod Color, iPod 5G/5.5G Video

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Technical Details

Brand Name Griffin Technology
Item Weight 1 ounces
Product Dimensions 2.5 x 0.9 x 1.4 inches
Item model number 9781-TRP30BK-2
Number of Items 1

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2.6 out of 5 stars 203 customer reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #639 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cell Phone Accessories > FM Transmitters
#898 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Player Accessories > Bluetooth & FM Transmitters
#1,324 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cell Phone Accessories > Portable Speakers & Audio Docks > Audio Docks
Shipping Weight 1.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available July 7, 2004

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First, and foremost, we are talking about FM transmitters. Therefore, nothing will sound like CD sound or direct cable connections when it comes to music quality. You will lose some highs, and you will lose some lows, and you will have nowhere near great quality. That being said, sometimes there are no alternatives, and some transmitters can get the job done. In addition, I have owned and tested all of the following transmitters, to which I will review for you now to save you the time and money. A note: I have 2 vehicles, a SUV and a Saturn.

First up: Belkin Tunebase

I bought this after my Roadtrip base was stolen with my iPod, and I thought I would try an alternative. I liked the flexible connector in my SUV to allow reaching of all controls. However, it was disastrous in my Saturn, only preferring 1 position - lying down. It is a pain to control the iPod when driving in either vehicle, as the flexible arm gave too much in order to advance unwanted songs or control the iPod in general. Although a wider range of highs and lows was evident, the strength of output of this device is way too low; easily outcompted by either of the following transmitters. In the SUV, it is very good at broadcasting and being received by the radio. However, in the Saturn, it was an absolute disaster. I am transmitting on a completely free channel, and in my Saturn I got feedback from the background radio hiss! I even had the hiss increase in tune with the windshield wipers! How awful. This is not a bad transmitter in a larger vehicle, like my SUV, but in a small vehicle, you don't want to risk it. Finally, you can't disconnect the transmitter like the Griffin items. So, it's use in your car, or don't use at all.
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Don't buy this or any other FM transmitter expecting excellent reception and sound quality. I think the technology itself just has some limitations, such as occasional interference and decreased sound quality. But if you are OK with those limitations, then I think this is the best product of its type.

What was important to me in looking for a transmitter was (1) that it be compact and easy to carry around (2) that I COULD charge my iPod while using it and (3) that I didn't HAVE to charge my iPod while using it. I saw some transmitter units that were also charging stations, like the RoadTrip, but with those you can't use the transmitter separate from the charging station. Then there is the corded inline iTrip that has the transmitter stuck halfway down the charger cord, and those also don't work unless the charger is plugged in. Then there's this unit, which plugs into the docking port and draws power from the iPod, and therefore you can use it without having anything plugged in. But I almost didn't buy it, because I hated the fact that, if my iPod battery was low, I'd have to disconnect the iTrip, plug in a car charger, wait for it to charge (not being able to use the iTrip in the meantime), etc.

BUT HERE'S THE ONE THING NO ONE TELLS YOU. IT'S NOT IN ANY PRODUCT DESCRIPTION OR EVEN ON THE PRODUCT PAGE ON GRIFFIN'S WEBSITE!!! You CAN charge your iPod while still using this iTrip. On the bottom of the iTrip is a 5-pin mini USB port. So, you can get Griffin's PowerJolt charger, which has a USB port on it, and get a USB A to 5-pin mini B cable, plug it into the iTrip, and you're charging your iPod while still using the iTrip. So you get the best of both worlds...
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I bought this at Best Buy for ~$50 for an iPOD Video expecting the same performance I got out of the iTrip that plugs into the headset jack. I tested it in the house on the home stereo. It worked great while the transmitter was <1 foot away from the FM antenna. At 2 feet there was noticeable static. Anything over 4 feet away was ALL static. When I returned it to the store the salesman said they had only been selling them for a week and had already gotten almost all of them back on returns for the same problem.

Summary: Terrible product!
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I bought this at Best Buy for about fifty bucks. Works great. Sound quality is clear, but you do have to turn the volume up a fair amount. Other than turning up the volume more than usual I can't complain. When you turn the volume up it doesn't affect the sound too much. It's by no means something you, or your friends would notice right away...so, it's definitely not bad. You could buy this one or get the "car audio kit" that costs more. But, for me this works fine. I just need to find a cheap car charger now. It's really not as bad as the other people are complaining. This is actually the newer generation that does fit all ipods.
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A colleague was talking postively about his experience with itrip. I was inspired and decided to get one. When I looked at all the reviews here on amazon I was quite concerned.

However, based on my colleagues experience I decided to go ahead and give it a try.

I have found the device excellent.

I've used it in two cars. I have each car preset to the frequency I've selected. I selected the best frequency by cycling through all frequencies in the car that had the best radio reception for a frequency that had a significant gap each side.

I have had no problems with the itrip. The flexibility to be able to tune it to any frequency is great and the mini USB port to allow me to charge it from my car charger is an added bonus.

My daughter is able to sit in the back seat of the car and act as DJ without any problems.

I should mention I live in Sydney/Australia not the USA and our population is about 4.3 million.

Reading many poor reviews on this site I noticed a lot of people complained about static and the ability to tune it to a frequency that received well. I have had no negative results in this area.

A lot of people also complained about how it sucks battery power. I wasn't even worried about this because the box indicates that it has a mini USB socket for charging. I have used this and it's great. But last time when my daughter was playing DJ from the back seat it was just running off the ipod battery and it seemed fine. However, I am quite happy to plug it into the charger.

I've experimented walking away from the car to see how far away I could get and I found that the distance was enough to give me absolute confidence that it will continue to work well in our car.
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