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Wireless MP3/WMA FM Transmitter with USB Port and Auxiliary Input with Remote

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  • MP3/WMA FM Modulator with SD Card Slot, USB Port, and Audio Input
  • Plays All your Audio Devices Wire-Free through your Car's Stereo System FM Radio
  • Easy to Read Display Shows Pre-Set FM Stations and ID3 Data Information- Song, Title, Artist, Album, or Genre* *ID3 data must be present.
  • Large Buttons and Adjustable, Six-Postion Body allow for easy operation
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight4.2 ounces
Product Dimensions1.8 x 4.3 x 1.8 inches
Item model numberVRFM9R
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Manufacturer Part NumberVRFM9R
  
Additional Information
ASINB000FCI7KS
Best Sellers Rank #316,852 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableApril 8, 2006
  
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Product Description

From Virtual Reality Sound Labs, this MP3/WMA FM Modulator with USB Port and Audio Input plays music from your MP3/WMA Player, DVD Player, Flash Drive, SD Card, or other portable device on your automobile radio. This sleek, portable MP3/WMA device player plugs into your car's 12 Volt outlet and transmits audio from just about any source equipped with a standard mini jack. For a truly wireless experience, plug your flash drive or SD Card into its USB port or SD Card Slot and use the built-in Play, Pause, Volume, Shuffle, and Track Selection Controls to play your MP3 and WMA files. Features Last Song Played, Last Song Memory, and ID3 Technology that displays song title, artist, album, and genre if ID3 data is present. The easy to read digital display shows you which one of its possible 16 frequencies it is broadcasting. Six position, flexible-joint body allows for ease of use even in tight spots. Standard USB Port. Audio Cable included. 12 Volt Wire-Free Transmission

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Customer Reviews

Sound quality is superb!
I <3 Electronix
The one I bought worked fine initially, but stopped working in less than a year.
X. Gao
It takes USB dongles and SD cards but the SD cards are limited to 2GB.
C_Meister

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JP on September 3, 2006
Having the ability to play digital music via MP3 Player/iPod, SD Card or USB memory makes this a very versatile device. However the great features are marred by a few faults that will require attention by the manufacturer to make this a truely great device.

The first problem is that one needs to tune to the frequency it is transmiting on manually, scanning using the seek feature of a car radio skips over the weak signal it puts out. Definately need to set a preset on the radio.

Which brings us to the next fault. Compared to FM radio stations the device is fairly quiet even when turned up to it's highest volume output. A 'buzz' can be heard when it is transmiting, turning the volume way down does not reduce this at all. The quality was disappointing, I expected CD quaility and didn't get it. I also found that the sound lacked bass, FM radio stations sound much better. These faults occurs on several vehicles and is not a vehicle or radio fault.

As pointed out by other posters, the USB port is inoperative, refusing to play MP3 files the SD card reader has no problems with. (Update: I have found one Dell 256MB USB drive it does work with half the time, not totally reliable but better than nothing).

The advertised ID3 feature is nothing of the sort, it shows the file name only, not the ID3 tag information.

One really neat feature is the auto-resume. It continues on the track it was on prior to being powered off, even if you remove the SD card and add files to it!!! That I do like.

It needs an on/off switch to save you having to unplug the device when parking the vehicle for an extended period. It keeps playing music after the car is turned off. OK you can pause it, but it still is powered up.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Yu on June 20, 2006
I had tried so many FM transimitters (5+ diff models) and this is the only one trully works. Even the channel you selected is not fully "empty", the music is neither intruppted nor carrying annoying noise! And you never have to worry about running out of battery, too.

LCD display is small. Features wise is adequate for such device. Music quality is OK (don't compare it to your CD player). Control is simple and straight forward- this is important when you are drive!

I had purchased this for more than two month and I use it on everyday commutes happily. Overall, this is the only (economy; less than 50 bucks) FM transimitter that really works for me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Honeycutt on July 19, 2006
To begin, what I don't like about this product:

1. LCD is difficult to read (forget about trying to drive and read it).

2. The random/shuffle feature can take up to a 1.5 minutes to go to the next song *if* you have have hundreds of MP3s on your USB drive. Having only 50 to 75 MP3s causes no problem for the randomize feature, and I noticed no delay when playing the MP3 in order. It has an external jack so you can easily connect your IPod/other MP3 player, and I suspect since that device would be handling the randomization, there would be no delay between songs.

Now, what I love about the VRFM9:

1. Ease of use.

2. Flexible neck - should work in most situations.

3. Random/shuffle feature.

4. 16 FM channels to pick from.

5. Memory so you can continue with the same song (at the beginning) after turning your car off then on.

6. Doesn't scream "Steal Me" like an IPod would.

7. Displays the ID3 info of the MP3 playing (though the screen is difficult to read).

Given how flash/thumb/memory drives have dropped in price, you can have a great way to play your MP3 in your car and only spend $100 to $125 (including buying new flash drives).

I should tell you I'm not connected with Amazon or RoadMaster in any way - just a happy customer.

Mike Honeycutt
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Douglas C. Crawford on May 8, 2006
I've tried belkin units with bad results.

This one works, has good features for the price, and was simply the only way to inexpensively get mp3 music into my two cars - a 97 Cadillac Deville and 92 Buick Riviera. It seems to easily over power the high end stations in its range in my area. Just drove from Pottstown PA to Cherry Hill, NJ and it never missed a beat. Its sound quality is not exactly CD, but it is better than I expected. Almost as good as cassettes play in the cars.

Must admit, I'm on my second one. The first one just quit, burned out or something. But I liked the unit so much I exchanged it hoping that this one lasts.

My SD card is only 256M, so I can't fit more than two albums on it, so I'm not so concerned that I don't have a lot of control over the playback. The screen is too small to read most of the time without getting up close, but I don't need to read it anyway. Its so cool that the player plugs right into the 12v socket- no cords!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 14, 2006
On my lunch hour I ran down to the local walmart. There on the shelf was the original VR MP3/WMA player for 29.95. However next to it was the newest version VR-MP3 that played MP3/WMA's from a USB port or a SD card as well as handling a line-in for only 20$ more. Sweet! I went for it. Went out to my car and plugged it in with my 1 Gig Lexar USB Flash drive. NOTHING HAPPENED! The LCD read Line-In. The Flash drive was not being recognized. What a drag.

Then I seemed to recall from an online support newsgroup that some Lexar Flash Drives seemed to have problems with MP3 players. Well no problem, I reached into my satchel and pulled out my other MP3 player that I used for gym.

I pulled out the SD card and plugged it into the car cigarrete lighter VR MP3 player. NOTHING HAPPENED! It wasn't recognizing the SD card. The LCD stubbornly read "Line-In". I pulled the whole unit out and pushed it back in. YES! It powered up. I tuned it to FM 87.9 and heard the music coming out of my speakers nice and clean. Geez it sounded a little faint. I felt panic building. Then I looked at the instruction manual. There was VOLUME CONTROL! I pressed and held the go-forward symbol button which cranked it up to comfortable volume. YES!

I will try to find out whats going on with the 1 Gig Lexar thumbdrive. I heard that this mp3 device has a problem and won't play anything if it finds any incompatible files on a thumbdrive. Since I used my thumbdrive to transfer files between work and home I saw this as a likely scenario.

Fortunately I have some new thumbdrives on order by another manufacturer. I will let you all know what happens.

Some other cons: Small LCD screen only shows song name. But it is legible. And since I tested it at night I can't tell if the LCD really lights up.

Overall, it sounds great, works for the most part as advertised. I feel like I saved money big-time.
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