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Color me impressed.
on June 10, 2014
My van has a problem. The super-fancy top-of-the-line deluxe stereo system has only a CD changer and a tape deck. No Aux input. Worse, the tape deck doesn't play nice with tape adapters. On top of all that, the stereo is damaged and doesn't have any lights or LED information displayed. It was time for me to consider a new stereo... Especially since I wanted to play music from my dash-mounted smart phone.
While I was browsing the replacement receivers, though, I found the iKross. Now, I've had many FM transmitters for various devices throughout the years. I've had high-end ones from Belkin, and I've had low-end Chinese knock-offs. My most recent unit was a Chinese copy of a popular model, and it was a lackluster performer. I couldn't rely on it, and so I was a little worried about going for a name I didn't recognize when I saw the iKross on here.
But when I read the reviews, I became more and more impressed. Almost everyone said it worked great, didn't hiss, and connected easily. Could it be? I decided to gamble on the iKross instead of getting a new stereo (which would involve tearing apart my dashboard, wiring, buying a harness, buying other pieces, etc.) and see if it worked for my needs.
I have to say I am very pleased, and echo the sentiments of the other positive reviewers. Bluetooth connected easily and always connects when I turn it on. The FM transmitter is strong enough to overpower faint stations on my radio dial, and once it's set it retains the tuning information. The gooseneck connection makes it possible to get the device in whatever position I desire, and the Next/Previous buttons make it possible to switch music tracks on my iPhone without having to mess with a touch screen.
For phone calls it also works very well. People talking to me report that I'm loud enough, though I could be a little louder. I can hear callers clearly. I also like that answering is easy enough by just pressing the multifunction button on the end of the device; This puts the music on pause and lets me have a conversation. When the phone hangs up, the music continues.
All in all, this is perhaps one of the best FM transmitters I've ever owned. There's a lot of bang for the buck here. It is reliant on your device supporting Bluetooth (no USB input) but it works great. It makes going hands-free with the phone a lot easier, and it makes my music sound great.