Impressive, Expensive, and Thoughtfully Designed,
This review is from: Monster Cable iMotion CarPlay Direct Connect 3000 for iPad, iPod and iPhone (English/French/Spanish) (Electronics)
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I like this car adapter very much, but I couldn't imagine paying full price for it. It is very expensive. That said, it sounds great, has a thoughtful design, and worked well for me.
First, you must have an aux input on your car stereo to use this. If you don't have one, look for an FM transmitter, or a new car stereo.
Unlike the adapter this one replaced, this one sounds great. You don't have to crank the stereo volume, and there is no background noise or distortion. Audio is crisp and clear.
This adapter has built-in cable management that allows you to make the audio cable as short as possible. I found this welcome, because the adapters I've used in the past have either a very long cable, or a too-short cable with a too-long extension cable. Overall, this adapter stashes in my car with far less mess than other adapters I've used in the past. I was surprised at how thin the audio cable was. Fortunately, despite being thin and wrapped in a coil inside the housing, I experienced no static or interference in the audit. The power cable and connector that connects to the iPhone are strong and sturdy.
The hands-free functionality is welcome, simple, and not entirely perfect. Play/pause--in which you hold your hand in front of the sensor--worked very well for me, even when the power cord (that attaches to the iPhone) was in front of the sensor. Next and previous--in which you wave your hand left or right in front of the sensor--didn't work nearly as consistently; your mileage may vary, based on where your cigarette lighter and stickshift are in your car. You have to place your hand about 3 or so inches from the sensor to trigger it. I did not experience accidental triggers of the sensor when I shifted gears or used the cupholders. It was cloudy during my testing, so I can't tell if light/shadows affect the unit much. I don't see a way to turn off the hand-free control, which could be a big negative if you do experience a lot of accidental triggers.
You can adjust the car adaper's angle up or down to point the sensor toward a more comfortable place.
+ great sound
+ nice design
+ hands-free option
- high price
- hands-free option
I've had this for a couple months and discovered a couple minor problems. First, like other reviews said, sometimes the sensor that pauses/unpauses playback gets tripped off by nothing at all, which makes playback impossible. Second, sometimes the power light won't turn on and the unit doesn't work at all. These problems are pretty rare, but I thought people might like to know of them.