Belkin TuneCast II FM Transmitter for MP3 Players (White)
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- Product Type - FM Transmitter
- - Memorize up to 4 FM frequencies
- - Powers on and off automatically
- - Features low-battery LED indicator
- - Includes DC cable for optional battery-free operation - Only works with the Belkin Mobile Power Cord for 3G iPod
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- Size (LWH): 9 inches, 3 inches, 5.5 inches
There's also an auto on/off function that lets the device simply power on whenever an audio signal is detected. If there is no signal, the TuneCast II switches off after 60 seconds, helping to preserve battery life. There's also four programmable memory slots that let you save the clearest station wherever you go. The device comes with a DC cable for optional battery-free operation, but it only works with the Belkin Mobile Power Cord for 3G iPod. Batteries are included.
Top Customer Reviews
I realize that it solves a problem of allowing an MP3 player to work in your car, and there aren't any good alternatives, but but this isn't going to make anyone really happy. It's just a barely passable solution. It does what it's supposed to, and if you modify it, it has much better range, but it's really not a great result.
UPDATE: I really wanted a product like this, so I bought the "whole house transmitter" right on Amazon and it works. Near FM quality sound, decent range (about 40 feet). It only broadcasts on one of 6 channels, but at least the quality is acceptable if you can find an open one, and it punches through weak stations so the channel doesn't really have to be completely clear. It's 3X the price, but that seems to be what it takes to get decent quality sound.
it took us at least ten minutes to find a station that it would play on without being interrupted... and every couple of hours we had to find a new station for it to play on. if the song playing on the nano- was too "soft" you would just hear static- or the weak signal being transmitted from the radio station. the ENTIRE time we used the transmitter with my nano- we had to keep moving both pieces around- sort of like using bunny ears on a television set.
if i had been alone on this roadtrip- i most definately would have had a car accident trying to mess with the transmitter. it was frustrating enough just watching the passenger trying to mess around with it... not to mention having to move it around all the time to try and keep it from being staticy.
i haven't used the transmitter since that roadtrip- and don't plan on using it again. it's too much of a headache. i would never try and sell it on ebay- i'd feel wayyyy too guilty about selling someone something that could potentially cause them to have a car accident. however i would very much like to have my forty bucks back!!!!
Admittedly, the process was frustrating at first, because I expected instant gratification--just tune the radio and Belkin to any "clear" frequency and get static-free reception. So the day I bought the Belkin, I turned it on and drove 70 miles on the highway, and really thought the Belkin was crap. I was getting terrible reception and constant static listening to my tunes on my iPod despite switching frequencies every few minutes. But before chucking the Belkin for another product, the next day I read some of the positive reviews and then sat in my car with the mind to try to get the Belkin to work for me.
After trying almost every frequency from 88.1 to 107.9, I found that 92.3 FM is the clearest frequency to use. I also pushed down my antenna, so that I would hopefully continue to get clear reception. Now after a week of commuting 45 minutes daily from Silver Spring, MD to Arlington, VA and driving through DC often, I can honestly say that I have never experienced any static using the Belkin tuned into 92.3. I seriously had expected some fuzz, as radio stations from Baltimore to Annapolis to Richmond have infiltrated just about every channel in the DC metro area.
I also drove from DC to Charleston, SC along I-95, and the Belkin worked fabulously. I kept the radio tuned to 92.3 the entire time and never had a problem. The only occasional static I received was from momentarily flipping the turn signal and from the batteries losing life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The item was broken did not work. I paid for shipping and then to return it I lost over 5$ for trying this site...... never againPublished 13 months ago by Everard
Transmitter is simply not strong enough when compared to an iTrip.Published 21 months ago by billski
Guys, though this item might hardly reach 3 or 4 stars, trust me, it really doesn't work at all.
It is static all the time no matter what you do to it. Read more
Great little product. Good price. Works well. Can't really beat it. I always thought Belkin was a good brand and now I'll continue to think so.Published on May 21, 2013 by Megan M
When I got this, it seemed to have been sitting for a while. The packae had not been opened, but it did have dust in it, and the batteries had leaked long ago. Read morePublished on March 18, 2013 by Mathis Stone