|Item Weight||7.5 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.2 x 1.6 x 0.9 inches|
|Item model number||CA-745|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||1 year parts, 90 days labor|
Coby CA-745 Wireless FM Car Transmitter with Digital Display and DC Car Cigarette Lighter Adapter
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- Transmits music wirelessly from audio devices over FM frequency
- Ideal for MP3, CD, and audio playback from other portable devices
- Full-range FM frequency settings
- LCD display with backlight
- 3.5mm stereo plug works with most audio devices
- LCD Display with backlight
- Ideal for MP3, CD and MD Playback
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Coby Wireless Car FM Transmitter with Digital Display Transmits Music Wirelessly from Audio Devices over FM Frequency
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I might also mention that the only reason I came to this page was because mine BROKE, and in fact has been failing intermittently for months. But not it failed completely and I am in the process of testing the warranty service of the distributor. Will report back with an update when they respond.
UPDATE: I contacted the reseller who sold me my unit through Amazon, TripleNet Pricing, and they flat out refused to help with warranty service, not even providing me the manufacturer's contact information. I then googled the manufacturer, Coby Electronics Corporation, and found they went out of business late last year. They were reportedly bought by 'Gordon Brothers', who is not honoring the warranties. So now what is on sale is a questionable product, at a ridiculously high price, with a questionable warranty. So I just bought a similar item (Excelvan FM Transmitter Car Charger Adapter For BlackBerry /Sony / Samsung and mp3/mp4 Player) that is well reviewed on Amazon, however I hasten to add this item is far less expensive on eBay.
This is an amazing device. It transmits on the lowest frequency my radio is capable of tuning to (87.7 FM), and with absolutely no distortion or noise. It connects to my tablet and sounds like a CD all the time, either in my truck or car. I have also used it in many of my company's cars as well with similar results. Excellent fidelity all across the sound band from 20 Hz to 20 KHz. Sometimes I have to adjust the graphic equalizer on my tablet, but I think that is the fault of the speakers and radio, not this device.
The curly cord, which plugs into a standard headphone port on the tablet, is really a nice feature. Long enough that I can lay the tablet in the back seat, but when the tablet is closer, it doesn't get in the way or flop around all over the place.
I haven't done too much traveling with it yet, but so far it has outperformed any similar device I have had. I have paid as much as $100 for a device that worked half as good as this little gem.
Two things could be improved, but really they are so minor that I hesitate to mention them. But in the interest of full disclosure... It does not fit in the power port of my Saturn as well as I would like. It barely goes in, and then can be jostled slightly and lose connection. I bought a cheapo splitter that fixed that problem.
The other thing is the blue light which illumines the digital read out is really bright and it never goes off. At night it can be distracting. So I throw a towel over it. Problem solved. For my truck, the power port is in the dash, so I just rotate the device so the read out is facing down and the light is minimal. Shows the dirt on the carpet really well...
On the strength of this device, I hereby declare my love for Coby products. Never again will I see them the same way. Now I will choose them over some of the others in the bargain store, which is the only place in my town where they can be bought, except on the 'net, of course.
Of the 20 or so FM transmitters I've tried, this was immediately the most impressive--the holy grail! It was clear and visible, stable and accessible, and the sound was as good as a wired connection. Then it suddenly quit. I've ordered another, but Amazon won't promise delivery before the end of 2012!
1. I don't think you can charge your iPod while using it. (The most popular $10 generic unit allows for simultaneous charging.) The presence of the DC receptacle on top suggests that a wire could be run from the iPod's dock receptacle to the DC receptacle for simultaneous charging. I've seen no mention of anyone trying this.
2. That DC receptacle could be more of a problem than a solution. I had difficulty with my unit only after plugging my Garmin into that receptacle. Seems like a good idea that may not be working as Coby had planned.
I originally had a cassette adapter to connect my mp3 player (and smartphone) to my car sound system, but after many years the cassette player gave out, thus my hunt for a replacement FM transmitter. The sound from the Coby is very close to the one from the cassette adapter and is better than I had anticipated. Considering that the Monster transmitter is approximately the same price, and that its sound is worse, there's no question that the Coby is the way to go.
I also like the socket extender feature, which means that you still get the full functionality of the cigarette lighter socket.
I like my music in the car, so once again I'm a happy driver.