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Griffin 9781-TRP30BK iTrip FM Transmitter with Dock Connector for iPod (Black)
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- Turns your car stereo into an iPod broadcaster
- Clear LCD screen makes tuner setting a snap
- Station setting memory eliminates fuss
- Requires no batteries, draws its power directly from the iPod
- Compatibility: iPod nano (1G and 2G), iPod mini, 3G iPod, 4G iPod with click wheel, iPod Color, iPod Video,iPod Touch
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pThe new iTrip FM Transmitter follows in the tradition of Griffins iTrip line, with superior performance and innovative features that makes it the most popular iPod FM transmitter in the world. A convenient switch on the side of the iTrip makes it a breeze to select a broadcast frequency. But you wont have to adjust the settings very often - iTrip FM Transmitter conveniently remembers its most recent settings. Its compact, self-contained design makes controlling iTrip FM Transmitter a snap - perfect for use in autos./ppOne of iTrip FM Transmitters innovative new features is its selectable LX or DX modes of broadcasting, which allow you to adjust for the absolute best possible audio under real-world conditions. Even in large cities with lots of radio stations crowding the dial, iTrip FM Transmitters DX Mode delivers a background noise level below that of a cassette tape adapter, allowing the music to punch through cleanly. The results are stunning./p
The Griffin Technology 9781-TRP30BK iTrip FM Transmitter with LCD and Dock Connector for iPod lets you avoid the hassle of bad reception and bad music on your car's radio by transmitting your iPod's music directly to your FM radio. iTrip features a clear, backlit LCD screen that makes setting the digital tuner easy and intuitive. A switch on iTrip's side controls the broadcast frequency, but with iTrip's memory of broadcast settings, you might find yourself not changing the frequency often. The selectable LX or DX modes ensure optimal reception levels and cut background noise that would disturb your listening pleasure. It all comes in a compact, self-contained design that helps you control iTrip when you're busy coping with traffic.
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1. the signal strength is much, much stronger than any of the other transmitters I tried. I don't have to hold the ipod up to the antenna the whole time, it works fine in the middle between the seats.
2. it can actually be set as low as 87.9 (the specs say it only goes down to 88.1, but that is wrong. This is good, since 87.9 is very rarely used, and I have very good luck with it tuned to that station). There is also an international mode that would allow you to tune it to other stations, but I don't remember what those are at the moment.
3. It is powered by the ipod, so there is no need to plug it in. It also has a plug on the bottom which allows you to charge the ipod in a car while it is transmitting. It doesn't come with the car charger, but I had one for something else and it worked just fine. It's just a standard mini usb port (I think.. there are two different kinds of mini usb ports <right?>, and I'm not sure which one this is).
4. It is very small and easy to carry around in the tiny case I carry the ipod in, so it's always with me when I have my ipod.
5. I am able to plug it into my ipod without removing the ipod case. I have one where the bottom is open, but some of the other ipod fm transmitters still did not fit without me removing the case.
Overall I am very pleased with this transmitter.
This one is one of the better devices, being powered by the iPod (no wires/batteries), being small, and having the option of choosing the whole radio band to select the quietest place on your radio dial. I have tried no less than a half dozen of similar devices over the years and this one is the best so far. The best device for SIGNAL was the transmitter I bought for my Delphi XM Sattelite Radio and it did connect to my iPod via the headset jack, but the issue that outweighed that is the same one I had with a cassette adapter: I found the wires obtrusive and I have a stick shift car, and with my cell phone charger and headset, there was just too much going on.
Like ANY transmitter that does not connect between your antenna and radio, it will fade in and out, be overridden by radio station you hadn't been aware of, and click and pop when near power lines (even the local regular sized ones - yes, electromagnetic fields upset even FM radio)... which happen to run parallel to roads for miles. Because I have a VW, I am able to unscrew my mast antenna from the outside of the car and then none of these issues are apparent and it works great.
It was a little quirky to learn how to use it effectively right off the bat. You have to find a radio station that meets a couple requirements (to my knowledge)
--Should be static, no actual music/chat playing
--Should be loud enough to hear the static. A weak frequency wont produce a great medium for the iTrip.
--Should also be magically great with your car. Some that meet the above can crap out if you're traveling long distances. Mine is 87.9 FM
I also have to place my ipod up in the visor on the passenger seat. If I dont do this, I get significant amounts of static depending on the area (most areas).
As far as the sound, it works pretty decent. I listen to a lot of metal and I notice that I cant hear the rhythm guitar playing sometimes, it gets kinda muted. I ignore it.
The iTrip isn't really a universal miracle-worker. It may work great on your car, it may work like crap. All depends on how good your car's audio unit is with receiving frequencies.
If you're willing to give it a shot, I guess it's cheap enough to try. The best part I think is that it will last longer than a cassette player.
I have this to my husband, long before iPods were a thing. It was the bomb, let me tell you. It provided hours of music in the car.
I think we might still have it. It's probably hanging out with our 8 track and GameBoy Color. You think I'm kidding. I'm not.
For example, I gave one as gift to my sister-in-law who is a dancer and needs to take her music for review to different places which typically don't have good reliable sound system. She carries portable speakers when she needs better quality. However frequently she uses iTrip with any available regular home radio/receiver to play short pieces for review.
If you are looking for either good sound quality or decent (read 8+ feet) range, look elsewhere. I use C Crane's FM transmitter that is bulky but has the best sound quality I have found.
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but the bad is that sometimes there is a lot of static interference.