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Griffin RoadTrip FM Transmitter and Car Charger for iPod (Black)
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- Compatibility: iPod nano (1G only), iPod mini, iPod 3G, iPod 4G with click wheel, iPod color, iPod video
- Convenient one-piece transmitter and charger module uses any frequency from 87.7 to 107.9 MHz
- Backlit screen shows which frequency RoadTrip is currently broadcasting
- Transmitter can be removed and used with a Mac or PC computer
- Plugs into any auto power outlet or lighter adapter
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ROADTRIP FM TRANSMITTER/AUTO CHARGER RoadTrip makes enjoying an iPod or iPod mini in the car convenient and easy. WHITE
The Griffin Technology 4031-RDGC RoadTrip FM Transmitter and Auto Charger and Cradle for iPod combines a high-powered FM transmitter, an iPod auto charger, and a convenient iPod cradle in one package. The RoadTrip plugs into any power outlet or lighter adapter and provides an adjustable cradle for any docking iPod. Once your iPod is charged and docked, the transmitter broadcasts your iPod's music to any FM frequency from 88.1 to 107.9 MHz. The backlit screen shows which frequency is currently broadcasting, while buttons located directly on the front of the unit allow for easy adjustments.
The removable transmitter can also broadcast music from Macs or PCs through a combination USB power and audio connector cable that attaches any USB-equipped computer to the module. Then, just play your iTunes music, movie audio, or presentation sound on any FM stereo that's close by.
What's in the Box
RoadTrip body, FM transmitter module, power plug, sleeve adapter, extension, USB/audio cable, protection pad, iPod holder/belt clip, and clip holder for iPod mini.
Note that the RoadTrip is compatible with iPod nano 2G models with adapter available from Griffin.
Legal DisclaimerWarranty does not cover misuse of product.
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1. Have an iPod.
2. Have a car.
3. Would like to play your iPod in your car while driving.
4. Would like to charge your iPod.
5. Would like to stand your iPod in a sturdy spot in your car.
6. Can't afford the aftermarket iPod+vehicle integration.
7. Don't have a tape deck (tape still beats this system in terms of audio quality).
8. Don't want to shuffle through dozens of CDs when you're on the road.. (however, running through your iPod and reading those menus won't be a safe habit either :-/)
- It took a little bit of time and effort to get this ergonomically appropriate for my driving needs since my cigarette lighter isn't that conveniently placed.. but it worked.. somewhat.
- The audio quality will be a _little_ less than radio quality if you're a city slicker (like me) with those oh-so-few frequencies of dead air.. but it'll grow on you. (Southern Las Vegas drivers your best bet seems to be 106.1.
- I'm diggin how to switch stations with this thing with that nifty quick key jumpin to 4 different points on the FM line. You can't exactly preset stations like with the Belkin Tune Transmitter II (which dangles around and drains battery quickly by the way), but that quick key button is the next best thing.
So, It's not the end all, be all, to iPod+Vehicle integration, but it serves its purpose well and is a great buy if you buy here (I paid $56 with no sales tax and free shipping and saved $40).
The only reason I didn't give this product FIVE stars is that the support does seem a bit "wobbly" but I have a big iPod so that makes it top heavy. If you DO take your iPod in and out of the car often, you'll need to do it carefully as it fits really tight in the plastic support provided by the transmitter unit.
Worked for me after lots of searching and a reasonable price, I thought especially with Amazon's free shipping! Hope this review helps you make your decision!
It did work in my husband's Ford Explorer, but the sound quality was so bad it is unusable, even on a clear radio frequency. I had expected it to be the same quality as listening to an FM radio, but it was far, far worse. Even with the volume cranked as high as it could go on both the radio and the iPod, I could just barely hear it, and it certainly wasn't enjoyable. Changing radio stations didn't work either.
I would not recommend this product.
However, for this Griffin Roadtrip, I simply cannot find a frequency that is static-free when playing the ipod. It seems to help a bit if I touch the ipod with my finger (I guess I'm acting as a ground), but I certainly can't be driving around like that all day. I've used it twice since I got it, but it sounds so bad that it's just not worth it. Even though it's not recommended while driving, I'd just as soon listen with my earbuds.
The instructions say that it is preferred that you find an unused frequency that is surrounded by two frequencies that are not used or have very weak signals on them. Well, I live and work in north Jersey. I'm between NYC and PA. There's not even two unused frequencies in a row, much less three.
I suggest that before anyone buys this that they check their entire FM spectrum and see if they have several unused frequencies together. If you do, then it might work better for you. If you don't, it's not worth it. Especially at the price it is now. As of this writing, it's $17 more than I paid, and I feel I overpaid.
And don't make the same mistake I did and assume that just because you have another electronic device with an FM transmitter that works like a charm that this will as well. It doesn't.
4 stars for ease of use and 2 stars for sound quality (It would have been one, but it works to a degree. You can hear the music over the static noise, but you hear the noise quite distinctively.)