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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.
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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.)
We both picked up 2Gb iPod nanos in the past two years. No, they don't come nearly close to carrying as many tunes as the CD cases, but one of the problems with CDs in the car is that--if we had to admit it--we really only want to hear a couple of songs off each album, and some stuff really doesn't translate to long car rides.
About a week before we left, I suggested that we bag the traveling library idea and just load playlists on the iPods. Hers for her mix, mine for mine. The only problem was that our car has a pre-MP3 ready CD player. We had tried the transmitter game before and not been happy. I won't slam that brand here; it was a portable and worked for a couple of weeks, but only cost a few dollars. I think it came as a promotion with one of our iPods.
I read and researched transmitter/chargers for iPods on the Internet in general and Amazon in specific. With all of the negative product reviews on pretty much any device, I was hesitant, but felt that the Griffin 4031-RDGC gave us the best shot.
It worked great! We only ever had to switch frequencies up or down 4 times in a week, never had any interference problems to speak of, and our trip always takes us through the entire Chicago metro area, from the south shores of Lake Michigan through the Northwest Tollway corridor up through Rockford and Madison before reaching our destination. I set it on 88.1 for most of the trip, moving to 88.3 now and again.
Now that we're back home, the RDGC has permanently been in the car, and there are no problems with vibration or reception. We're much happier with the music and our CDs are much happier not being slung around the car.Griffin 4031-RDGC RoadTrip FM Transmitter and Car Charger for iPod (Charcoal)