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Griffin iTrip Universal FM Transmitter and Charger for MP3 Players
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- Compatible with all MP3 players
- Uses built-in, USB-rechargeable lithium-ion battery for hours of play
- Three user-programmable presets save the best frequencies for quick access later
- User-selectable stereo or mono output lets you tailor playback to the recording
- Quick setup and easy frequency selection for fuss-free audio streaming
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Like all of Grifin's iTrip products, iTrip Auto Universal Plus lets you listen to your MP3 player through your car's stereo speakers. We call this one universal because it works with virtually any MP3 player that has a 1/8 (3.5mm) headphone jack. And we call this one Plus because it provides a means for powering and charging your player using your own charge/sync cable and an included USB port on the 12 Volt power adapter.
From the Manufacturer
Griffin's iTrip Universal FM Transmitter and Charger has a cool rechargeable design that plays well with others. It's compatible with any audio source that uses a 3.5-mm headphone jack, including iPod, Sansa, Zune, portable CD players, and more. No more replacing batteries. Recharge iTrip Universal's internal battery in any USB port, and then connect to your player with the included stereo audio cable. Three user-programmable presets save the best frequencies so you can access them quickly later. Select stereo or mono output. Wherever you go, iTrip Universal is the perfect partner for your portable audio.
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Griffin iTrip Auto Universal and owner's manual.
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The tuner is digital and saves presets. The 9volt plug includes a USB jack but it is not a music input like some other transmitters offer, it merely functions as an adapter to charge another device via USB. (Similar to a separate device that inputs into your 9volt and has 1 or 2 USB inputs)
Although The FM transmitter power is a decent strength, unlike other models I have dealt with that have a terrible signal, there are others that cost a little more that have a stronger signal and more functionality i.e. a SD card slot, and a USB jack that you can use any storage device to play music through, such as a flash drive... as well as the 1/8" input.
I have seen similar transmitters go for more and this unit is just as good - however, I've seen others, as I mention above, with more functionality (SD slot/USB plug, etc.) and a stronger signal, as well as a digital display that shows the track info (this unit only shows the station you are using) for 5 - 20 dollars more.
This did, however, save me from buying a new car stereo with a direct AUX input, but I kind of wished I would have paid a little extra for one of the multi-input devices with full LED screen.
Do your comparison shopping and it may be worth it to spend an extra 10 bucks for something like what I mentioned above. The final word on this little guy is that it serves its purpose if you just need one for a cheap price and to play MP3s from a player with an 1/8" output.
Easy to use, and it works with any player. It has three presets to store the stations you have the most success with. The display is nicely backlit, though it only stays on for a few seconds. The cord/antennae is fairly lengthy, and in some cars may need to be wrapped around the gear shifter. It's also really cool that it has a USB charger to top off your MP3 player.
Well, you can probably guess this from the title but I didn't have much luck getting a signal. When I did get one, it sounded fairly good, but the volume on the player and the stereo had to be cranked up. I even tried the trick where you switch to international mode to get access to lower frequencies, but no dice.
After 30 seconds or so, the player goes into a standby mode. It did this for me even though there was sound coming from my player. So what happened when the player shut off? Ear-splitting static filled the car! No matter what station I tuned it to, no matter how I positioned the transmitter, this phenomena reoccured. Very disappointed.
Another minor niggle - in my neck of the woods its been a cold winter. That means gloves are a necessity. Well, the buttons are too small to operate accurately with them on. Again, that problem pales compared to the lack of sound, but its still an issue.
The cable is appropriately long and can be used easily from the driver and passenger seats. If you hand the device to someone in a rear seat without access to an outlet then the cord seems a little short.
Great for the car when you don't want to listen to the radio. On long trips you may have to adjust which station you transmit as you travel and approach new stations.
The little screen is very sensitive to changes in temperatures. If the screen is in a hot car or in the sun then the screen turns completely black and may not work until cooled down. When cool it will work and the numbers will display on the screen.