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Scosche FM-MOD02 Universal Audio Input FM Modulator for iPod, Satellite Radio or Portable Music Player
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- FM modulator plays any source through your car's FM receiver
- Adds an auxiliary minijack and RCA inputs to your system
- Two modulation frequencies (87.9, 88.3)
- Includes 3.5mm stereo cable for your MP3 player
- On/off switch
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Basically, if your car's head unit (radio/CD player) doesn't come with a built-in external auxiliary port, you have four options to connect your MP3 player: (1) FM wireless, (2) FM wired, (3) aux port (if available), or, (4) a new radio.
Option (1) is useless; as to option (2), the Scosche FM modulator is probably the cheapest one you can find. There are some better FM modulators (eg, with 8 programmable freqs), but they are quite a bit more expensive. Options (3) or (4), which are also more expensive, offer much better quality. If sound quality is important to you and you're willing to spend the extra cash, look into hooking up through the aux port (if your car has it) or replacing the HU (these days, fairly decent radio/CD/MP3 players are not very expensive).
If you go for this FM modulator, there are a few things you should be aware of.
First, the device consists of the modulator itself and a (very) cheap plastic switch housing, containing the switch which turns the device on and a 3.5 mm female jack for audio input. The housing connects to the modulator via a Molex connector (for the switch) and two RCA jacks (for the audio input). The wires connecting the switch housing to the modulator are insulated, but unsightly and you definitely do not want them exposed. (You connect the MP3 player via the provided 3.5 mm male-to-male cable.) If you listen to the radio, you will likely need access to the switch, because reception of AM and some FM stations can be severely degraded with the modulator on.
Second, mine came with absolutely no instructions or diagrams, and Scosche provides no support on their web site.Read more ›
UPDATE: After using this product for a few months, I noticed a slight and constant hum when the volume is turned down. This is only noticeable when the vehicle is idling or moving at a very low speed. Once you get going, most of the other noises in the car drowns out this hum. Just wanted to point this out to make sure I did not mislead any one. I would not change my rating because of this issue as it still performs to its intended purpose.
This is a low-cost solution for cars with no AUX input. I use it with my garmin 660 GPS with MP3 player. No more CD burning.
1. Sound Quality:
is better than cassette adapters and MUCH better than wireless FM Transmitteres,
but expect a lower sound quality comparing to Cds and clear local FM radio stations.
Depending on how easy to find a power source and to uninstall your car radio to get an access to the antena input.
3. power button is great , it turns off the whole unit not only the outlet , to give a chance in case you want to switch to a local station with the same preset frequency. remember to stick the AUX input at a lower level of your dash to avoid the strong beam that comes from green power button( seen in picture) at night.
4. it by pass other FM stations with or without turning the device off ( great advantage, I remember I had to turn my sirious radio off that worked on the same idea to cut the interruption) in other words you still can switch between your assigned station for this unit and your local FM radio stations without having to turn off the device.
5. reasonable price comparing to my local audio store.
6. the humming sound is not a big deal as I drive a compact car with some road noise.
In my case I have a 2005 Suzuki Aerio SX with no AUX input. It took me an hour to:
a. remove the two plastic covers on both sides of the radio. warm the car inerior first to make it easy to pull them out from the dash.
b. un screw FOUR screws of the radio.
c. three screws for the storage to get an access to the cigarette lighter outlet.
d.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Installed it on my 01 Saab 9-3 with the power coming from the amp. Still going strong! Best mod to an old car, ever.Published 1 month ago by CaptainBrown
I love the idea of this, but I got really bad reception, so never used it much.Published 2 months ago by JtBeck
I've had this installed for about 8 months now. Heres what I can tell you.
Pros: easy installation if you're familiar with car audio wiring. Read more
The quality of the audio was poor and there was a hiss in the background. It was worse than my current modulator. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Baldbaby
Shipped exactly as described. I didn't think too much of the electrical tape used to bundle some of the wires together. Read morePublished 5 months ago by David S