Pros I have been looking for a way to enjoy my iPod at work and in my car, sans headphones-I'd tried the cassette adapter (only good in the car)- some quality loss, needed to crank up the volume to hear much,long cord to tangle up. I tried an iRock!, but wher
Cons had to think awhile for this- setting the stations isn't instantly intuitive, but actually reading the instructions took care of that... ; )
Pros Tiny, easy to pack
Cons Barely worked
Summary I bought this in Sept. 2006 and used it for the first time on a six hour car trip in Oct. 2006. I could not make it work at all. I didn't bring the instructions because when I tried it out at home, it seemed simple enough and it worked. Once I reached my destination, I found an electronics store and read through the instructions again. It worked sometimes during the six hours back to the airport, but mostly it did not work. I kept thinking it was something I was doing. From that trip through Sept. 2007, I continued to try it when on a car trip. It hardly worked. After calling Griffin, I found out that since I bought it at Target and no longer had the receipt, they couldn't help me. I don't know about most people, but I shop at Target a few times a month, and I don't keep my receipts. I have now purchased an FM transmitter for my Ipod by another manufacturer. I just returned from a 2100 cross country road trip. It worked flawlessly. I had no problems with it at all. I probably should have contacted Griffin earlier, but I kept thinking I was doing something wrong. However, I can't believe they would not help me without the receipt. Maybe my iTrip was defective, however, without help from them, all I know is that it didn't work and I wouldn't recommmend it.
Pros Great audio clarity
Cons May have problems in car radio for major metros
Summary iTrip FM transmitter run time:
Seems to run about 4-5 hours on a fully
charged iPod at 3/4 volume setting.
Other notes: The more remote you are on the
highway, the less interference from other signals;
the better the sound.
Sometimes the 'fit' of the attachment isn't perfect
and you have to give it a 'love tap' on the
left corner of the iTrip to set it in place.
I'm impressed with the sound quality whether it's
on my car radio or on the reference system
in my home. I use full AIFF files, as opposed, it
MP3. I was astonished at the resolution via
the FM signal when compared to the same
audio file being played, via CD,
through a $ 1,500 CD player. It maintained
at least 80 % of the audio quality. That is amazing
and explains why Stereophile magazine loves
this little gem of a player.
Lastly, I still haven't gotten it to program a
different frequency. I haven't gotten the three
quick flashes yet, it's probably just me.Updated
You MUST have tyhe iPod volume at
atleast 3/4 max or the signal is not
strong enough. Alternatively, at
maximum volume you begn to get
distortion. This is a significant
Pros Compact, great design, works great
Cons Not as good as direct connections
Summary Well, I read the previous reviews, and was somewhat leary about trying this unit out for my ipod mini, but for $25, and the ability to return, figured I'd give it a go.
I had an iRock! model up until now. Perhaps due to it's limited frequency selection (here in DC, the 88.10 - 88.70 band is actually pretty full) or perhaps due to it's quality overall, I found it all but useless. Had to move it all over the car to get a signal, and then it would fade in and out with a lot of hiss. Plus, the bulky and relatively large design was a pain. Had to carry it around, stuff it someplace when not it use, just bothersome. Plus, it turned on too easily when stored in say, a glove compartment, so batteries were always dead. Based on this unit, don't know why I had the courage to try another.
Well, can tell you, all is peaches and cream now! The default frequency of the iTrip worked wonderfuly right out of the box. I see others had issues with having to change frequencies, but don't really think 87.9 is a commonly used one. And, unless you are driving in a bee line someplace, it should remain open, or at least it does for me.
And true, to change a frequency, you probably should pull over for a minute, about the same concept as using your cell phone. And I see other units have screens to show frequency, but must say, I agree that the iTrip is so aesthetically pleasing that I can put up with this minor issue.
And no, it does not sound as good as hard wiring to a unit. But, if you could do that, I assume you would - meaning one buys this type of unit because they have to to get the tunes over the air. Fade outs are all but absent and always brief.
Be warned though, reviewers seem to say that this boy doesn't seem to effect the ipod battery much, but I found it's use drains the battery down pretty quickly, perhaps due to having to have the ipod set at about 80% of max volume.
At $25, and because it works very well, this bad boy is a no brainer!
"Terrible, background noise is completeley unacceptable, cannot line it up accuratly with my radio si"on by vivien13
Pros none, unless you are deaf
Cons where do I begin