Pros Unit plugs directly into lighter, ease of use, auto off and on, 3 presets, full FM spectrum
Cons Have not found any yet
Summary Well, this is my sixth different FM transmitter for my MP3 player and I finally found one that simply works. I travel for work and was disappointed that I could not find one that worked around bigger cities. I was constantly trying to find a station that would work without static. Needless to say, it adversely affected my ability to drive safely and therefore avoid a confrontation with local law enforcement. I’m not saying the ticket is the fault of the faulty FM transmitters, but that’s pretty much what I was thinking at the time. Many of them also only cover four radio stations, not allowing the entire FM spectrum.
I finally bought the iRiver AFT-100 right before another trip to a fairly large city. The first thing I noticed was that I didn’t have to find someplace to stash the unit itself since it plugs directly into the lighter. Sweet! Next was the cool display and ease of programming the three preset buttons from any station within the FM spectrum. How cool is that. I futzed (technical term for “screwed around with”) the radio until I found 3 stations that seemed unused, set the preset buttons, plugged in my ZEN Micro, and off I went.
Once I turned the volume on the ZEN down to half, no static. Being a Network Engineer, I am always a little skeptical when something works the way it should. Call it a hazard of my profession. But there it was, it just worked. One of the three stations went in and out, but I changed to one of the other two with the push of two buttons and, voila, no more static. Since then I have had it all over and it just works, simple, no complications, no fuss.
One big plus is the "Auto on and off" feature. The unit turns on when it senses audio and turns off after 30 seconds of no signal. Even if your lighter stays powered when the car is turned off, this will not drain your battery and therefore make you sad tomorrow morning.
Usually I point out the flaws of a product along with the strengths, but this product is simple and it works. I don’t have any negatives to say. Maybe they could offer automatic frequency scanning to pick up the three best possible stations. OK, let’s not push it for under $50.
"The One 2 get!"on by Hromika
Pros Reception & Full FM band
Cons It is exactly what they say it is. no cons..
Summary This basicly has everything you need in a FM x-mitter. Full FM freaquency (better reception), auto signal sensing (auto turns on when it detects a signal)and a good price.
Pros I've had mine for about a week and it works great. Plug it in and pick a channel and away you go. I live in a pretty big city so I was suprised that there wasn't alot of interference. I've been using this in conjunction with a Zen Xtra 40GB and I could
Pros Clearest signal, Gets all the bass and treble without static. Visible illuminated blue display for when in use. Snugly held in place for safer driving. No magic wand waving to get clear signal.
Cons Makes wife nag to get one for her car too.
Summary No Static, good range of stations to dial through. It has 3 programmable channels for quick change. I haven't had the need to change from the one I programmed.
I too had the Belkin II Tunecrap. What a waste of money. I found that apart from getting horrible static, the Belkin II is not safe for driving, you have to pick it up and tune it, or wave it around like a magic wand against the radio to get some clear transmission, AND dragging my IPOD around inside the car. (notice, eyes are not on the road at this point).
With the Iriver AFT-100, it's always in one place, snugly in the ligther socket. My IPOD doesn't get dragged around, and no waving of the magic wand in hopes of catching fairy dust.
Recommendation: This is it for FM Transmission, It's the next best thing to hardwire.
PS: I also tried the 75 bucks Monster FM Tuner, another wand. Too much for the price, but good if u like one with IPOD charger built in to the end of the cable.
Pros Clear and Quality Transmission. Easy to change to any FM frequency. NO Batteries.
Cons I can't find any cons.
Summary I purchased a Belkin TuneCast II originally and was VERY disappointed. Even on no/low signal frequencies there was static, dropouts and the audio quality was poor. It also ate up batteries quickly. The iRiver is just the opposite. Even on used frequencies it sends a strong and clear signal. It has a great back-lit display that is readable even in sunlight. Easy to change freqs, plenty of cable to reach my mp3 player and the automatic on/off audio sensor is great for those with lighter plugs that remain on when car is turned off. I use it with a Creative Zen Touch 20Mb player and I am in music heaven. iRiver hit a homerun with this one! First time users; vary your mp3 player output to find the best sound.Updated
***note*** I am using a 20GB MP3 player not a 20MB lol.