Pros The ability to charge devices with a usb cable and a line output alternative. Remote control better to avoid distractions, in principle
Cons Bad FM transmitter for heavily populated cities, remote control hard to fix, difficult to change between presets.
Summary I've had been (trying to ) using the the DLO deluxe for 2 months now:
- In theory is a great product,as the remote control keeps you from having to reach the iPod. But, fixing the position of the control remote is troublesome and I ended up more distracted by it than what reaching for the iPod while waiting on a red light would have causen.
- My car has it's original stereo, without the possibility of audio input. Therefore, the FM is, as of now, the only way I had. The ability to be used with a line input is great for it's "portability" value to be used in other cars, coming in rescue in the case the product's value approaches 0 as it's FM transmitter is no good for your area.
..which leads me to the next point. In case you were wandering, there's no use in my city for this FM transmitter.
(I live in Buenos Aires, a big city with lots of authorized and not frequencies used. My stereo, when in "finding mode" doesn't jump more than 0,4mhz at any frequency and there are only few of those 0,4mhz jumps, implying a frequency 0,2mhz away from a station)
No radio it's good for different times of the day or for more than 10 blocks. Finding a new good station requires step by step operation of both the radio and the DLO, so it's not possible while driving. Also, switching to another preset is not possible via the remote control, and I found difficult to remember that pressing the "up" button leads you to a main menu while the "down" button changes the presets, that's a counterintuitive menu they put on this device.
I tried removing the antenna and the situation got a little better. It reaches bare usability if you touch the device ( i.e. acting as a ground conector). Yesterday, I went to another city, but it only worked well being in rural areas in between, and not even in populated suburbs.
- Another caveat is its volume. Even using it in the higher preset and pumping up the voume in my Nano, I had to raise the radio's volume from 9 to 15 to have the same level than with a local FM radio, does this have something to do with transmition power?
- As for the quality, I wouldn't know its potential, as I've never had clear signals. My main purpouse was to listen to podcast instead of local radio, and for vocal it seemed OK, for listening to music, as expected in this devices, quality seemed subpar.