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    I was at Target today and decided to try a cheap (17 bucks) Sonic Impulse FM transmitter. I'm finding it next to worthless, the reception is horrible.

    Can anyone offer advice on a good FM transmitter? Thanks!
    Last edited by pdxdude; 02/23/2005 at 12:26 AM.
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    After some googling, I'm down to a few options. Any experience with these or any others?

    Arkon
    http://www.arkon.com/links.html

    RoadTrip
    http://eshop.macsales.com/Catalog_It...em=NWTROADTRIP

    iTrip
    http://www.griffintechnology.com/pro...trip/index.php

    the iTrip has a bad review here:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/Reviews/Fr...ries/ipod.html
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    Today I tried the Arkon Sound Feeder 250 (30 bucks at a local Fred Meyer). It is better than the Sonic Impulse, but the transmitter is still not nearly powerful enough. When I do get a clear signal with no static, the sound quality is very disappointing considering it is the most expensive of the Arkons. It might be half way decent for home use, but not for a car.

    Anyone tried a RoadTrip or any others? I saw a Belkin advertised to iPod users at Target I thought I might try next.

    btw, the reasons I want an FM transmitter are:

    1) my car stereo has no aux input (it can be modified though, which I may end up doing)

    2) I like the idea of easily moving the setup to other vehicles
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    Try out the iRock FM Transmitter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TR30
    Have you used this? ONe of friends had the "Monster" one and said it was garbage, too much static.
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    If you've got a cassette player in your car, you should use a cassette adaptor for more better and more consistent sound quality. Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, an FM transmitter is only as good as an unoccupied frequency, which is difficult in most urban areas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NRG
    Have you used this? ONe of friends had the "Monster" one and said it was garbage, too much static.
    I have owned the original iRock since it first came out.
    It works fine, it eats "AAA" batts, haven't used the new one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acousticbiker
    If you've got a cassette player in your car, you should use a cassette adaptor for more better and more consistent sound quality. Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, an FM transmitter is only as good as an unoccupied frequency, which is difficult in most urban areas.
    No cassette player. Yeah, I'm starting to come to the conclusion that I won't be satisfied with any FM transmitter. From what I've read, the FM modulators, on the other hand, which connect directly to the antenna of the stereo, are near CD quality. But in my case, if I'm going to open up the dash to install a modulator, I might as well install an AUX port. I think the modulator would be the best choice for stereos that don't have or can't easily be modified to accept an AUX port (and don't have a cassette player).
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    Quote Originally Posted by NRG
    Have you used this? ONe of friends had the "Monster" one and said it was garbage, too much static.
    Yup, I got one. The static is not as bad as the other ones I've tried. Plus, this model has the DC car adapter so you don't have to use up your battery.

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