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Old 09-11-2007, 12:03 PM
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Ipod Players

I want to play my iPod through my am/FM radio in my streetrod. I bought one of the cheap FM transmitters at Wal Mart that used a single 1.5 V battery it did not work at all. Next level up is quite a bit more money. Has anyone had any sucessful results with the more powerful ( 12VDC) transmitters?? Do you get a lot of interference ( radio noise)?? THANKS DAVE

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Old 09-11-2007, 01:42 PM
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It may just be a bad transmitter. I'd take it back and try another.
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Old 09-11-2007, 01:56 PM
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I have a cheapo cassette decks in both of my cars. (Too many expensive ones stolen) I use a cassette adapter and plug the 1/8" jack into my Ipod and I'm good to go. No interferance, no problems.
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I have one of those no problems with it
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Old 09-11-2007, 07:04 PM
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I have the belkin tunecast II with the power cable to run it from the cigarette lighter, works really well til you get around a big city
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my dad has 1 of the $50 12v cigar lighter mp3 players w/ line in function, to use the fm transmitter part for other devices, we just use the mp3 player itself. works good. always has a tiny bit of noise, he changed ignition to HEI in his truck and it got a little louder, but it's hardly noticable with the volumes adjusted right. ( transmitter down, stereo up )
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Old 09-11-2007, 09:00 PM
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This is one where you get what you pay for. I have two very good players. One is the apple brand cradle that plugs directly into the cig lighter and it works very well, but its been several years since they've sold that exact model. The other is a Monster iCarplay plus. It has good sound quality, but it likes to turn on and off on its own terms. Its a little frightening to be listening to music and all of a sudden you're smacked with loud static.

All of them suck in big cities. That is more of a function of the fact that the FCC limits the transmission wattage of your transmitter and you're competing with 50,000 watt stations putting out dirty signals.
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All of them suck in big cities. That is more of a function of the fact that the FCC limits the transmission wattage of your transmitter and you're competing with 50,000 watt stations putting out dirty signals.


Couldn't you unplug your antenna whilein the bigcitys and it transmit to the radio(since transmitter isonly10 inches or less from your radio) but not pickup the other stuff with no antenna
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I was using one of the cassette adapters with the cord to the iPod. That worked great until the cassette player decided it did not want to accept the adapter anymore. Right now I am using a iPod Docking Station but it only works on DC AA batteries and does not have a high volume output> What other options has anyone tried??? THANKS DAVE
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some cd player/radios for cars have a front 1/8" aux input, some have it on back (like my pioneer does), get a male-male cord with the 1/8" plugs at each end and plug one end into the ipod, the other end into the the aux input. Not wireless, but with creative wire routing (if the aux input is on the back of the unit, run it to the ashtray and store it coiled in there when not in use) it can be really clean.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:29 PM
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The good RF units are pricey.. but living in crowded airways of southern cali and driving into LA.. mine still works... you just have to try different stations to find one clear... still VERY worth the $90 I spent.. and prices dropped...
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some cd player/radios for cars have a front 1/8" aux input, some have it on back (like my pioneer does), get a male-male cord with the 1/8" plugs at each end and plug one end into the ipod, the other end into the the aux input. Not wireless, but with creative wire routing (if the aux input is on the back of the unit, run it to the ashtray and store it coiled in there when not in use) it can be really clean.
Thats the exact way I did it and my head unit is 8 years old. It cost me about 5 dollars at fry's. It would have been less but I needed a 3mm-2.5mm adapter and there is no static .
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THANKS for input. Right now I am using the docking station with batteries. I will make a trip to Fry's to see what is new.... DAVE
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I have a cassette adapter in my Cadillac, but it distorts the sound on the right side.

Audiovox makes a $50 FM modulator that plugs in between the antenna and the radio, and gives you an auxilary input. It disconnects the signal from the antenna when you're using the CD player or Ipod, so there's no interference from FM stations. http://www.logjamelectronics.com/audvoxfmmod.html has more info on it.
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