Roadtrip!+ FM Transmitter + iPod Charger

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Roadtrip!+ FM Transmitter + iPod Charger


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iPod FM transmitters are a quick and easy way to iPod-enable your wheels and relatively inexpensive at ~$14-$35. So the question becomes not whether you should buy an iPod FM transmitter, but WHICH one you should buy. (Hardcore audiophiles will scoff and claim you have to hardwire your iPod to your car stereo, but for 99% of people an iPod FM transmitter's quality is good enough.)

Some factors to consider include: FM transmitter range, sound quality, user-selectable FM frequency, clean & elegant design with minimal wiring, and finally the ability to simultaneously charge your iPod while your using it.
Newer Technology's RoadTrip!+ FM Modulator + iPod Charger car kit (photo to left) passes all of these tests with flying colors - except one. It doesn't let you change the FM frequency. This is only a minor inconvenience since the RoadTrip!+ FM Modulator iPod car kit uses a relatively unused area of the FM dial - namely 87.9FM (virtually all the way to the left on the old manual FM dial).

I tested the RoadTrip FM Transmitter both with my 3000GT (power antenna) and my Dodge Viper (window wire antenna). The RoadTrip!+ FM Modulator worked flawlessly in both cases and I was very impressed with the sound quality. Part of the reason for the excellent sound quality was the fact that it connects 'digitally' to the iPod's Firewire port for a 100% digital connection. Some iPod FM transmitters instead connect to the iPod's headset output jack which has lesser sound quality. Overall, I was quite pleased with this product and would recommend it.

The RoadTrip!+ retails for $27.95 and is compatible with third- and fourth-generation, photo and mini versions of Apple Computer's iPod.

Here are some other great iPod FM Transmitters:

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Griffin Technology 4031-RDGC RoadTrip FM Transmitter & Auto Charger and Cradle for iPod (Charcoal)
Griffin Technology 4031-RDGC RoadTrip FM Transmitter & Auto Charger and Cradle for iPod (Charcoal)
Buy new: $89.99 $53.49
49 Used & new from $42.95
In Stock
2. 
Griffin Technology 4030-ROAD RoadTrip FM Transmitter & Auto Charger and Cradle for iPod
Griffin Technology 4030-ROAD RoadTrip FM Transmitter & Auto Charger and Cradle for iPod
Buy new: $89.99 $54.98
45 Used & new from $49.89
3. 
Griffin RoadTrip/FM Transmitter, Auto Charger and Cradle for iPod
Griffin RoadTrip/FM Transmitter, Auto Charger and Cradle for iPod
Buy new: $56.93
3 Used & new from $52.99
In Stock
4. 
Newer Technology RoadTrip FM Transmitter
Newer Technology RoadTrip FM Transmitter
Buy new: $14.99
In Stock
5. 
FM Transmitter/Auto Charger
Griffin FM Transmitter/Auto Charger
Buy new: $92.60 $81.62
3 Used & new from $59.99
6. 
Griffin 9501-TRIPCB iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Auto Charger for iPod
Griffin 9501-TRIPCB iTrip Auto FM Transmitter and Auto Charger for iPod
Buy new: $106.78
2 Used & new from $69.99



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