Product Type: Exspect in Car Audio
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Play your iPod in your car.
Exspect FM Transmitter - iPod / MP3
Member Name: jeffjen
Exspect FM Transmitter - iPod / MP3
Advantages: Cheap price, easy to set up and use, works well unless travelling on long journeys.
Disadvantages: Intereference becomes a problem if travelling out of an approx 40 mile radius from starting point.
Although many cars now come equipped with a suitable input to connect your iPod, my own car unfortunately does not have this facility. So when my daughter bought this in-car FM transmitter for us both to share in our cars, I was keen to try it out.
These devices transmit the output from an iPod stereo on a radio frequency picked up by your car radio, thus enabling you to listen to your iPod in your car with the sound coming from your car speakers.
I must admit I had heard about these transmitters, but hadn't really given them any thought, thinking that it would be really technical to use one.
My daughter however, promised me it would be easy and indeed the information on the front of the box that this particular Exspect transmitter came in, promised that this device is a simple plug and play design and perfect for all users regardless of their technical know-how.
Sounded good to me!
Our Exspect In-Car FM Transmitter was purchased from HMV a few months ago and cost £12.99 which both myself and my daughter felt was a reasonable price to pay and if it turned out to not be very good then it would not have been a lot of money wasted.
It is suitable fro iPod Nano, Classic and Touch as well as iPods and iPhones and works with any 3.5mm port. Small and compact, the transmitter comes with an in-car charger.
Connecting the device didn't pose any problems and it was as easy as the information on the box promised it would be.
All you have to do is plug the power lead into your car's cigarettes lighter, then connect both the FM transmitter and your iPod to the lead. The FM frequency will be displayed on the screen of the small transmitter when powered. You then select a channel on your car radio and it is best to use one which is empty and available. Once you have done this, you then tune the transmitter to match the selected frequency, this is done by pressing the + or - key on the transmitter until it matches. You should then be able to play the tracks stored on your iPod through your car's entertainment system.
The transmitter is powered by the car power adaptor, but it does not charge your iPod.
As well as written instructions there are also four diagrams illustrated which show you just how easy it all is to connect, so if you are someone who gets baffled by written instructions, it is really easy to connect the transmitter by following the clear diagrams included too.
I must admit using the transmitter was actually far easier than I had imagined. I thought there may be problems finding and matching a frequency, but there wasn't any and the device was connected within a couple of minutes and the tracks playing from my iPod were audible from my car speakers. I was impressed!
Having used this transmitter a number of times now I can say that it is a very handy device to have, but I have found that it works best when I am simply driving around my local area as once you are out of the frequency you have selected, then you begin to hear interference and radio stations coming through on your speakers and of course you cannot be fiddling around changing frequencies whilst driving.
A couple of months ago we went for a short break in the Lake District and I found that the transmitter was fine, even whilst driving 40 miles down the A1, but as soon as we turned off onto the A66 leading to the Lake District we began to experience static. I fiddled about changing the frequency as my partner was driving and managed to succesfully find another channel. However, this would only work for a couple of minutes it seemed before we were once again experiencing interference from radio stations. It got so bad I had to turn it off as the nearer we got to the Lake District the worse it became, until we couldn't find anyway of listening to the ipod via the transmitter any longer without constantly changing frequencies every couple of minutes and even then some interference was always audible. I simply didn't have the patience to keep constantly fiddling with it.
The performance therefore of these transmitters is highly dependant on where you are travelling and how cluttered the FM band is in that area, so you must bear in mind that an unoccupied and interference-free frequency at the beginning of a journey is unlikely to stay that way if you are travelling a good number of miles.
When the transmitter is performing well however, I find the quality and sound of the music to be just as good as listening to the car radio, cd player etc. For travelling in your local area then I do think these transmitters are a great purchase and also I have found it possible to travel over 40 miles before experiencing any interference, so they are a worthwhile purchase in my opinion. Also I travelled to another city once and although I had to change the frequency once, it was then fine until I reached my destination. It was only in amongst the mountain landscape of the Lake District that I have experienced any real problems so far.
The Expect In-Car Transmitter is still available from branches of HMV and also from their online store. Ours cost £12.99, but it is worth pointing out that this model is currently available from Amazon priced at just £8.79 with free delivery.
Summary: A cheap little gadget enabling you to listen to you iPod whilst driving.
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