Product Type: Griffin digital audio accessories
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The Griffin iTrip: Simple, reliable and impressive
Griffin iTrip Black
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Griffin iTrip Black
Advantages: - Sleek design - Small and light - Literally plug and play - Good stream quality
Disadvantages: - Drains iPod battery quickly - Quite expensive
The Griffin iTrip is a breath of fresh air to any iPod owner looking to listen to their tunes on a home stereo, without any hassle or confusion.
It is a very small device which fits into older iPods perfectly through the dock connection. It has a glossy black coating which makes it look very smart, and it is sleek, rounded on the edges and well-designed. Being only a tad thicker than my 4G iPod, it fits very snugly into its base and is flush with the side of the mp3 player. It is also a very light device, not weighing down the iPod or damaging the dock connection in any way.
Impressively, this device works off the iPod battery and hence needs no charging/batteries. This is a key advantage of the iTrip, in that all you need to do is connect it to the iPod for it to turn on. You are then greeted with a black and white LCD display which shows you a radio frequency.
This tool works by transmitting your music through a radio signal. As such, if you pick 94.9FM on the device, your music will be blasted out at this frequency. There is a simple tuning button to the right of the device for changing frequencies, with good response. It is a simple trick to perform, and much less time consuming than purchasing and connecting connectors/cables for the same effect.
The stream quality is brilliant for the most part. At times there will be crackling, or the radio transmission will make its way in, but if you position your iPod adequately prior to use, these problems are easily avoided. The only negative I can see is that it will drain you iPod battery quicker. A lot quicker. Having said that, this is to be expected and would most likely be the case in the pursuit of other solutions. Having used it multiple times, it has worked perfectly and never crashed.
Sadly, it will cost you. Available for just under twenty pounds, it is an expensive bit of tech. But for those looking for a quick, simple solution, this may be an ideal choice.
For me, this was an amazing product. Easy for anyone to plug in and play, all you need is a home stereo with an FM tuner to access your iPod tunes with no need for headphones.
Summary: A must for music fans wanting to wirelessly stream their music through a home stereo.
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