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White 110
4th November 2006, 01:20 PM
Having recently joined the i-pod brigade I was wondering if anyone has any experience of those FM transmitter things that claim you can play your i-pod through the car stereo?

OK, so I'm not expecting Hardon Karmon sound quality in a 110, but wandering around Harvey Norman there appears a variety of FM Transmitters to choose from at a variety of prices and all claiming to do the same thing.

Checking out other formums on the subject people either love them to pieces or they don't work and think they're a piece of c^ap. I'm talking Belkin, Griffin, i-Trip etc.

Judging by the response to the "What's your Preferred Music" thread I hope someone out there already has one installed and working. Any preferences?

4th November 2006, 02:12 PM
Hi White 110, first off where is the arial in your 110.

I got an iPod 3 years ago, used it for about 1 month and then gave it to my daughter.

Sitting in the driveway at home, the thing was great and after a trip out west, I reckoned I was set.


A few weeks after the trip out west I did a trip from the Gold Coast to Sydney.

Every 30 minutes to an hour, I would have to stop and find another clear station and once I got close to Sydney, well I gave up and on returning home, I gave the iPod away.

The biggest problem in my case was that the arial in the RR is in a rear side window and the distance between it and the iPod played havoc with reception.

I started with the iTrip and then bought a Belkin and that allowed me to run a cable from the iPod back to the Belkin, which I had sitting next to the rear window.

This solved most problems but if the station had to be changed, I had to pull up and get out to do it.

What a total load of BS.

Now on the other hand, my daughter absolutely love’s it and never has a problem but then again, see rarely drives anywhere other than on the Gold Coast so once she had a clear station, she stuck with it.


4th November 2006, 02:13 PM
Mate try the FM minimitter from jaycar, it plugs into anything with a standard 3.5mm stereo out jack so your not limited to just Ipods but can jack in everything from your DVD player and I pod to your Laptop, mobile phone or GPS.

Theres a couple of models, the ready made job is good for about 40m on a good pair of AAA's (i use rechargables) and there is a DIY kit that can be jiggered to run off of 12vdc and then up to tx for 100m.

4th November 2006, 02:17 PM
I use my Ipod with a Pioneer head unit which has a Pioneer Ipod control that plugs into the back of the unit. Autobahn had the controllers on special a while back for $129.00. Bought a Belkin FM transmitter unit to use in my wifes car but have not taken it out of the box yet.
I read in a thread ages ago about someone using a Griffin Itrip and they were happy with that. The person that sold me the Belkin said he personally owns one and it works ok.


4th November 2006, 02:57 PM
G'day White 110,

I tried the FM transmitters shortly after I got my iPod Nano and was not impressed. It certainly didn't help that I have metallic window tint on all my vehicles, as that really stuffs up reception.

However from a previous MP3 player that I had there was a "travel kit" that included a cassete with a wire that connected to any Stereo out line. You would then put the cassette in your car radio and Bob's yer Uncle, crystal clear sound with no worries about changing frequencies.


If / when I upgrade my radio in the Defender I will look at getting a radio with a dedicated iPod / aux in port on the front, otherwise I'm more than happy with my "travel kit" :D

An example of the "travel kit" can be found here: http://www.pcmall.com/pcmall/shop/detail~dpno~404158.asp (http://www.pcmall.com/pcmall/shop/detail%7Edpno%7E404158.asp)

Though I'm sure if you look around locally you'll find something.

4th November 2006, 03:06 PM
We tried a couple, one a Belkin, the other from AerPro.

The Belkin had continual problems with interference from radio stations - we could never find a channel which stayed clear for long. The car aerial in the tinted window at back of the car in the Subaru didn't help.

We tried the AerPro unit which plugged into the cigarette lighter accepted the USB memory stick from my wife's MuVo and every time you turned the ignition off then back on, the bloody thing would start playing from the first track again.

Also, like the Belkin, it needed coninual tuning to avoid stations.


4th November 2006, 04:19 PM
An other possibility is if your stereo has aux inputs at the back pull it out and plug in a dual rca to headphone jack cord in and tuck it somewhere. I did this when I put in new stereo on the off chance that I might want it later on.

Didn't actually work when I tried it with friend's ipod, but this was when I was worrying more about head gasket and blocked fuel lines, so I didn't actually explore further than plugging and trying to play.


4th November 2006, 04:58 PM
After no end of trouble with Belkin units I just bought a Monster Cable FM transmitter from JB HiFi. very good so far, reception is clear and it is easy to program the station into.

5th November 2006, 01:24 PM
I wouldn't bother with the FM transmitter and get it hard-wired in with an adaptor if you can. I have mine wired to a Kenwood head unit and the iPod stays in the cubby box out of harms way. You can then select and browse your music library on the head unit.

5th November 2006, 07:30 PM
I wouldn't bother with the FM transmitter and get it hard-wired in with an adaptor if you can. I have mine wired to a Kenwood head unit and the iPod stays in the cubby box out of harms way. You can then select and browse your music library on the head unit.

Any pics solmanic?

5th November 2006, 07:33 PM
I got one off ebay for 1 cent and $5 postage that plugged into the 12 volt jack and it worked beautifully until the mp3 player died:D

White 110
6th November 2006, 08:21 AM
Thanks for the advice everyone. As I said people either love 'em or hate 'em.

Having a standard LR rad/cass of 1996 vintage there's a lack of plug-in aux plugs etc. Arial in the from wing on driver's side.

Quite like the Grizzly Adam's cassette idea.

Thanks again.

6th November 2006, 11:55 AM
We have a 'cygnett' which is passable, just. But it chews thru batteries.
The Disco has a radio/CD only so it (the transmitter) has to be when we're in the mighty 4wd. But the signal is ummm, 'iffy'.

The AU has a radio cassette and the cassette adapter, (as shown earlier)
which is much better (and can play other things we have with a 3.5 mm stereo connector, like the laptop computer/DVD).

If I had a cassette player in the car, I'd go for the adapter.

Cheers, GQ

6th November 2006, 11:57 AM
Any pics solmanic?

Here you go - I also started a thread on cockpit mods so I might post them there as well...

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/ (http://imageshack.us)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/ (http://imageshack.us)
https://www.aulro.com/afvb/ (http://imageshack.us)

6th November 2006, 07:34 PM
Crikey how neat is that cubby box? Just the logbook/manual and the iPod. Mine is an absolute tip. It gives me the shirts actually. I might clean it out again this very night. But I seem to need everything...

7th November 2006, 09:07 AM
It does fill up with stuff when I'm on a trip... honestly.

9th November 2006, 01:27 PM
check this one out, looks interesting....


CES 2007: Monster iCarPlay Wireless 200 FM Transmitter (http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/ces-2007-monster-icarplay-wireless-200-fm-transmitter-213458.php)

http://www.gizmodo.com/assets/resources/2006/11/icarplay.jpgThis iPod FM transmitter from Monster landed an innovation award from CES. Whaaa...? An iPod accessory landing an innovation award? Bullhookey, I tell you. This FM transmitter is a bit different than the average iPod FM transmitter. It has an AutoScan that will automatically scan all of the FM networks to find the clearest one to work with your iPod, and it will also display the station information on the actual iPod screen itself. Add in charging functionality and 3 programmable buttons makes this device pretty damn nice (except the $100 price tag). – Travis Hudson
(http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/ces-2007-monster-icarplay-wireless-200-fm-transmitter-213458.php)Product Page (http://monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=4115) [Monster]


9th November 2006, 01:43 PM
I have a great one from K-mart Get them in JB hi fi too. Bougt one and went round aus with it in the 90 , now have two now . One for the comany ute
Use it everyday.
It is a fm transmitter with 4 channels to chose from. and has a USB charger on it as well. So can charge the ipod at the same time. Get them in a range of colours.
Cost only $30. Ideal thing , sent one to my brother in the UK as they don't get them there. WQe have two so that they live in the cars and we take our own Ipods with us when we drive the cars. I don't like the crap my wife listerns to and she hates the music i listern to



9th November 2006, 04:02 PM
I have a Jaycar one that I plug into a portable CD player and play it through the car radio. Works good but does need to be tuned in on station every now & then.

13th November 2006, 04:39 PM
G'day All, I have an I-pop yep an I-pop, I pop a small transistor radio in my top pocket, works good all the time :D :D , yeah i do have a thingmebob mp3 thing but it's a pia too bloody complicated, the tranny uses 2 AA batteries how simple is that, maybe I'm just an old grumpy ba****d I dont care anyway cheers Dennis:wasntme:
PS yes it was.