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Subject: Re: FM transmitters
From: Richard Klein (rich_at_richardklein.org)
Date: 2004-06-03


Gary wrote:

> What is the best FM transmitter you have tried for the car? I bought a $25 panasonic, but it didnt work well at all, so I took it back.
>
> Gary

I got two different ones off ebay: some brand I've never heard of (I
forgot the name) and a Belkin.

There are two differences:
-The Belkin looks nicer (IMO)
-The power button on the Belkin is smaller and harder to push by
accident. I killed a pair of batteries in the off-brand unit the first
day by accidentally turning the power on.

Other than that, they were essentially identical:
-Both take 2 AAA batteries
-Both offer the same choice of 4 frequencies
-Both run about the same amount of time on a pair of batteries (about 2
weeks of commuting, whatever that works out to)
-Both have essentially the same signal strength (weak)
-Both have the same, generally poor, audio quality. Strangely, they
actually sound okay once in a while, but it's not due to signal or
battery strength.

I'm not an audiophile and don't think I have a particularly discerning
ear, but I've been disappointed with the sound quality of the FM
transmitters. Still, I use them. I suppose they're worth $5 or so.

-- Rich

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