Not really 4x4, BUT

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 16:56
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I know there must be heaps of fellow 4x4s out there that have those Apple ipods!
My question.... Do you lose MUCH sound quality using the fm. modulator thingi? thats the bit that enables you to play it through the truck sound system.. Iwent too the 'WOW' shop today [bloody great place 4 'toys'] & the salesman saidthis does happen, but maybe he just wanted to sell me an mp3 player [more money] Anyone out there that can confirm or deny?? Thanks in advance..

Phil
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 17:50

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 17:50
Phil,

I was trying to get away from using discs on big trips and had thought about the use of I Pod for music storage. My wife and Daughter have got I River IPODs and I thought of using this but required a FM modulator thing.

I went into a accessory shop to ask about them and after talking to the sales boy he put me onto a new car radio that has a USB port. Now I can have music on a Memory Stick which plugs in or use the I River via the USB cable. No drop in sound quality.

As for your question on sound quality I think it would lose a bit but have not had first hand experence.

Wayne

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Follow Up By: Member - Phil [Sunshine Coast] - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:02

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:02
Giday Wayne,
Thanks for that, it is another way to go, I can,t keep up !! Wot sort of $$ 4 that set up? radio & mem. stick. If I don,t hurry up it will be obsolete! thanks ............ Phil
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:06

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:06
Phil,

Radio less than $200 and the memory stick will depend on the size. Saw one today 1GB for $169.

Wayne
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Reply By: Bob - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:01

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:01
You have 2 systems to transfer the signal from your iPod to your car radio.
If you have a tape deck you can get a wired device that has an end like a dummy casette tape.
Plug it in and play.
Otherwise get an FM transmitter by Belkin.
Plugs into the top of the iPod and transmits the signal up to 25 metres in good conditions, no problem in car.
Numerous frequencies to choose from.
Sometimes you can get interference from a radio station if you are on a close frequency.
In either case the sound is as good as your radio, CD quality if you have a good souns system.

Regards
Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil [Sunshine Coast] - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:12

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:12
Bob,
It sounds like your sec. option is the way to go,I had read on here a few months ago that someone had up to 5 trucks goin at once around the campsite from the 1 ipod . So as long as the sound is still alright I,ll stick with my oridiginal planThanks 4 your input.
Phil
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:33

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:33
ITrip.

Plugs into the top of the iPod.

I use mine ALL of the time in the car. Quality is.... okay. You can only have the iPod's volume up to 75%, otherwise distortion will occur.

Wolfie
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Reply By: dp - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:43

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 18:43
The salesman is telling a half truth as even though you do lose some quality a car is actually acousticly a terrible place and in the real world the loss isn't really noticable. The wonderful frequency responses claimed for audio gear in cars are a bit of a joke as you can't produce bottom end frequencys in a car.......and most of us have long since lost most of our top end hearing.
However thouse little transmitters don't half chew through batteries.
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil [Sunshine Coast] - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 19:20

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 19:20
Thanks Wolfie & Dp,
Does that mean Wolfie, that the volume is gov. by the ipod & not the sterio? & I THINK those modulators can be powered via cig.lighter[dp]
Great responses ,great site, bin here every 2/3 days for 3 yrs,Its amazin the depth of knowledge & experience out there!!
Phil..
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Follow Up By: Lone Wolf - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 19:31

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 19:31
No, volume is still governed by your stereo. The iPod is set at 75 %, this is the optimum setting for FM transmissions.

If you plug the iPod into the Belkin Cig Lighter, and place it in the really neato Belkin cup holder thingy, you are really set!!!

Wolfie
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Reply By: allaussie - Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 19:41

Tuesday, Mar 22, 2005 at 19:41
Phil i have a fm mod and it works well with my dvd player and it plays mp3 have had no troubles with it at all because you have 5 channels to choose from so if a local radio station comes in you just change to the next freq ok cheers chris
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