Jaycar FM Transmitter

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 13:55
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Has anyone used or know anyone who has used one of these?

If so, are they any good?

I have done some research both through the archives here and also using the ever trusty google and there seems to be mixed responses in regards to various transmitters in terms of interference and clarity. I am looking to plug it into one of these.

cheers,
Sam.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 14:05

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 14:05
Sam,

Have no experience with that product, but in looking at the specs, I would assume it to be as good as any other comparable product on the market.

The fact that it can receive power from the cigarette socket is good.
Bugger having to change batteries every once in a while.

I have an Extrememac II FM transmitter and charger for the iPod Shuffle and it too runs off the ciggy socket.

The price of the Jaycar FM Transmitter appears competitive.

I would suggest you go for it. If it doesn't do what you expect it to do, you have consumer rights to return it for a refund.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 14:44

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 14:44
Sam

My experience with these things are if you buy a cheap one and try to save money you are not going to be happy with it. I bought a belkin one for around the $35 and it was crap, I thought maybe it was my stereo but I tried it in other cars and got the same result. I ended up getting a ITRIP for the ipod and it works great and I have no complaints anymore. I am not sure what you are going to be running off but if it's for a ipod you can't go wrong with the itrip

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Reply By: H2O - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 14:56

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 14:56
Sam,
I have bought a couple of Ebay for around $20delivered and they also charge a USB MP3 Player as well. There are a few different frequencies that can be chosen and the transmitter is built into the cig plug so very compact. They both work excellent.
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Follow Up By: Pyalong - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 15:49

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 15:49
I agree...Ebay, great place to get one of these...Have bought 2...both great, and cheap...came from hong kong. I have noticed they are starting to sell ones that have unlimited freq's...ie: you set the freq to transmit...my earlier one only had 4 options.
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Reply By: traveller2 - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 15:12

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 15:12
I'll second the post re the FM transmitter that plugs directly into the fag socket, has 14 diff freqs to transmit on and takes a USB drive directly, removes the actual MP3 player completely and no cords. Mine works a treat, we were away down the high country for a fortnight over easter, one 1G USB drive and no problems.
Got mine on ebay from this mob, very prompt service.
See auction no: 9735500724
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Reply By: Nifty1 - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 17:18

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 17:18
Yep, bought one of those. They told me it was the ducks guts. It distorts the sound and is effectively unusable in the car. Steer clear.

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Follow Up By: Peter 2 - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 18:53

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 18:53
Might be faulty? mine has great clear sound. Occasionally you will get interfernce from a radio station but you just change freqs.
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Follow Up By: Nifty1 - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 08:10

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 08:10
Well, that's a thought - I just figured they would all be the same. I didn't have any luck changing frequency or even changing cars. You've shamed me into doing the right thing - I'll take it back! Thanks.
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Reply By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 18:32

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 18:32
I have two EasyMP3 FM transmitters. One for each 4by.

My one has a 1gig flashcard which has 11hours of play time music on it. Both are now 6 months old and no problems at all. Here in the country there arent that many FM Radio stations operating so there is no interference, but you could have problems in large towns and cities. Then you just change the frequency to find a free channel.

Over the past month mine went on some extremely corrugated roads and it never missed a beat. I tried it in all kinds of off road conditions and the continuoius music soothed the stress....lol

Mine cost $69.95 each at Jaycar.

I am very happy with them.
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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 09:28

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 09:28
Willem,

Are these the ones you have?

cheers,
Sam.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 11:51

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 11:51
Sam

Yes, that's them

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Follow Up By: Member - Sam (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 12:05

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 12:05
thanks for that Willem

will go have a captain cook at them today. I like the added flexibility of having the USB drive as well as any other source. There are some nice ones on ebay that are in the states, but I am down to 3 weeks before setting off on my Simpson trek and by the time you pay for shipping, it ends up about the same. Might look at a better one down the track.

cheers,
Sam.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 20:33

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 20:33
Have one and it works great, MP3 plays thru the radio like a pro system
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Reply By: pjchris - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 21:41

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 21:41
I have one and although the sound is clear and undistorted here is a VERY annoying whine that is audible most of the time.

I use a Belkin one now and it is much better.

Peter
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 22:11

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 22:11
I have a Kensington transmitter/charger for the nano and the reception in the Pajero is excellent - even when it's plugged into the cigarette lighter in the centre console hidden out of site.
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Reply By: Richard W (NSW) - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 08:13

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 08:13
I have one and it works fine.
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 15:13

Thursday, Jun 08, 2006 at 15:13
If you haven't bought your media device I'd recommend the Ipod Video for a myriad of reasons. If you want to use this thing to dump photos to on the go well it could be the right thing for you. If for music and video the Ipod product is by far the best. The FM transmitters can be annoying, although the Griffin product is quite good. I ended up connecting a line in to my stereo on the boat, the car will need a new front end.
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