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Not having an iPod or an MP3 player for that matter, I'd like to know what would be wrong with the FM transmitter? How well do they work and how is the sound quality compared to an 'RCA Input' style connector for an iPod?
The thing about FM transmitters is that it is good in some areas and horrible in others. I had a FM transmitter for when I first got my Delphi Skyfi XM Radio installed and I found myself constantly changing because of static interference. I live around the chicagoland area and so there are a good amount of radiowaves bouncing off everywhere. Anyways, I eventually decided to get an aftermarket receiver with an AUX input and now I can pretty much listen to anything I want with it and come out crystal clear, no problems. I've hooked up my brother's IPOD MINI, my SKYFI DELPHI, and another no name mp3 and they have come out fine. I own a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid. I think there was one string on this chatboard that linked to one device that would give the stock radio an audio AUX for around 70 dollars, but the one listed here is cool too because it'll also charge your IPOD. I have no clue how well these work, but it is your choice how you want to mod your car, so have fun. Hope I helped.
The thing about this P.I.E. iPod controller is that it actually lets you control the iPod from the radio's CD controls (fwd, rwd, next, etc), not from the iPod itself. Trying to change songs on the iPod while driving is not easy. I would much rather use the CD controls from the stock radio.
And yes, it also charges the iPod, so that's a bonus. I want to simply hide my iPod in the glove compartment or somewhere and have access to all my music.
I commute to the bay area and once you hit Berkeley to SF, there's no FM signal you can cut through. I tried the Monster cable, Itrip, and iRiver FM modulators without much luck. My next attempt will be with the C.Crane FM modulator. it's suppose to be more powerful than the others I mentioned. I looked at the PIE unit and read somewhere that you disable the CD player in order to gain the AUX input. I was hoping that PIE would have some better solution when they show at the CES show coming up. Anyway this was more a rant than help.
i use a sf250 sound tranmitter and it works great!
i got around 20 km a liter when i drove a civic 5 spd using advanced hypermiler techniques
and now I drive a salvage nwh20 prius that gets almost to 25 km/l with 195,000 km to date. (retired)
1997 BMW 318IS with m44 engine (1.9 liters > 130 horsepower on 91 octane, capable of 30 mpg highway)
The thing about FM transmitters is that it is good in some areas and horrible in others.
I use an FM transmitter for my Sirius Satellite radio. I actually had to take the car antenna off to get the static to go away, but it worked. I can still get FM stations (the strong ones), but I listen to Sirius probably 99% of the time. I just got an iPod - I'm considering just getting a new radio installed that has both satellite built in and input jacks for an iPod.