• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Acceptable but not perfect

    I've had this thing for almost 7 months now, and it works fine. However I have found some quirks:

    1. Prone to overheating. I leave it in my car all day when I work and by the end of the day it's super toasty. I've had to rig up something to put it over the A/C vent to cool it off, and after a few minutes it's in working order. Now, I live in Arizona, where it's forgivable for devices to overheat in the car. But it overheats even when charging my iPhone! I need to have it over the A/C vent all the time for fear of it cutting out when I'm in the middle of jamming in traffic.

    2. Certain songs are heavily distorted. I don't know if it's the way the songs are coded but it tends to be the same songs every time. All one needs to do to rectify this is unplug it, plug it back in, and press play. Kind of a pain.

    3. It appears to be losing its ability to play clear music. Hi-hats and "s" sounds are accompanied by radio hiss, on any clear station. Not pretty and if it gets worse I'll probably be buying a new one.

    4. As others have noted I wouldn't recommend buying this if you live in a heavy urban area. Whenever I go to Phoenix it starts to fizz out with all the radio noise and I can't use it.

    Overall, a fairly good device, but keep these things in mind if you're planning on making this purchase.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    "Do Not Leave In A Hot (Or Cool) Car"

    This FM Transmitter works pretty well. I used it a bit less than a year and it worked about the same as any of the 4 FM transmitters I've owned. It was no better and no worse than the other brands I've used - which ranged from very cheap to rather expensive. This model in particular was fairly easy to use and I liked the button that instantly scanned for clear stations. Of course, station selection and availability of a static-free station are the keys to a good listening experience on ANY transmitter. I'm sure the available partner ClearScan App would make station selection easier, which is a huge plus for new (and old) owners. When I was using this model on daily basis, I wasn't aware of the App (or it wasn't available yet).

    One BIG Warning: Leaving this device in my car completely fried the display. Which, surprisingly, didn't happen in the middle of summer. It was wintertime when the display went out. I do live in the southern US, but my car stays in the shade most of the time. I've read that constantly leaving these devices connected to the car (in general) can damage them, but mine was only plugged in during use, so I don't believe that was the issue. I was browsing for a new transmitter when I saw this one available and thought, "Wow, how did that earn a place in the Apple Store?" - but now, with the App, I guess the display being fried is inconsequential. But still, I feel like it could possibly be unreliable. If the display doesn't last, how long before the whole thing stops working?

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Decent

    I used this for 2 years before it stopped working and I will be buying another. I had used a different brand before this one that broke after 6 months.

    It's very easy to use and the sound quality is pretty good. Where I live there are certain intersections where I will always get static but those are the breaks I guess. I'm sure it would happen with any brand. I like that it is a decent length cord and you don't have to mount it to your car. Just my preference.

    I originally used it with my iPhone 4 and had to buy the lightening adapter when I switched to iPhone 5.

    All in all, a pretty decent buy.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    I have purchased this item two times and the sound quality was great every time I used it. The only problem is the stability because the cords have broken both times, thats why I had to buy two of them. Other than that this is a good product.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works beautifully in Alaska

    I recently moved to Anchorage Alaska and this thing works great. I originally lived in New Jersey, and it did not work as well. You should really only buy this if you live in a more remote area with fewer stations.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Not clear about all the bad reviews. Mine has worked great right out of the box. The app on the iPhone quickly found two great frequencies that work. Yes, there is a little static when no song is playing, but it is a transmitter so you have to expect a little! I rarely hear the static when a song is playing. I've had 4 brands of these and this is by far the best one.

    63 of 64 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good!

    Just received it and made a little "road test" and I'd say that it is better than what I expected! The first frequency that was found didn't work, but I tried another one and it worked fine!

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well within limits

    This product works well as long as you are in an area with open frequencies. You won't find an open frequency in a large city like Toronto.

    I have an older car without an AUX input so this is really my only way to play the iPod/iPhone through the car stereo and I have found it worked on long trips, but not for every day driving around the city.

    197 of 220 people found this useful