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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:41 pm 
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Has anyone had any experience using a car radio FM transmitter to play music off your phone over your car radio?
My car is getting on in years, and only offers the conventional radio and cd player options for listening to music. But who buys CDs anymore. All my music is on my phone/ laptop and this causes a problem when you want to listen while driving.
I don't have any mp3 input/ link on the radio player.
Has anyone used one of those car radio FM transmitters?
Are they any good??

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Yes, I've used one and they're good. Full stereo, stable frequency etc. Cheap too so a win-win situation. Most have a USB socket that accept data keys with music on them too.

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I have fitted many over the years. not the cheap type that plug in the fag lighter (poor sound quality) but the proper inline hardwired type

like the connects 2 i-Connect range

What car and stereo model do you have some have aux in you just need to add a lead - depending on the car it mite be cheaper to fit a aftermarket radio with all the modern features (not cheap Chinese tat off ebay)


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flash22 wrote:
I have fitted many over the years. not the cheap type that plug in the fag lighter (poor sound quality) but the proper inline hardwired type

like the connects 2 i-Connect range

What car and stereo model do you have some have aux in you just need to add a lead - depending on the car it mite be cheaper to fit a aftermarket radio with all the modern features (not cheap Chinese tat off ebay)


I have an old car... 2003. No auxillary input. It has an old and outdated car radio system.
What do you mean when you say a "proper inline hardwired" unit.
What is this/ how is it installed??


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I rent cars abroad and mostly they have a CD player and seldom MP3, what I do is make my own CD compilation getting over 20 tracks on a 700MB CD-R using wav (often have to convert from mp3).


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The ones you plug in the fag lighter are sh*t!

I bought one from Halfords and took it back the following day. I bought another one from Gearbest and binned it after a day. They're okay if you're stationary but they crackle in and out when driving.

My CD player is knacked on my van so I only have the radio. I'll be looking to but a new stereo with a jack point in the January sales.


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Burrito_00 wrote:
Has anyone had any experience using a car radio FM transmitter to play music off your phone over your car radio?
My car is getting on in years, and only offers the conventional radio and cd player options for listening to music. But who buys CDs anymore. All my music is on my phone/ laptop and this causes a problem when you want to listen while driving.
I don't have any mp3 input/ link on the radio player.
Has anyone used one of those car radio FM transmitters?
Are they any good??

Thanks


ive had that same problem, non seem to be good going off experience.


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what car and stereo do you have ?


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The cheap FM transmitters aren't great to be honest. I've had a couple for my work vans and old car. They suffer a lot from interference and the overall sound quality isn't upto much anyway. They eat batteries and the power adapters break very easily.

In the end, I picked up a 2nd hand Sony head and got the surround plate for it to fit in my dash. The Sony came from a family member & I knew it'd been looked after. The surround was about £15, but I bought it from Halfords. They were cheaper online but I just wanted it ordered and the extra couple of quid was convenient to collect it from them.

If you're unsure of what I mean. I've attached a couple of pictures of the original radio & the aftermarket housing that now holds the Sony unit. It fits perfectly and looks nice.

All in I think it cost me about £50 & I fitted it myself. The sony unit allows me to use Aux, USB, Bluetooth Audio & comes with a built in hands free mic. I only wished for DAB, but since I can stream/play whatever I like from my phone this is a minor issue.


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