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iSimple TranzIt™ BLU

Bluetooth® adapter for streaming audio from iOS and Android

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iSimple TranzIt™ BLU

Overview

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There are a lot of ways to get Bluetooth in your car, but iSimple's TranzIt BLU adapter gets the job done without altering the look of your dash. It's a great option when you're perfectly happy with your factory radio but can't live without streaming audio. Once this tiny unit is installed behind your dash, you'll be able to hear streaming music and navigation instructions from your smartphone through your car's speakers.

Discreet Bluetooth

There are a lot of ways to get Bluetooth in your car, but iSimple's TranzIt BLU adapter gets the job done without altering the look of your dash. It's a great option when you're perfectly happy with your factory radio but can't live without streaming audio. Once this tiny unit is installed behind your dash, you'll be able to hear streaming music and navigation instructions from your smartphone through your car's speakers.

Installation

iSimple recommends professional installation of the TranzIt BLU, but should you take on installation yourself, this unobtrusive unit makes things relatively simple. You'll have your choice of channeling the audio signal through your radio's rear AUX input using an RCA-to-mini-jack adapter (not included) or through its antenna input. If you choose the latter, you can program the frequency on which the TransitBlue will broadcast your Bluetooth audio using iSimple's app on your smartphone. Wire the unit for power, restore your dash, and enjoy the music apps you love.

Important Note: If your factory radio does not have an aux input, please call an Advisor at 1-888-955-6000 to see if any antenna adapters or tools are needed to connect this Bluetooth module to your radio's antenna input.

What's in the Box:

  • iPod Bluetooth/FM transmitter interface module (w/ 41" power/ground leads and 24" Motorla antenna connections
  • On/Off switch (w/ attached 39" harness)
  • Instruction Booklet
  • TranzltBLU APP User Manual

Product Highlights:

  • universal Bluetooth® interface adapter for streaming music and navigation audio from your smartphone
  • connects to your radio's rear aux input or broadcasts through its FM tuner
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

iSimple TranzIt™ BLU Reviews

Average Customer Review:

2 Reviews

Just Ok

Written by: Ed from Shrewsbury, NJ on January 27, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have had this in my truck for about a year and its ok. Right now it is not working. Cannot hear music even though the phone shows it is connected. Since day one it has always been picky. If I don't start listening to music when I first get into the car and decide later that I want to, I would have to go to the app and turn it off and then turn it back on so it reconnects to the phone. That worked sometimes and didn't work other times. Lately it was acting weird and now it just won't work. I have tried all the usual tricks to reconnect the phone but nothing is working. I am left with pulling the head unit and disconnecting power to it to try and reset it. Not confident that will happen. I think I have to try USA spec product. That was a waste of money. Buyer beware.

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iSimple TranzItT BLU

Written by: Don from Arizona on January 2, 2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The product is a plug-n-play device that's an easy install for the do-it-yourself-er. After researching the stereo wire colors, I opted to splice into the positive ignition and ground wire of the head unit which does not require the use of the on-off switch included in the installation kit. The TranzItBlu did not work at first but after calling and speaking to a Crutchfield tech. They told me to download the App. After doing so the product worked fine. There are some fitment and sound quality issues but this doesn't reflect on Crutchfield. Crutchfield technicians are spot on with their customer service.

Pros: Easy install...need the App. though! Great alternative for a expensive head unit and you retain a factory appearance.

Cons: Sound quality is not that great...Okay at best...kind of muffled with a hint of static in the background. Maybe I need to go through every frequency to see which is optimal. The antenna plug, not the wire, is too long. My head unit needed about an 1/8" to clear the back so I was unable to snap the factory unit back in place...The antenna plug was bottoming out in the dash. I didn't want to force it-It's snug enough that I don't think it'll slid out upon acceleration.

Details

Hands-on research

What's in the box?

Download the iSimple TranzIt™ BLU manual

  • iPod Bluetooth/FM transmitter interface module (w/ 41" power/ground leads and 24" Motorla antenna connections
  • On/Off switch (w/ attached 39" harness)
  • Instruction Booklet
  • TranzltBLU APP User Manual

Product Research

Features

TranzIt Blu: The iSimple TranzIt BLU (ISFM23) lets you add Bluetooth wireless audio streaming for Apple iOS and Android devices to almost any vehicle through your vehicle's factory or aftermarket radio's FM turn or Aux input.

Note: The  iSimple TranzIt BLU only provides Bluetooth wireless audio streaming and does not offer wireless hands-free phone communication.

Apple iOS & Android Compliant: The iSimple TranzIt BLU (ISFM23) supports Bluetooth audio streaming from Apple iOS and Android devices. Compatible Apple iOS devices include the iPhone touch (3rd gen & newer), iPhone (3GS & newer), and  iPad (1st gen & newer). The iSimple TranzIt BLU is also compatible with many Android smartphones and tablets.

Installation Options: The iSimple TranzIt BLU features a wired FM transmitter with Motorola antenna input/output connections and is fitted with stereo RCA outputs, so it can connect to your vehicle's factory or aftermarket radio via its FM radio or auxiliary input.

  • For a wired FM transmitter installation, you will need to unplug your factory antenna from your factory or aftermarket radio. The TranzIt BLU's male Motorola connector will plug into your factory or aftermarket radio's antenna port and your factory antenna will then plug into the TranzIt BLU's female Motorola jack.
  • Using the stereo RCA outputs, you can connect the TranzIt BLU to your factory or aftermarket radio's auxiliary input (if equipped). An RCA-to-minijack adapter (sold separately) may be needed.
Note: The TranzIt BLU also requires a hardwire power and ground connection.

Bluetooth Operation: The iSimple TranzIt BLU (ISFM23) features built-in Bluetooth A2DP. Once connected to your vehicle's factory or aftermarket radio, the iSimple TranzIt BLU wirelessly receives audio from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device via Bluetooth, and then sends the audio to your factory or aftermarket stereo via FM radio or Aux input. Now, you can listen to stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iOS or Android device through your vehicle's stereo system. You'll will continue to control your music and music apps and view song/artist information from your Apple iOS or Android device.

Note: Your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iOS or Android device will need to be paired with the iSimple TranzIt BLU. After being paired, the TranzIt BLU will automatically reconnect with your compatible mobile device when returning to the vehicle.

FM Frequency Selection: The factory-set operating frequency is 88.3 FM. If an alternate frequency (106.3 or 87.9) is desired, the frequency may be easily adjusted using the selector switch on the side of the module. For full frequency tuning control, download the TranzIt Blu app for your Apple iOS or Android device. Make sure your factory radio is tuned to the same frequency.

Auto Interrupt + Toggle Switch: The TranzIt BLU (ISFM23) automatically interrupts the incoming antenna signal when in use, to deliver audio from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iOS or Android device to your car stereo. To regain standard FM operation without interruption, simply pause the Apple iOS or Android device, and approximately 8 seconds later the full FM band will be accessible again. If manual power on/off control is desired, you can connect the included toggle switch to the TranzIt BLU's power harness, so you can manually turn the TranzIt Blu on or off at any time.

Note: If you are using the TranzIt BLU's auxiliary output, simply select the Aux input on your in-dash receiver to hear audio from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iOS or Android device.

TranzIt BLU App: The free TranzIt BLU App from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store provides full control of the iSimple TranzIt BLU interface through your compatible Apple iOS (4.3+) or Android (2.1+) device. The app allows for infinite channel selection, an auto power on/off, and manual on/off option. The TranzIt BLU app enhances control of the iSimple TranzIt BLU interface through your compatible Apple iOS or Android device, but is not required for basic operation.

  • On/Off/Auto: On (turns FM radio interface on and keeps it on while App is running), Off (turns FM radio interface off), Auto (automatically turns FM radio interface on or off according to Bluetooth A2DP activity).
  • FM Broadcasting Frequency: Provides full-frequency tuning control to tune the best performing FM frequency.
  • FM Radio Region: Allows selection of FM radio region; North America, Japan, or Europe.
Note: Using AUTO mode and while listening to certain sources of music (such as Pandora) that have extended pauses between songs, it is possible that the radio interface of the TranzIt BLU will disengage. When this occurs, the FM radio will play through your car stereo again momentarily. Once the next song begins, the TranzIt BLU will reengage and your compatible mobile device will play through your car stereo again. The TranzIt BLU behaves this way due to the Bluetooth A2DP signaling. If this functionality is not desired, you can choose not to use the AUTO setting and instead select ON in the TranzIt BLU App. This will provide a less disruptive listening experience.

 

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