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Belkin TuneBase FM

FM transmitter and charger for iPod®

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Item #: 599F8Z176
 

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by Ralph Graves
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The Belkin TuneBase FM gives you an easy way to play your iPod through your car's sound system. Its transmitter sends out a signal that you tune in on your FM radio. And finding an open frequency is simple. With the press of a button the TuneBase scans and zeros in on the best frequency automatically. The TuneBase also optimizes audio output and boosts volume, so you'll enjoy clearer, more detailed sound from your iPod.

The TuneBase plugs into your car's 12-volt outlet and charges your iPod's built-in battery automatically. A swivel cradle and flexible steel neck hold your player securely in place and let you adjust its position easily.

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Highlights:

  • for docking iPods, including 160GB iPod classic, 5th generation iPod nano, and 3rd generation iPod touch
  • digital FM transmitter with ClearScan to find open frequencies
  • 12-volt power adapter
  • swivel docking cradle
  • flexible steel neck
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • iPod cradle with built-in FM transmitter and cigarette lighter power adapter
  • 7 iPod adapter fit sleeves (one installed on cradle)
  • 5 iPod adapter spacer pads
  • 2 Cigarette lighter adapter fit rings
  • User Manual
  • Quick Start Guide

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Features

Overview: The Belkin TuneBase FM for iPod (F8Z176) allows you to listen to your iPhone or iPod in your vehicle. The TuneBase FM features an iPod dock with a built-in FM transmitter and cigarette lighter power adapter plug. The FM transmitter's ClearScan technology quickly scans and finds the best FM frequency with one push of a button, so you avoid the frustration of manually finding a clear FM station.

Compatibility: The TuneBase FM features an integrated dock and comes supplied with numerous iPod cradles and inserts which allow various iPod models to fit in the unit's iPod dock. The Belkin F8Z176 will support the following iPod models.

  • iPod (4th generation) 20GB, and 40GB
  • iPod color display (4th generation) 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, and 60GB
  • iPod video (5th generation) 30GB, 60GB, and 80GB
  • iPod classic 80GB and 160GB
  • iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rdgeneration) 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
  • iPod nano (1st generation) 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB
  • iPod nano (2nd generation) 2GB, 4GB, and 8GB
  • iPod nano (3rd generation) 4GB and 8GB
  • iPod nano (4th/5thgeneration) 8GB and 16GB
  • iPod mini (1st generation) 4GB and 8GB

Note: Your iPod should be loaded with the latest Apple firmware upgrades.

Auto Power: The TuneBase FM will automatically turn on when your iPod is connected and power is available, and it will automatically turn off when your iPod is removed or if power becomes unavailable. Your iPod will automatically pause if your TuneBase FM is removed from the cigarette lighter or if the vehicle is turned off.

FM Transmitter: The Belkin TuneBase FM features an FM transmitter to transmit audio from your connected iPod to your vehicle's stereo system over FM frequency (88.1MHz-107.9MHz) through your vehicle's FM radio. The FM transmitter uses ClearScan technology to automatically find an unused FM frequency which you can tune your vehicles radio to, or you can manually tune in an unused FM frequency for the transmitter to use. The FM transmitter also allows you to store two FM frequencies as presets for quicker access. The FM transmitter features a high-contrast backlit digital display for station identification.

Note: The TuneCast Auto transmits in stereo, but you can also transmit in mono if needed.

PRO Setting: When you connect your iPod or iPhone, the TuneBase FM will automatically detect the iPod or iPhone model and adjust the volume. Although the default volume setting will be ideal for most condition, you may be able to improve the audio performance of your TuneCast Auto by using its PRO setting. The PRO setting can make your music sound louder and fuller by decreasing the amount of attenuation in the audio signal. The TuneBase FM features three PRO settings to add dynamic compression to your audio (PRO1, PRO2, PRO3).

Cigarette Lighter 12-Volt Power Adapter: The TuneBase FM features a cigarette lighter adapter plug on an attached flexible neck which plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter port or 12-Volt accessory port to charge your connected iPod. The TuneBase FM will charge your iPod or iPhone while it is connected to a power outlet and receiving power.

Note: Some vehicle do not provide power to its power outlet unless the vehicle is in ignition mode or the engine is running.

Audio Jack: The TuneBase FM is equipped with a 3.5mm audio-out jack which allows you to connect the TuneBase to your vehicle's stereo system directly through an auxiliary input using an optional minijack cable or through a cassette deck using an optional cassette adapter.

 
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1 out of 5

waste of money!

Written By rogue, Texas on Thursday, July 30, 2009
 
I bought this product when I was in Iraq for my car when I got home. On my 13 hour car drive, I had gotten so mad at this thing I almost threw it out the window! More then one time! No matter what station I tuned to there was always static, and like many other people had to change stations many times. I actually threw the thing in the back seat and had to listen to the Nebraska radio at 0300... Very upsetting in itself!

But wait, there's more! The neck of the thing, which is a good idea don't get me wrong, now won't stay erect! We tried to twist it a little or something, but now we've had to put it against our knees while driving so we can get better signal and to change songs!

This device has really put me against FM tuners.... And I had a friend who had a great one... Now I'm jealous!

If you're thinking about buying this... DON'T!! It looks nice, but it's not.
The price that I and others have spent was NOT money well spent! Buy ONLY as a VERY last resort!!!
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3 out of 5

Belkin TuneBase FM

Written By DON, Rotonda West.FL on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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Nice set-up, holds firmly,easy to use,tuner drifts ,must retune frequently.
Better used with cassette adapter
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4 out of 5

better than most

Written By el jefe, kansas on Tuesday, February 17, 2009
 
This is the best fm transmitter that i have owned...however, you still get
the static you do from other units but there is a feature that lets you go
mono and it cleans it up considerably(not for metal). If you cant hardwire
or us any type of aux, this is a pretty good unit. I really do like the built in
dock; you dont have to modify your dash because the cable supports it for
you
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