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Belkin TuneCast FM Transmitter

Play your MP3 player through an FM radio

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by Melanie Seibert
Belkin

Now everyone in your car or your living room can enjoy the music stored on an iPod® or other MP3 player, thanks to this lightweight transmitter. Simply plug it into your player's headphone jack, place the transmitter within 30 feet of the radio, and enjoy.

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Highlights:

  • compatible with iPods and other portables equipped with a minijack output
  • includes 2 "AAA" alkaline batteries
  • cord management system
  • frequency switch (4 options)
  • power button
  • LED indicator
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Mobile FM transmitter with attached 5" cable (cable has a stereo mini-plug)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • User Guide

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Overview: The Belkin TuneCast Mobile FM Transmitter lets you use your iPod to listen to your favorite music through any FM stereo receiver. Just plug the FM Transmitter into the headphone jack of your iPod or any audio source including your PDA, MP3, CD, or cassette player; or connect it to your PC or laptop computer. Tune your car stereo or receiver to the clearest FM frequency, and enjoy your digital music with full sound and convenience.

Operating Range: The FM transmitter can operate within 10-30 feet of your stereo, however, a distance of 10 feet or less will minimize interference and provide the strongest signal.

Modulation Frequencies: You can set the modulator to transmit on any of the following frequencies: 88.1, 88.3, 88.5, or 88.7 MHz.

 
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2 out of 5

Works for one car but not the others...

Written By Matt, MS on Thursday, September 07, 2006
 
Ok, so I've tried this gizmo in both of my cars. In my Ford Mustang it works only partially. It picks up a lot of static and interference from everything including acceleration of the vehicle. Now in my Audi TT Roadster it works really well with almost no interference. However, if another car is using a CD player, IPod, etc with an FM modulator, THEIR music completely overrides your music. For a hardcore music listener, find something better. I will admit that the 2 AA batteries seem to last. That is a positive note.
12 out of 12 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

stay away

Written By Teil, SA, TX on Friday, December 30, 2005
 
Audio quality is not horrible, given that it is an FM transmisitter. The real issue is that my transmitter cuts out frequently. The issue seems to be with the cord connecting the transmitter to the audio jack on my mp3 player. It is quite sensitive and if it moves at all, the transmitter loses the audio signal and cuts out. I have tried the transmitter on multiple audio devices, and the result is the same. This issue was not apparent at first, but after a month of use became more and more prevalent until the item is basically useless now.

In addition, the transmitter does go through batteries very quickly. I estimate a 4-5 hour total transmit time on one pair of AAA batteries.

I would not recommend this item for anyone.
7 out of 9 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Don't waste your money

Written By okplayer9000, Kansas City, MO on Friday, October 28, 2005
 
I figured this would be a good way to listen to my I-Pod over my stereo in my S10 pickup, but it sounded awful. It sounds like your music is coming in through an AM radio station. I even let my friend barrow it who drives a new Toyota Corrola and they said the same thing. I've never used any other similar devices, but this one was sure disappointing. I returned it right away and I'm going to get a deck that has an I-pod interface adapter instead.
9 out of 10 people found this helpful
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2 out of 5

not impressed

Written By Kevin, Waterford, NY on Friday, July 29, 2005
 
I've had two of these Belkins. Not impressed one bit. After a few months of use the wires, if bent or moved a lot, get very fragile so that if you hit a bump or the ipod shifts on a tight turn then you hear a burst of static. Overall quality of sound is so-so. If you like your music loud then this is not the adapter for you, too much low level noise under music. The louder your music the more annoying the pops and crackles get. I alternate between my commuter car (audi sedan with bose system) and my work truck (silverado with factory system) and the Belkin sounds exactly the same on both. If you move the setup alot the wires will get worn easily and then all you have to go off of is the battery life of roughly four hours. I have better things to spend my money on than batteries every week. My friend has a different belkin ipod accessory and it stinks too. Spend the extra cash on something worthwhile, it's worth it in the longrun.
13 out of 13 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Better but no cigar

Written By spiel, Philly Burbs on Saturday, June 04, 2005
 
I bought one of the first generation Tunecasts - the one that only had 4 possible frequencies - and it didn't work well at all in my area so I ended up returning it. My son later bought this model and he seemed fairly satisfied with it. He recently got a casette adapter and I inherited this one.

It's a little better - at least useable for now. But the sound quality is murky and I do get some occasional multipath distortion and there's an annoying hiss in the background when the music is not loud enough to drown it out.

It is amazing to be able to use the iPod in the car, though. I'm definitely in the market for a new radio or an adapter that I can just plug the thing into. Ultimately that's the way to go.
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

A great value! I was surprised to get so much for your money!!

Written By Ron, Rock Hill, SC on Thursday, March 31, 2005
 
I was apprehensive, after all what can you expect for $30? However, right out of the box I put the batteries in and plugged into the Ipod, tuned the home stereo to 88.1, hit the switch and it worked like a champ!! From 15 feet away I had all the clarity and volume I needed. Next, I went through the same procedure using my laptop computer with similar results, same with the car stereo.....I'd given it 5 stars were it not for the battery life. Since I've such luck with this one, I am going to invest in the belkin F8V3080, which is basically the same thing but includes a dc adapter to use in your car and features a digital readout. I guess we're lucky in the Carolina's as all 4 frequencies aren't occupied. I'd say that for the money, it would be hard to beat.
7 out of 10 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Disappointing

Written By montebrendon, Minnesota on Friday, March 25, 2005
 
Disappointing on several levels:
1. Sound quality. The signal to the radio is so weak that I had to turn up the radio to the point where there was severe static. If I boosted the iPod volume, there was substantial distortion.
2. The quality of the reception varied with the position of the transmitter and its distance from the radio and antenna. Also, it fuzzed when I moved my arm near the transmitter to shift gears.
3. I t blew through the batteries really fast.
4. I could not get the DC adapter to feed power to the transmitter, though it did power the iPod.
5. Another cord is NOT what I need in my car or in my life. Why couldn't they make it to attach to the iPod like other companies make their transmitters?
13 out of 14 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Belkin TuneCast FM Transmitter

Written By Doug, Boston, MA on Tuesday, March 22, 2005
 
This transmitter doesn't work well in the Boston area, either. I bought it to use with my ipod shuffle, but the transmission power is too weak and other stations bleed in. The sound quality is poor, too.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

No reception

Written By David, Connecticut on Tuesday, March 22, 2005
 
In the parking lot where I bought this, my car picked up a very weak and static-filled transmission from this unit on all of the stations this unit transmits to - and each station is avialable in our area. The reception did not get any better as I drove around (I obviously returned it). The concept is great but extremely poor execution.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Good idea...disappointing results

Written By George, San Francisco on Friday, March 18, 2005
 
I tried, and returned, the Belkin FM transmitter. In the SF area, there are NO FM channels that are not in use. Using a weak FM channel results in hiss and static during low sound levels in the music. It doesn't work well in the car or at home on my stereo FM tuner. Very disappointing overall. When I returned it to the Apple Store, the technician said NONE of the FM broadcast units work well in this area.
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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