Owning an iPod has become a symbol of stature. It�s hard not to notice
someone walking around with those sleek white wires hanging from their
ears. I don�t necessarily have the same luxury, as I commute by car.
Before I sold my Honda equipped with a tape deck, I used an old tape
adaptor to play my iPod in the car. Now that I own a Scion with only a
CD player, I had to find another means to play my iPod. I have been
shopping for a good FM transmitter, but I�ll be honest, most of them
were costly, rather bulky and seemed a bit too complicated even for me,
a self-proclaimed gadget junky. I just want to plug and play. Simple as
Technology recently launched RoadTrip!, a straightforward, uncomplicated
transmitter that pretends to be what looks like a regular cellular phone
charger. I was lucky to get my hands on one to give it a go, and when I
opened the box to see this small device, I was sort of shocked. No
booklet of instructions, no complex pictures or diagrams; only the
transmitter in neat plastic wrapping with the following instructions on
almost too good to be true. I sat in my car, followed the instructions,
and there they were�all of my beloved play lists in the palm of my hand
transmitting straight to my stereo.
test was going for a drive. Because 107.7 doesn�t necessarily pick up a
strong signal on my commute from Connecticut to New York, I decided to
go on a longer trip this past weekend to see how well the signal would
hold. Much to my surprise, it was perfectly clear, no matter where I
to Other World Computing, tests were performed in the metropolitan areas
of Northern Illinois/Chicagoland, an area with an abundance of
high-power FM stations. RoadTrip! was the only transmitter without
signal bleed-through. And driving through Manhattan will provide you
with static-free enjoyment as well. From the Upper East Side down to the
West Village, my signal was as perfect as Bill Haley�s �13 Women� (A
favorite on my play list).
FM transmitters require you to set a frequency to load into your iPod,
but RoadTrip! relieves you of the effort of configuring your music,
allowing you to purely play.
minor adjustment I had to make was my car stereo�s EQ. Then again, this
is probably because I have the bass set to high, a typical trait of a
real rockabilly gal.
the RoadTrip! is a fantastic find at a really fantastic price: $19.99.
Newer Technology RoadTrip! FM Transmitter
Cable Length: 30"
Newer Technology's RoadTrip!
pretending to be a cellular phone charger!
Left & Right channel
separation : 70dB
Power Usage: 50mA (+-
Frequency Range: 20-18KHz
107.7MHz (+/- 0.5MHz)
information, please visit
RoadTrip! on the web.
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