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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