[Moved to DH]: iRock adapter

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Does anayone use know about this product. <a href="https://www.myirock.com/players/300W - FM Transmitter.htm&quot; target="_blank">https://www.myirock.com/players/300W - FM Transmitter.htm&lt;/a&gt;

I'm thinking it would be usefull for turning my stereo into a giant computer speaker system, As well as playing my MP3 collection from my iBook to my car Radio. But is the quality any goog, it does use FM?

[ 02-01-2003: Message edited by: murbot ]</p>


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    Really Why Explain. (No time to form sentences now!) <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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    I. don't konw w. hat senantacnces a.re.

    Ok. First off, you have your choice of 4 FM stations in the 80 range, so you must hope that no local station(s) occupies that/those frequency(ies).

    Second, are you familiar with AM music stations and their subpar sound? Well, that's what your iPod will sound like when you use it. Raising the volume on your stereo and or iPod will deliver less than favorable. results.

    But don't take my word for it, try it for yourself. Just don't say I didn't warn you.
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    cosmonutcosmonut Posts: 4,872member
    I have one, and can't give as gloomy of a review of the iRock. In two words:

    It's decent.

    I originally bought it for my old car, which only had a CD player. I wanted to use my iPod in the car, and it worked pretty well for that. Since then, I got a new car that has a CD and cassette player in it, and I much prefer using the cassette adapter for iPod playback. A few things:
    • Make sure it doesn't conflict with any stations in your area. Your choices are 88.1, 88.3, 88.5, and 88.7. Of note on this is that if there is any sort of weak signal on any of these frequencies already, it'll usually push them out with its solid signal.

    • Put it in a good spot where it'll get good reception. It sounds better some places than others. You'll have to figure that out for yourself.

    • One pain about it is remembering to turn it off after you use it (esp. in the car). I've found the batteries in it (two AAA's) will last about 4-6 hours. That's a rough guestimate. When the batteries start running down, you won't get as strong a signal, and static will start to creep in.

    • The transmitter inside of it seems to send a constant high-pitched sound (kind of like a TV, but not quite as high a frequency). It's not that bad, and you get used to it after a while and tune it out in your head.

    • Good luck trying to mount it to anything. The back is designed in such a way that you can't stick anything to it to have the iRock stick to a surface. Speaking of the back, the battery door isn't designed real well. It wants to "unlatch" itself a lot.

    In closing, I'd say buy it and use it if that's the ONLY option you have for your situation. You'll get decent enough sound with a full range (it's NO WHERE near as bad as an AM station transmission). Any wired options, or a cassette adapter will be better for you overall, though. Any questions?

    EDIT: The 20 hours quoted in on the iRock web site is overstated. Yeah, they might last that long until their very last dying "breath," but expect good performance (without static, etc.) for the 4-6 hours I gave you. It'll START to go downhill from there. I'd say total usable time (including some static near the end) is 6-8 hours.

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    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    This thread is specific to iPod use, so I'm going to move it into Digital Hub.

    That's where most of the iPod fanatics hang out.

    Click through <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=8&t=000565"; target="_blank">here</a>.

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