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Old 01-26-2007, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default Houston Area folks with MP3 players in their cars: Which FM frequencies?

I got my wife a FM transmitter for her car so she can play her MP3 player through the FM radio. I'm unable to find a solid frequency. Anybody use one of these for their car or would you recommend something else all together like a cassette adapter?
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:01 PM   #2
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frequencies vary depending on location. wired connection FTsetandforgetW
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:11 PM   #3
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Yeah, well I don't think a wired connection could be established. It's an OEM stereo in an 05 Camry. It's got both a CD and cassette player, and I've seen the cassette adapters but don't know how much "quality" would be lost by going that route.
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Old 01-26-2007, 03:26 PM   #4
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I would have to go out to the car to be sure, but I think I use 88.3 around here (SE side of town). It works great. I'll double-check after work and edit if I got the frequency wrong.

I used the cassette bit for my last vehicle, and that worked fine too. I don't remember which is supposed to be worse, but I remember the loss in quality as about equal.

IMO, if you listen to FM a lot, the adapter/transmitter sound will sound fine to you. If you're used to CDs, anything else will sound kinda dull.

Last edited by Fathead; 01-31-2007 at 09:11 AM. Reason: had wrong frequency. . . this one is right
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:09 PM   #5
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my friend uses a philips tape deck adapter, it is ALOT better than the fm tuners we have tried and it was 10 bucks at walmart.
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:17 PM   #6
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:23 PM   #7
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Cassette adapters are worlds better in quality then the FM transmitter I tried (itrip) I had to throw my ipod in the back seat to be closer to the antenna.

But depending on what transmitter you have you can take it apart and uncover/make the antenna bigger which is supposed to improve quality a good bit.
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:31 PM   #8
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94.9 on my DLO seems to work great in most areas of Houston with minimal feedback.
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:35 AM   #9
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is there a way to make the transmitter strong enough to drown out 101.1 in the cars around you? I'd really like it if I could force the people next to me to listen to my music instead of blasting tejano from the radio at stoplights.

I can imagine their sheer dismay when all that pumps from their 4-wheeled boomboxes is andrea bocceli.
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Old 01-29-2007, 12:39 AM   #10
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From what I have heard, yes. Just take it apart, find the antenna, and extend it/ wrap it with copper wire. Of course you would then have a ugly exposed antenna, but it will work better.
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From what I have heard, yes. Just take it apart, find the antenna, and extend it/ wrap it with copper wire. Of course you would then have a ugly exposed antenna, but it will work better.
Excellent. Now all Ineed to do is take a trip back to TX and get a video camera and go driving down westheimer hunting for ricorz blasting their stereo.
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:52 AM   #12
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is there a way to make the transmitter strong enough to drown out 101.1 in the cars around you? I'd really like it if I could force the people next to me to listen to my music instead of blasting tejano from the radio at stoplights.

I can imagine their sheer dismay when all that pumps from their 4-wheeled boomboxes is andrea bocceli.
Awesome, second hand Andrea Bocceli > second hand tejano.
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:55 AM   #13
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I would either get the cassette adapter or get the FM modulator that you actually plug into the antenna port on the back of the radio (and then plug the antenna into the adapter).

My head unit (Alpine CDA-9852) has ipod controls so it plays crystal clear and even charges my ipod so I don't have to worry about anything.
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:29 AM   #14
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:55 AM   #16
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Cassette adapters are worlds better in quality then the FM transmitter I tried (itrip) I had to throw my ipod in the back seat to be closer to the antenna.
Agreed. I vote for a tape adapter, and I also had the same experience with my FM transmitter. Also, the brand of FM transmitter makes a difference. I had a Coby FM transmitter, and even when it was juiced with a 4.5V power source (versus the two AA batteries), the static was still noticeable. My sister had an iTrip, and that thing was way better with very little static. But occasionally the static would still occur.

It just seems to make sense to me that a wired connection has a good chance of being better than a wireless connection with respect to noise. Yes, tape is regarded as having less quality, but I've always thought of it as being related to the long term qualities of the magnetic tape, not to the quality of the pickup. And besides, the road noise probably drowns out some of the crisp highs anyways.


IMO, tape adapter > name brand FM transmitter > generic Chinese FM transmitter.

But now my car has an aux jack so that Coby is going the way of the tape adapter.
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Old 01-29-2007, 11:01 AM   #17
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I know one of my friends here at work uses one for his Ipod. We messed with it for about an hour the other day, and found 94.9 - 94.1 - 89.7. Those worked just fine down here in SE Houston/Clear Lake. 89.7 was the loudest station, but it had a lot of feedback. 94.9 was the clearest station we found, but wasn't very loud. Hope that helps.
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Old 01-29-2007, 01:38 PM   #18
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Yeah, well I don't think a wired connection could be established. It's an OEM stereo in an 05 Camry. It's got both a CD and cassette player, and I've seen the cassette adapters but don't know how much "quality" would be lost by going that route.
the quality is better with the cassette adapter
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Old 01-29-2007, 04:46 PM   #19
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which headunit are you using? are you using a regular hd enclosure?
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which headunit are you using? are you using a regular hd enclosure?
i forget the number... it's a kenwood excelon... lowest model because i didn't want the multicolor screen junk...

I'm using a portable drive (already enclosed), but you can use a laptop drive with an external enclosure if you desire...
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is the fm radio thingy like the ipod frequency connection to use the ipod with the car's radio to play mp3s?
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Old 01-30-2007, 11:25 PM   #22
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Yeah, well I don't think a wired connection could be established. It's an OEM stereo in an 05 Camry. It's got both a CD and cassette player, and I've seen the cassette adapters but don't know how much "quality" would be lost by going that route.
no more quality than you will lose with a weak FM transmission.

you are asking what is worse:

cutting a steak with a butter knife, or eating soup with a fork.
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no more quality than you will lose with a weak FM transmission.

you are asking what is worse:

cutting a steak with a butter knife, or eating soup with a fork.
You sir haven't had a good steak in a while, and I eat Ramen with a fork.
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:01 AM   #24
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You sir haven't had a good steak in a while, and I eat Ramen with a fork.
o rly now? you need some chopsticks!!!


but back to subject
any FM transmitter sucks, i went thru about 6 of them before hardwiring my ipod to the stereo.. gotta love walmart's return policy
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Cassette adapter > FM modulator.
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