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Great value for the money you spend
on 9 January 2011
I bought this about 6 weeks back so have now used it sufficiently to know its good and bad points. So the good stuff first of all. It is really cheap (you know that already though), it is incredibly easy to install (in fact 'install' seems to imply a degree of complexity that is really not required here) it's as simple as this: plug in, connect it to your iphone, tune your car radio to whatever frequency the display on the transmitter advises and that's it, 30 seconds work at most, and thirdly, when it works well, with no interference, the sound quality is surprisingly good.
The bad news? Well, there are frequent bouts of static noise which make it unlistenable - you can retune to a different frequency which might improve the degree of interference but that doesn't always help. Interestingly I have found that as soon as I touch the transmitter to adjust the frequency, the problem goes away, so in my own very unscientific view, this suggests that there is an 'earthing' kind of problem that casues the static crackle - obviously you can't drive a car whilst having one finger permanently stuck on the transmitter to prevent the interference, so unless you can find some ingenious DIY method of earthing the thing, then it's a frequency change each time. The second thing is that although the sound quality is surprisingly good for something that costs around a tenner, it's hardly luxury hi-fi standards. The third issue I have found is that the iPhone, transmitter and lead often lose a bit of connectivity with each other, especially when going over poor quality roads, speed bumps etc. which suggests that the various elements don't fit quite as snugly and securely as they ought. I'd be the first to admit though that the cradle that I sit my iPhone in is not the best fit either so that probably doesn't help.
So - would I recommend it? Yes. For the money you'll spend I doubt you'd get anything better. It works, and it works well, and the things it doesn't do well may occasionally drive you mad but if you're that bothered about it, you need to think seriously about spening a lot more than a tenner. Overall great value for the price and does what it's supposed to do. I've given three stars because of the various issues described above, but in value for money terms it's probably nearer to a four star.