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Jivo FM Transmitter - Auto Charger for iPod

2.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Backlit LCD for ease of use
  • Displays FM frequency, battery status
  • time and temperature
  • Save up to 10 programme channels
  • Save up to 10 programmable channels
  • Play songs through your audio device, including iPod, MP3 player, CD, DVD, PDA, Laptop, PC, recording pen and mobile phones with a headphone jack
  • Charges your iPod® or other device through dock connector to USB Cable
  • Channel Up/Down and Power
  • Scans in 0.1MHz intervals seamlessly.
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  • Boxed-product Weight: 100 g
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  • Item model number: JI-1019
  • ASIN: B000QUPS8I
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 May 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Jivo Utune wirelessly connects to your car or home stereo;Simply Plug the Utune into the headphone jack of your device and tune your car stereo or receiver to any clear FM frequency and enjoy your digital music. Run the Utune using the Car Cigarette Lighter or alternatively insert two AAA batteries into the battery compartment and connect the stereo connector to the audio player. The Utune has a USB port which allows you to simultaneously charge your iPod® or other device.

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  • Includes Jivo Utune FM Transmitter
  • 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Plug.


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    I bought this item because it was one of Auto Express magazine's 'best buys' for sound quality.

    Presumably they either tested it on a much nicer car than mine (a fairly safe bet) or didn't power it with the in-car charger, because as with other reviewers all I got was this awful howling interference - in-car tinnitus with the faint sound of my music in the background.

    Presumably the manufacturers didn't get round to thoroughly investigating this flaw, being far too excited about the utterly pointless thermometer feature.

    However, use batteries and it's a different game - a really excellent, clear sound. In fact I hooked mine up to my hi-fi separates system at home which might expose any hiss or flaws in the sound quality and again it gave off a really nice clear sound with a transmitter range of around 15 feet or so.

    I really love my Jivo - it's a great buy but I'll be needing a pack of AAA rechargeables to go with it.
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    I bought this because it was cheap. It is cheap. You can easily spend 4 times as much. It is a bit odd though. The temperature gauge is unnecessary and massively inaccurate. And when I first plugged it in, it broadcast with a nasty high-pitched hiss. And it did it in both cars. And it did it regardless of tuning. Horrible. Then I tried using batteries (instead of powering it from the cigar lighter) and it is suddenly bloody brilliant. So, it looks like the charger / power lead needs suppressing (or something). And it's going to cost me a few pennies in batteries. But, so what? It's saved me over £20 and I don't have wires trailing all over the car. Recommended for skinflints.
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    whilst it is cheap and cheerful it seemingly can only be used with battery power as upon use of in car charger sound becomes an uninterrupted high pitch whistle which when reported to jivo i gained no customer support response at all except an automatic e mail staing my query had been logged . any one else had this problem or found the answer?
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    The Jivo transmitter does what it says on the tin, im using my creative zen stone 2gb and it gives out a decent sound. for the price you really can't complain.
    my only gripe is that when you use the supplied in car charger the sound is suddenly transmitted with a horrid squeaking/static interference. however it doesn't if you use standard AAA batteries instead, i expect that is due to the metal contacts on the charger knackering up the radio. This really is poor design and may end up costing me in batteries, i'm sure i'll find out soon!

    p.s what the hell is the in-built temperature meter for? *sighs*
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    Not sure I agree with previos reviews. Poor quality sound with lots of interference even after change of batteries
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    As this item isn't very expensive, I didn't expect it to be super high quality, and it's about what I expected.
    It works.
    I would have given it 5 stars for the price, except that I found, like many other reviewers, that the cigarette charger adds very annoying interference to the signal.
    Use batteries, and the noise is gone.
    It can suffer from a bit of overload distortion, so you'll probably need to tweak the balance between the volume output of your device (I'm using a Sony tablet), and the volume on your car stereo.
    If you're an audiophile and/or want crystal clear digital sound, go for a wired-in solution instead.
    For the money, it's a quick, cheap and very easy way to get mobile devices connected to your car stereo.
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    By Mark on 14 Dec. 2010
    This is the second of these devices I've owned, the first being one for a £5 off ebay that was terrible. The Jivo is much better than that one was but far from perfect. I've used it on battery alone and with the in-car charger and it makes no difference. I plug my iPhone into it, set up the car radio and it played perfectly. As I drive about, there are horrible squawks and beeps and other noises that totally spoil the experience. I now have to drive with the iPhone on my lap and when the interference gets too annoying pick up the attached Jivo and fiddle with it until the noise stops. Not ideal. Some days are worse than others with this. On a good day I can go a whole 30 minute journey without having to fiddle about with it. But on a bad day it can be every 2 minutes.

    Would I recommend it? Well it's better than nothing and doesn't cost too much.
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