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It's Great, but Overpriced When Considering it's Half This price for Amazon's US Customers.,
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This review is from: Satechi Soundfly AUX - FM transmitters (LCD, Wired, Audio (3.5mm), 88.1 - 107.9 MHz, 3.5 mm, SD) (Electronics)
1) Fabulous sound through your car radio. No distortion. As good as CD.
Radio one (for example) sounds pretty rough on most car systems, but for some reason music played via this unit sounds far, far better.
This was a nice surprise.
2) I have yet to come across any distortion, interference or cutting in to other car owners wavelengths who are using similar technology.
3) Reasonably well built, but not invulnerable by a long chalk. I doubt it would survive dropping or any other significant trauma. The power electrode that sits in the socket does so very tightly... Just be sure to remove it by gripping at its base, not from the main unit.
At £46 you might want to be careful with it.
4) Tracks can be changed without taking your eyes from the road whilst driving (inbetween gear changes, that is). Its one long press on the directional buttons to move through the album list (forwards or backwards), and one quick press on the same keys to go through the individual album tracks.
5) When turning off, it does generally restart from the point it was turned off or unplugged. There is also a button that can be pressed that accurately bookmarks any given point (so if you're into a particular album, you will always restart from there). It is just as easy to remove this bookmark or reset it (great for audio books as you progress through them).
6) The system does send track info to your stereo, which even works on my old-school system. Very helpful in identifying the music you are listening to if you have newish stuff.
7) The system is capable of reading a massive 32 gig of SD card data (that's around 300 full albums). Just make sure you get a reputable card that really does have the available space that is claimed. Even Amazon sells the cheap & nasty ones... Expect to pay upwards of £12 for 32 gig, and DO check the reviews.
THIS ITEM CANNOT RECOGNISE MORE THAN 32 GIG OF MEMORY, SO DON'T WASTE MONEY ON A BIGGER CARD THAN THAT!
8) Your tablet or Kindle Fire can be connected via the double ended stereo jack included. I hang my kindle along the seam of its opened case on my dash via a looped shoelace. That way I have a largeish (easy to operate) display touch-sensitive screen MP3 player (which can also play video sending sound to the cars superior stereo system). This is great for holidays or long journeys, but obviously a faff for nipping to Tesco's.
Obviously watching a video isnt advisable whilst driving, officer!
For those interested in this, a cigarette socket USB charger of 2 amp rating or above will keep your tablet charged. You would also need a 2 to 1 cigarrete socket adaptor cable... (under a fiver all told & delivered via Flea Bay ).
1) The remote only works when pointed directly at the unit. Good for passengers, a waste of time for the driver (and the buttons are tiny). Mines relegated (very possibly permanently) to the glove box.
2) It might have been better as a dash mountable option (with a flexible wire to the cigarette plug), then the buttons could be pressed with the aid of vision as well as feel). Looking down at it whilst driving does feel dangerous.
As stated above (though) it is easy to operate after a bit of practice purely by feel. Those with automatic transmission will clearly find it easier to operate than those having to constantly change gear.
It could easily be relocated to somewher a bit more convenient with a 12v extension cord & a bit of thought.
3) As stated in the title, this is only $40 delivery free on Amazon.com if your lucky enough to be living in the US (thats £24). You can get as far as the Amazon US checkout, but then it will not deliver outside of America
I have no doubt that this is due to main distribution being in the US, but it is still a pretty hard pill to swallow for UK customers... The dilemma is that this is far and away the best system available unless silly money is considered, and so if you want one in the UK you will pay dearly for it.
At the time of writing you will not find it elsewhere in the UK for significantly less delivered. You can purchase it directly from Satechi by paying dollars on a Visa/Mastercard conversion & save around £10 on the Amazon UK price delivered... I would however advise you to be careful as concerns this, as the Satechi returns conditions are a bit sticky (the no hassle Amazon returns protocol is probably worth the extra tenner).
It is a great little gadget & had it been the same cost as freely available to Amazon's US clientel, I would have given it 5 stars and not 4.
All cheaper systems of this type have very mixed reviews, with too many people stating problems and failure issues for my liking. In my experience, there is usually no smoke without a fire & that is why I took the (rather expensive) plunge.
Amazon really needs to remediate the massive & unfair difference between its UK & US pricing for this item... Bulk shipping (it is a popular item) cannot possibly justify double the price per single unit.
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2014, 16:45:11 BST
Scott & Victoria says:
It sounds like blantant discrimination but it's not, it's purely a business decision> In the U.S. they sell a refurbished unit for a lower cost. Selling these in the UK would be infeasible because there is a higher possibility that something could go wrong with them they may have to be returned. They don't want to get stuck paying for return international postage back to the US and then back to the UK again. They'd quickly start losing money on them. Hence the refurb units are sold in the US where they can be returned if necessary for a much lower cost.
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