Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

236 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 8

Topic # 29065 21-Dec-2008 18:34
Send private message

Hi people, just after some advice on how to get an mp3 player hooked up to a factory stereo with no aux input.

I picked up a cheapy fm transmitter off TM. My expectations were averagely low, but this thing is fankly pretty horrible.
Wasn't expecting CD quality, but I thought it might be similar to FM radio which would be fine.

1st question: are there any transmitters that sound OK? (ie: is a brand name belkin or itrip any better).

2ndly: have seen overseas an option that is a step up - they are still an fm modulator, but they plug in-line into the aerial cable, so no transmitter needed (still only fm quality, but no interferrence). Anyone seen one in NZ? Or even better used one?

Any advice much appreciated! Car is an import prius, replacing the factory stereo would loose a lot of nice to have features.

Cheers, Matt...

Create new topic
3000 posts

Uber Geek


Reply # 185531 21-Dec-2008 20:13
Send private message

Ew, No, I have never come upon a good one, ranging for absurdly horrible to marginal at best.

iTrip is ok but still not the greatest and expensive.

The Belkin one was the best sounding and also had the most piddly rf output resulting in static much of the time and it was also $90.
Best spend your money on a new cheap headunit with AUX input, with the factory-Other converter plugs these days it's such a simple install, the other option (depending on car ownership etc) is to "convert" the factory FM/AM/TAPE unit into a FM/AM/AUX unit which suits modern day much better.

6319 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 382

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 185585 22-Dec-2008 00:41
Send private message

I've had a pretty good run with the iTrip - it worked well with my iPod, it doesn't need separate batteries and turns off when you turn the iPod off.  The car I did use it in had the radio aerial at the front so that may have helped.  The nice thing too is you can go from car to car and tune the iTrip in and use your iPod in any car you so please.

I do agree that an AUX input is a great thing to get.  The ultimate though is an integrated iPod control - I have one in my current stereo and works a charm (you control all the iPod functions on the headunit rather than on the iPod).

1818 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 52


  Reply # 185589 22-Dec-2008 03:35
Send private message

My friend got a cheap one that pluged into the car lighter,  it would cut out on road bumps.

I got one that runs off a couple of aaa's and could switch and fine tune. It works ok, considering it's FM quality on a cheap sterio.

Both from Trademe and under $30.

236 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 8

  Reply # 185598 22-Dec-2008 07:20
Send private message

Thanks guys - I might borrow another one to see if I just got a total dud.

More searching has turned up this which is exactly what I need - US$80 though.

Hawkes Bay
8477 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4

Mod Emeritus
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 185635 22-Dec-2008 10:24
Send private message

I had an Airplay (top mount) for my old Gen4 Photo. Worked "good".

Had to ditch it when I went to Gen5 (no top connector).

Got a Griffin roadtrip - it was "very good" (approximately FM radio quality). Destroyed the connector (it got a lot of use though - I dont blame the product.

Have an iTrip now, and its "pretty average" to the point where I choose to use a short 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable jacked in the front of my headunit. Looks like badwords but quality is as good as the rest of the setup allows for - certainly WAY better than even the "very good" roadtrip.

Visit for New Zealand based Hosted Exchange, Virtual Servers, Web Hosting, FTP Backup & more.
(1GB free FTP storage, or larger plans from $5.75)
 - Setup your own mailserver at home on Ubuntu Server - full step by step howto here.
 - Have you seen this: Nathan "KFC4LIFE" Dunn.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Intel introduces new NUC kits and NUC mini PCs
Posted 16-Aug-2018 11:03

The Warehouse leaps into the AI future with Google
Posted 15-Aug-2018 17:56

Targus set sights on enterprise and consumer growth in New Zealand
Posted 13-Aug-2018 13:47

Huawei to distribute nova 3i in New Zealand
Posted 9-Aug-2018 16:23

Home robot Vector to be available in New Zealand stores
Posted 9-Aug-2018 14:47

Panasonic announces new 2018 OLED TV line up
Posted 7-Aug-2018 16:38

Kordia completes first live 4K TV broadcast
Posted 1-Aug-2018 13:00

Schools get safer and smarter internet with Managed Network Upgrade
Posted 30-Jul-2018 20:01

DNC wants a safer .nz in the coming year
Posted 26-Jul-2018 16:08

Auldhouse becomes an AWS Authorised Training Delivery Partner in New Zealand
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:55

Rakuten Kobo launches Kobo Clara HD entry level reader
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:44

Kiwi team reaches semi-finals at the Microsoft Imagine Cup
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:38

KidsCan App to Help Kiwi Children in Need
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:32

FUJIFILM announces new high-performance lenses
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:57

New FUJIFILM XF10 introduces square mode for Instagram sharing
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:44

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.