Although there are
several MP3 FM transmitters on the market, none come close to
Cygnett's GrooveTransmit which features a sturdy cradle for your
"Apple" based MP3 player such as the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Although it does
support other MP3 players, it's really been designed for Apple iPod
products and it's compatible with the following devices;
Best of all, the
device is quite affordable prices and it boasts an almost flawless installation process
that will be installed in minutes once out of the packaging. If you
do need some support, there is an instruction sheet to assist in the
process but for us, it was relatively quite simple.
The design of GrooveTransmit looks like a GPS cradle that features a
cradle for a variety Apple iPod devices, a metallic moveable
that looks like something out of a science fiction movie and of
course a connection that plugs directly into the cigarette lighter
(power connection) of your car.
The cradle can even be adjusted to
a variety of different iPod sizes but for this review, we tested the
device with the new Apple iPhone 3GS and a 64GB Apple iPod Touch.
The only issue that I was a little apprehensive
during the installation was the adjustable
pads that hold the device in place as it does require some force to
open and close. In hindsight, this was not really an issue, provided
you take care when you install your device into the cradle but it
can be a little off-putting.
device also contains a button near the cigarette lighter connection to turn it
on and off. However when it's powered, some parts of the device will
glow blue which looks rather spiffy.
Just below the
cradle, there is a display with your current FM
transmission frequency and four buttons that can program a variety
of different FM frequencies for if you have any interference issues.
Although many FM
transmitters on the market
require you to pre-tune your own FM frequency, the GrooveTransmit
will auto-search for the best frequency and this worked
perfectly in a variety of areas in Melbourne from the CBD to the
country. It should be noted that the device supports frequencies
from 88.1 to 107.9Mhz.
The last feature of
the unit is 2.5mm auxiliary jack that allows you to connect other
MP3 players, although once again, the GrooveTransmit
is more suited for Apple products and personally, I would not recommend
other MP3 devices using this device.
The quality of transmission from our iPhone and iPod Touch was pure
audio bliss that sounded crystal clear through our stereo system in
the car. We also tested this device in two cars, a Mitsubishi Magna
and a Holden Commodore and both excelled in audio quality. Even
while we were driving through the CBD of Melbourne, we had no
interference problems whatsoever and the music flawless kept
GrooveTransmit will even charge your iPod or iPhones so you can rest
assured that you will not run out of batteries and the music will
stop. To compliment the product Cygnett offer 12-months warranty on
the product for som additional peace of mind.
At the end of the
day, Cygnett's GrooveTransmit is a very impressive accessory for
your iPhone, iPod or iPod touch and we cannot fault the device at all.
It's very easy to set and the device is quite sturdy but the only
suggestion I could make to the developers is that it allowed the
iPhone to be heard through your stereo system in the car when an
incoming call came in, especially considering the new laws in
Australia. Even so, if you're looking for well designed FM
transmitter than this is the product for you.
Check it out!