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Kensington debuts new FM transmitter/charger

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

imageKensington has announced its new FM Digital Transmitter/Auto Charger for listening to your music collection on your iPod through your car stereo. The $79.99 device transmits tunes from an iPod to any FM frequency on your car radio (unlike the company’s FM Transmitter/Auto Charger, which only offers eight channel options). The all-in-one device plugs into a car’s cigarette lighter outlet to charge your iPod simultaneously.

The Kensington FM Digital Transmitter/Auto Charger is compatible with any Dock Connector iPod or iPod mini, and features Aerielle wireless technology, a blue back-lit LCD display, three station pre-set buttons, and a safety fuse that protects against power spikes.

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1

Eagerly awaiting a patented iPodlounge review. It look like this could be the one.

Posted by pastpolls on April 20, 2005 at 12:03 PM (PDT)

2

I like my Monster® iCarPlay™ Wireless Plus, it isn’t so bulky where it plugs in to the cigerette lighter, and it has a nice sized LCD to display the station info, and its the same price.

Posted by mp3mooch in Classified on April 20, 2005 at 3:25 PM (PDT)

3

Alright have one and love it.  Buy.com has it for 54$ w/ free shipping

Posted by taus on April 20, 2005 at 7:52 PM (PDT)

4

1st word should have been “already”....not alright…sorry..

Also, main reason that I got this one over the monster digital transmitter/charger was that the dock connector fit through my marware case, whereas the monster did not.

Posted by taus on April 20, 2005 at 7:55 PM (PDT)

5

I use my iCarplay with the contour design

Posted by mp3mooch in Classified on April 20, 2005 at 8:01 PM (PDT)

6

If you have one, how does it sound. Is it better than other?

Posted by pastpolls on April 20, 2005 at 9:02 PM (PDT)

7

I am very satisfied with the sound quality.  As soon as you get your station locked in, there is complete silence before you press play on your ipod, versus high pitched squeals and static from others I’ve tried (itrip,dlo,belkin).  The bass has been excellent and overall music quality has been as good as you can expect for an FM transmitter in my opinion.  I guess we can thank the airielle enabled technology for that.  I have heard that the digital monster cable is excellent too, but I like how this matches the ipod in color and form perfectly, versus the black of the monster.

Posted by taus on April 20, 2005 at 10:48 PM (PDT)

8

I had 2 monster’s and took them both back.  There was always some static, and it didn’t seem to deliver an equally loud signal to both stereo channels.

I too would like to see a ipodlounge review of this product.

The one I had been waiting for was the DVForge PodBuddy.  But, now that I have read stuff about this company, I’m not so sure.

That PodBuddy was supposed to automatically find the cleanest weakest radio station to lock onto.  Plus, it has a coolarm that hold the ipod up in the air.

Posted by genrlz on April 21, 2005 at 7:23 AM (PDT)

9

I have the older version of this—which only lets you transmit to 88.1-7 and 107.1-7—and it is outstanding. I turned up the bass a little bit and set the iPod’s EQ to “Acoustic” and I really cannot tell the difference between playing a CD. It can get very loud and with my setting it is clear in all the ranges. I’m sure that some quality is lost, but, honestly, you’re driving a car. Cars are noisy. This version could very well be “The One,” but the older one is just fine for me. I live about 20 minutes north of Boston, and until I’m actually in the city limits, I don’t have to change the station. Being able to designate any station is certainly an improvement, but I will assure you that this sounds good. It has this patented technology in it called “Aerielle” or something like that. I don’t know anything about it, but I do know that I had no idea FM could sound this good.

Posted by jmaurand on April 25, 2005 at 9:13 PM (PDT)

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I have the new digital model.  I also have an ICarplay.  I like the Kensington better.  It’s easier to use, nice clear blue glow led.  Much easier to change channels while you’re driving.  Looks great with its Ipod white styling.

Reception seems slightly better than the Icarplay.  But both models are subject to static drift depending on atmospheric conditions and time of day, even if there’s no competing broadcasts on the chosen frequency.

Unfortunately the Kensington Digital will NOT tune down to 87.9.  But I’ve found 89.5 works quite well in the West Los Angeles area.

Posted by jazmaan in Santa Monica, CA on May 6, 2005 at 7:58 PM (PDT)

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