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I just got the iCarPlay and it works perfectly. I know the drawbacks with FM transmitters and that direct connect is better, but this is one of the better FM transmitters. I've tried the iRock and it never really worked that well and didn't have good range. The iCarPlay has better range and the the ability to charge the IPOD is the best part. I didn't have to turn the volume all the way up on the IPOD to hear it, like you have to with most other FM transmitters. I higly recommend it, if a FM transmitter is your only option.

Posted by Pat on August 12, 2004 at 3:45 AM (PDT) Comment 21

When looking at solutions at the apple store for my ipod mini, this thing just looked more complete. Fortunatly when i used it, it also happens to be the most complete solution. In the SFBay area, I might have to change the station once between SF and SJ. Other than that the sound quality is very good, and I have really not experienced the hiss that people are talking about except at insanly loud levels.
Couple of concerns though,
1. sound level is not as high as my other devices, normal radio or cd sound level is around 25% on my car (IS300), but normal level for the monster is around 60%. But then again, there is no real need to go much higher than this.

2. Charging it constantly kinda bothers me, I wish there was a switch to turn that off. the issue with the socket staying on doesn't happen to me, agree with whoever said this is only an issue with mainly american cars.

Posted by yang on August 18, 2004 at 2:51 PM (PDT) Comment 22

I bought the device for a trip through MT, WY, and Idaho where I expected to find few stations. It worked perfectly. Now, returning to an urban area I still find it works well. I like the fact that I only need to plug in one thing to both charge and play through the radio. That means only one thing to disconnect to hide the iPod in the glove box while parked.

I do not find the limit to car use a problem. It is easy enough to plug the iPod into my home stereo directly rather than try to broadcast through the radio.

This device is easy to use, well thought out, and handy.

Posted by Bgreig on August 22, 2004 at 9:50 AM (PDT) Comment 23

Bruce, did the the Monster iCarPlay work OK in Italy? I am going to France next week and I plan to use my ipod with the Monster iCarPlay in a rental car.

Posted by pof on August 28, 2004 at 7:43 PM (PDT) Comment 24

this thing works great, sound quality is not bad at all, the white noise is not that bad even at higher volumes...since it's for a car the noise is acceptable.

Posted by SiR001 on September 3, 2004 at 8:32 AM (PDT) Comment 25

I've used icarplay for about a month now. It works well as long as i'm not in Toronto. (too much interference) Quality of sound is fair to good, depending on interference. Understanding that no FM transmitter will give you CD quality sound is important. It is good for what it is.

Posted by daauger on September 8, 2004 at 7:09 AM (PDT) Comment 26

I purchased the monster transmitter after reading all of the reviews on fm transmitters on this site. Very happy to say that my research helped and I am very pleased with the product. I bought it at the store, went to my car opened up and plugged it right in. Very easy to use, you dont need instructions or anything. Yes it does get static every now and again, but it isn't that bad. I live in southern california where the radio stations are a bit jammed, but this transmitter still holds its own. Like others are saying it is pricey, but I think it is worth it.

Posted by Nikki on September 10, 2004 at 9:06 PM (PDT) Comment 27

I second what Nikki says. I just bought it today at the apple store at the Grove in LA, and it worked fine even in LA's congested spectrum. My friend has a Transpod FM, and the Monster transmitter has better sound and costs less! Just make sure at least one of the eight allowed frequencies are free in your area before buying, though.

Posted by Jeremy on September 13, 2004 at 6:26 PM (PDT) Comment 28

I have both the iTrip and the icarplay, and can safely say the icarplay is far superior. I live in NJ so the airwaves are pretty congested. Although the itrip can be tuned to any station, the output is very low and it seems to drain my iPods battery twice as fast. The icarplay line out is great and I don't have to crank the volume on my radio nearly as loud.
Just my opinions, but I really like this product.

Posted by Brian on September 30, 2004 at 3:55 PM (PDT) Comment 29

I just got the icarplay today after hearing the raving reviews. I have used the belkin and the itrip and this product beats them down, brutally. The icarplay is beautifully small, convenient, and intuitive; it charges my ipod, lets my stereo system take full control over the volume, and it even turns the ipod to pause when I turn the car off (ipod auto. turns off afterwards). Music is better than most fm radio quality, so I can't be happier.

itrip and belkin? don't bother; get iCarplay!

Posted by Nathan on October 17, 2004 at 5:30 PM (PDT) Comment 30

I just bought one of these and have used it for about 10 hrs-I have gotta say that it works very well, I live in a large city and its very difficult to find any empty freq's-but it doesn't seem to matter-this baby transmits over the top of the weaker stations for a great reception. I have also tried the Belkin tunecast II and found it useless in a city (having to replace the batteries is a pain in the a$$ to)

Posted by Paul on October 19, 2004 at 4:08 PM (PDT) Comment 31

I had to return the Monster iCarPlay. The plug is too thick and will not fit into the lighter/charger ports in my 2004 Nissan. Amazon is not happy about an open merchandise return now, and I'm also having to battle them over return shipping. The Nissan doesn't come with cigarette lighters, just power ports that accept other brands of charging units without problems- for example, a Belkin car charger for Nokia phones fits and works perfectly.

Posted by audata on October 30, 2004 at 10:03 PM (PDT) Comment 32

I hooked up my U2 iPod to Mercedez-Benz SLK230 with iCarPlay FM transmitter. I don't smoke, so the cable is nicely hidden to the ashtray. Check this out:

http://web.daigoexpressed.net/daigo/blog/2004/11/black-red-black-red.html

Posted by DAIGO on December 3, 2004 at 11:51 PM (PDT) Comment 33

I just bought the icarplay to use in Chicago and I'm having tons of problems with static. I have to change the station frequently and really can't get away from the hiss unless I'm in a rural area. To the guy that said he disconnected his antenna to eliminate the hiss-does this really work? has anyone else had luck removing your antenna? Thanks.

Posted by scoots56 on December 4, 2004 at 3:23 PM (PDT) Comment 34

Removing the antenna is great. I own a 2003 Corolla S in the Bay Area, California, where every station is packed. And removing the antenna from the top of my car made iCarPlay perfect. Woohoo!

Posted by Laketica on December 18, 2004 at 1:18 PM (PDT) Comment 35

I must say that the plug was a bit big for my case (my case is made by Incase), but I just had to work it out a bit, since it's leather, I just needed to stretch it like a few millimeters, and it's fine now.

Posted by Laketica on December 18, 2004 at 1:24 PM (PDT) Comment 36

Apparently Monster is trying to address concerns about FM station interference -- their new version of the iCarPlay will use any available frequency, with 3 presets.

http://monstercable.com/computer/productPageComputer.asp?pin=2660

I've been looking around for a retailer that discounts the "Plus" model, but everyone seems to be selling the original 8-freq version at this point.

Posted by cornholio on December 26, 2004 at 1:22 PM (PDT) Comment 37

I live in Norway and just recieved my Icarplayer. I am having no trouble whatsoever with throwing away public channels, and the "hiss" that has been discussed has still not appeared here.

Three thumbs up! After me and a friend tested my Icarplayer against his ITrip, I am in love :o)

The Icarplayer and Itrip on the same frequency, and guess who won.

Buy this one!

Posted by TheScorp on January 3, 2005 at 12:17 AM (PDT) Comment 38

I found the Icarplay plus on Academic Superstore for 57.95.

You need to scan a pic of a valid student ID to get that discount, but if you know someone with an ID or have one yourself it's well worth it.

Here is the link.

http://www.academicsuperstore.com/market/marketdisp.html?PartNo=726056&qk_srch=monster+ipod

Posted by TheBadGuy on January 10, 2005 at 1:17 PM (PDT) Comment 39

Update, you don't need a college ID to get the 57.95 price at Academicsuperstore.

Posted by TheBadGuy on January 15, 2005 at 5:09 PM (PDT) Comment 40

I've tried several FM Transmitters and have found that they are not all created equal. The belkin one is great in that it uses the entire FM spectrum, but doesn't remember the last station it was set to (you have to scroll through the memory for that.) C.Crane is good, but it's kinda big and cumbersome and really expensive. This one isn't that bad, I had to take my antenna off in order to use it because we have stations on all those 8 presets were I live. Monster has another one that is digital and has the full sprectrum of FM channels, but very expensive. I'd buy it if you can take of your car's antenna.

Posted by A. Craig on February 9, 2005 at 11:19 AM (PDT) Comment 41

Living in Northern VA, one of the most crowded places in America, I was skeptical whether or not this product would work well for me. I have to say that I'm thrilled with how it has performed. Sure, it doesn't have the power intensity of a 50,000 watt station but it still sounds very, very good. Using the device is simple - just press the red button to change iPod stations and then sync your radio with it.

Oh, I've found the music sounds best when you turn off the EQ all-together on your iPod. Just let it play "au natural".

Posted by SLMA on February 10, 2005 at 11:28 AM (PDT) Comment 42

Definitely the best of all the FM transmitters I've used. The rundown... 1) ITRIP-A lot of static in the Dallas area. Pain to change stations on the ITRIP. 2) C. Crane- Decent reception. Too many variables to adjust the sound.. you'll have to adjust it on your IPOD, your radio, and lastly on the C. Crane. Lastly it's bulky and gets in the way. So-so product in my opinion. 3) Extreme Airplay- Awful static, could not find a single station that this worked on. Brought it back to the Apple Store and exchanged it for 4) ICarplay from Monster- Excellent reception, still some static but minimal especially compared to the ITRIP. User friendly as it charges your IPOD at the same time, easy to change stations. Downside you can only use it in your car. My recommendation is ICarplay all the way. 2nd choice C. Crane. Last choice Airplay. Just my two cents!

Posted by AudiMac on April 17, 2005 at 7:08 PM (PDT) Comment 43

This is the best FM transmitter I have used so far. It doesn't fuzz out while deep inside the city streets of Atlanta. It is very easy to use and the sound quality is very very good. I would (and have) recommend this to ANYONE who wants to use their iPod in their car. It is just great!

Posted by LooseCannon68 on May 16, 2005 at 4:45 AM (PDT) Comment 44

I own a 4th Gen 40 gig iPod. I own a factory stocked Mazda Protégé 2002 which can't be fitted with a hardware iPod solution. I live in North Austin, TX and drive back and forth to the south side of Austin. I also frequently drive through Dallas, San Antonio, and Oklahoma all the time. I am a sound engineer with a good ear but I realize that FM transmission quality is bad so I already accepted this before deciding to purchase an FM Transmitter for my iPod. I own a nice audio setup at home and don't need an FM transmitter for my home audio plus I have the Lansing portable speaker set. I've owned and tried all of the following transmitters and hopefully my experiences will help someone make an informed purchasing decision. I owned the following FM Transmitters in the order of purchase:

1. Belkin Tune Cast -

The Good: Sound quality was good for FM. Cheaper
The Bad: The transmitter needed batteries. Power adaptor was really long and I couldn't place a cup in my cup holder because the Mazda Protégé's lighter is in front of the cup holder. You could only plug in one item for charging either your iPod or your FM transmitter. There is no power on for the FM transmitter.
The Ugly: I drive stick, no place to put my cup with my iPod holder and power adaptor taking up both cup slots. I often drive 6 hour trips so buying batteries all the time was getting expensive and with the frequency with which I change songs on my iPod the iPod's battery depleted quickly. I decided I needed the new Tune Cast II because it powered the FM Transmitter as well as the iPod


2. Belkin Tune Cast II -

The Good: None
The Bad: Same as above. The power adaptor didn't get smaller, doh! But the worst thing was the physical design. The cable for the tuner was perpendicular to the actually Tune Cast's oval unit. You have a cable to plug into the top of the iPod and a cable to plug-in the bottom. Not exactly convenient to handle. Since there is no power on for the FM transmitter you had to pray that it would come on when you started your iPod. Mine never did so you were left listening to the static a high volume. The wrestling with the Transmitter cable and hoping the thin powered on was too much stress while driving. There must have been a short or something, it was so bad that when I turned my iPod on it must have only worked 20% of the time. My girlfriend hated it. The FM memory presets never seemed to work everytime.
The Ugly: My girlfriend almost left me and I almost got in too many vehicle accidents fighting with the cable to work. Avoid at all costs!!!!

3. Airplay

The Good: Powered via iPod, great form factor, small and light.
The Bad: Bad sound quality or static quality. I even tried holding it next to my antennae. No dice.
The Ugly: The most frustrating part was that in theory this device rocks, but in actuality the sound just didn't even have a faint signal to the noise ratio.

4. iTrip

The Good: Small form factor, powered by iPod. You can download an FM frequency guide on their website for all cities in the US or Europe. Cheap cost
The Bad: Must Install audio files on iPod first via iTunes. Static - bad sound quality
The Ugly: By this point you can imagine I was just upset.

5. Monster iCarPlay FM Transmitter - My last purchase until I buy a new vehicle.

The Good: Love the color black and gray interior matches my car perfect, Power adaptor is small and recessed so I can use my cup holder and have it plugged in at the same time. One cable connects to the bottom of the iPod. Best FM sound quality so far of all I purchased. Longer cable so iPod can easily move around in the vehicle. Sturdy cables, not flimsy like the Belkin cable.
The Bad: pricey $80
The Ugly: So far so good, little pricey but after the hell I went through this thing actually works and that pleases me.

Posted by muco007 on June 1, 2005 at 10:59 AM (PDT) Comment 45
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