Has anyone done a review of the MacAlly FM transmitter?

Posted by JDK on December 9, 2004 at 2:42 PM (PDT) Comment 1

i think that these companies should try more to put a lot of research into one porduct, rather then come up with ideas, then go over them and put them into production over and over until they get it right

Posted by M Bargo on December 9, 2004 at 8:25 PM (PDT) Comment 2

they make more money that way bargo

Posted by BIGP on December 10, 2004 at 7:06 AM (PDT) Comment 3

these products are vaporware. they've been in pictures all over the place for months but nobody has been able to get them esp. the fm-less. why would you want to give them the publicity...i would take this review down and put it back up when the product is more likely to be available; summer 2005. i hate it when the manufacturer shows something that they know they don't have, it's a lame way to try to compete.

Posted by kensteele on December 11, 2004 at 8:58 PM (PDT) Comment 4

Easy, easy, kensteele. Got up on the wrong side of the bed today?

Posted by wired on December 12, 2004 at 11:13 PM (PDT) Comment 5

The Tunebase is in stores. Unfounded comment.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on December 13, 2004 at 1:49 AM (PDT) Comment 6

Not from, not from, not from Amazon, not from Target, not from Best Buy, not on there some store in San Diego that only SoCal residents can go to get these? I consider them vaporware when 99% of America can't buy them. Sorry I'm just tired of companies announcing their wares simply to compete in the high stakes games and you can't really buy the stuff. Happens way too often. Looking at it on the website for weeks and weeks and weeks and reading press releases over and over don't help me. So my comment is completely founded in my book because I can't get one. Maybe I should rephrase it: I don't have one, my friends don't have one, their friends don't have one, and they don't know anybody who knows anybody who has one. The purpose of my comment is anyone reading this review and considering this product, don't waste your time searching all over creation trying to get one of these. Get something else.

Posted by kensteele on December 13, 2004 at 8:45 PM (PDT) Comment 7

I'm not attempting to persuade you to buy one, for the reasons explained by the review, but walk into an Apple retail store. They're sitting there - or at least, the TuneBase was (multiple units) when we checked this weekend. Call your local store if you're not sure.

Posted by Jeremy Horwitz on December 13, 2004 at 9:09 PM (PDT) Comment 8

The TuneBase broke the power hole in my car. I'm not happy.

Posted by picklechu on December 14, 2004 at 11:10 AM (PDT) Comment 9

What do you mean - can you describe what happened?

Posted by wired on December 15, 2004 at 7:50 AM (PDT) Comment 10

How about doing a review of the MacAlly FM transmitter?

Posted by JDK on December 17, 2004 at 3:49 PM (PDT) Comment 11

I just bought the Tunebase FM this past weekend and I must say that this review is dead on accurate. What made me get this product was the aesthetic appeal that it has over many similar products. Unfortunately, for an FM transmitter, it is horrrible. I literally tried every single station and even the best one sounded very bad. I hadn't noticed the line out sound quality but I did notice it sounded better than sticking my Sony tape adapter through the headphone jack. I only recommend this product if you have extra money to spend and use it only for recharging, a cradle, or line out purposes. I was disappointed that the FM tuner was so bad. Truth be told, I felt kinda ripped off.

Posted by Hanksta on December 21, 2004 at 9:43 PM (PDT) Comment 12

This product seems to be asking to be combined with the griffin itrip mini. I found that when I had the itrip mini, positioning in the car was the most important thing in getting ample static free sound. Seems $50 for a non-FM tunebase and $40 for a itrip may be a better deal than to expect the FM transmission from a tunebase FM to be any good?

Posted by vvedge on December 27, 2004 at 11:07 PM (PDT) Comment 13

I bought the Belkin Tunebase (without FM) for use with Griffin's iTrip mini. I push the Tunebase into my 2000 VW Passat’s power charger port located in the ashtray. The problem I have is that the Passat’s ashtray is very rickety. In my opinion the Tunebase's built-in rubber washer around the power adapter requires a lot of force to push into a car’s power charger port; too much force relative to the VW Passat's unstable ashtray. The positive being a lot of anti-twist stability, but you do have to use much greater force than is required with a traditional car power adapter. My ashtray dislodges (literally sounds like it cracks) and requires fixing each time the Tunebase goes in or out. The Passat’s power charger port also rotates ever so slightly, which causes the iPod mini to swing left and right while driving. Therefore, despite the anti-twist stability of the built-in rubber washer, my Tunebase annoyingly rotates nonetheless (NOTE: this is a VW power charger port issue). Short story long, it’s going back to the Apple store.

Posted by budkob on January 3, 2005 at 10:38 PM (PDT) Comment 14

I wanted to get the Tunebase at first (the general issue of FM transmitters made me decide to use the cheaper cassette adapter instead) but Belkin's website never had it availble. I came across the FlexDock for Ipod mini made by Ten Technology which is almost identical to the Tunebase. The color is charcoal/black instead of white and the line-out hole locations are different. I pre-ordered one online through Dr.Bott in Nov 2004 and received the product in Jan 2005. So far I am happy about it. The line out has 2 volume levels and only the lower one should be used if you don't want distortion. The line out works fine with the Maxell cassette adapter. The goose-neck design looks good in the car and provides accessibility to the iPOD mini. The only issue I have is once in a while when I make a sharp turn, the Flexdock swings, just like what the other poster reported on Tunebase. The Flexdock comes with a black cassette adapter, but the sound quality is flat and filled with distortion. Other than that, the Flexdock is a nice charger and flexible dock with good line-out quality(if you have a decent cassette adapter).

Posted by alvinh on January 17, 2005 at 4:36 PM (PDT) Comment 15

I seem to have a problem with my current Tunebase FM. The sound is distorted even though I am using a clear channel constantly. I have a huntch it has to do with the volume output. Unfortunetly since it connects through the bottom port rather than the headphone jack I cannot alter the volume to fix this distortion. The sound output from the FM transmitter is just like as if I turned the volume on the ipod too high with the tunecast II connected. Does anyone know if there's a program or mp3 like with the itrip griffin that can turn the volume down on the transmitter. I feel this will solve the issue.

Posted by zoglog on February 15, 2005 at 6:59 PM (PDT) Comment 16

I own and use this product daily (non-FM version), the only problems I've noticed with it are distortion of the highs (something no one else has reported), and a possible ground loop issue in the line out jack at higher volumes (an electrical issue with my car I believe).
I use this product with a hard wired FM modulator so it is possible that has something to do with the distortion, but I don't believe I had these problems before I began using the TuneBase.
None of these problems are bad enough to make me consider not using it, I enjoy it a lot.

Posted by Grubbi on March 26, 2005 at 6:46 PM (PDT) Comment 17

It would be really helpful to see some pictures of both this product and the Ten Technology flex dock actually in cars, I can't imagine the final effect, how high does it sit, how much can you twist the adapter and so on.

Posted by kickstart on April 12, 2005 at 2:32 AM (PDT) Comment 18

I just got my Tunebase today(not the fm version)

Some things to point out:

1. When the ipod slots into the tunebase, it doesn't "click" in, it just sits there held down by gravity.

2. If your cigarette socket is not ROCK-solid, the force required to install the tunebase will make the whole thing loose and you will have lots of sway. My socket rotates in the dash housing so if I go round a corner in the road, the whole thing falls over. I don't know how to fix this, I think epoxy-gluing the socket into the dash is my only may not even work because the force required to push in the tunebase will probably break the epoxy glue bond.

Bottom line: Unless your socket is 200% strong and non-moveable in any direction, don't buy this.

Posted by SpeedboatBuilder on April 22, 2005 at 1:43 PM (PDT) Comment 19

I just got my Tunebase FM within the past week. It's the just-released revision product. I have to assume that Belkin has succeeded in fixing whatever the problem was because this thing seems to work perfectly. There's always going to be some hiss with these FM transmitters but, I'll tell ya, the sound is substantially superior to what I was getting with the iTrip mini - the bass is clearer and less "boomy" and the treble, which was all but inaudible with the iTrip, is coming through loud and clear.

I'm a very happy camper right now. The only problem I see with the Tunebase is that I can't use it with any of my cases/skins. The fit inside that clear plastic skirt on the Tunebase is so snug. Is anyone aware of any skin that will work with the Tunebase?

Posted by Neal Katz on June 3, 2005 at 5:56 PM (PDT) Comment 20

Jeremy -

Please tell us what the physical length difference is between the 1st and 2nd generation TuneBase FM. How many inches in lengh for the stalk?

That way I can judge which one I bought from CompUSA ten days ago before the return priviledge wears out!!

I also liked the packaging in the main although the box closures at either side were a bit odd to handle.

Posted by qpower1 on July 2, 2005 at 8:37 AM (PDT) Comment 21

Has anyone gotten an answer to qpower1's question? I have the same problem.

It would also be nice to know if there is a way to tell the two generations apart BEFORE opening the box.

Posted by otaku on July 14, 2005 at 5:36 AM (PDT) Comment 22
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