Sonnet PodFreq Premium FM Transmitter - FMT-IPOD-BLK

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Great transmitter. Worth the extra $

on 2/27/2007

This is the third FM transmitter I've bought over the years and this one blows the others away. The first one was the first generation iTrip which was horrible. The second was the Belkin FM Transmitter which was horrible. Now this one which works great. The others were horrible because the slightest bit of "interference" caused them the sound to crack, hiss, drop out, etc. They also connected via the headphone port which doesn't seem to be optimal. The PodFreq has great sound and it runs off the iPod battery. The iPod docks into the PodFreq device which has a Firewire and a mini USB port to charge/transfer songs & data without having to take it out of the ProdFreq. It comes with a carrying bag, which is nothing special, but still nice to have. Two minor complaints: You have to use the provided spaces/pads to make sure your iPod fits snugly into the PodFreq device. Not a big deal but the clear spaces are a tiny bit ugly. Second, the latch on the side that holds the "lid" down is a little bit weak. I would prefer a stronger latch that couldn't be bumped loose as easily. But you shouldn't worry too much as long as you get the right spacers in there to begin with.

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Product Overview

Cut the wire--Sonnet's PodFreq for Apple iPods with dock connector wirelessly broadcasts your iPod's tunes to any nearby FM radio. Find a frequency on the FM dial with no stations, select the same frequency on PodFreq, and play your music--it's that simple. How does it sound? Superb. PodFreq's advanced audio design ensures superior music quality.

Operating the PodFreq could not be easier. There's no need to plug in cables, no software to install--just turn on your iPod® and PodFreq, extend the antenna, and you're ready to Freq! Once you've tuned your radio and PodFreq to the same frequency, press play on your iPod and crank up the volume on your radio--share your music library without passing around the earbuds!

PodFreq's sound quality is a cut above the rest. Its smooth, extended frequency response and high signal to noise are achieved through the use of premium quality components designed specifically for FM music transmission. While other manufacturers' products are designed around parts made for wireless microphones, PodFreq is designed to be the best sounding FM transmitter available.

Specifications

Manufacturer Sonnet Technologies
Mfg Part# FMT-IPOD-BLK
SKU 10410682
UPC 732311003851
UPC 14 00732311003851
Features
Unique Durable Design:
Available in traditional iPod white or sleek black, PodFreq requires no batteries and uses a very small amount of power from your iPod. Its durable latching case (with built-in swiveling stand) protects your iPod while leaving its controls easily accessible. The telescoping antenna increases the available FM transmisson range (unlike other FM transmitters) and assures a consistent reception.
Digital Display:
PodFreq's digital tuner with LCD display is visible at a glance, so you don't have to fumble around in menus trying to find which frequency you've selected. With a few simple clicks of the up/down tuning buttons, you can select an optimal drift-free broadcasting to any frequency between 88.3 and 107.7 MHz in 0.1 steps.
Dock Substitute:
Since PodFreq connects to your iPod through the dock connector, we decided to add mini-USB 2.0 and FireWire® ports to PodFreq's case—you can charge and sync your iPod* right inside it. No messing around with additional cables or docks. Everything is self-contained. Sync and transfer music and files and/or charge your iPod without removing it from PodFreq (FireWire or mini-USB 2.0 cable required, sold separately).
Accessible Jacks:
PodFreq doesn't connect to the headphone jack, so we made the headphone jack accessible—you can plug in for private listening at any time with separate volume control while you broadcast. PodFreq will also continue broadcasting to a selected FM frequency for those looking to hear your tunes.
Tech Specs
PodFreq Part No.: FMT-IPOD-BLK (Black)
Antenna: Telescoping, 8.6" (21.8 cm) when fully extended
Power Requirements: No batteries or power cables; powered by the iPod
Frequency Modulation: 88.3 to 107.7 MHz
Tuning Type: Digital tuning, tunes in 0.1 MHz steps, last station recall
Stereo Separation: Greater than 40dB
Auto Level Control: Built-in to prevent sound distortion
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: Greater than 45dB (Stereo) 15 kHz LPF
Modulation Distortion: Less than 0.5%
Transmitter Range: 10-35 feet (30-10.7 m), depending on FM receiver/antenna
Frequency Response: 50 Hz to 15 kHz
Ports: mini-USB 2.0 and 6-pin FireWire
Dimension: 2.87"x5.46"x1.35" (7.3 x 13.9 x 3.4 cm)
Warranty: 1-year limited warranty
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