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  1. #1
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    Default Anyone try the DLO Transdock Micro FM transmitter?

    I'm impatiently waiting for mine...it had good reviews but was impossible to find. I had to order direct from DLO. I have the SanDisk Sansa, if that makes a difference.

    Just wondered if anyone has tried one compared to other transmitters.

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    Default You are ahead of the curve

    Quote Originally Posted by lnewman View Post
    I'm impatiently waiting for mine...it had good reviews but was impossible to find.
    Not being a fan of an iPod, I didn't, (until a moment ago) even know what one was. I hope you let us know how it works once it arrives!

    Mark

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    Default What's old is new!

    I don't know anything about the specific product you are looking at, but I do take a little joy in knowing the fm transmitter for portable electronics has made a comeback.

    10 years ago, I owned a similar device that I used to so I could use my portable CD player in the car. While cassette decks and tape adapters were a fairly common way to travel with CDs at the time, I only had an old analog am/fm radio (complete with the mechanical scan feature that actually moved the dials) and the little device worked wonders. It only cost $20 or so, and it even came with an adapter so you could run both the transmitter and the CD player off of the same cigarette lighter.

    Now that cassette players are virtually a thing of the past, and IPods are the new portable electonic toy, its nice to see this technology make a comeback.

    And I figure, I'm so rarely ahead of the curve on something, I should enjoy this moment while I can!

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    Default We are THE curve

    Quote Originally Posted by Midwest Michael View Post
    And I figure, I'm so rarely ahead of the curve on something,
    As knowledgeable roadtrippers -- we ARE the curve in terms of roadtrip advice. Actually, your comment prompted me to remember that in the Phoenix One -- the CD changer worked via one of these doo-hickies -- so I guess in 1993 we were plugging along that adoption curve too.

    Mark

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    Default

    Didn't you have the acoustic coupler/"Iguana" to thank back in Big Bend? Same thing, right? What's old is new again.

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    Default Okay, I've got it!

    Very easy to use and sounds great.

    I had always carried a dozen plus CDs with me, especially on trips up north as the radio stations that were worth listening to were few and far in between. However, I rarely like more than two or three songs per CD, so I spent more time shuffling around than actually listening.

    I asked for an MP3 player for Christmas and Santa was very obliged. Since I had an extensive collection of music on my laptop, and had lately been downloading songs as opposed to buying whole CDs, I had no trouble "syncing" my laptops' music library to my MP3. And I am not the most tech savvy.

    Anyway, this FM transmitter doo-hickey just plugs into my ciggie lighter. The other end plugs into my MP3. I set my stereo to an unused frequency, match the transmitter to the same frequency, and hit play on the MP3. Very easy. I like knowing that every song that will play is sonething I want to hear, and that I won't have to mess around with a bunch of CDs, so I can concentrate on driving, not figuring out which CD has what on it.

    It was a little pricey (the DLO TransDock was highly recommended and was $69.99; I could have spent less but I feared that the sound quality might suffer). I have seen them in Wal-Mart and the like for a lot less.

    Very handy to have, and well worth the money, in my opinion.

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    Default Thanks for the report!

    Quote Originally Posted by lnewman View Post
    Very easy to use and sounds great.
    Good to know -- I may have try one sometime.
    Very handy to have, and well worth the money, in my opinion.
    And I much prefer the thought that you are able to focus a little bit more on the driving activity with this gadget!

    Thanks again,

    Mark

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    Default That Iguana is still with us

    Quote Originally Posted by lnewman View Post
    Didn't you have the acoustic coupler/"Iguana" to thank back in Big Bend?
    I am not sure it really is the same thing -- since the Iguana would translate analog sounds into a digital sine wave, but I guess it really is in the same family.

    Mark

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