This product works well but sometimes I need to change the station it broadcasts on because it starts picking up a some clicking noises. But for those cars without built in bluetooth this thing is worth the money even with my 3 star rating. The reason for the three star rating is that occasionally without my knowledge the unit changes stations. I usually keep it around 87.9 on the FM dial with an FM preset set to that station so I can easily answer a phone call and rout it through my speakers. Then sometimes I answer the call and hear only static and then look down to see the unit set to a random station like 102.3. Then I scramble around to get the stations changed, which isn't exactly safe while driving, so that I can actually get the phone call. If you are always using your phone for streaming music this won't be a problem because you would check this before pulling out of your driveway. For me who listens to a lot of talk radio I don't normally use the bluetooth function except for phone calls.
Instead of getting a "Nulaxy," I received an ugly unit simply called "Car MP3" that looks nothing like the product photo. It's very cheap and easily breakable. Makes a loud buzzing noise between songs. Bluetooth doesn't work. Has a really cheap-looking and -feeling remote control that also doesn't work. One of the worst purchases I've ever made from Amazon. Now I have to go through the hassle of returning it. Very dissatisfied.
The volume is too low & can't be fixed with pairing/unpairing or changing the radio channel. I turned it all the way up and still had to turn my phone all the way up AND the radio all the way up, which resulted in bad static - no matter what the radio station was set too. I returned it.
Lack of a power switch is something that didn't seem to matter, but it does when you wish to connect to other devices. Unplugging it from the power receptacle is a hazard while driving. If static matters to you, look at a different solution. The static is caused by radio station 'bleed-over'. This is likely a difficult thing for a manufacturer to overcome. In a saturated radio market, finding an open FM station without a directly adjacent on-air radio station is difficult. Even if one is found, if you travel to another area where your chosen station is occupied your audio quality will suffer. The microphone pickup for hands free calling lacks the sensitivity needed to be heard by your other party. The mic is near the volume knob so unless the unit is close to your face, your voice will sound distant and faint. Bluetooth Pairing is simple and easy. The external audio jack was my saving grace - it allowed me to jack into the auxiliary input to my stereo and bypass the FM transmitter component. Not optimal as I hoped to eliminate the wires spewing from all corners of the car. This defeated the purpose of the purchase.
The part of the device that plugs into the port is a very tight fit, you have to force it in and out and since I won't leave it plugged in when I'm not using it out of fear of draining my battery it is a little annoying. Besides that, the bluetooth connection on my device is very bad. It is constantly disconnecting from my Galaxy S7, so while I'm listening to music I often have to stop and listen to static while I wait and wait for it to reconnect. I found better sound quality when using the AUX cord to connect my phone to the device directly. Lastly, I have to twist it around in the cigarette port and turn the arm a certain way for it to work. It's just a lot to mess with while you're driving and have to keep your eyes on the road. All the good reviews gave me high hopes.
This product worked great in my car. There wasn't a ton of static, it connected with my phone right away, and it was easy to use. What wasn't great was that it doesn't shut off, leaving your car battery at risk for draining out. The main problem here is that this item could barely budge. It's impossible to take out of the cigarette lighter jack. And when I removed it, this component pulled out the wiring and metal parts of my cigarette lighter. Leaving it unusable and impossible for my fm transmitter to be used after it. As good as this product was it most certainly isn't good enough to ruin parts of my car. First time ever having a bad experience on amazon. Hoping the return process is easy.
I really wanted this to work but it didn't. First, tons of static on any station and tried this in multiple location in my city. Second, although the rest of the product seemed sturdy enough, the connector was made of cheap black plastic and no matter how much I tried, it would never fully 'connect' and turn on when plugged in. You had to shimmy and pull it out a little, turn it a couple different ways, all the while the product is turning on and off. There was no 'plug and play' with it. Really disappointed with this product and for now, I'll just stick to burning CD's. The screen was nice, bright and easily readable for the couple seconds it did stay on. :/ One star.
Edit: Company offered me another one free of charge so I tested it out for 2 weeks - both in my hometown (metro city) and traveling into rural countryside through alternating stations. After review, it turns on now (thank god lol) but it's still really difficult to insert and is super tight (I have a Mercury Sable 2002). It so tight-fitting that I've hit my hand on the middle console trying to rip it out. I guess I'd rather have it too tight than too loose and falling out. Second, the static is always present and the intensity of it really seems to depends on the weather and other vehicles around you also using this sort of thing. Sometimes it was barely noticeable and other times, I stopped using it because the static was loud. Also, keep in mind what kind of music you are listening to, anything with soft tones and no heavy base line, you will definitely hear the static. Overall, I added another two stars-would I buy it again with this replacement I received? Probably not but if you have no other options and are looking for something cheap-this can work most of the time. Next time I'd definitely pay more for a product with an on/off switch.
I like that this transmitter is virtually plug and play. In a matter of 15 seconds it is ready to go and provides a pretty clear signal for being transmitted over a FM station. It's a 100 times better than an older FM bluetooth transmitter that we use to have. That being said, ours loses pairing with our phones at random and relatively frequently intervals which is why I have a hard time recommending it. We have had it for a year now and nothing seems to have fixed it from randomly dropping the pairing. Putting your phone withing in a few inches of the transmitter, having the phone further away, reseting the phone, manually dropping the pairing and then reconnecting etc, the transmitter still will most likely drop the pairing at a random interval while dirving, in town, and in the middle of the desert where other interference should not be a factor. Iphone 6, 8 and X have all been tried.
The Bluetooth functionality works fine. I had no problems figuring out how to operate the device. I couldn't give it a good review though. My one and only issue which is a big factor for me is that the sound quality is very poor. Any radio station I listen to sounds more clear then this thing. I felt like every artist that I listened to was singing with a lisp. The only way to keep from hearing the lisp or hissing sound was to turn it down to where it's pretty hard to hear. So definitely not satisfied at all with the sound quality. :(
This is perfect if you want to listen to your music or to have surround sound in your car when watching movies, but it is horrible as a car phone Bluetooth. There is a tiiiny microphone hole and you have to plug the unit into the car lighter. I heard them fine, but they couldn't hear me at all unless I bent my head over to the microphone. Then I couldn't see the road. The main reason I bought this was because my car didn't come equipped with an auxiliary plug in and I had no option for hands free phone calls. If you want something to listen to music on, I'm sure there are cheaper options available. But the hands free calling is useless. Unless they can find a way to move the microphone or amplify it, I wouldn't waste my money.