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.
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.
This product works sporadically. It is a good idea, but if the radio picks up just a sliver of a station it messes with the wireless reception. I have tried it for over a month but it is frustrating because you will be driving down the road listening to something and it just glitches out and you have to search for another channel which is a manual function and change it on the radio and the device. Not very conducive to safe driving. I wish I had just returned them when I could have, but I wanted to give them a chance. Easier to just listen to my music/podcasts through the phone than this.
The volume control is ok but my car radio and Spotify noticeably does not play as loud when connected to the Bluetooth. It used to connect automatically as soon as I turned on my Bluetooth but now I have to find the device name and connect in my settings. The absolute worst part is sound quality. I was hoping the microphone would pick up my voice but all calls complain that they can barely hear me unless I lean over the wheel and speak almost directly into the microphone. I think it’s a great idea that is poorly executed. I’d say find a different model. Possibly one that has the microphone separate from the device.
the product has to be used by tuning your radio to an unused radio station and then tune the product to the same station and its then used through your radio. As you know, an "unused" radio station is FULL of static and generally this drives me crazy. We tried using this on a big road trip and tried to call our family while we were on the road going through a major town thinking the static wouldn't be that bad in a big city....Im not very scientific so I just don't know really. But the bottom line here is that the call was not very loud and if we turned the volume up either on the prduct or our radio, it was just a louder static call that the other person can't hear you at all. We were taking our trip to the coast and my mother said "Oh I can hear the ocean in the background!" We said "sorry but no, were still a day away". I would have returned this but there wasn't a good time period to do so. we bought it a month before we left so that we could get used to the functioning of it, not realizing that we literally had a month return window. We HATE this item and wouldn't recommend to anyone else. Even if you wanted to use your Pandora or music on your phone, it's still very static!!!! Imagine your favoriate song comes on and you want to turn it up??? NOT!!! UGH!!!!!!!!
This is a sweet little transmitter that worked really well for awhile but it is cheaply made. It transmits very clearly and I like how it can be set to any FM frequency, unlike so many others that only have a few presets. The Mic even works great for hands free calling from your phone. At first I was so impressed with how it worked, that I was recommending it to all my friends. But after only a few months of light use, the flexible part of it separated from the base. It actually does still function but the head/display hangs loose by the internal wire now and I'm sure it wouldn't last much longer if I still kept using it. It appears that the flexible part was threaded into a nut inside the base which worked itself off. The base is glued together so there is no way to take it apart to fix it. I emailed the company directly in hopes that they might stand behind it but they didn't even respond to me. You'll love the way it works if you don't mind buying a new one every few months, but if you are like me and feel that something like this should last at least a year, then I suggest you look for something better as I will be doing.