With a zillion reviews on this product already, I want to be the guy who actually compares the two products you're probably looking at: this Nulaxy unit, and the VicTsing T10. If you've been pulling your hair out trying to figure out the difference, I can tell you that aside from packaging and instruction manual details, they are EXACTLY the same unit (and both labeled as Made in China, for those who have asked). They both have the horribly loud and annoying voice saying 'Searching for pairing' (or Perry, as some claim). The announcement may also accidentally go into Chinese, and if that's happened to you, there's a way to get it back to English...it's in the manual.
The reason I am in a position to compare the two is this: I first bought the VicTsing a couple months ago. I reviewed that unit yesterday, and it's pretty detailed if you want to look for it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01DDPUQTS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . I loved the VicTsing so much I planned to buy a second one for another car (which ALSO doesn't have Bluetooth or Aux In) but I got adventurous instead and bought the SoundBot unit https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CIZCAG6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (a totally different unit which I also reviewed if you want to learn more about it). Sent the SoundBot back for one minor but really annoying reason: every time it turns on, you have to reset the FM frequency.
So I decided to buy a second VicTsing, but figured I'd order the Nulaxy instead to see if there really was a difference between the two. While waiting for the Nulaxy, I wrote to VicTsing and asked them if their unit and the Nulaxy were from the same manufacturer, and I received the following reply: "Please kindly note that we are different store from different manufacture. It mat looks the same. However, the may behaves differently. And please kindly rest assured that VicTsing provides 1 year warranty. VicTsing won't let our customers suffer any loss from our store. Your satisfaction is always our top priority. If you have any further questions, just feel free to contact us."
Well, today after receiving the Nulaxy unit, I repeatedly alternated plugging the VicTsing and the Nulaxy into my 2006 Miata and I can tell you there is absolutely no difference between the two. . . same annoying 'Pairing' announcement, same blue lighted buttons, same battery voltage check upon start-up, same gooseneck, and exactly the same performance. (The VicTsing I got is black with silver trim; the Nulaxy is solid gloss black, but that's because they had more color choices). Exact same price, too. The manuals are different (the VicTsing offers 5-6 languages; the Nulaxy is in English only, and with different verbiage but the same basic instructions.
So since I loved the VicTsing, I must love the Nulaxy exactly the same, right? Yes. The reason for 4 stars? The one thing neither of these units does is allow you to activate Siri. You can accept, reject, and hang up a phone call; you can also redial the last number called. But you can't initiate a phone call or otherwise summon Siri (for example, you can't tell her to switch playlists, or activate the GPS, or send a text). Which is actually kind of a big deal...the Belkin unit I've had for years can do all those things (but it connected via the Aux In on that car, so maybe that is the difference).
Anyway, there are a lot of FM transmitters out there, and you have to make your own path, but at least this review should help you narrow down your choices by ONE...either of these will do exactly the same thing for you, and do it well.
VERY nice FM/Bluetooth device. Unlike most FM transmitters this one actually works really well and sounds great. It works best on the lowest vacant band in your area (ie if 80.1 and 101.8 are both vacant use 80.1) - use something like radio-locator website to find a vacant stations in your area. The sound quality is surprisingly good, as good as the best FM station you can tune in, and not as good as a CD. There is minimal engine noise, and can be mostly eliminated by setting your phone/transmitter volumes both high, and use the stereo to adjust your volume level. Very easy to configure. Receiving calls works great. The mic seems to work well, people can here me very well on the other end. No echo, no noise. Works great. Here are my issues. - It's missing an "off" button so the only way to turn off is to unplug from the lighter socket - not friendly. - It lacks an auto-shut off, for example my battery powers the 12v lighter socket even when the car is off, potentially draining the battery. - It lacks Siri compatibility for placing calls or activating Siri, many FM transmitters can activate Siri or google now from the call button, this one does not. Would be very welcome. That said, it does work fine with "ok siri" if your iPhone is plugged into the 5v. Even with these missing features, the unit works so well, I'll still give it 4 stars, would easily be 5 stars if it had a few more features.
I've tried other FM transmitters that sound so poor and have so much static and interference that they simply are not usable. So no matter if they have all the features in the world, if they sound bad they're worthless. This one sounds great and lacks some features but it does the main job extremely well, which is linking your phone to your cars stereo via FM/Bluetooth. Its very functional and sounds great. Having tried quite a few different FM transmitters, I have to say this is the rare one that actually works and I now use everyday.
I have a 2000 Honda Civic with the original radio that only has a CD and cassette player, so the only way to play my own music is through my only cigarette port. I travel a lot, so not being able to listen to my own music and keep my phone charged was a problem of mine, but the KM18 has changed that problem.
When I opened the package, everything came in secure packaging and well put together. The box is small and sturdy. The box included the KM18 Bluetooth adapter that has a flexible neck for repositioning, a small auxiliary cord, and instructions. It also came with a warranty Incase of possible breakage/malfunction. The KM18 includes a built in USB part that allows you to charge your phone.
Connecting the Bluetooth to your phone is incredibly easy, and once it’s paired to your phone it automatically pairs for next use.
Handsfree calling: I was a little doubtful for this portion, only because the microphone would be far away, and I didn’t want the person on the other side of the phone call to not be able to understand me. However, after both calling/receiving calls I can say that it isn’t an issue. Calls come clear and when you receive a phone call — the device rings. When you want to answer the call you just click the middle button.
A week into the product I have no problems with this device. I have traveled up to 5 hours with not turning the device off. It doesn’t randomly disconnect, and my phone charges fast.
Pros: easy set up cheap comes with warranty Includes auxiliary cord
Cons: It’s a little bulky The screen shows finger prints fairly easily The channel doesn’t stay on the adapter, so when you switch channels for radio you have to readjust the radio station on the Bluetooth device.
It’s great if you don’t have one of those aux power sources that remain “active”, even with your ignition off. Otherwise, this may drain your battery if you leave it plugged in. Some opt for the device with the power-button, so that would probably be a good solution. Furthermore, the twistable adjustment is a gimmick at best. I have this installed on my ‘08 Honda Fit and the area where my aux power is located, it’s in a pretty tight spot, so the adjustment is no help. Also, I highly recommend plugging in directly through the aux input, if you have one, using the side aux port on the device to the aux input on your car/truck. That should give you the best sound quality every time, without having to deal with finding the best radio stations. I also like that it notifies me every time I start the car: “waiting for pairing”, then after a quick moment it says, “paired”, when my phone connects to the device. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with this device.
I use this device daily during the work week. Although, I have not used the SD card or AUX features, simply due to the fact that the FM transmitter works so good I don't need to.
There is room for improvement though: 1. The device is small, like toy size - this may be a plus for some people. 2. The buttons for tuning and track selection are TINY. 3. The buttons don't always work, despite feeling the click of the button. You have to hit next track 2 or even 3 times sometimes. Same with play / pause. 4. The plug that goes into the socket is SUPER tight, you have to use 2 hands to remove the thing for fear you might pull out the socket out of the dash! 5. The screen is very small, and does not list the currently playing song's title.
It does have plenty of pro's as well:
1. The signal is VERY strong. 2. Audio quality is good. 3. The Bluetooth phone calls are at least understandable at both ends, although not great. 4. The caller's Phone number appears on the screen during a call.
Perfect alternative to buying cassette adapters so I can listen to music in my car that doesn't have Bluetooth or Aux capabilities. It's easy to use and connects right away when I get into the car.
In my case, my power outlets don't shut off when I shut my car off so the device stays on unless I unplug it. It would be nice to see a power switch (if possible), although with the newer cars, most people don't run into this problem. But because I have to always unplug it before I get out of the car, the adjustable neck started to come loose from the plug. I was able to take it apart, get some super glue in there, and re-tighten the nut, but if I could keep it plugged in all the time, that would be awesome.
Other than that, the microphone in the transmitter doesn't work very well. I have tried to talk to someone on the phone through the Bluetooth, but the caller on the other end couldn't hear me so I haven't been able to successfully use that feature.
My wife's car has a Bluetooth connection built in and it is one of our favorite features, so when she saw this, she thought she could give me a similar experience in my '06 Jeep Wrangler. I'm not sure any product short of something built in (like, if I replaced the stereo system) would duplicate what we have in her car, but this comes awful close for a lot less money. Fortunately I live somewhere with some vacant FM stations to use. The only problems we've had with this device have more to do with the vehicle than the Nulaxy device. The power outlet is low on the dash, near the center, putting it right in front of the stick shift. I had to do some finagling to make it fit in the space afforded by the Jeep. Add to that the fact that Wrangler's are inherently noisy, it can be hard for the person on the other end of the line to hear you at times. It's a handy little device and should work well in the right vehicle. The sound quality under good circumstances is very good.
Sets up quickly, works nearly perfectly, fits easily into the space between my radio and manual shifter, the neck is stiff enough that it doesn't bounce around when I hit bumps and it sits securely in the plug, and it's durable enough to survive being left outside in sub-zero temperatures for at least one night (though, I wouldn't recommend that).
But - loses one star because there's no "on/off" button, so as long as it's plugged in it's broadcasting, and the signal is strong enough that it'll turn every channel on your radio dial it's not tuned to into static as long as it's going. This is my only car charger for my phone, so it's a bit frustrating to not be able to listen to NPR or what-have-you when my phone's battery is running low and I'm on the road.
BTW, for best results with this thing, start off with you car's stereo turned down low, max out your volume on your phone/playing device, then turn up the bluetooth transmitter until it starts distorting the audio (i.e. things start sounding over-driven and fuzzy), then turn it down to just below that point, then turn your stereo level to preference. I usually end up setting my transmitter to somewhere between 20-25 (out of 30) and my car stereo at about 50-60%, but that varies with the source material and the vehicle I'm plugged into.
I bought this to use in my 2007 Chrysler 300C which does not have an aux cord connection and only does blue tooth for phone calls. I listen to audio books almost every day on my commute and like to play my own music from my phone on occasion as well. I had purchased a radio transmitter model that used the aux connection on my mobile device and it did the job, but I did not like the extra cables in the car.
This unit solved that issue. I can put in in the console of my car which has a power jack, so it's out of the way and one less cable. I don't use the volume control so I just leave it all the way up. I don't use any of the other controls since it's in my console so can't speak to them either.
I only have two small issues with the unit. For some reason I have to open my blue tooth connections on my device and re-establish the link each time I want to use it. Some times I even have to unplug it and plug it back in to get it to recognize my Android phone's blue tooth signal.
The other thing is I have my device configured to use my car's blue tooth for calls, since it works better than the unit being in the console, however, when the phone rings I hear it through the speakers just fine, but when I answer the call I cannot hear the person on the other end. It's probably a setting on my phone or the unit I need to mess with a bit, but it's not obvious and was not in the instructions so for now, four stars is all I can muster.
That said, it's well made, compact and provides a nice clean connection to the sound system of my car. There is no static or unwanted noises that I have noticed. So I can still recommend it.
My 2007 Ford Escape does not have integrated Bluetooth, and I'm tired of using a wired headset. I purchased the Nulaxy because of the majority good reviews. It's only been one day but the unit is performing better than expected. Pairing was easy. I made a few calls and everyone said the audio from my end was fine. My Escape makes a lot of road noise and it did not interfere with phone calls. Music plays very well except at very high volume when the units seems to over modulate the bass. I highly recommend the Nulaxy unit.