Kensington Digital FM Radio & Transmitter for iPod

by PocketGoddess on October 26, 2006

Kensington Digital FM Radio & Transmitter for iPod

Kensington’s Digital FM Radio & Transmitter for iPod is compatible with all dock connector models, including the 4th and 5th gen versions, the Nano, etc. This compact unit measures just two inches across, just under an inch and a half tall, and just a bit over half an inch thick, but it packs a lot of power. It has two main functions, since it is an FM radio as well as an FM transmitter.

If you’re in the mood for some free music, just plug the unit into the bottom of your iPod, plug a pair of headphones into the pass-through jack on the bottom, and press the mode switch (just under the Kensington logo. You can then use the up and down arrow buttons on the left side of the LCD display to tune in your favorite station. There are also four station preset buttons on the bottom of the unit, so once you’ve found your favorite stations, you can tune them in much more quickly in the future; just press and hold the desired button for two seconds to save your preset.

If you’d rather listen to your own tunes, then you use the buttons on the right side of the display to tune in a frequency that isn’t currently transmitting. If you get clear static on a radio, then you’ve found a good frequency to use; the device will actually scan for a clear station for you, and all you have to do is tune your car radio or home stereo radio to the same frequency in order to enjoy your tines. Your music will come through loud and clear–I was really impressed with the sound quality. Adjust the sound volume using the controls on your radio or stereo, not on the iPod. And since the device draws a minimal amount of power from your iPod, there isn’t any extra weight or bulk associated with using batteries.

A fully illustrated instruction manual comes with the transmitter, but you honestly won’t need it. It works intuitively and has great sound quality, and is the best transmitter I’ve tested so far. The fact that it also works as an FM radio is just a bonus.The Kensington Digital FM Radio & Transmitter for iPod is available for $79.99 at the Kensington online store.

4.5 out of 5

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