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I decided to write about this Bluetooth FM transmitter. You can connect to your phone over Bluetooth with it, and you can stream your music and voice calls over FM radio frequencies to your radio. Now, you don’t have to wire anything if you don’t have Bluetooth in your car or an auxiliary port to connect your phone to it. The installation is easy. You have a nice little mouth that you need to stick into your air vent, then take the device and place it over there. It pops right into place because it’s magnetic, so when it’s in the right position, you’ll know for sure. It holds very firmly, and now the other end of this wire goes to your 12-volt socket. Just to keep the interior aesthetic, try to mask it as much as possible.
You Can Mask Any Wires
I have this wired a bit better, so no wires are lying around, except maybe a bit. I could do this without my waterfall console and guide the cable under it, but I want to stay portable. This way, if I want to take this out of my car, I can still do it. In my car, I have two USB ports, so I don’t have to compromise between using the transmitter and charging my phone. In fact, I have a separate port for another device if I need to charge as many devices at the same time. OK, when I turn on the ignition and I can check the frequency that the transmitter is set to 87.7 in my case.
When I set the radio to this frequency – 87.7 – and connect the phone to the Bluetooth transmitter, it connects instantly. If you followed me until this point, let’s play something from Spotify, for example. Try it. Ready?
Default Sound Source
Now, you will see there that your device can be set as the default sound card for the phone, so all the sounds are going through Bluetooth. You can watch YouTube videos, you can stream other video services over it, you can use your navigation and use voice guidance.
All that can be done using your car stereo, without the need to wire anything. Everything is wireless, you are streaming over the Bluetooth to the device, and the device is streaming to your radio over FM frequencies. But when you are driving, you don’t want to reach for your phone. You have this device over here, and there are some buttons over that let you control your phone using the device. You have a wheel that you can use to adjust the volume. And when you press the wheel, you can pause and play your music and answer your calls, and also end the calls. On the side, there are two more buttons that you can use to browse through your audio library.
You Can Use Voice Controls or Device Buttons
So when you press on the button, you go to the next track, and with the upper one, you go to the previous one. If you press and hold on one of those buttons, you can change the frequency to find something that is more available and noise-free. As I said, this can also be used as your hands-free. So there’s a little hole over there if you watch closely. There’s a microphone inside. It’s best to place this device close to your head, so when you are speaking, the mic picks up your speech.
There’s also a micro SD card port over there so you can stick a memory card inside with mp3 files and play them through the device – not from your phone. I have a memory card inside and I’m still connected to my phone so when I press and hold over there… I can hear that the device just switched to the memory card. You can adjust the volume, change tracks, and when we want, we can pause and play the tracks.
I have my iPhone connected over the Bluetooth and, as a matter of fact, I’m writing from my car now. I can use my voice assistant.
If you want, try it for yourself:
- “Hey, Siri! What’s the time right now in Sydney Australia?”
- “Hey, Siri! I want to go home.”
OK, some functions, of course, require your finger on the finger scanner because the home location is secured by touch ID, but all the other actions that you are used to using with your voice assistant are available over there without any problem. OK, overall I do recommend this device, the quality is excellent, and I have to say it is the first Bluetooth FM transmitter that I actually liked and enjoyed.
No Buzzing or Humming
The signal strength is very high. I compared it to other devices and to regular radio stations nearby using the BMW radio hidden menu which shows you the signal strength. The result? When this device is connected to your car, it is stronger (the signal is stronger) than any nearby radio stations. And there is no buzzing or humming when there’s no audio playing through, and you have your speakers turned up high. So there’s no buzzing from the power source or any other interference that I do find some time in other transmitters. I highly recommend it! I do hope this review was helpful!