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  • FM Modulator Needed

    I know, I know... FM Modulators are NOT the ideal method of connecting an MP3 player to the stereo. However, my stereo does not have a line in or a cassette so it's the only way to go. I don't want to replace the stereo since the car is a Pontiac Grand Prix with that awfull Delco 1.5 DIN sized stereo, plus the car is leased so I don't want to put the $$ into it. Can anyone suggest where I can find a cheap FM modulator in Canada, or better yet does anyone have one for sale? Thanks!
    Mike.

  • #2
    Hello im try this wwwCanakit
    work great for the price and have 12v power.
    If you have a HUMM sound in your speaker
    go to radio shack and by a GROUND LOOP ISOLATOR

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    • #3
      first post from a new guy and its an answer?

      WTF? we usually get "how do i get the sound to my speakers?" as a first post. you are my new favorite person, unless of course you are an old member and just re-registered....
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      • #4
        Thanks for the advice! Have you tried this transmitter? Do you know what the quality is like? From what I've read, transmitters are not the greatest since they broadcast the signal which is then picked up by the antenna as opposed to a modulator which is wired to the antenna.
        I was a little disapointed that Cana Kit lists it's prices in US$ even though they are Canadian
        This transmitter is roughly the same price as the FM modulators I've seen from US mail-order (
        this is the one I'm considering) which is $35 US. Can anyone give me a recommendation as to which would be the better way to go?
        Thanks again for the help!

        Mike.

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        • #5
          Try eBay or other online auctions. That is where I found mine.
          http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
          Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

          http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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          • #6
            I'm not sure if you have a radioshack nearby, but they do have them

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            • #7
              I've been checking E-Bay regularly, but the only modulator that's been available to Canada lately was going for $45US plus the guy wanted $20US to ship to Canada (and he was going to ship US small packet which would only cost him $5US - give me a break!!)
              As for RadioShack, the radio shacks in Canada sell cheapo FM transmitters but no modulators. Does anyone have an opinion on how well a transmitter would work vs. a modulator? This is the only part I'm missing, and I'm itching to get my MP3 box hooked up in the car!

              Thanks!
              Mike.

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              • #8
                Whats the difference between a modulator and a transmitter? Here is one from radioshack in canada: http://www.radioshack.ca/en/search/search.asp?sf=6

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                • #9
                  sorry link doesnt work. do a catalog number search for 120-8304

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                  • #10
                    The difference is that a transmitter broadcasts an FM signal which can be picked up by the antenna of your car stereo whereas a modulator is actually hard-wired to your car's antenna, meaning that there is a stronger signal with less interferance when using a modualtor as opposed to a transmitter.
                    This is my limited understanding of this - anyone here please correct me or clarify if I'm missing something.
                    Mike.

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                    • #11
                      Your right in regards to the modulator/transmitter. I have a FM modulator in my car, and it works great! A long time ago I use a transmitter, sounded like crap because they are not that powerful. Think about it, 3 volts from a transmitter ~5 feet away, or 12 volts directly connected to the antenna. Take your pick!
                      http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
                      Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

                      http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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                      • #12
                        I have a modulator from my old rig I would love to get rid of.

                        I have to look at it, but I tihnk its a magnavox. has antenna connectors and needs 12vdc

                        I special ordered it for 50.00, used it for 2 days, and then decided I wanted a head unit with a cd player. And it has sat in my parts bucket ever since.

                        Make me an offer
                        Gizmo-
                        Techonlogy on Wheels
                        http://www.hjnetworks.com/car

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                        • #13
                          Gizmomkr: You've got mail

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