iSimple - Audio Accessory Kit
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Compatible with most FM-equipped vehicle radios
Including factory and aftermarket models.
Ideal for use with most iPod models and iPhone 3G
Transmits stereo audio from your iPod or iPhone 3G to your car's FM radio for listening to your favorite tunes on the road.
Provides video output
From video-capable iPod models.
Charges iPod while you listen to music
For added convenience.
6' cord length
For optimal placement in your vehicle.
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- 1 x Radio Input Interface
- 1 x 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm Audio Cable (4ft.)
- 1 x 3.5mm to RCA adapter
- 1 x Power Cable with a On/Off Switch
- 1 x iPod Audio/Video Cable Outputs (5ft.)
- 1 x "factory look" 3.5mm Dash/Panel Mount Audio Input Cable (6ft.)
- Assembly RequiredNo
Rating 4.1 out of 5 stars with 90 reviews(90 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Awesome for Ipod!Posted .
I had to review this product and say how AWESOME it is. It is exactly what I wanted. I have a 2007 Santa Fe with the standard/no frills factory radio. This was made 2 years before Hyundai offered the audio jack in their radios. I tried an FM transmitter before but really had no success with it. Once I found an unused station the sound was very weak at best and totally lost once I drove next to a hill. I looked at having a brand new stereo installed but was having several doubts. My main concern was installing something that ran a high risk of being stolen. I also wasn't thrilled of having to drag the faceplate around with me. Considering I don't live in my vehicle, (not a very long commute to work, daycare, ect.) I really didn't need something so fancy with HD radio or anything like that and I didn't want to spend money on new speakers as well. I just wanted something that I could hook my Ipod to when the radio stations played songs I didn't care for or a ton of commercials. Radio stations seem to always play commercials at the same time. Anyway, I came across this and asked several questions and read the reviews before going back to purchasing and having it installed. I actually ended up saving money this way since my local Best Buy had it on sale for $20 off. The installer actually took an hour and a half to put the product in place but called me once it was done so I could go do other things. There is a way to either have just the Ipod adaptor that will charge it or the Ipod adaptor and an audio jack to play other MP3 players installed but will not charge the Ipod. Since I only have my music on Ipod I chose just the adaptor. The installer preset the radio station that is needed in order for it to work. He was able to place the on/off switch in an area that is out of eye shot but convient to reach. He also placed the connecting cord in the glove box and gave it extra length so that I can have the Ipod out if I want to control it. There is no need to worry about closing the door to the glove box with the cord out. I think he enjoyed the look on my face when I first hooked up my Ipod! It was amazing and the sound was excellent! The volume is controlled through the radio and I guess depending on the original source of the song sometimes I do need to either tune it up or down. It has made my life so much easier that I see myself just listening to my tunes from now on!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great alternative to a new stereoPosted .
I wanted a way to play music from my iPhone in my 2005 4Runner without having to pay several hundred dollars to replace the stock stereo system. Best Buy employees recommended this system and at first I was nervous. I have tried FM transmitters in the past and none of them work very well. This one is in a whole different class. This unit comes with a power switch that, when turned on, greatly eliminates outside radio signals. The result is that you have crystal clear music from the in dash unit, which you plug into your iPhone. There is no outside noise and no loss of sound quality that I can hear. Just don't forget to turn it off when listening to the radio or else you'll be wondering why you can't tune in to half your stations! The installation was great. There are no wires and no pieces for the unit that I can see; it's all under the dashboard apparently. They set up an on/off button in my console, along with the line in from a standard headphone jack. (There is a model that has the iPhone-specific plug which charges the phone and allows you to control it with the steering wheel controls, but I chose this one so I could play music from any device that you could plug headphones into.) The operation is pretty simple - tune the radio to the preset station, push the power button to on, and plug in the music player. The cost for this unit compared to other FM transmitters is high, but this truly does not perform like an FM transmitter. If I didn't know better I would think it was a straight line in to the stereo. If you factor in the installation and compare it to the cost of a new stereo, this really seems like a great deal. I've had this for 2 months now, and overall I would definitely recommend this system to anyone that wants to play music on their car stereo from their iPhone (or other portable device) but doesn't want to pay for a whole new stereo system.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Glad I got onePosted .
After reading the mixed reviews, I was skeptical, but tried the unit anyway. Mark and his associate had the unit very nicely installed in my 1995 Lexus SC400 in less than an hour. The sound is great! Nearly CD quality. Yes, if I am not moving and I turn the unit way up, I can hear some FM modulator noise in the background, (Sounds like a fairly quiet cooling fan) but only during parts of the music that are very low. While I'm driving, I hear only the music. I believe I hear more of this background noise because of the SC400's high powered factory amplifier. (I thought at first it might be a slight ground-loop issue, but we verified that was not the case.) Overall the unit is a great fit for my car's Nakamichi sound system and beats anything I could have done short of replacing the whole system. Lexus' Nakamichi sound system is a superb sound system. I could have paid a whole lot of money to try and match the Nak's quality with a newer system, but now I don't have to while I enjoy using Pandora Radio as well as all the music on my iPhone! And, no wires in sight! iPod plug cleanly hidden inside center console. The $149 price of the iSimple adaptor is great when you consider they'll install it at no extra cost. I called another shop in town before I realized Best Buy carried this product and was quoted $300+ for the same product installed in my car. And if I have any issues, BB will take care of it for a year! This is not my first buy at BB. The installers are always great to work with. Very pleased with Mark's install work and this product!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Nice product!Posted .
Got this for my wife for Christmas so she can listen to her ipod in her car. Her radio doesn't have an aux jack so this was really the only option, excluding those cheap FM transmitters that don't work worth a darn. Best Buy had another kit that looked exactly the same for about half the price but when I asked a store employee I was told that it didn't work with newer model cars so I had to buy this, the more expensive one. Wasn't really thrilled about that but bought it anyway because I knew my wife would like it. After reading the instructions I quickly ruled out installing it myself. It requires pulling a lot of stuff out of the dash (at least on a 06 Honda Accord) and it just wasn't worth taking a chance and breaking something. It also required drilling some holes here and there in the dash and I wasn't comfortable with that either. I called Best Buy and they only charge $50 or so to install it, so I went ahead and had them do it. I am glad I did! It took them less than an hour and they put the on/off switch in the dash and ran the cables through the middle console. It looks great...like it came stock with the car. All in all, I paid more than I wanted to for the product and then paid for installation, but it works great, looks good and my wife loves it. She's thrilled that she doesn't have to mess with cd's anymore. If she's happy, I am too so I guess it was worth the price!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
First, some background: I have used FM transmitters--mainly DLO & Griffin with an iPod and iPhone 3GS. They worked very well for me, and the slight hiss I hear even with the clearest stations (and every transmitter I've ever tried) is not noticeable over normal road noise. However, after over a year of good service, my Griffin iTrip AutoPilot FM started blowing my fuses for no reason. Time for something else for my 2005 Ford Escape (factory CD/radio). This iSimple is a perfect replacement. I have only had this installed for a day, so this is an early review, but so far my impression is nothing less than spectacular! The price includes all installation, which took a little over an hour. I first sat with the installer to be sure the cables would be installed where I needed. An hour or so later, it was ready. This is an FM transmitter, too, but it bypasses your regular antenna when on, so the sound is crystal clear. Which also means no need to change stations when traveling out of your home area. When off, you just listen to regular stations as usual. You can choose to have an auxiliary-type jack installed, which allows direct connection of your player, but without charging. Or you can have an iPod/iPhone compatible cable so you can play through the radio and charge the unit at the same time. You can't install both, though. There is also an on-off switch, but it is wired so that even if you leave the switch on, once your turn off your car you won't run down your battery. Now all I have is one short, unobtrusive cable to connect to my iPhone (I use an A/C vent-mounted holder, but you could keep it on your dash, in your console, or glove compartment. If you don't have a built-in dock like newer cars, this is the next best thing. And it is light years better than any regular cigarette lighter FM transmitter on the market, and I've used several and tried and returned many more. The product is excellent and really not a lot more expensive than a top end lighter-adapter transmitter. For the convenience and sound clarity, this is worth every penny. Unless you're very handy with auto wiring, I recommend using the Best Buy installers.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great way to connect a phone or Ipod to your car.Posted .
I spend a lot of time driving and have a slightly older model car with no way to plug my IPod or smart-phone into the stereo. I didn't want to get a wireless FM Transmitter due to the negative feedback I've heard about them and getting a new stereo was going to be way too pricey. The ISimple seemed like the way to go. I went to the Best Buy on Independence/Bonny Rd. one morning and asked about it and they told me they had it and it came with installation included in the price although their next available appointment for installation was about a month out. I was about to say "Never mind" when a member of the car audio installation team there an hour early named Chuck told me he would install it for me in the hour before the garage opened. I was floored. That is REAL customer service. He customized the location of the on/off switch and plug-in where I wanted them and did it in the amount of time he said it would take. Everything is working wonderfully and I have streaming internet radio from my phone to my car now just in time for the holidays thanks to Chuck's clocking in an hour early. Thank You!!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Inexpensive way to get great sound from devicesPosted .
Purchased this for my wife's Honda Accord. She wanted to be able to listen to her iPod and iPhone through the radio with a better quality sound than the FM transmitter. Although this device is operated through a certain FM station it isn't through the FM signal. The installer was able to install both the 30 pin dock connector and the auxiliary cord. It's the perfect set up. Now the iPod can stay charged and if she wants to use the phone or any other device the 3.5 jack can be used. The installer recommended this over the one made for Honda because the one for Honda doesn't work like it should, they said.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
good productPosted .
I read a lot of reviews before buying and am glad I went with my gut. This unit performs well. You have to realize that because it is an aftermarket product it will not be as good as a factory install so do not expect it, but do expect decent sound. Keep in mind that the volume is controlled not only by your radio but also by the volume level on your mp3 player of choice. Make sure your player volume is up before complaining about not being able to hear the music. The quality of the track you are playing also affects the sound. Makes sense, right? The unit default volume can be adjusted by the installer, but it is intentionally not "blasted" to limit sound distortion. Volume will not be extremely loud. At least you will have your mp3 tracks in your car. You will be able to hear them fine. Installation was professional, well done, and the techs were extremely courteous and friendly. If this is your only option to add an audio jack at minimal cost, go for it. Beats the alternative.I would recommend this to a friend