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Insignia™ - Universal FM Transmitter - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 625 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Wish I could return

    Posted
    Gina

    I got this as a present last year from my parents who knew I needed one. Best Buy has a 2 week max return policy and unfortunately I didn't try it out within that time frame so I couldn't take it back. For one thing the tuning was annoying to figure out. As for playing music I tried it in 4 different cars and it had the same problem for all of them. Trying to find proper signal and a clear sound was impossible. I constantly have to change the wire position or hold my phone awkwardly to get sound to come through. The radio stations would always play over my music and/or you can hear that annoying fuzzy background sound I forgot the term but it sounds like someone is constantly crumpling paper. I'm giving it 2 stars only because it did its second job of charging and also the wire is thick unlike my last charger that ripped after a few months of use (but I would prefer buying that over and over because it had perfect sound). It seems like not everyone has this problem but definitely try yours asap so you don't lose $40.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for older stereo systems

    Posted
    Exelap
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I have an older radio in my car and it is not BlueTooth compatible. This transmitter works just as well and lets me play music downloaded to my phone or YouTube right through the speakers in my car. I enjoy not always having to listen to the radio. I also enjoy the freedom of being able to talk through this device and hear my caller through the speakers in my car as well when I receive or make a phone call. Seriously, for $30 I have "upgraded" my car's stereo. Now I don't have to spend hundreds on a new stereo just to use my phone to listen to music or listen to songs or other content on YouTube. Did I also mention that if you are using your phone for directions, you can have them read out through the speakers in your car? A definite must for anyone that doesn't want to put a new stereo system in their car just to be able to be BlueTooth capable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Beware

    Posted
    himynameis

    I bought this 8/23/16 in store. I used this about 2-3 times in the first 10 days of purchasing it. It worked fine enough. Not great by any means but fine enough that I decided to use it on my trip this past weekend 9/10-9/11. It was working fine one day but when I went to plug it in the next, the screen didn't even light up. I tried different outlets in my car as well as outlets in others. When I went to try to return it today (9/14/16) the store said I could only get store credit or an exchange. HIGHLY dissapointing because it stopped working right after the 15 day return policy. All they told me is "there's nothing we can do." I have no use for store credit and definitely did not want to get another FM transmitter. I just wanted the money back that I paid for their faulty product. Overall poor experience with the product and the customer service.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      Thank you for reviewing this transmitter, I'm sorry the set didn't work properly for you, however, remember that the set has a 1 year limited warranty, which can be honored by taking the set and your receipt to your nearest Geek Squad. Sincerely, Shane B. Insignia products. BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty decent FM transmitter and nice form factor

    Posted
    AndroidinNH
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I used this in a 2008 Boxster (with iPhone 6s Plus) to avoid spending over $800 on an aux-input or bluetooth streaming solution. It's really small so it's easy to conceal it. It actually works pretty well until you get into an area where there is interference from radio stations. I used 88.1 most of the time. The best thing to do is to disconnect the radio's windshield antenna; I think that will avoid the interference. I ended up buying a more powerful FM transmitter (GoGroove) and disconnecting my windshield antenna. I also used this in conjunction with a Belkin bluetooth setup that has. line out. If it wasn't so much effort to return the GoGroove, I would've kept this and used it. The GoGroove is so powerful, I need to turn my phone down to about 70%. This unit allowed me to set my phone to full volume.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Could work better

    Posted
    JMac
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    It does work. We bought it to listen to audio books stored on an mp3 player while on a long car trip. However we couldn't get a good signal to the radio from the front seat of the car unless a person had their hand wrapped around the device to extend it's antenna. That was the only way we could get reliable reception on the FM radio. We had great difficulty getting it to find an unused station or to tune it. The controls are really small an hard to use and didn't seem to work the way the instructions indicated though it could have been operator error. Give all these difficulties, we were able to make it work and listen to our books.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not enough signal

    Posted
    TechNerd69
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I was really hoping this was going to be the answer for a 5hr drive down to Corpus as the rental can did not have bluetooth. Sadly, it was not. The signal strength from the FM transmitter was not very strong and I got a lot of static. I tried over and over to use their auto clear station finder feature but it kept picking stations that if I turned to them w/o the transmitter on, you could hear another station trying to come through. If you are driving you can't keep changing the stations every 5 minutes or trying to manually find a clear one so I just gave up. I tried hard to like this for nearly an hour. I am returning it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Don’t expect it to last a long time

    Posted
    Tellitlikeitis
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Like most reviews I had a hard time finding a good station to use...one that wasn’t full of static. But I found some that worked and right around that time the transmitter decides to crap out and will SOMETIMES connect to my phone but usually requires a lot of adjustments and god help me if I make a turn in the car because there goes my music so there’s that. I was disappointed in the product cause I could order something from China that lasts just as long. I was just expecting something that lasted longer than two weeks

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the box

    Posted
    arturotsunami
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    Well, the car this device was bought for isn't modern nor has Aux so I needed something quick and simple to listen my music on the go. It's a bit tricky to program and learn how to tune it correctly but once you get it, it's just as simple as hooking your phone/device to it and tune to the station you have it set up. As with many to-radio adapters, you got to be sure it's a dead channel or else you'll hear some static. On the down side, it doesn't have a USB port to charge the phone and if you are unlucky and don't have two ports to plug in things to your car, you'll basically have to chose if you want to charge your phone or listen to it on the radio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Worth The Money - That's It

    Posted
    Barbaracactus
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    Had problems with "intermod" in areas around clusters of transmitters at like Tumamoc Hill; power of unit seems too low. This unit had to be moved a lot to get a good, clear signal on car radio, even though the car radio antenna was over the windshield. I had 2 Schotch units that had the signal cable go bad after about a year. This unit seems to be built better. Good for classical music, longer softer music passages do not time out to shut down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    Posted
    HawaiiMike
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    The power output of the radio signals is very poor. I have found myself placing my connected phone all over the car to try and find a decent signal. This really doesn't make a difference. I have also tried multiple output frequencies. More often than not the noise is so high that you cannot hear your program. I only wanted for audio books, so high quality wasn't expected. It would just be nice to hear something.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      InsigniaCustomerSupport

      Hi there! I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing issues with your transmitter, but if you would like any assistance you are more than welcome to contact our support line at www.Insigniaproducts.com/contact/support.html for extra tips and tricks! -Brian Insignia Support BBY-ExBrand_Insignia

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not bad for the road

    Posted
    GrandmaH52
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This item definitely works best in rural remote areas. It needs a frequency that is not broadcasting anything and in urban areas that is very hard to find. The point though of the product is to give you something to listen to when in remote areas. We were able to listen to Pandora and one of our favorite talk shows (using their app) through the use of the Universal FM Transmitter, my phone and our car radio. The tuner was a little difficult to use, but we worked through it and got more adept.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive for the price

    Posted
    Dadoftwins
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    We have purchased 2 others before this one and at a higher cost as well. This one so far works great. I like that the part that inserts into the cigg adaptor doesn’t have an option to come unscrewed so that is a plus. It connected easily and easy to find a station to stream into with no static. Hopefully it holds up for the long run. Getting 25% off helped as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Over complicated for what it should be

    Posted
    RichardRockbass
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    This should be a very basic device, but if you want to get to a desired frequency (specific), you actually have to read the instructions on how to get it there. This is only if your desired frequency isn't one of the ones it scans for. Also this device tends to skip, (have brief pauses), when running at cold tempters, (less than 20F). Pros, minimal background static, more power than my last one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good product with a few issues

    Posted
    SDBalla
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    This FM transmitter is useful if your car doesn't have a tape player or auxiliary hookups. If you live in an area similar to mine where nearly every FM channel is being used then it can be a struggle to find the right station that has no static. When it does work though the sound is great. Overall this product is a little pricey for the lack of reliability and is really only recommended if there are no other options for your vehicle.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Didn't really work well for me

    Posted
    PedroX
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    I could never pick up a good signal either automatically or manually. Seems I had to hold the phone in certain positions inside my vehicle to get any signal at all... then as the vehicle moved, the position changed. It's the same result I had gotten from other models costing half the price (paid $39.95 for these). Certainly not worth the money in my view, so I returned to the store... Store employees were friendly and efficient in the return process.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Almost junk

    Posted
    FarmerJ
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    I like being able to plug it in to any headphones jack. Otherwise, it is pretty much a cheap piece of junk. Changing the broadcast frequencies, is awkward. And it won't broadcast on the lowest few frequencies...and that is where I get the least interference. Also, the broadcast power isn't more than a cockroach on a treadmill. I get terrible reception. Of all the FM transmitters I've used in the past, this is the worst.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple and Easy

    Posted
    LinkSkywalker
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    This product really gets the job done. It's handy for me since my car doesn't have an aux port or Bluetooth. It's useless for anybody who has either of those other things built into their car but if you're like me this product is for you. There is occasional static and the sound quality isn't the best thing ever but it works and is pretty reasonably priced at $30.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with this purchase

    Posted
    MagicMIke
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    My nephew just bought a 2006 Mazda which doesn't have bluetooth. This device lets him play his Iphone in the car. It plugs into the lighter and then picks up the bluetooth signal from the Iphone and sends it to the radio on an FM frequency. Very easy to set up and use. It needs to find a station that is not being used so on long trips you might have to find a new empty station once in a while but that's easy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    As good as expected

    Posted
    Mokru
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    This device is okay. It's hard to find a station that doesn't either bleed a radio station occasionally or have static moments. Good devices that don't suffer from these issues cost much more and often require installation. This is a plug and play device that is pretty inexpensive. I'd recommend it, but I will always prefer a good Bluetooth connection to the radio. It's great for when replacing the factory radio isn't ideal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Got the job done

    Posted
    OklahomaRick
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    We wanted to listen to music and audio books in my older model car that doesn't have an auxiliary input jack. This little transmitter worked. We had to switch frequency quite a bit because we were driving across country and so a station would pop up on the frequency we were using but my daughter got the hang of it pretty quickly. Only reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is it could be just a little stronger signal.

    I would recommend this to a friend