Tried unsuccessfully to remove the radio from my matris as i wanted to
replace it with a Radio & Minidisc playeras I'm not fussed on the CD
format. Just discovered a simple solution and it has been made legal in
the UK in this past few weeks. Its an MP3 transmitter which will also
transmit any signal to the existing car radio - including music from my
portable minidisc player by wireless. It even lets you set the
wavelength you wish on the radio. Main thing is no screwdrivers and no
dismantling of the original installed Hyundai Radio/CD. I've copied and
pasted the blurb here :
Belkin Tunecast II MP3 Player FM Transmitter & Accessories
QVC Price £36.50
Introductory Price £29.88
UK Postage & Packaging £3.95
Save! Buy two or more & save on postage and packaging
Enjoy your favourite music through any FM stereo with this MP3
transmitter kit. Easy-to-use, the Tunecast wirelessly connects portable
music players to your car or home stereo using FM radio waves. Free of
fiddly wires, simply tune-in your car stereo or receiver to experience
dynamic sound quality. It features four programmable memory slots so
you can save the clearest station, and an innovative auto on-and-off
function that works upon detecting audio signals. It has an operating
range of about 3m - 9m and a frequency range of 50Hz - 15 kHz.
Simple yes, but there are many other and better choices than the Belkin
The range claims are very optimistic. I find that they stop working
about the time you can no longer read the name printed on the front of
the device. In other words, 1-2m tops and that's only with a set of
really fresh batteries, which it will eat in just a couple hours.
Still it may work for you and I hope it does. But don't expect
spectacular results. It might require a bit of trial and error to find
the right model/brand.
Note to Hyundai: spend the $5 and put in a factory installed AUX jack!
Please! We'll pay the slightly higher sticker price. Lack of an AUX
jack is just stupid.
Agree 100% about the Aux input. Unfortunately I am impatient. Can't
wait that long for Hyundai to change. There have been other emails
about the disappointment concerning the flexability of the H radio and
this is the only cheap short-term solution I can see.
Basic problem with RF transmitters is you use them inside the car,
transmitting to the radio antenna, which is outside the car. In my Santa Fe,
the Belkin unit didn't work very well as the signal wasn't strong enough
through the metal roof to the antenna at the rear of the car.
I ended up using a wired unit, which was also a pain as the Hyundai radios
use a non-standard size antenna socket. Works OK, but an auxiliary plug
would have been so much easier.
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