Originally Posted by xort
santa came a bit early with one gift; an ipod classic!!
Our boat stereo does not have an external input jack for easy use of this.
I've used the transmitters that send the ipod audio to the FM radio. What I've seen doesn't work that well. Anyone have good results using a certain brand? other ideas on getting our tunes into the stereo? Rather not spend the money & install time on a new stereo at this point, plenty of other stuff to deal with.
I've tried a couple of those transmitters. I have had "ok luck" with them. You really have to have the antenna pretty close for some reason. Being a radio guy, I have looked it over and they are transmitting on the order of 25 milliwatts - not very much.
But if you have a cassette player, there are devices that allow you to plug in a cassette case that has a cable, plugging into the earphone jack on iPod. But this is a messy solution.
Your best bet is a good transmitter. Also, if your antenna is outside of the boat a good distance away from the stereo, you can actually disconnect that external antenna and simply run a wire from your stereo connector to near the iPod - this will get more signal into the receiver.
This is one that is supposed to be very good. I don't have personal experience with it, but my son-in-law uses this one for his car. He said it works very good in his car. It's about 40 bucks. Belkin : TuneCast™ II
For some reason I'm spacing the name and model of the one I use, but it plugs into the bottom port on an ipod (I've got an 80 gb video model) and has a small antenna on it. It's not very convenient sometimes, since you need to "vertically polarize" the antenna for cars (That means stand the ipod up) so it's not the best solution - though it works in my car fine. I use it at my hot tub too (yep, hot tub has a stereo, and I'll never buy one like that again!) haha