Today I’ve got a quick review for you of what I consider a useful product. I prefer to take my music with me in my MP3 player as I find it easier than dealing with CDs. In my car, which is newer I do have an audio input jack but most older cars don’t so you’ve got to find another way to get your music to your radio. One way of doing this is to use an FM Transmitter and that’s what I have for review today the Cygnett GrooveTrip II Mini FM Transmitter that our friends at Mobile Fun sent over to me…

The Cygnett GrooveTrip II comes in a plastic box with specs and features listed.

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Unpacking the box you won’t find much at all, just the transmitter and a brief instruction manual.

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The transmitter has small LCD display in the center and then on the left is the power button and on the right is the up and down tuning buttons for finding the correct frequency. Under the display are four buttons, these are the memory buttons as you can store four commonly used frequencies for quick recall.

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On the back you’ll find the battery cover, the GrooveTrip II uses two AAA batteries for power. Not pictured, but on the top is a small hole which is a power input jack for use with an optional power adapter.

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Specifications:

Cygnett GrooveTrip II Mini FM Transmitter

Listen to your music through any FM radio with this simple FM Transmitter

Make the trip your destination by tracking your favorite iPod or iPhone tunes through your car or home stereo. Drive-time or home-time, you’ll be prepared to go the distance with ear-bud free listening while you’re on the go.

Play your songs through any FM radio
The GrooveTrip II Mini FM Transmitter will allow you to listen to your songs through any spare frequency on an FM radio within range. It has superior sound quality and signal strength thanks to its digital tuning.

Simple to use
The unit is very simple to use with its hard buttons making it easy to move through frequencies, simply connect the 3.5mm jack to your phone or MP3 player, find a spare frequency and press play, its that easy.

4 frequency memory
The GrooveTrip II has a 4 frequency memory which will allow you to quickly find a predefined frequency. The unit also recalls the last frequency used making it easy to start off where you stopped.

Auto-switch off
The transmitter operates on 2 X AAA batteries (not included) and has a built in auto-switch off feature which will kick in after 60 seconds when no signal is being received.

Price: £19.95 / $31.28

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The first thing you’ll need to do is put the batteries in then you can start listening to music. I’m not sure I like the idea of batteries only though as it could get expensive depending on how much you travel. I have another FM Transmitter an off-brand actually, that comes with a car power adapter and it can use batteries. It would be nice it the GrooveTrip II could use an alternate power source and it can as it has a power jack on the top of it but I couldn’t find anything or anywhere to buy one. The Cygnett website doesn’t even mention that the GrooveTrip II can be powered by an alternate source and I don’t see anywhere on their site to purchase a car adapter for it.

The batteries in the GrooveTrip II should last about 10 hours or more and if you think about it that’s basically about two hours per day for a five day work week. I know people that spend close to two hours in traffic going to and coming from work everyday so I could easily see buying batteries every week and that could get expensive. So basically you could hunt down an adapter for it making it an additional expense or just use batteries and deal with it. I do like the fact that the GrooveTrip II has an auto-off feature to help you save battery life if you forget to turn it off when you’re done.

The GrooveTrip II has a display that lights up so you can use it in the dark if need be and it’s blue. On the display you’ll see the battery indicator, transmitter indicator, frequency and the memory spot you’re using. You can store four frequencies in memory to quickly recall them for use at the touch of a button.

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Here’s the GrooveTrip II with my ZuneHD for size comparison and as you can see it’s rather small.

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For testing I went on a drive and listened to music. To use the GrooveTrip II you need find a station on your radio that’s all static basically and tune the transmitter to that station. Very simple to do.

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Then you just plug it into you phone or MP3 player and hit play and you’ve got music.

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Like any FM transmitter as you travel you could lose the signal and the same thing happens with the GrooveTrip II. This isn’t anything against this product it’s just the way these things work.

Overall though I have to say the signal was very clear and the sound very good. When compared to a cheaper off-brand of FM transmitter there is a noticeable difference in the sound quality, it’s much clearer.


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Conclusion:
If you’re using an older car that doesn’t come with any audio input jack then the Cygnett GrooveTrip II Mini FM transmitter is an option to consider if you want to take your music with you. The GrooveTrip II works well and it’s very easy to use. You can preset up to four frequencies that you know work in your area for quick and easy access.

The GrooveTrip II uses batteries yes, but somewhere out there you can get a power adapter for it to use in your car, actually finding one might be an issue though.

Battery life is decent, I guess it all depends on how much you’re going to use it as to how often you’ll be changing the batteries.

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Pros:
+Works well
+Clear sound
+Simple to use
+Decent battery life

Cons:
-Uses batteries only or buy a car adapter from somewhere

Grades:  
Overall score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Cygnett GrooveTrip II Mini FM Transmitter
Design score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Cygnett GrooveTrip II Mini FM Transmitter
Performance score 9 10 thumb1 Review of Cygnett GrooveTrip II Mini FM Transmitter

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