I have a couple of Garmin gpsr's, one of them, the 265WT, does not have a built-in fm transmitter. I was wondering if anyone makes a stand alone fm transmitter, like the ones they make for ipods, that will give me that capability with the 265WT. Anyone know if there is such an animal?
There are a ton of them out there to choose from and quality varies all over the place so I'd suggest reading some of the user reviews.
Search the forums for much, much, more on FM transmitters.
Griffin (among others) makes 'em.
Summarizing the general consensus (and my own bias):
(1) FM transmitter probably better than poke with a sharp stick, but not as good as
(2) Cassette adapter (Sony seems to be a good one that lasts) if you have an in-dash cassette player, which isn't as good as
(3) an AUX input to your stereo.
I have a cassette. After putting it into the cassete slot, then , do I plug it into my phone or the GPSr? I'm attempting to use my hands free bluetooth through the car stereo, not through the Gpsr.
Don't waste your money on a FM transmitter, the FCC has stepped on these pretty hard, making them real questionable in operation.
Get yourself a hard wired FM modulator instead, you can use this one as a aux input for your Ipod or MP3 player as well. they are real easy to install.
If you plug it into the phone, the GPS is going to have to work awfully hard to send it's directions to the phone, and the phone won't know what to do with it.
Seriously, forget the phone, for now. Plug the cassette into the GPS, cassette into the radio.
Now, pair your phone to the GPS with Bluetooth.
Very good. I didn't know there was an imput in the gps for the cassette. Maybe the microphone ?
I don't have the 265wt, but I did look into the specs because my son is looking at one. I noted that there is no audio output so connecting a transmitter is not an option.
There should be a external speaker jack on the GPS. If there isn't, you won't be able to use the cassette adapter at all.
Nor does it play mp3's. Since its speaker is loud enough when verbalizing directions, or as a cell phone speaker, I am unclear on why you're considering piping its output through the car speakers.
Just a personal observation, a real deal killer is a GPSr without a audio output.
Got to love a question, answered with another question! I bet gerrydrake wasn't looking in that direction.
I have always found that having a hands free phone conversation is much clearer, audible, through the car stereo speakers, rather than the gpsr. Just a personal choice. And incidentally, the 265 audio, is not that loud, especially if the air conditioner is on 'high'.
The sound quality through the car speakers is MUCH higher quality than what is heard through the tiny internal speaker. If you DO have a unit capable of playing MP3's, it will pause the music when it gives navigation prompts and then resume the music when the prompt is finished.
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