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Old 12-12-2006, 09:41 PM   #1
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Is the cassette adapter a big improvement from the wireless fm transmitter? Currently I'm getting a lot of static and hissing using the fm transmitter. I understand connect to the back of the radio directly would be optimal but this would be much easier and if its a big enough improvment, I'd say its worth it! Thanks a lot!
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Old 12-12-2006, 09:53 PM   #2
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Actually, I think tape adapter is better than back of the radio (if you are going through the fm antenna in). I think the only thing better than using the tape deck would be a radio with a 1/8th inch plug on the front, or rca plugs on the back.
The moral is, stick with the tape adapter if you have one...
That being said, my fm modulater rocks.. zero drop outs due to radio chatter, and no static.
(I hope this is good info, someone tell me if I am wrong)
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:09 PM   #3
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Personally, I like my FM Modulator best in my one vehicle. In my other I use a tape adapter and although the sound quality is good, the adapter makes an annoying sound (the tape transport moving).

Can anyone recommend a good, quiet, tape adapter?

Thanks.
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Old 12-13-2006, 06:59 AM   #4
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I agree with the other posts---i always use the tape adapter. I have a sony one that doesnt seem to make much noise--especially with the radio on.
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Personally, I like my FM Modulator best in my one vehicle. In my other I use a tape adapter and although the sound quality is good, the adapter makes an annoying sound (the tape transport moving).

Can anyone recommend a good, quiet, tape adapter?

Thanks.

Is the adaptor making noise or is it your tape player? When you put in an audio tape, does it make the same noise? If it is not the player, then I would think any new tape adaptor would work quietly
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I agree with the other posts---i always use the tape adapter. I have a sony one that doesnt seem to make much noise--especially with the radio on.
Yup.. Get the Sony model. It's proven to be the favorite on these forums. I use it. I had an old cheap one originally but the sound was not so great and it made tape transporter mechanism noises. The Sony doesn't. Definitely better sound than the FM transmitter.
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Is it a Sony CPA-9C Cassette Adapter?
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I bought a cheapo $14 cassete adapter from Radio Shack and it sounds great, much better than the FM transmitter. Although it's a slight pain in the ass sticking the cassette in as an extra step to listen, the greatly improved sound quality makes that a non-issue.
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I agree that it sounds good, I just don't like the sound of the tape transport mechanism at low volume (typically when stopped at a traffic light).

I have a Panasonic adapter now...
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Is it a Sony CPA-9C Cassette Adapter?
Not sure of the model#, but Target and CC both carry them.
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Yea I thougt it was strange that tssradio has the cassette adapter rated higher than the wired fm mod(antenna back) I have only used the wired f mod and think its great. I guess the cass adptr is just as good.
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I would use a wired FM modulator in my other vehicle (2004 Honda Odyssey) too but it's just a pain to remove the radio.
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Hi all, I need help. My cigerette lighter is starting to break. I guess from pulling the adapter out everyday because I don't want drain the baterry. Do I now have to use a Cassette Adapter and what is best one and where to buy??? Thank's
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If your cig adapter is broken then you need to get a new one. Buying a cassette relay will not give your radio power it will only improve the sound quality...also I have kept my cig adapter in place since day one with no power drain at all....as far as I know with your radio off the power is no longer drawn from the battery...good luck...
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If your cig adapter is broken then you need to get a new one. Buying a cassette relay will not give your radio power it will only improve the sound quality...also I have kept my cig adapter in place since day one with no power drain at all....as far as I know with your radio off the power is no longer drawn from the battery...good luck...
Yeah, no need to unplug the cig adapter. As long as your unit is powered down you'll be fine. Mine has been plugged in for two years now.

And as SiriusSurfer said, the cassette adapter has nothing to do with powering your unit. It is an audio connection.
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