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Old 12-18-2006, 04:46 PM   #1
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Question C. Crane FM Transmitter vs. "Whole House FM Transmitter" - - Your Thoughts?

The C. Crane FM Transmitter to use with SIRIUS (or XM):

http://www.ccrane.com/radios/fm-tran...ansmitter.aspx



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The "Whole House FM Transmitter" to use with SIRIUS (or XM):

http://www.wholehousefmtransmitter.com



Could I please get your thoughts on the benefits, drawbacks and/or versatility of each?

Thanks.
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Old 12-18-2006, 09:35 PM   #2
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The CCrane covers my 3-story house including the basement and my entire yard.
It will select any frequency from 88.3 through 107.9. The CCrane is better.
Also, there is a modification (search the web) that lets you increase the power on these units.

While researching these devices I found that the other "wholehousefmtransmitter.com" product is worthless because my area has most of its powerful stations crammed in 106.7-107.9 which is the only range that device can do!

My only real complaint about the CCrane is that it will not turn back on after a power failure but that's a minor complaint.

I recommend you try the CCrane. The company is honest and will take care of you.

Ramsey Electronics has an FM10 analog tuned transmitter kit that you have to assemble with a soldering iron and a few hours for $50 but it will drift as the unit and the temperature of the air around it warms up and cools down. Their cheapest digital is the FM25 at over $130 but people swear by the FM25 and FM30 units. There are some dealers (search the web) that sell pre-assembled FM10 and FM25 units.
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:45 AM   #3
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I found the C. Crane transmitter to be the best FM transmitter I've ever used. The first thing I did once I took it out of the box was crack it open and adjust the pot to increase the output.

I haven't needed it much since I bought my first Sirius tuner, it worked great in the car and at home. But now with new Sportster Replay's worthless, crippled transmitter, I really need this thing back. But of course I can't find it! I'll be buying another one soon, I think.

I'll second the statement that C.Crane does take care of their customers too... They're great people!
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Old 12-19-2006, 12:53 PM   #4
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not to sound redundant, but these things really broadcast throughout the whole house? the fm transmitter embedded in the receiver doesn't even transmit two feet to my car antenna, and i thought that was due to FCC restrictions. does this thing circumvent those restrictions somehow?

i only have an apartment, so if this thing is legit and i can hear the broadcast clearly from any room i'm buying one today.
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:00 PM   #5
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i only have an apartment, so if this thing is legit and i can hear the broadcast clearly from any room i'm buying one today.
I can only speak for my three-level house and big yard, but it broadcasts everywhere.
I have two CCrane units--one is definitely stronger than the other before I modified both of them. They are now exactly the same power. Before I modified them only one of them covered the entire house, and now with the modification they both cover the house and the yard and part way down the street, too.

There is a potentiometer inside that adjusts the level of the FM output to higher than specifications indicate.

I've been running both of them 24 hours a day for almost a year.
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Old 12-19-2006, 09:34 PM   #6
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I live very close to C.Crane company. I do not have experience with these products you speak of, but I have purchased things from them before. They only carry products that they fully stand by, and support. I have found in general most everything they sell are good quality products. It is a local owner here with freindly employees. I reccomend the wind up radios, and flashlights for those times with no power. For those of you that have not looked at the web site be sure to check it out. Very cool stuff!
 
 
 
Old 12-19-2006, 09:50 PM   #7
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I have the Ramsey FM25 that I purchased off of an E-bay seller preassembled. It's a great product that covers more than my entire 150x100 lot, including the basement, second floor and attic. Best purchase I've made in years. That being said, had I known about that CCrane at the time, I would have saved myself a bundle and gone with that. A good whole house transmitter really will cover a whole house, and maybe even a neighbors whole house.
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Does anyone have an opinon about the $10 transmitters that you can get on ebay? I'm sure the Crane is a great product, I had to replace my Starmate and the Sportster4 only has a 2 foot range. I'm only looking for occasional use. I'm looking to be able to listen to Sirius with a shower radio. I'm not looking to use it for home stereo use.
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Old 12-20-2006, 10:54 AM   #9
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Does anyone have an opinon about the $10 transmitters that you can get on ebay? I'm sure the Crane is a great product, I had to replace my Starmate and the Sportster4 only has a 2 foot range. I'm only looking for occasional use. I'm looking to be able to listen to Sirius with a shower radio. I'm not looking to use it for home stereo use.
I am not sure about the $10 FM Transmitter but these ones (below link) are very good. I have the more expensive one but the other one is fine. The only difference is that one has more channel choices than the others. I get a signal anywhere in the house using this. It does EAT batteries though. I have rechargable ones. If you buy at walmart, keep the receipt and package in the event you are not satisfied.

http://www.walmart.com/search/search...7&Continue.y=9
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not to sound redundant, but these things really broadcast throughout the whole house? the fm transmitter embedded in the receiver doesn't even transmit two feet to my car antenna, and i thought that was due to FCC restrictions. does this thing circumvent those restrictions somehow?

i only have an apartment, so if this thing is legit and i can hear the broadcast clearly from any room i'm buying one today.
Well.. it's up to the Feds to come to bust you. But then they're so lazy unless you have an evil neighbor or a member of NAB... you're unlikely to get caught.

If your house is made out of cardboard maybe it'll cover the whole house. And you can probably guess it. Modded Ccrane is over the RF limit by ... well .. you can guess again. The point of all these fm transmitters is pretty much pointless. As the regulation stands they cannot provide semi decent audio quality over any meaningful distance regardless of how you "tweak" it to be under the regulated limit.
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:25 PM   #11
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I have the fm10c and it works great. I also have one of those Belkin transmitters. I bought it off Ebay so Im not sure wich version it is, but it only works for about fifteen feet. I bought it to be able to listen to my mp3 player in my car. Of course I never use since I have sirius.
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I like my CCrane transmitter but for me it is not a panacea. Reception in various rooms in the house is very sensitive to radio or antenna orientation. A particular frequency will work well for two or three months and suddenly will work poorly for no discernable reason. Don't know if the lathe and plaster walls in my house contribute to my difficulties.

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I like my CCrane transmitter but for me it is not a panacea. Reception in various rooms in the house is very sensitive to radio or antenna orientation. A particular frequency will work well for two or three months and suddenly will work poorly for no discernable reason. Don't know if the lathe and plaster walls in my house contribute to my difficulties.

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There is a modifcation you can make to your C.Crane transmitter to boost it's power. All you do is make a adjustment inside it. Here are directions on how to do it.

http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t=3257
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not to sound redundant, but these things really broadcast throughout the whole house? the fm transmitter embedded in the receiver doesn't even transmit two feet to my car antenna, and i thought that was due to FCC restrictions. does this thing circumvent those restrictions somehow?
Something mighty peculiar has gone down with the transmitters in satellite radios. These other transmitters such as the CCrane operate within FCC Part 15 rules, but obviously reach much farther.
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I have the TuneCast I and its tuning control is VERY touchy. A digitally tuned unit would be much better.
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