iQfm Review: The Best FM Transmitter… Period
The title of this article suggests that the iQfm is the best FM
transmitter on the planet, which is a pretty bold statement. FM
transmitters are crucial to many of us that have a 2003 Honda Accord
and think that the factory stereo system is too pretty to rip out…
because whoever was on the 2003 Honda Accord Factory Stereo Team and
decided against Aux-in ports was either an idiot, or invested in a
major manufacturer of FM transmitters….
Anyway, I was promised that the iQfm
FM Transmitter would out-perform our current best seller, the VRFM9.
As you probably have already read on my blog,
I have about 4 years of FM Modulator experience, so I compare and
contrast the features and performance of different transmitters from
In a nutshell: The iQfm encapsulates all of the features of the
VRFM9, giving SD card and USB flash drive support (playing mp3s
on-the-fly from your tiny storage devices), but with a stronger FM
How to Make the iQfm sound like CD Quality
The main point of this article is to help your iQfm sound like
you’re listening to CDs. Of course you can’t perfectly do this because
occasionally you will pass by sources of interference (like
high-voltage power lines or something) and will hear a little static,
but so far here in Provo, UT, I’ve been satisfied (and I am more
particular than average people).
First you have to find a radio station without any signal… a radio
station without even static sounds. Here in Provo 88.5 works all right.
I turn my iPod to about 15/16 the volume. The louder your iPod is,
the stronger your FM signal. Just don’t turn it high enough to where
the sound becomes distorted.
I turn my stereo’s settings to Treble: +3 (out of -6 to 6) and leave
the Bass at 0. This simulates a T:0 B:0 ratio on when listening to CDs
for me. The FM transmitter takes some of the treble out.
With these settings, I have been enjoying virtual CD quality sounds
without messy installations, and at a great price point.