Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Otium Bluetooth FM Transmitter. I was turned onto this product by a listener and knew at once I needed one for my old F350. About 2.5 years ago we got our Toyota 4Runner. It was the first tech heavy vehicle I have ever owned.
I really love being able to play my iphone music and podcasts in it, to make phone calls hands free and hear them over the speakers, etc. I have been trying to talk myself into getting a new stereo for my truck with features like that.
I just can’t justify it! My old beast is a long ago paid for 2005 F350. Not only is it an 05 but it was even when new a bare bones work truck. I paid cash for it in 2011 and it has been a good partner. I just don’t drive it that much any more, so I wanted the cool features and access to my music but couldn’t justify the expense.
I did have a FM Modulator in it for a while that allowed me to play music but it wasn’t really that good of a sound quality. What I had been doing is taking my Bose Speaker with me, but I don’t really like having a 300 dollar speaker sitting in my truck when I am in the store or what have you.
Coming in at only 20 bucks, when I first reviewed it, I almost wrote this thing off but the guy that wrote in about it was raving about it so I gave it a shot. Man this thing is slick. First you pick an open unused frequency on the FM dial and set it to that. You pair your phone to it and that is that. And today it is an even better deal as the price has dropped to only 16 bucks!
You can now make calls, listen to music or podcasts, etc. One really great thing is it also has a USB port so you can charge your phone and you don’t loose the outlet for that purpose. It also takes an SD card if you want to put music or audio files on it that way.
Another great feature is that it has an aux port, so you can directly connect a non bluetooth device or not use bluetooth on your phone to conserve battery life, or simply because you don’t want to use it for any reason.
Most newer vehicles now come with these features built in but if you have an older vehicle this little gadget will give it a hell of an upgrade for only 18 bucks. So check out the Otium Bluetooth FM Transmitter if you have an outdated sound system.
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P.S. – My only word of caution is make sure you have some “empty space” on your FM dial based on where you live. Here in Dallas I have 107.7 and one other frequency that are actually empty with minimal bleed over. I have put presets for these two stations on my radio so I can swap if one starts picking up too much static or bleed. I live in a huge market and the dial is really crowded, in many areas the dial is full of empty channels. If anyone knows of a comparable product that uses AM bands, please let me know, TONS of empty space there!