C. Crane FM2 Digital FM Transmitter-2, for Sending Broadcast Quality Audio

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4.5 of 5 Stars! Rating 4.5 | 45 reviews


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by Elt Date Added: Monday 03 June, 2013

The transmitter was sold for a reasonable price. The transmission range could be better, but it suits my in-home needs for now. A much less expensive transmitter matches the range of this one, but with a lower fidelity output.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
by Braath Waate Date Added: Wednesday 22 May, 2013

The old version you turn clockwise. So I immediately broke the VR2 pot which was already all the way to the right. To fix it, I soldered a jumper wire to the left-most contacts of the VR2 pot to simulate it being turned fully counter-clockwise.I was getting a low-level hiss, and I played with a setting on the Ubuntu volume control for my sound card and either the Crane or the sound card readjusted and the hiss is gone and now quality is excellent. But I have to do this after every reboot.I dropped a star because of the clockwise/counter-clockwise change, the necessity of turning the VR2 pot at all to get any range with it, and high price for simple electronics. Yes I am aware of the FCC regs regarding transmitter power, but the $4 fm transmitters I get from china on ebay have the same range as the Crane without any adjustment or even any antenna. I had been using a china $4 fm transmitter powered off a 12V line of my computer, but there was a very low 60hz hum and the Crane does not suffer from this problem. Someone in china should copy the crane and sell it cheap.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
by jason youngberg Date Added: Tuesday 14 May, 2013

After the mod this has great performance.However... I'm not pleased with the non removable line in cord. It has already started to show signs of failure.I will be contacting the company with this issue.Sound quality is fantastic.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars! [3 of 5 Stars!]
by onita j Lowe Date Added: Sunday 05 May, 2013

I bought this to use with earbuds. I wanted to use this as monitor in band. It works well. I only use earbud in one ear so i can hear outside music.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
by Mrflashport "2way Radio Technician" Date Added: Monday 29 April, 2013

This is a great transmitter for piping music to your stereo. The audio quality is up there, but one disappointment is the RF output from the factory- it is easy to fix but requires taking the cover off and adjusting a trim pot. Before I did this, it would barely send a signal across a bedroom. Even on my Sony XDRF1HD 10 feet away, it was weak. Once I turned the trim pot (which is the ONLY one you see when taking the rear cover off) all the way to the LEFT (counterclockwise) it improved dramatically, and now transmits a clean full quieting signal over about 85 percent of a 2-story woodframe house. Good enough for most people. But not the choice if you want to setup a microbroadcaster.In typical C Crane fashion, documentation is superb and everything is needed in the box including a 1/8 stereo female to RCA female adapter cable for connecting to RCA line outs. One thing I don't care for is the flimsy audio in cable which is permanently attached. I can easily see this getting snagged or broken and it means breaking out the soldering iron to fix, would have been better to put a standard 1/8 stereo jack and call it a day C Crane.Easy to setup, and an LED lets you set the input level for optimum level. It is based on the latest ROHM FM Stereo modulator on a chip which has a built-in limiter, and the C Crane makes use of it- but it's still possible to overload the input so the LED helps you prevent that.Well made but the price is too high for what it is...I think it should cost no more than half of what it actually is.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
by T. Harsch Date Added: Saturday 13 April, 2013

I needed this to get my Onyx satellite radio to work with nearby (within 75') FM radios. Out-of-the-box, the FM2 doesn't have enough transmit power to be very useful. After making the simple mod - just google FM2 mod - it has worked very well. [NOTE WELL: the mod instructions I used had one direction reversed for this particular model - clockwise vice counter-clockwise.]I've tried plugging the FM2 into the headphone jack for computers and MP3 players and it seems to work well with all of them; they all play well through any nearby FM radio.I also like having the option of using AA battery power instead of an AC or (auto) DC power supply.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]
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