iTrip LCD

I’ve had the iTrip LCD for a cou­ple of weeks now, and I am very frus­trat­ed with it. I’ve used the reg­u­lar iTrip for a cou­ple of years, and it per­fomed about as well as can be expect­ed from an FM trans­mit­ter.

How­ev­er, when I recent­ly broke it, (the con­nec­tor some­how bent and detached, caus­ing some wires to dis­con­nect), I decid­ed to buy a new one. When I saw the LCD ver­sion, I ordered this instead.

My set­up in my car is exact­ly as it was with the orig­i­nal iTrip, (2000 Saab 9–3, 3rd-Gen iPod, with flat EQ and broad­cast to 88.7), but the result is sim­ply mad­den­ing.

With the old iTrip, the iPod vol­ume was set to about 90%, and caused very lit­tle dis­tor­tion. But, with the new iTrip LCD, the sound is heav­i­ly dis­tort­ed at 90% vol­ume, and the unit auto­mat­i­cal­ly reduces the vol­ume to about 50–60% for most music. This of course ampli­fies the sta­t­ic and back­ground noise. To make mat­ters worse, even then the music is still dis­tort­ed. DX-mode makes only a mar­gin­al dif­fer­ence.

I hate to rain on the parade, but I had the old one, and it worked fine. I sub­mit­ted a help tick­et to Grif­fin 12 hours ago, and have yet to receive a response… per­haps their ser­vice techs are busy draft­ing the product’s sup­port web site?

2 Responses to “iTrip LCD


  • i was real­ly con­sid­er­ing buy the lcd iTrip, but after read­ing your review, im in doubt. i too have the pre­vi­ous iTrip and love it to bits, i nor­mal­ly use 106.6 for the sta­tion, works a treat. Im gonna use it till it dies hehe.
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  • Yea, odd­ly enough, I went and bought anoth­er “vin­tage” iTrip at the Apple Store, plugged it into my iPod on the car ride home, and it worked as I expect­ed.

    Only prob­lem is return­ing the iTrip LCD - Grif­fin wants a 10% re-stock­ing fee. Luck­i­ly, the kid at the Apple Store told me to just bring it back in, and they’d give me full store cred­it…

    Of course, I’ll just end up buy­ing an “iPod nano”:http://nedward.org/archives/002922.php or some­thing…
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