Feeds
65%
Griffin iTrip Dual Connect

Griffin iTrip Dual Connect car kit for iPhone

Tune in, trip out

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Accessory of the Week Sending audio from your iPod or iPhone to your car stereo over FM is all very well, but it has some nasty drawbacks.

There’s the lack of available frequencies in urban areas, for starters. And even when you’ve found a free one at the start of a journey, there’s no guarantee it will remain usable throughout your trip.

Griffin iTrip Dual Connect

Then there’s the poor quality of the FM signal, the interference, and the all-round disappointing experience of listening to your favourite music after it’s been taken apart, flung through the air and re-assembled by a radio receiver.

That’s why Griffin has added another option to its latest iTrip: the ability to plug in your iPhone using its Dock connector and hook it up to your car stereo’s auxiliary input. Stick the iTrip itself in a power or cigarette lighter socket and you have a remote control, for changing volume and skipping tracks, too.

Griffin iTrip Dual Connect

I used the CD multi-changer input on my car’s stereo, with a third-party cable to provide a mini-jack, which I plugged into the iTrip’s 3.5mm output.

Using the Dock connector means that iTrip handles the digital/audio conversion. That significantly improves audio fidelity, compared to plugging the jack into the iPhone’s headphone socket. I did occasionally notice some interference, however, probably because the iTrip isn’t shielded and its audio circuitry is very close to the power input.

Griffin iTrip Dual Connect

I also found that the iTrip itself is a little loose in the socket. And, given that it’s connected by a cable, finding somewhere to put your iPhone or iPod while you drive could be trick. I would have liked a cradle to house the iPhone, though that would inevitably push up the price.

Those niggles aside, however, the iTrip Dual Connect offers the opportunity to use FM when you haven’t got access to an auxiliary input and the opportunity to listen to your iPod or iPhone in the car at a very high level of audio quality. ®

Reg Hardware chooses its Accessory of the Week every Friday. Got one in mind you want us to consider? Please let us know

More Accessory of the Week Winners

WD My Passport
Studio 1TB
Thumbs Up
Desktop
Phone
Henge
Docking
Station
Logitech
TouchPad
Belkin
Chef Stand
and Stylus

New hybrid storage solutions

65%
Griffin iTrip Dual Connect

Griffin iTrip Dual Connect car kit for iPhone

When it comes to listening to music in the car, the iTrip Dual Connect offers the choice of cable free convenience or high quality audio.
Price: £40 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper
Monsters need to earn a living too
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?
Plus: 'NostrilTime' wristjob vid action
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.