Kensington LiquidFM Transmitters Seek Clearest Channels, Transmit Track Names and More

Today Kensington introduced its LiquidFM line of FM transmitters. The top tier products have QuickSeek, the technology the company first launched in May: With the touch of a button, it will find the three cleanest frequencies for you to set your radio on. The LiquidFM Deluxe for iPod ($99) will not only transmit the music to your car stereo, but the artist and track names, which show up on any RDS-compatible car radio.

Kensington LiquidFM Transmitters Seek Clearest Channels, Transmit Track Names and More

Kensington LiquidFM Transmitters Seek Clearest Channels, Transmit Track Names and More

Kensington LiquidFM Transmitters Seek Clearest Channels, Transmit Track Names and More

Kensington LiquidFM Transmitters Seek Clearest Channels, Transmit Track Names and More

Kensington LiquidFM Transmitters Seek Clearest Channels, Transmit Track Names and More

Kensington LiquidFM Transmitters Seek Clearest Channels, Transmit Track Names and More

The standard LiquidFM for iPod will cost $79, and will have everything but the QuickSeek and cool text transmitter. (Frankly, I think I'd spend the extra $20—even if you don't have an RDS radio, you never know if your rental car will, and FM transmitters are best for rentals anyhow.)

Naturally, in addition to the iPod transmitters (which of course charge the players through the 30-pin connector), Kensington has two products for other MP3 players. The LiquidFM Plus for MP3 Players ($69) has both 3.5mm and 2.5mm jacks for recent music-playing cell phones, and the QuickSeek technology for finding the clearest channels. But its extra trick is a "pass-through" USB jack on its cable that can be used to charge your phone or MP3 player.

At the bottom rung, there's the LiquidFM for MP3 Players ($49), with every Plus feature except the QuickSeek and the USB jack.

From the fact sheet:

Kensington LiquidFM(TM) Deluxe for iPod® (SKU K33424US):

The ultimate iPod FM transmitter for playing your tunes through your car stereo, the LiquidFM Deluxe for iPod features a unique design and premium features, as well as superior sound quality. Suggested retail price: $99.99.

• ClearFM technology provides superior audio

• QuickSeek technology finds the clearest station in seconds

• Displays song and artist name on your car stereo (The feature for displaying the song and artist names requires an RDS-enabled stereo. RDS is available in various vehicle models offered by leading manufacturers.)

• Charges your iPod while it plays

• 3 station presets for instant tuning to any FM station (88.1 - 107.9)

• On/off switch avoids car battery drain

• Enhanced custom digital LCD screen for easy viewing



Kensington LiquidFM(TM) for iPod® (SKU K33411US):

We've taken the industry's most popular digital FM transmitter and made it even better so you can enjoy superior sound while you listen to your iPod tunes in your car. Suggested retail price: $79.99.

• ClearFM technology provides superior audio

• Charges your iPod while it plays

• 3 station presets for instant tuning to any FM station (88.1-107.9)

• On/off switch avoids car battery drain

• Enhanced custom digital LCD screen for easy viewing



Kensington LiquidFM(TM) Plus for MP3 Players (SKU K33408US):

The LiquidFM Plus is the ideal FM transmitter to let you enjoy your favorite MP3 songs while you drive. Its unique set of features makes it the perfect travel companion for your MP3 player or MP3 cell phone. Suggested retail price: $69.99.

• ClearFM technology provides superior audio

• QuickSeek technology finds the clearest station in seconds

• USB pass-through charges your MP3 player or any USB-powered device (cable sold separately)

• 3.5 mm connector for all MP3 players, plus a 2.5 mm adapter for MP3 cell phone compatibility

• 3 station presets for instant tuning to any FM station (88.1-107.9)

• On/off switch avoids car battery drain

• Enhanced custom digital LCD screen for easy viewing



Kensington LiquidFM(TM) for MP3 Players (SKU K33383USA):

The LiquidFM for MP3 players features our ClearFM technology to reduce noise and enhance stereo separation, providing superior audio quality and FM reception. Suggested retail price: $49.99.

• ClearFM technology provides superior audio

• 3.5 mm connector for all MP3 players, plus a 2.5 mm adapter for MP3 cell phone compatibility

• 3 station presets for instant tuning to any FM station (88.1-107.9)

• Digital LCD screen for easy viewing



The Kensington LiquidFM(TM) Deluxe for iPod (SKU K33424US), LiquidFM for iPod (SKU K33411US), LiquidFM Plus for MP3 Players (SKU K33408US) and LiquidFM for MP3 Players (SKU K33383US) will be available for pre-order at Amazon.com and Kensington.com starting September 17, 2007 and at major retailers including Apple stores, Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA, Dell and Fry's, starting in late September.