Kensington's LiquidAUX Deluxe for iPhone and iPod Review
If you’re fortunate to have an Auxiliary port in your car, and chances are if you have a new car you do have one, then get ready to dump your FM transmitter and replace it with the one of Kensington’s mobile auxiliary car kits. The LiquidAUX Deluxe for iPhone and iPod connects directly to your cars auxiliary port to provide a static and headache free audio experience. Unlike with an FM transmitter which almost always involves some radio interference (even the best of them do) the LiquidAUX lets you connect your iPod or iPhone directly to your car’s stereo system.
The Audio experience with the LiquidAUX Deluxe for iPhone and iPod is incredible, it is almost as good as listening to a CD in our car’s CD player. We say almost because most of the music files on our iPhone/iPod are encoded at 128kbps or 192kbps while music on a CD has a 320kbps bit rate. Regardless, the listening experience is miles ahead of FM transmitters and a lot more hassle free.
The LiquidAUX for iPhone and iPod also works as charger for the iPhone/iPod. What we especially appreciate about its design is that its cradle adjusts to fit different iPods without requiring additional adapters to switch out for each different iPod model. Other FM transmitters and iPod accessories that support different iPod models most always come with different adapters to accommodate different models. It’s easy to lose one of those adapters or to forget to bring them along. However the LiquidAUX for iPhone and iPod has a design that lets you manually adjust the LiquidAUX right on the spot. That is great for traveling when often more than one passenger has an iPod that they’d like to listen too – if you don’t have an adapter for that model with you, no worries. The LiquidAUX deluxe also has a flexible neck so that you can easily position your iPod whichever way is needed.
What is also unique about the LiquidAUX for iPhone and iPod is that a remote is included. The small remote comes with a strap / mount designed to attach to your car’s steering wheel. This way the driver can safely control their iPhone / iPod. The remote lets you play/pause and skip tracks. There are no volume controls located on the remote, but it’s in no way a deal breaker. The remote requires a battery to power it, and one is supplied in the box. Fortunately, the remote can be easily removed from the steering wheel mount. That means that other passengers can use the remote as well to control the tracks on the iPhone.
A 4 foot audio extension cable is generously included so that the LiquidAUX can reach the auxiliary ports if its own attached cable is too short. In my car, I needed to use the extension cable since my charging port was a little too far away from the auxiliary port. The LiquidAUX Deluxe also features a convenient “smart audio sensor” that powers it on and off when appropriate.
The LiquidAUX Deluxe for iPhone and iPod is a breath of fresh air away from FM Transmitters. If your car has an Auxiliary port, there is no reason to get an FM transmitter anymore. The LiquidAUX iPhone and iPod costs almost as much as a comparable FM transmitter but produces a better audio experience and is less of a hassle to operate. The inclusion of the detachable remote with steering wheel mount make the LiquidAUX Deluxe convenient, safe and a pleasure to use. The LiquidAUX Deluxe for iPhone and iPod retails for $99.99, comes with a 2 year warranty and is compatible with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gen Nanos, the 4th and 5th gen iPods, the iPod Classic, the iPod Touch and the iPhone.
Excellent audio experience, included remote works great and is convenient, hassle free experience, compatible with many iPod models without the need for adapters