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Brad Ford

Help With Deciding On A Transmitter

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I'm completely new to this stuff and would like some advice on which transmitter to go with. Keep in mind it would probably have to be user friendly because I have limited knowledge of electronics.....any help anyone could give would be greatly appreciated! thanks!

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EDM. I have had a great experience with their transmitters. I have never used the Ramsey, but I hear great things about it too.

If you want a great quality sound, hands down go with EDM or Ramsey.

Here is a link to EDM http://edmdesign.com/

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I bought a EDM for this year and after do some tests, I can say it is great. The sounds is great and the distance is great even with the little wire antenna that came with the unit.

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I use the Belkin Tunecast II

http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-TuneCast-Transmitter-Players-Black/dp/B0001F22PA

I found an antenna modification that involved soldering 1 pc of speaker wire to the original connection to the board. It cost less than $20. I'm about to use it for my 4th year. The range is about 1 block. My display is right at the curb and don't need much range. Good luck!

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Can anyone tell me the best edm transmitter too buy

Any of the EDM's are great. I bought the EDM-LCD-CS-EP, but I see a lot of people going with the EDM-LCD-RDS-EP because of the RDS support.

Just for clarification, the CS Series is the High Quality, and the TX Series is the Ultra High Quality. But all EDM's are going to preform great.

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Ramsey 30b - grab one while you can - Great transmitter. can be 100% setup from the front panel. If you can setup a digital clock you can setup the 30b. Just look for one that is already assembled/wire & tested. At full power - not recommended - I was transmitting 3 miles away.

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