I have quite a number of audio collections in tapes, CDs, LPs, DVDs. I am starting to convert my tapes to MP3s. I rip my CDs into MP3s. I can then hide my tapes and CDs in a cupboard. They are still accessible though. My audio collection is now sitting on my harddrive.
Now, if I want to listen to music I have to sit in front of my computer. Many times it's uncomfortable. Sometimes I want to listen to my collection in my bedroom. The small boombox in my bedroom only takes audio CDs. Samething with the stereo in the living room. Then, there's this carstereo problem. My cars have cassette tapes. (I know I should get a CDs instead. I did that to my other car.) So, occasionally I recorded songs to a blank tape. Well, to do this I have to bring my stereos in the living room to my PC. Basically, it's a hassle. What to do?
I thought what if I get a USB-to-FM transmitter. That way I could transmit my collection to any stereos in the house. Or I can bring my notebook to my car, attach the FM transmitter, and play the songs from the notebook through the FM receiver in my car stereo.
The idea of using USB is that it gets the data in digital form, so that the quality only drops in the FM transmitter. So I searched the Internet and found a number of such devices. (Many of them seem to point to LineX.)
But then, if I get a USB-to-FM transmitter, it only works one way; from computer to stereo. This is too restricted. Another thing is I couldn't bring my portable CD player to my car and use it to broadcast the songs through the FM receiver since the CD player doesn't have a USB port. I think I should get a portable FM transmitter instead. This way, I can still transmit from my PC (through Line-Out) and I can do the other way around. I can play tapes from a stereo and use an FM receiver on my PC to record it (say with audacity, and convert them to MP3s).
What do you think?
So, now I am searching the Internet for a portable FM transmitter. Any recommendation? Notes: remember that I live in Indonesia. Some internet-stores wouldn't accept credit card payment from Indonesia due to the high risk of creditcard fraud.