By Lisa Johnston
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San Diego – Audio supplier Grace Digital launched a tabletop Internet radio/streamer that replaces an existing model and adds two-way speakers and a color screen that displays album and station art.
The $249 Encore GDI-IRC7500 Stereo Wi-Fi Music System accesses more than 18,000 free Internet radio stations and on-demand programs as well as SiriusXM, Rhapsody, Live365, iHeartRadio and Pandora.
The one-piece Encore also streams music from a networked PC or NAS drive and incorporates multiple decoders, including AIFF, OGG, Apple lossless and 96/24 FLAC. The system plays back music files stored on USB sticks.
The music system sits at the top of the company’s tabletop Internet radio line along with a $249 three-piece Internet radio and a $229 nostalgia-style Internet radio.
The Encore, which replaces the $179 BravadoX with four-line display, comes with Wi-Fi 802.11n, 3.5-inch color display, 4-inch woofer, and two front-firing 3-inch tweeter/midrange drivers. Power output was unavailable.
The wood-cabinet music system can be controlled from the supplied remote, from Android an iOS devices via an app, and from controls mounted on the top of the cabinet, which measures 5.5 by 13.5 by 9.5 inches.
Other features include ability to save 100 station links for quick access, seven separate alarms, adjustable sleep timer, large snooze bar, headphone jack, RCA line out, RCA aux-in, USB charging, and optional USB to Ethernet (RJ45) connector.
The system is already available on Amazon.com.
Grace’s other tabletop Internet radio with color screen is the $179 Mondo, which is a two-way mono model that also streams music from PCs, displays album art on a 3.5-inch color display, and offers USB-drive playback. It doesn’t offer as many decoders as the Encore.
Grace Digital offers a selection of tabletop Internet radios, Bluetooth speakers, wireless outdoor speakers, tabletop docking speakers for the Kindle and Samsung Galaxy devices, nostalgia radios and turntables, and docking boomboxes.
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