Grace Audio’s $170 battery-powered Wi-Fi Internet radio system
This is the first box I have seen that has everything the Allegro portable wireless internet radio does. It’s compatible with MP3, WMA, Real Audio, WAV music formats, controllable from your iPhone or iPod with Grace Digital’s Remote App which is free at iTunes, quite the beast. What it is missing though, is the ability to stream your audio from your home computer, to your iPhone. Now that would make sense, but the iPhone app is just a remote control.
A large 4 line display makes it easy to read, with dials to navigate over 16,000 stations via Pandora, Sirius, Live365, and MP3tunes. There are 10 preset buttons and space for 99 additional stations in the ‘My Stations’ folder. Connects to Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n routers for Wi-Fi Internet Radio streaming from your PC or Mac.
Comes with an AC adapter for indoor use and runs for eight hours on 6 AA batteries, great for taking to the park or whatever. A great bonus feature is that it can detect which type of batteries are being used, standard or rechargeable, and with the built in battery recharging circuit it will recharge any standard store bought NiMH rechargeable batteries, sweet.
Sells for $170 from the Grace Digital Audio website.
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