Grace Digital GDI-IR2550P Pandora Wi-Fi Internet Radio (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Thumbs up/down, skip and pause Pandora songs directly on the front panel of the radio, remote control and free iPhone remote control
- Listen Pandora and over 16,000 internet radio stations including, iheartradio, NPR on-demand, BBC, ESPN, Live 365, Sirius
- Includes a full range rear ported 4" speaker for great highs, midrange, and bass to listen to your favorite Pandora, Live365, SIRIUS, AM/FM
- Large 4-line display with 30 backlight micro settings. Set your radio to automatically dim when turned off in the night time and stay bright during day time listening.
- Includes 5 alarms to buzz or play your favorite radio station. Each alarm settable for one time, a day of the week, weekends, weekdays, or 7 day alarm
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Connecting it to my wireless network was a breeze. Well, using a single knob to enter my very long network key into the radio was maybe not quite a breeze, but you only do it once. Other than that it was a breeze.
The radio came with a bunch of chinese radio stations set. That was amusing for about 30 seconds. Cleaning them out and setting up something more to my tastes went quickly. There are way more choices out there than most people will have the time to explore. Fortunately it's easy to quickly find something that you'll like. And with access to Pandora (which requires extra steps (including setting up a free account with Grace Reciva (see below))) you can create stations that are tailored to your tastes.
Creating my free account on Grace Reciva to enable "premium" features was a challenge. The website didn't seem to be working too well when I first tried. Lots of "Oops, something seems to have gone wrong and we are working on it" type of messages. I tried later and it went a lot smoother. Linking my Pandora account to the radio was easy (once Reciva started working). Took less than an hour to get everything set up, with most of that time being waiting for Reciva to get their act together.
The sound of the radio is what you would expect from a radio. It won't thump your chest and shake your house. However if you want that sort of performance you can hook it up to your stereo system or a set of powered speakers with volume limited only by the power of what you hooked up. I hooked up a powered speaker system with a subwoofer that I had laying around from a past computer system. Works great.
Radio has pretty good range, but performance will depend on the quality of your wireless router.
I would recommend this unit to friends and family.
Grace should be embarrassed about the lame remote control included with this radio. Even when carefully used and aimed, it fails to function predictably. In fact, when using the remote to teach a learning remote the IR commands, under controlled conditions, about 1/3 of the buttons had to tried and retried to be learned - this, under controlled conditions, about 2 inches apart.
Worst of all for me, the radio failed to connect to and play a specific internet radio stream that I wanted. I had been checking the Grace web site and the Reciva site for several weeks before purchase, and the few days after my radio arrived, and the stream was noted as `passed the daily test'. Apparently, the "test" doesn't test real life Grace radios to see if they connect. Tech support had no rational explanation for this anomaly. (The station stream works perfectly in WinAmp, iTunes and on the SoundBridge Radio, however).
This could be a decent radio for some situations, but for none of mine. It's attractive (though so light in weight that you have to use two hands to use any buttons) and sounds ok for a one speaker radio. The Reciva web site is somewhat clunky and generates numerous security pop up boxes to dismiss because of careless programming.Read more ›
I had reservations about ordering this radio... I am a huge Pandora fan. If you want a desktop solution for training Pandora, this Radio is the best available option on the market at this time. (3/4/11) As others have pointed out, the quality of the radio is mediocre at best....that is not what you are paying for. The radio is really akin to a mini internet wifi radio capture device, vs. a high quality sounding radio.
The beauty of the 2550 Grace WiFi radio is the on-board (radio and remote control) "thumbs up / thumbs down" training of Pandora. I am impressed with Pandoras ability to build you a custom radio station with your constant input. This radio simplifies and expedites the training process. At first I was running Pandora on my smart phone, but Android would get bogged down all the time. Not good... next I tried running Pandora on my PC, but again, it would bog down the pc a bit, and also interfere with other sounds that wanted to use the pc speakers... I finally bit the bullet and went with the 2550, and so far, it works... sure you gotta read the manual to set it up, you have to know a little bit about wifi, but there is Grace customer support, which did answer the phone promptly and helped me through one small issue.
Agreed with other posters, the remote is a bit lame, a tiny credit card type remote, with those clicky buttons..... close proximity and line of sight is important if you want success... if you respect that limitation, it seems to work fine. If you want good high quality sound, I would suggest a powered speaker set to go along with the 2550...if sound quality and volume is not very important, the sound of this radio may suffice as is, you can always upgrade the sound after you try it. Standard 3.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The problem with internet radios is there needs to be somebody who supplies the radio connections. Grace has not taken on that responsibility for maintaining the available stations... Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. Hunt
After a long while setting it up It works fine, but the dial/scrolling is a major pain in the butt.Published on June 29, 2013 by DM
Bought this for my husband for Christmas so that He could listen to radio stations in Mexico and not tie up my computer it is great at Christmas it had non stop christmas music. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by buffaloinn
I have a Grace tabletop and a Teac. No question, the Teac is a better radio. Big negatives about Grace: poor Pandora controls, poor remote, just harder to use overall. Read morePublished on April 14, 2012 by ds
The idea behind this device is cool. You can search for tons of internet radio stations and it works anywhere you can get a good wifi signal, so you don't need to be tethered to... Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by S. Carey
This is a neat little radio. I love the sound and ease of use. If I had one complaint it would be there is no battery back-up so every time I move it from inside to outside, and... Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by D. Cook
Radio unable to maintain connectivity to wi-fi eventhough signal strength is above 80%. Getting tech support from Grace is somewhat a problem however when technician finally... Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by william temmler
For a music lover, I love this, since I also have Sirius/XM in my car. The sound is great and so many stations to choose fromPublished on November 10, 2011 by cenagirl