Grace Wifi Radio
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- plays Internet radio stations through wireless home network
- streams music from PC or Mac for convenient playback
- compatible with Pandora®, Reciva Internet Radio, and MP3tunes
- 5 Internet radio station presets
- WEP and WPA compatible
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ALLOWS USER TO WIRELESSLY STREAM MUSIC FROM A PC WORKS WITH ANY WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION 802.11B/802.11G & WEP/WPA COMPATIBLE STAND-ALONE RADIO WITH NO PC REQUIRED CONNECT TO EXISTING STEREO SYSTEM VIA AUDIO OUT CONNECTION DISPLAYS SONG & ARTIST INFORMATION CLOCK RADIO FUNCTIONALITY WITH ALARM COMPATIBLE WITH ALL 3 MAJOR STREAMING FORMATS SUPPORTS REALAUDIO(TM) MP3 WMA AAC WAV & AIFF FORMATS SPEAKER OUTPUT: 4.5W DIM: 9.84"H X 5.11"W X 5.31"D
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This was a breeze as long as you follow the manual: You scan for your wireless network and when it finds it you can select it (make sure your router is set to broadcast your SSID if you use this setting). The Grace radio will automatically detect any type of wireless encryption (I use WPA TKIP)and prompt for the Key. After entering this in (using a simple GPS-like address entry method) the radio immediately connected to the internet at 97%^ signal strength.
You can then also configure the clock (could have used time server but is not built in) and display (e.g. backlight) settings and language etc.
I heard people complain over the fact that there are only 5 presets. I'd like to counter this with the following: there are 10000+ stations available all over the globe. If you need to save more that 5 then configure the online (free) Reciva / Pandora account and make your selections there. I for one do not have that many favorites as I am enjoying different channels from different regions. With so many to choose from it is a waste to narrow yourself to only a handful. Again, the simple way around your limitation is to setup the Reciva account.
The speaker is quite good for a little radio like this but if you want better sound then hook it up to your Amp with the supplied RCA cables. Depending on stream quality, it is fine (but not for the audiophiles amongst us).
Finally, this works VERY WELL with my home media server (I use Tversity) software and I can stream music files without a hitch. Also try WMCONNECT, works fine too. The bottom line is: you can stream music files from your network as well.
I consider this a great blend: Internet Radio AND Media Streaming device in one. Kudos for the reasonable price point and solid construction. ***** from me.
This is my second wifi radio. The first, an Acoustic Energy, did a fine job at working with my wifi, but the ergonomics (and the fact that it looked like a bedside air purifier), was only slightly better than the poor sound. The Grace wifi, on the other, with it's 4.5 watt amp and rear bass port really brings a richness to the audio that was unexpected, even for me, a dyed-in-the-wool audio snob. I was going to hook the output up to a set of high-end computer speakers, but (aside from missing out on the stereo output), the PC speakers actually sounded worse.
Two minor annoyances: (1) the radio tends to slide backwards when pressing the front buttons, so you need to hold onto the top of the radio while punching the controls, and this leaves (2) fingerprints, everywhere!
Perhaps I should have chose the white version of this radio, because the black model is a fingerprint magnet.
The price is right, the sound is great, the interface (with a little bit of effort) is a joy to use.
My first ITC-IR1000B stopped working after a few months and just before the guarantee expired, but I never had the time to return it and it's waiting to be junked. My second radio is a GDI-IRP600. This radio is complete and utter rubbish and a waste of money. It is not Reciva based (see below) and has a station selection which is severely censored. It also has terrible sound unless channeled into a big stereo. It has some good features but they are drowned by the bad. My opinion gets worse every time I turn it on. My third Grace Wifi is a Grace reconditioned ITC-IR1000B which is Reciva based. The reconditioning was done by Grace in the U.S. This radio performs very well. By now you will have noticed that Grace does not actually make radios, they sell whatever crap the foreign sources deliver - from suppliers with variable quality control.
My forth Grace Wifi is also a Grace reconditioned ITC-IR1000B. It was bought recently before they become completely unobtainable. The same comments as above apply. General notes on the ITC-IR1000B radios;
They all have excellent sound quality both as stand alone and when amplified. They have a slight background clock-like noise when you listen with audio very low. These radios have no batteries. U.S.(Canada) power only. They have no remote. And they can self destruct if there is a power failure while you upgrade the firmware. All of this is minor compared to what you can get on them - which will blow your mind. The Reciva U.K. based software is very light on censorship. As a world news and free speech freak I find that pretty much any politics goes. There is also Pandora for your personal radio, MP3 locker to upload your own computer MP3s for playing anywhere at any time, and 356live. It has play-again on-demand stations, such as BBC and Democracy Now, and there are literally zillions of Podcasts to hear.
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