Wi-Fi Streaming Media Player from Grace Digital
Grace Digital, a San Diego based company, has recently launched its Mondo Wi-Fi Music Player in the market. The streaming music player, which was introduced at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), will be the first of the three audio products that the company plans to launch this year. With the Mondo streaming music player, you can access thousands of online radio channels using a wi-fi connection at your home. In addition to that, the Mondo music player is also capable of streaming music directly from your network or PC that it is connected to.
Streaming media player features
The Mondo Wi-Fi Music Player is portable and can be used indoors or outdoors, wherever there is wireless connectivity. Connecting the media player to your wireless network is very easy as it is compatible with WEP and WPA1/2 encryption and all 802.11 b/g/h wi-fi routers. Once you switch on the player, it will automatically scan and list the available networks. Just select your local network and you are all set to access the internet radio stations of your choice.
Access over 18000 channels – The Mondo media player allows you to access over 18,000 online radio stations from around the world. Popular channels you can listen to include Pandora, Live365.com, CBS Radio, iHeartRadio, DAR.fm, National Public Radio (NPR), CNN, BBC and more.
Color display for easy access – The media player has a 3.5 inch color LCD display with high contrast, which makes it easier for you to operate the device. Although the screen is not very big, it is good enough and allows easy search and access the radio stations of your choice. Using this screen, you could search for a radio station by name, genre, location etc.
Rechargeable batteries – As the Mondo comes with rechargeable batteries, it does not have to be plugged in at all times. The batteries allow upto 6 hours of play time with average volume.
Seamlessly stream music – This device can stream music stored in your local database through wi-fi. It also has an aux-out port which allows you to stream music from your CD player, iPhone or a flash drive. The Mondo streaming music player supports MP3, WMA, WAV, AIFF and Real Audio formats.
For audio output, this device comes with a built-in 3-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter. The RCA jacks of the Mondo, which are located on its left and right sides, can be used to connect it to a Hi-Fi system for enhanced audio experience. In addition to that, this media player allows 10 presets and saving of over 100 radio stations for easy access. It also has an alarm feature, with 5 alarm settings and a snooze option.
Price and availability
The Mondo Wi-Fi Music Player is available in two colors – black and white. It is presently available in the market for $179.99. Considering that this streaming media player is only for music, and not movies or other media, the price can seem very high for many.