Grace Digital Inc. is one of the top names when it comes to portable and home audio systems that incorporate Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, so it is just as well that the company has announced the Encore+. The Encore+ has arrived just in time for the holidays, making it a very decent option if you have absolutely no idea on what to purchase for your loved ones and friends this coming Christmas. Known as the Encore+ Stereo Wi-Fi Music Player in full, this is the newest Internet radio from Grace Digital, where it boasts of a 3.5-inch color display, a top-quality, internal speaker system, built-in Chromecast, multi-room functionality, clock and alarm and internet radio, among others.
With Chromecast thrown into the mix, you are now able to stream music/tunes/podcasts/playlists to the Encore+ right out of the box from over 100 music apps. This is as easy as tapping the Cast button on your favorite Chromecast-enabled apps on your smartphone, tablet or from a Chrome web browser, and you’re good to go. Apart from that, there are also numerous apps such as Pandora, Spotify, Slacker radio, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, NPR, and Tunein supported.
Want to enjoy multi-room audio? No problem at all, as this feature will enable users to group one or more Encore+ radios using any Chromecast built-in audio device. This includes Google Home, where it will then be able to stream to one or all devices at the same time. Google Home device owners also have the ability to control Chromecast-enabled apps to play, pause, and skip on their Encore+ using the voice command “Ok Google” regardless of where they are, now how about that for convenience?
With a class-D digital amplifier and stereo sound, an internal speaker system and the ability to customize the audio settings with equalization options accordingly, the Encore+ is truly a modern marvel. It even sports a multi-functional USB port that allows the Encore+ to function as a power bank in emergencies. The asking price for the Grace Digital Encore+ stands at $299.99 and will arrive in Black Ash and Walnut shades.