Grace Digital has launched its new Encore+ Internet radio, which features a 3.5" colour display, internal speaker system, multi-room functionality, clock and alarm, Internet radio, and Chromecast built-in.
With Chromecast built in, you can stream music/tunes/podcasts/playlists to the Encore+ from more than 100 music apps by simply tapping the Cast button on Chromecast-enabled apps, like Google Play Music and Spotify, on your phone, tablet, or from a Chrome Web browser on a PC or Mac.
The multi-room audio feature allows users to group one or more Encore+ radios with any Chromecast built-in audio device, including Google Home, and stream to one or all devices simultaneously. Those who own Google Home devices can control Chromecast-enabled apps to play, pause, and skip on their Encore+ using voice commands by simply saying "OK, Google" then dictating the command.
The Encore+ features a class-D digital amplifier and stereo sound, along with the ability to customize your audio settings with equalization options. Additionally, the Encore+ can be connected to most stereo systems.
Equipped with a multi-functional USB port, the Encore+ serves as a power bank for smart devices, or as a UPnP media player to listen to saved audio files via a USB thumb drive, hard driver, or network media player.
The Grace Digital Encore+ is available for pre-order now in black ash and walnut for US$179 for Kickstarter backers, and will eventually sell for US$300 once it's available at retail. It will begin shipping to backers on Black Friday, November 24.