San Diego's Grace Digital has finally announced the release of its flagship Mondo Wi-Fi Music Player, first seen at CES 2011. The first of three new devices to swell the company's family of audio products, Mondo features a large high contrast color TFT display with adjustable brightness, can access thousands of online radio stations over a Wi-Fi connection, and is also capable of streaming music stored on a PC, Mac or network attached storage device.
Mondo features 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity to join your home network and take advantage of some top internet-based streaming music, including Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM Internet Radio, NPR,CNN, BBC, NOAA, Weatherbug and 18,000 AM/FM/HD radio stations from around the globe. Its 3.5-inch LCD screen has 30 backlight brightness settings spread over three usage modes, and can display station logos and Pandora album artwork (when available). In addition to ten one-button presets for easy recall, users can also store up to 100 stations in a special folder.
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The unit's clock is automatically adjusted to the correct time over the internet once the appropriate time zone is chosen, and it has five alarm settings and a dedicated snooze button, should you wish to use it as a bedside companion. There's a class D digital amplifier, and audio output of 12 watts via the 3-inch woofer and 1-inch tweeter. Mondo also sports left and right RCA out jacks for connection to a home Hi-Fi system, and USB port and auxiliary input for playing music from media sticks or players.
Mondo is mains-powered, but there's an optional Li-ion battery pack available for portability. It is compatible with freely available iOS/Android remote control apps, although it does come supplied with a remote control unit.
The Mondo Wi-Fi Music Player is available direct from Grace Digital in white or black for US$179.99.
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