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mjw48

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Hello from Arizona
« on: 09:31:02 | 06 April, 2018 »
Long time Logitech Squeezebox user. While I enjoy my Logitech very much listening to my radio stations back home in Boston, I am looking to upgrade to a more modern unit and will be seeking advice.

Thanks
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Re: Hello from Arizona
« Reply #1 on: 11:01:46 | 06 April, 2018 »
Hello friend.
If I may suggest a replacement radio for US users, I highly recommend the Grace Digital Mondo Plus or the Encore Plus. Last year I replaced my older Mondo radios,which worked well, but I wanted a technology upgrade. My old sets, which I owned since 2012 were given to a friend, who is still enjoying them.

There are other ways to explore receiving internet radio, which include the popular voice assistants. Several of them can be used to stream your Boston station throughout your house.

Let us know what you decide.
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Re: Hello from Arizona
« Reply #2 on: 11:18:57 | 06 April, 2018 »
Hi Dave,

Thanks for your reply. I am looking at three radios, the Como Audio Solo, Grace Encore+ and the Lemega M3+.  I was getting ready
to buy the Encore+ on Amazon as the price had dropped to $199.95 but I delayed a day and the price jumped back up to $250. The Lemega kind of intrigues me but I don't know if it is the best radio for the US.

Mark

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Re: Hello from Arizona
« Reply #3 on: 12:30:40 | 06 April, 2018 »
Hi Mark,
Sorry you missed the deal. With Amazon, if the price is good, put it in your cart right then before they change their minds. Than make the buy fairly quickly. $200 was a great price on the Encore Plus. At $300, I am not so warm and fuzzy. I bought mine during the Kickstarter offering. They made me an offer that I couldn't refuse. I've looked over the US available radios and the Grace Digital have the best feature set for me. Good luck with the hunt.

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Re: Hello from Arizona
« Reply #4 on: 14:07:21 | 06 April, 2018 »
Every so often, Grace will run a 30% off sale on their web page which brings it down to about $210.00
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Re: Hello from Arizona
« Reply #5 on: 14:57:18 | 06 April, 2018 »
You're right Solo2. That is how I bought my earlier ones. I joined their e-mail list and a couple days before a holiday, they would run their sale. I bought my two Mondos like that. Nice savings! Can't believe I forgot about that. Must be old age. :)
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Re: Hello from Arizona
« Reply #6 on: 08:26:18 | 18 April, 2018 »
Amazon just dropped the price on the Grace Encore Plus, color black, to $199.99 and I just ordered it. This, of course, after I ordered
the Sangean WR 50P, a Bluetooth, RBDS AM/FM stereo. It is a very nice radio, Bluetooth works very well with my Samsung tablet but
I really an internet radio.

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Re: Hello from Arizona
« Reply #7 on: 09:28:50 | 18 April, 2018 »
Let us know what you think about it, when it arrives!
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Re: Hello from Arizona
« Reply #8 on: 14:24:53 | 23 April, 2018 »
I've had the radio two days now  and I have been impressed.  Once I figured out where the enter key was, it connected very quickly to my network. I registered the radio on the Grace site and was able to set up my Boston radio stations in My Stuff folder. Streaming Pandora and You Tube via Bluetooth and Chromecast works well and sounds very good.

You need to spend time familiarizing yourself with all the functions, not overly complicated but I found I need to keep the instruction manual handy.

 A really nice feature is the 50 background sounds that was included in the latest software update. Fell asleep to ocean waves last night. The only problem with this is that the snooze bar is large and on top of the radio. I was awoken at 2:30 by ocean waves only to see the cat sleeping on the snoozebar.

The radio itself is rather large, maybe a bit too large for a small nightstand. But it sounds great.  Amazon just restocked the radio in Black for $199.99, a great deal in my opinion. I would have preferred the radio in Walnut but I can't justify the extra $50.  All in all, a very nice, full featured great sounding radio and at least for now, at a very good price.

MJW