Grace Digital

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Grace Digital Inc is a consumer electronics company based in San Diego, CA. Grace Digital, Inc. was founded in 2007, by James D. Palmer and Greg Fadul. Grace Digital is the manufacturer of CES Innovations Award winning audio solutions, with a California-based product design facility and research and development locations in Cambridge, England, Taipei, Taiwan, and Seoul, Korea, the company’s main products are internet based radio receivers, audio archiving equipment, wireless speaker systems, and waterproof personal audio devices & gadgets.

Brand names[edit]

Grace Digital launched its wireless home audio devices featuring WiFi enabled Internet radio streamers under the brand name "Grace Digital Audio". The nostalgic turntable devices were launched under the "Victoria" brand. In September 2010, Grace Digital launched a line of waterproof audio speaker cases under the brand "ECOXGEAR".

Products[edit]

Internet Radios[edit]

Grace Digital Wi-Fi Internet Radio Receivers are a combination Internet radio receiver and audio media streaming device that brings all the audio content of the Internet to your stereo system. Acting like any wireless device, once configured to the Wi-Fi signal available, and its security, if any, the Wi-Fi Receiver provides quick access to thousands of Internet radio stations and podcasts from your home music system without having to turn on a computer. The device will also act as a bridge between your computer network and your stereo, it can stream your digital music collection directly from your PC or Mac to your home stereo. Users can also utilize either the full function remote control included, or control via app for iPhone / iPod Touch/iPad or Android smartphone. Premium content to Grace Digital radios and media streamers are offered via Pandora Radio, Sirius, Rhapsody Music, iHeartRadio, NPR, BBC, CBS Radio, NOAA Weather Radio and DAR.FM

Current Models which have a color display are: Primo-a component to add internet radio to a home stereo system (no speaker), Mondo-a tabletop internet radio with a single speaker, Encore-a larger tabletop internet radio with 2 speakers and a wooden cabinet.

Audio archiving[edit]

Products designed and manufactured by Grace Digital allow the consumer to convert vinyl records and cassette tapes to digital files using PC or Mac computers via a USB connection. This is accomplished by recording audio from the original media in real time into the audio recording and editing software Audacity and subsequently saving the recorded audio to a file. The digital file can then be exported to a number of devices, such as an MP3 player.

Home audio[edit]

Grace Digital designs and manufactures a line of wireless weather resistant speakers for use indoors or outdoors. These speakers include a wireless range of approximately 150 feet and battery power.

In July 2012, Grace Digital launched its first device-dedicated speaker dock for the Kindle Fire. Named The MatchStick, the speaker dock will charge the Kindle Fire while the device is docked into the speaker. The Grace Matchstick, previously called the Firedock, includes a full-range front bass ported speaker system, a built-in 16 watts class D digital amplifier, a remote control, and an optional battery.

The G-Dock is a similar speaker dock for Samsung smartphones, includes a full-range front bass ported speaker system, a built-in 16 watts class D digital amplifier, a remote control, and an optional battery.

3-Play Bluetooth 4.0 Receiver with aptX simultaneously connects with up to 3 Bluetooth devices.So you can connect your phone, tablet, and computer to a stereo all at the same time. With memory for up to 7 devices, 3 Play is a Bluetooth party input for any stereo system. 3-play bridges your music player with your car stereo, home stereo, theater system, or powered speakers, the battery lasts up to 8 hours on a single charge

Bluetooth Amplifiers in 50 watt and 100 watt models, featuring wireless Bluetooth 4.0 technology and the ability to drive large floor standing speakers, this compact stereo amplifier and speaker adapter in one lets you stream your music collection from any Bluetooth capable device.

Bluetooth Bookshelf Speakers give you crystal clear sound and the freedom of being completely wireless with Grace Digital aptX® Bluetooth Speakers! Each pair supports Bluetooth 4.0 and pairs with up to 8 devices as far as 30 feet away, providing rich, full sound in a wireless, compact package.

Voice Enhanced TV Speaker -Our voice enhanced TV speaker allows you to bring the TV audio to where you sit. You no longer have to turn up the volume to max on your TV across the room making a great listening experience for the entire family. This speaker is a digital wireless television speaker that is expertly tuned to clarify the voice and dialog tracks to optimize your news, movies, talk shows and sports listening.

May 2016-Grace Digital launches the CastDock X2, the World's First Speaker Dock for Chromecast Audio. The CastDock combines pure digital audio, a powerful 50 watt amplifier and electronic crossover with the incredible features of Chromecast Audio to create the best in class affordable wi-fi audio speaker

ECOXGEAR[edit]

The latest addition to the Grace Digital family of products is a line of personal speakers for smart phones and personal music devices. The ECOXGEAR line of speaker cases are rated to the IPX7 waterproofing standard. ECOEXTREME is the original device in the product line, but ECOXPRO adds a waterproof headphone jack for private listening.

ECOPOD is a waterproof case, only including a headphone jack and an optional bike clamp. A clear cover allows the user to see the device, which also can be controlled using headphones which allow interaction with a smartphone.

ECOTERRA is a waterproof boom box for smartphones. The product meets IPX7 standards and floats like the other devices. A clear cover allows the user to see the device, which also can be controlled using headphones.

ECOXPOWER is a pedal powered headlight and GPS/Mobile device charger for use with a bicycle. The device mounts to the hub of the front wheel of a bicycle. When the wheels turn, the internal dynamo-USB power generator charges a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, this battery has a capacity of 700mAh, with an approximate 500 charge cycle battery life. Lighting is provided by an Ultra-bright LED 1W 80 LUX white headlight and 2 rear LED red lights. Lighting time without riding is approx. 1.5 hours with a fully charged battery. A Power Jack & Cable Connection powers & recharges the lighting system for your bicycle & charges optional attached devices. The headlight can be turned ON/OFF from the handlebar mounted wired remote control (included) on your bicycle. A water resistant touchscreen case (included) mounts on the bicycle’s handlebars to hold your Smartphone or GPS Device for use & to charge with the USB converter cable. Designed to fit most bicycles, the device ships with tools for installation.

ECOXBT is a unique portable audio system combining Bluetooth, Lithium Ion Battery & Waterproof Technologies. ECOXBT is a shock resistant, floating, waterproof, full-range rechargeable wireless speaker system. Do everything from streaming & playing your music from your Bluetooth enabled Smartphone / audio device, to answering your calls over the built-in speaker phone!

ECOROX is a smaller portable audio system combining Bluetooth, Lithium Ion Battery & Waterproof Technologies. ECOROX uses all the features of the ECOXBT in a smaller, case with the ability to be mounted to a suction cup mount or handlebar mount, using ¼ ” Camera mount screw post

ECOPEBBLE gives you a cube shaped 5 watt Bluetooth speaker in a compact 8 oz form with 7+ hours of playtime.

ECOPEBBLE Powerbank adds the ability to charge other devices to the ECOPEBBLE Bluetooth speaker offering 50+ hours of playtime on a charge. IPX67 rated it also has dual charging ports and combines a great sounding 5 watt speaker with a powerful 10400 mAh Li-Ion battery.

ECOCARBON is a 16 watt portable Bluetooth speaker that is rated IPX68 to the waterproofing standard. This model offers 12 hours of playtime, a flashlight and the ability to charge other devices using a USB charging port

ECOSTONE Bluetooth speaker is the big brother to the EcoCarbon, rated at 24 Watts with matching features, including a 2800 mAH Li Ion battery.

ECOPEBBLE LITE Bluetooth speaker is 3 watts of power, waterproof rated at IPX 67 with 7 hours of playtime in a 5.5 oz package.

ECOCHARGE is a rugged IP67 Waterproof portable solution to charge USB devices with a 2600 mAh Li-Ion battery It is Shock Resistant, has a Twist Cap to keep it water tight and charges all USB devices, (5V, 1.0A) this item does not float.

ECOCHARGE + is a rugged & IP67 Waterproof charging power source– fully submersible in Water. It has a built in 3200 mAh Lithium Ion battery and a bright Cree® LED Flashlight (150 Lumen). It is Shock Resistant, has a Twist Cap to keep it water tight and charges all USB devices, (5V, 1.0A) this item does not float.

ECOJAM is a new form of Bluetooth speaker in the ECOXGEAR line, it is IPX67 Certified Waterproof, Floats and is Submersible with 20Watts of great sound (2 x 10 watt speakers). Featuring up to 12 hours of playtime it is shock resistant with a large top-mounted passive woofer. ECOJAM has a USB charging port with 2800 mAh internal powerbank, and LED battery meter and built in 3.5mm jack for audio input.

SOLJAM Powered by the sun so you can play music all day. The new SolJam speaker is compact and loud waterproof Bluetooth speaker with integrated high efficiency solar charging panel technology from Suncore Corporation. IP67 Waterproof and Rugged design with Two loud 10W speakers (20W total) and large passive subwoofer Rechargeable battery provides 12+hrs of playtime using a 2800 mAh Li-Ion battery. It also has a charge out port for recharging your devices.

Business music systems[edit]

Grace Digital has adapted internet radio and other technology used in their devices to be used in a business environment. Players use internet radio and USB memory for music on hold and overhead in-store music, also known as elevator music.

Grace Digital has 3 devices that support SiriusXM for Business. The GDI-IRBM20 is designed for a business environment. The Tuner Pro GDI-IRTP800 was launched in May 2012, which can be remotely controlled in an office or home automation network. This internet radio is certified by the Control4 home automation company. The GDI-SXBR1 SiriusXM for Business radio plays the same music throughout your office and telephone system simultaneously. This device has an online interface so users can manage their business music from remote locations, including day-parting.

History[edit]

2007, Grace Digital was founded by James D. Palmer and Greg Fadul. The first products released were a tabletop internet radio and a 7-in-1 Wooden Entertainment Center.

March 2008, Grace Digital introduced a line of nostalgic turntables.

May 2008, Grace Digital released outdoor wireless weatherproof speaker systems.[1][2][3]

In June 2008, Grace Digital brings to the market the first Pandora enabled wireless internet radio under $200.[4][5][6]

August 2008, Grace Digital announced plans to showcase Lars & Ivan hybrid tube amplifiers and complementary speakers for iPod at CEDIA EXPO 2008.

February 2009 Grace Digital launched USB turntables and cassette recorders, with the ability to download audio to the home computer.

March 2009, Grace Digital introduced wireless plug and play radios and speakers.

April 2010, Grace Digital introduced Allegro Portable Wireless Radio.

June 2010, Grace Digital adds iheartradio to their line-up of radio shows, podcasts and on-demand programs.

August 2010, Grace Digital Audio introduced weatherproof outdoor wireless speakers.

November 2010, Grace Digital’s ECOEXTREME is named CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering award honoree.

January 20, 2011, Grace Digital adds Wi-Fi Bookshelf Music System, the first ever internet Radio Bookshelf system with 802.11n connectivity.

October 19, 2011, Grace Digital introduced business audio systems for music on hold.

January 2012, Grace Digital introduced ECOTERRA boombox-style waterproof speakers as part of the EcoXGear line.

August 29, 2012, Grace Digital celebrated 5 years in business.

October 2012, the ECOXBT rugged waterproof Bluetooth speaker is added to the EcoXGear line.

July 11, 2014 Grace Digital named #8 out of 100 of the fastest growing private companies in San Diego by the San Diego Business Journal.

February 11, 2015 Grace Digital celebrates over 1 billion users listening on Grace internet radios.

November 12, 2015 Grace Digital announces their Voice Enhanced TV speaker. Allowing the user to adjust volume to a speaker where the user sits without interrupting the entire room.

April 5, 2016 Grace Digital awarded patent # 9,307,307 for Portable waterproof Wireless speakers [7]

April 8, 2016 Grace Digital announces it will begin offering SPARC HD RADIO brand.

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