With all of the smart phones and streaming services out there today, internet radio is a bit of a tough sell in 2017. Do you really need a dedicated device for radio when all of our devices can stream anything these days?
The biggest addition to the Mondo+ is a built in Chromecast receiver. This expands the streaming options which previously included Pandora, iHeartRadio, and Napster. Mondo+ is still being compatible to receive FM and AM radio and Sirius XM satellite radio. The new model now offers Bluetooth streaming, and the USB port on the back can accept flash drives with preloaded music and now can charge your phone and pull music off a flash drive. While pairing via WiFi, you can use multiple Mondo+ speakers or Chromecast speakers to provide surround sound or multi-room sound.
The Mondo+ does have some things that could have been better. It does have the capability to be a portable speaker with a full charged battery lasting up to 12 hours. This sounds good, as long as you are willing to pay the extra $40 for the optional battery. The Mondo+ has a few less buttons than its predecessor, but all said, still looks almost the same. The software interface has been updated, but it’s still a long way from the industrial design of companies like Sonos or Como Audio.
The Mondo+ hits the shelves at $199.99 MSRP, but is available now to back on Kickstarter for $150. If you would rather the option for the battery, that price goes to $175 on Kickstarter or $239.99 MSRP. Grace Digital is established as a company and has shipped plenty of products, which begs the question of why they are on Kickstarter, but the usual risks of crowdfunding still apply. Please let us know what you think in the comment section below.