Summary: What? Are you kidding? I read the first few reviews and I simply cannot believe them. I bought two of the Grace Digital IR2000 radios and one of the IRdt200. All three radios behave in exactly the same way which is to say in two words "they don't". Stay away from these radios! Why? Because when you finish the setup and you are all locked in to your favorite station you may think you are done...you aren't.
Summary: I was very disappointed in this product. We used it for 4 months before the Blue Screen of Death appeared. We tried the factory reset instructions but the radio did not respond. Since we are now out of warranty with Amazon and have read that other customers have very little luck with Grace warranty and repairs, we will save the $24 shipping to repair this electronic brick. Try Logitech (wish we had.
Summary: We were disappointed with this radio. It took a while to setup. However, we did like the vast number of HD radio stations that we had access to. The biggest disappointment was that after we setup our radio stations and playlists, we found that once we powered the unit off and then turned it back on, it would just sit there saying "Connecting"! We found that we had to unplug the unit and plug it back in for it to reset and then reselect our stations.
GDI-IR2000 hits the sweet spot of features and value
Michael Cieslak, Amazon
21 December 2010
Summary: My wife and I have enjoyed the original Grace Digital ITC-IR1000 for about two years until the alarm system went wacky, turning the radio on at random odd moments. (It sounds quirky-but-harmless until one is awakened at 3:15am by the radio turning on.) This experience with Internet radio, however, sold us on the concept.
BBC Radio 4 at last and with such great quality and ease!
avid reader bm, Amazon
15 October 2010
Summary: I am from the UK and when we moved to the US in June, the main thing I missed was being able to wake up and/or go to sleep listening to BBC Radio 4 (a speech channel with news, culture, history and witty comedy programmes). I pondered long and hard about what internet radio to get, reading reviews etc. and in the end plumped for this. It arrived within 1 day (instead of the promised 2)and was SO easy to set up and connect to my wi-fi.
Summary: The only negative thing I can say about this purchase is that I am not able at this time to purchase one for every room in the house. I have not felt so good about a product in such a long time. We don't just use this device, we love it. (Actually, I love my Tivo and Roku too). The functionality this radio provides is simply amazing. I don't know why internet radios in general don't get more attention.
Summary: I couldn't find a review comparing these two radio's so... I have both the GDI-IR2000 and GDI IR1000. The 1000 died after 3 years and a few cups of coffee. My wife and I wanted a simple stand alone device that sounds good( I'm a musician- it had to sound good), is simple to use, has a volume control, remote and more presets (our complaint for the IR1000- only 5) I looked at the squeezbox, but read about loosing presets with power outtages and their failure to update...
Good second-generation internet radio, with some flaws
Mister Gizmo "Jim", Amazon
9 September 2010
Summary: I've been looking at internet radios for a couple of years now, but have been put off by the high prices and limited features. What seems to have turned the tide is the rise of a few major content providers and aggregators (Pandora, Reciva, etc.), which has enabled manufacturers to focus on the hardware, without themselves having to keep up with the thousands of content sources. The current crop of internet radios is what I'd call second generation.
Summary: I can't think of how a wi-fi radio could be better. I'm a classical music buff. I owned an earlier-generation wi-fi radio which pooped out. During that time, I had the opportunity to sample classical music stations around the world, and there was a clear winner: WCPE in Raleigh NC. I hooked up my wi-fi radio to a small FM modulator. It broadcasts to all the FM radios in the house.
Summary: We have a home in the mountains where there is very limited radio reception. A wireless radio seemed like a good option, versus listening through my laptop with it's tiny speakers. After much research over a year or so, I decided on the IR2000. I had a little trouble connecting at first, but an email to the company brought a response that I need to update the firmware. That solved the problem.