Audio manufacturer Riva today introduced the Wand Series, a customizable multi-space audio system that delivers high-quality stereophonic sound from a single speaker. The system is setup and used via the Riva Wand app that can easily create zones, stream different music/audio content through the environment and voice control the system. The Riva Wand Series will include the Arena and Festival speakers and is expected to be available for purchase late November at Riva Audio retailers and at rivaaudio.com.
“Many talented people have worked very hard to bring such quality and flexibility at a very affordable price,” noted company chairman and chief creative officer Rikki Farr. “They’ve created a compact, open system that consumers can play with any source. Finally, I can listen to the music of my past played back as close to live as it gets in a compact system that integrates into any situation. Very rewarding.”
The Wand series is Google Cast, Wi-Fi, DDMS, Spotify Connect, AirPlay, DLNA and Bluetooth ready. Unlike most wireless speakers, the Riva Wand series offers multiple connectivity options, from a single direct connection to a whole-environment wireless networked audio system that can simultaneously stream to up to 32 speakers without acoustic latency. Take the speakers outdoors and they can easily create their own ad hoc network. The Arena model is splash resistant and, with the optional connected battery pack (16+ hours), can be used anywhere. The Arena and Festival include analog and USB inputs with charge out for phones and tablets, and the Festival will also include an optical input. These inputs are beneficial for users with an existing wired or wireless system who want to introduce Riva’s superior Trillium audio into their home.
Riva’s Wand Series features the compact Riva Arena and full-range tabletop Riva Festival speakers, both featuring Riva Audio’s patented Trillium audio technology. Trillium is ADX’s proprietary 3-channel audio technology that enlarges the audio image while allowing the power of the audio to be reproduced.
The compact Riva Arena speaker uses 3 full-range custom ADX drivers with 3 passive radiators to create up to 101dB of enveloping sound. Arena can be configured for single or stereo pair use and will have an optional 16+ hour battery pack for use as a portable speaker. The Riva Festival drives 6 custom ADX woofers and tweeters coupled with 4 passive radiators to produce up to 106dB without dynamic range compression, while bass plays down to 38Hz for excellent depth and impact. Arena and Festival set up and control is easy through the Riva Wand app with supported voice commands. Both speakers are high-resolution compatible, playing music files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolutions. Audio Codecs supported include: MP3, ALAC, APE, FLAC, FLAC HD, HLS, WMA Streaming, Shoutcast Streaming, RTSP and PCM/WAV.
The RIVA Wand Series will be in-store in November and range from $249.00 - $499.00. The Arena will be available in Black/Titanium and White/Silver. The Festival will be available in Black/Titanium.
RIVA Audio will be exhibiting at CEDIA Dallas September 15-17, 2016.