Riva Audio Arena wireless loudspeaker

Music servers and computer audio
Riva Arena

In absolute terms, the loudspeaker has a fair sounding bass, and stays well clear of the exaggerated boom-tizz sound of some of its similarly priced rivals. It has a good midrange, too, with some useful vocal expression and refinement, and the treble stays on the right side of ‘harsh’, all of which combine to make a portable speaker that sounds more like a traditional audiophile-friendly design. Stereo is less strong from a single box, but the remarkable thing about the Arena is you only notice this when moving to stereo ‘proper’. Listening to it in its own right, there is a sense of a sound outside of the boxes, with good stereo separation and even some stereo depth and width, which is amazing given it’s all coming out of one little box!

The Riva Turbo speakers revolutionised travel sound for audiophiles. Suddenly, you could take a small loudspeaker with you that made a sound that you didn’t feel compromised your listening pleasure. I know of many that flit from hotel room to hotel room, owned by people passionate about music and on the road to help pay for their big audio system at home. The WAND concept extends that travel idea to around the home. It delivers the kind of sound that is more than acceptable to even the most snobbish of audio enthusiast. It’s fun, flexible, fun, reasonably priced, fun, sophisticated, fun, and fun. If only the British weather had held out, I’d have used this speaker time and again. Check it out! 


Type: Compact Bluetooth/Google Chromecast speaker system

Driver complement: three ADX 60mm full-range drivers, three ADX dual-piston bass radiators

Inputs: aptX Bluetooth input, built-in Chromecast, 3.5mm stereo analogue input, USB, DNLA compliant Wi-Fi

Audio Codecs supported: MP3, ALAC, APE, FLAC, FLAC HD, HLS, WMA Streaming, RTSP and PCM/WAV

High resolution audio: to 24bit, 192kHz precision

Remote Control apps: Riva WAND smartphone apps are available free of charge from the App Store and from Google Play

Amplifier power: 50W

Battery Life: 20+ hours at 75dB, playing time varies with listening levels

Dimensions (H×W×D): 180mm × 127mm × 124mm

Weight: 1.36kg

Price: £299/$249

Approximate online price: £229

Manufacturer Information: Riva Audio
Fountain Valley, CA 92708 USA

Tel: +1 (714) 427-0086

URL: rivaaudio.com

Distributor Information: Decent Audio

Tel.: +44(0)56 0205 4669

URL: decentaudio.co.uk

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