Riva faces some very stiff competition (some of it in this issue) but the 500lb gorilla in the room is how it works compared to Sonos:Play models. In terms of functionality and app-support, Sonos wins hands down (but it wins hands down against almost any audio brand). Musically, however, five seconds with the Festival and the Sonos gets put away. There is so much more expression, dynamics, and clarity to the Festival! Whether that’s enough to win over those tens of thousands of Sonos users, or converts a slew of prospective Sonos buyers, only time (and Sonos’ massive advertising budget) will tell.
These are deceptively clever loudspeaker boxes. There’s so much the Riva Festival can deliver alongside really good music, that it might surprise you just how a small loudspeaker with buttons on the top can make a sound that big. Now that you can talk to the Festival via Google, the Festival has the potential to become the go-to speaker choice for all manner of listeners disenfranchised by technolgy. Yes, you need to know how to access Google Home from your phone, but on the other hand, who cares? When Festival rocks, it really rocks!
Type: Compact Bluetooth/Google Chromecast speaker system
Driver complement: three tweeters, three bass drivers, and four passive 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: 200W
Battery Life: 20+ hours at 75dB, playing time varies with listening levels
365mm ×200mm ×180mm
Manufacturer Information: Riva Audio
Fountain Valley, CA 92708 USA
Tel: +1 (714) 427-0086