Frankly, the Riva Turbo X tends to provide plenty of volume, even in relative large rooms, so I felt little need to explore the Riva’s signature Turbo EQ model. However, certain songs, such as some of guitarist Joe Satriani’s more high-energy, groove orientated efforts, that fairly beg to be cranked up, and for those moments the Turbo EQ mode is just what the doctor ordered. Just bear in mind, though, that prolonged use of the Turbo EQ mode will dramatically reduce battery life (from a high of 26+ hours at moderate levels down to just 6+ hours with the pedal-to-the-metal Turbo EQ mode engaged).
All in all, I think the Riva Turbo X makes a wonderful starting point for potential audiophiles in the making and in particular for those who have never owned sound systems of any kind before. While purists might rightly argue that a compact Bluetooth speaker is no substitute for a proper loudspeaker based hi-fi system, the fact of the matter is that the Turbo X delivers an awful lot of music for not very much money, while offering terrific convenience, ease of use, portability, and the elusive but all-important ‘fun factor’ that keeps users coming back for more. Music lovers with limited budgets and/or tight space constraints may find that the Riva Turbo X is the user-friendly, real-world hi-fi system they have been looking for—and one that can come along when they travel, too.
Type: Compact, three-channel Bluetooth speaker system
Driver complement: three ADX 60mm full-range drivers, four ADX dual-piston bass radiators
Inputs: aptX Bluetooth input, 3.5mm stereo analogue input, USB data port for firmware updates and future upgrades
Outputs: USB charging port for iPods/iPhones.
Audio Codecs supported: SBC, AAC, aptX.
Remote Control apps: Riva Ground Control smartphone apps are available free of charge from the App Store and from Google Play
Amplifier power: 3 × 15Wpc RMS
Battery Life: 26+ hours at 75dB, 6+ hours in Turbo mode at maximum output
Playback modes: Normal: A three-channel stereo playback mode. Trillium Surround: A proprietary simulated surround mode. Turbo: A combination EQ and high-output mode that allows output levels to reach 100dB.
Speakerphone mode: The Turbo X is microphone equipped and can serve as a speakerphone when used in conjunction with Bluetooth capable smartphones
Phono mode: By pressing a specific combination of input selections buttons, the Turbo X’s AUX analogue input can be used as a phono input
Accessories: Standard: 19V battery charging power supply, AC power cord, 3.5mm-to-3.5mm analogue input cable (48-inch), 3.5mm-to-dual-RCA-plug analogue input cable (70-inch), and splash resistant rubber input jack cover. Optional: Padded, heavy canvas carry bag with built-in accessory pouch.
Dimensions (H×W×D): 105mm × 89mm × 230mm
Manufacturer Information: Riva Audio
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