RIVA Audio’s WAND Series Music Streaming Speakers Now Available For Purchase

June 28 2017, 03:10
RIVA Audio, the lifestyle brand of Audio Design Experts (ADX), announced that its RIVA WAND (Wireless Audio Network Design) speaker series is now available for purchase. The customizable and easy-to-use multi-room “+” wireless audio system of the compact ARENA and full-range tabletop FESTIVAL speakers combines the freedom to deliver high-fidelity audio to every room or outdoor location with the flexibility to play from any networked or local source. And they sound really good!

Utilizing RIVA’s patented Trillium technology and unique audio design, the WAND series is perfect for music enthusiasts who demand a superior audio experience. Users can also enjoy more freedom thanks to a multitude of connectivity options including WI-FI, Bluetooth, AirPlay and DLNA and can stream seemingly unlimited audio content with Chromecast built-in and Spotify Connect. Last but not least, WAND’s integrated Away Mode, splash resistance and optional battery pack give users the freedom to listen to their music anywhere; no Wi-Fi required. The WAND series’ features and performance have been impressing industry experts since its presentation at CES 2017, and are now finally available in the US, Germany, Austria, the UK and Ireland, with more countries coming soon.

“We have designed and engineered wireless speakers to stream audio so clear you can hear the future,” says Rikki Farr, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, RIVA Audio. 

The WAND Series proves easy to use, thanks to the inclusion of Chromecast built-in and integration with the Google Home app for a quick and easy setup. Once connected, users simply need to pull up their music library or open a favorite streaming service to start listening immediately. Using the Google Home app, users are also able to create zones and stream different music throughout the home or business. The RIVA WAND app offers advanced features including custom listening modes and playback from local music sources such as USB, AUX and optical inputs.
The WAND speakers have also been designed to play audio in the best possible quality for a compact, portable system. This starts with RIVA’s Trillium patented audio technology, that uses three discrete channels to create a stereophonic sound image, much larger than the actual speaker size. Trillium enlarges the audio image while allowing the signal power of the audio to be reproduced without perceptible compression. Superior sound quality continues with custom-built ADX drivers to help WAND products produce truly immersive sound with deep, powerful bass. The ARENA and FESTIVAL speakers are also among the few wireless speakers that are Hi-Res Audio compatible, playing music files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolutions. Audio Codecs supported include: MP3, ALAC, APE, FLAC, FLAC HD, HLS, WMA Streaming, RTSP and PCM/WAV.

In addition to superior sound quality, RIVA’s WAND series is designed with an open architecture for maximum flexibility. Unlike most wireless speakers, WAND offers multiple connectivity options, from a single direct connection to a whole-environment wireless networked audio system that can simultaneously stream to up to 30 devices without acoustic latency. Users can listen to high-resolution music, networked digital music files, podcasts, YouTube channels, or music services like Spotify and Pandora through multiple connectivity options including Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, Wi-Fi, AirPlay, DLNA, and Bluetooth. RIVA’s WAND series Wi-Fi is dual band, supporting both 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks for greater robustness and reliability against interference.

All this flexibility is paired with immense freedom. The ARENA and FESTIVAL speakers’ Away Mode offers the freedom to create an ad hoc network when no Wi-Fi is available, for example. With an optional 20+ hour battery pack, splash-resistant exterior and charge out for a phone or tablet, users can take the ARENA to the lake, beach or pool and listen to their favorite music without restrictions.

Since it’s introduction into the market, the RIVA WAND Series has already received numerous awards from media and trade associations, including the prestigious CES 2017 Innovation Honoree Award, CTA’s CES 2017 Mark of Excellence Award, Residential System’s 2016 CEDIA Best of Show Award, TWICE’s CEDIA 2016 Best of Show Award, Innovation & Tech Today’s Editor’s Choice Award and the TWICE CES 2017 Pick Award. 

RIVA ARENA is the compact multi-room “+” wireless speaker in RIVA’s WAND series. ARENA is perfect for the music enthusiast looking for a portable audio experience at home, the office or outdoors thanks to an optional, 20+ hour battery pack. ARENA uses 3 full-range custom ADX drivers with 3 passive radiators to create up to 101dB of enveloping sound and reproduces more of the musical spectrum than comparable products.

FESTIVAL is the unconditional, mother-of-a multi-room “+” tabletop wireless speaker in RIVA’s WAND Series. FESTIVAL employs an interior MDF cabinet to reduce vibrations and colorations to keep the audio as close to live as it gets. FESTIVAL drives 6 custom ADX woofers and tweeters coupled with 4 passive radiators to produce up to 106dB of output without dynamic range compression, while bass sounds deep and powerful.

Both speakers are available in black with a titanium grill, or white with a silver grill. The ARENA sells for $249 USD and FESTIVAL for $499 USD. The ARENA battery pack is available in black or white and sells for $99 USD.
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