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Awesome room filling sound!!!
Item # 919FSTVALB | MFR # RWF01B
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The FESTIVAL features 6 speakers and 4 passive radiators in a wood enclosure.
The RIVA FESTIVAL wireless speaker was made for the serious music lover. It can fill your room with spacious, balanced, and finely detailed sound. The FESTIVAL features built-in Bluetooth, plus several kinds of Wi-Fi streaming, including Spotify® Connect, Apple® AirPlay®, and DLNA. And it works with other WAND-series RIVA speakers for easy-to-set-up wireless multi-room audio.
Download the free RIVA WAND control app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play to start. The app lets you set up a multi-room audio system with other RIVA WAND wireless speakers, like the FESTIVAL or ARENA, via Chromecast built-in. Have all speakers play the same song, or have each speaker play from a different source.
The FESTIVAL is compatible with the Google Home voice controller (not included) for even more convenience. It can respond to natural commands, like "OK Google, play classic jazz in the kitchen."
The FESTIVAL features three custom ADXT mid-bass woofers, each paired with a tweeter for accurate highs. Four passive radiators enhance the low frequencies for clean, clear bass. All are housed in a real wood enclosure for solid performance.
Each FESTIVAL speaker delivers stereophonic sound, ensuring your music will sound clear and balanced no matter where you stand in the room. And with 200 watts of power, there's plenty of volume to fill even the largest spaces in your home.
RIVA's proprietary 6-channel amplifiers use an advanced digital signal processor to ensure optimal sound quality from all your music. Each speaker delivers stereophonic sound, ensuring your music will sound clear and balanced no matter where you stand in the room.
The FESTIVAL is also compatible with Roon, a subscription digital music player you download to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It gives you multi-room audio playback for all your Chromecast-compatible devices and more. Roon accesses your digital music collection from your iTunes library or NAS drive. It also works with your TIDAL subscription. Roon lets you do deep dives into your music, showing artist bios, photos, reviews, and lyrics. Roon can also suggest other artists and songs based on your selections, making it easy to discover new music you'll enjoy.
Average Customer Review(s):
Awesome room filling sound!!!
Wow does this speaker sound easy on the ears! I just wish it would stay connected longer to Chromecast. I tried Plex, the Riva app and the Tidal app and the speaker would routinely drop out and not show on the network. I would unplug the speaker and once or thrice, I had to manually reset the firmware. i didn't try the tech support or a replacement speaker. Even bluetooth wouldn't stay connected. This speaker delivers a rich, warm tone that doesn't 'offend' any instrument playback. The Riva Festival lacks some presence as compared with speakers that cost a couple of hundred more dollars (B&W Zeppelin for example). It does sound MUCH more dynamic than my Bluesound Pulse Mini and having true tweeters in the Riva really helps it's sound qualities. For a week I kept it connected to my Node 2 streaming player but thought that was silly given it should work with internal wifi. Oh the signal where it was located was very high. I even reconfigured the router and updated it's firmware for an hour. No change. I think the Zeppelin sounds more accurate and distinguishes instruments better.
Pros: Powerful bass, smooth midrange, deep bass for small stature.
Cons: Won't stay connected to the network. A bit too soft on the high end. Lacks presence of more expensive wireless speakers.
The Riva Festival did not disappoint with great quality sound. Speaker design with drivers and radiators all the way around requires adequate space for this large (heavy) unit. Range of sounds (lows, mids and high) is very impressive - notably the bass (as called out in many online reviews - I can corroborate the claims). I wound up returning the unit due to network connection issues. Not sure of the issue - location in house signal strength, perhaps power management?? - but my specific unit would never stay on network standby - I would constantly have to reconnect the device to the network. I am trying another brand that has wired option. I really loved the Riva Festival - I will follow up if I wind up trying again with a new Festival unit .
Pros: Quality of sound in all ranges, especially base
Cons: Wireless connection, your experience may vary
This speaker exudes build quality. The bass is quite remarkable for a cabinet of its size. I own another WiFi networked system but opted for this speaker based on reviews of its sound quality. Regarding the sound, I think it lives up to its very positive reviews. Volume fills the room. Highs and lows are well spread out. The bass is quite stunning from a box this small. It actually "pressurizes" the room with bass. Yet, it is quite realistic...Not boomy. Since I have gotten it, I actually spend less time listening to my main system. The Riva app suffices to connect to all of your networked music. But, is is rough around the edges compared to the industry leader's software. (I think it beats them on sound quality, though.) I saved at least $100 versus the brand I already had in my home. Spotify Connect works great. Chromecast works fine, Bluetooth works fine. This not a portable system. It is connected to wall power outlet. And it is quite hefty. For me this is a non-issue. This could be my only system and I could live with it. (I wish the major players would agree on a standard so that one could mix and match So__os and B____sound, Y_maha and D--non etc. but I won't hold my breath) I did receive a defective unit initially, but Crutchfield quickly handled a replacement painlessly.
Pros: Great sound. Clarity. Powerful bass. Lots of connectivity options.
Cons: The Riva Software is only fair. If they could add some more features and make it a little easier to manage local files, this would make it almost perfect.
I purchased the Riva Festival because of it's high quality audio and flexible music streaming capabilities, primarily Chromecast Built-in, DLNA, and Airplay. This allows functionality with all the different devices within my family and friends (Windows, Android, Google Play, and iOS/iTunes). I have only owned it for a few days, but the connectivity capabilities work flawlessly. The sound quality is great. I was hoping to be in the quality range of the Sonos Play:5, and feel the Riva Festival sounds as good or better. Multi-Room grouping works with Chromecast capable speakers and devices, using the Google Home app
Pros: Sound quality Chromecast Built-in, DLNA, Airplay, and Bluetooth Multi-Room grouping of different brand wifi speakers
ADX Trillium Audio Technology: The Riva Festival utilizes patented ADX Trillium audio technology that produces stereophonic sound from a single speaker. ADX Trillium up-mixes the left & right stereo signal and outputs it through six channels of amplification, three tweeters, three woofers, and four passive radiators to create a stereophonic image with a wide listening area much larger than the actual speaker size.
Multiple Driver Array: The Riva Festival is equipped with three tweeters, three woofers, and four passive radiators - all housed in a real-wood enclosure. The tweeters and woofer, positioned left, center and right, mix in-air to create virtual left and right speakers outside the enclosure. The four passive radiators use a symmetrical arrangement to balance the vibrational forces, converting more of the passive radiators' energy into sound with more low-end bass.
6-Channel/200W Total Amplification: Patented 6-channel amplification technology with a total of 600W and advanced digital signal processing maximizes audio performance and produces full-range, room-filling sound that you would not expect from an compact active speaker.
Multiroom Audio: The Riva Festival offers multiple connectivity options, from a single direct connection to a wireless networked multiroom audio system that can simultaneously stream to up to 32 speakers without acoustic latency. A Multiroom audio system can be setup via Chromecast Built-in and the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 8.0+ and Android OS 4.0.3+) or using the Riva Wand app (Apple iOS 8.0+ or Android OS 4.4+).
Built-In WiFi: The Riva Festival is equipped with dual-band (2.4/5GHz) WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) for wireless connectivity to your home's WiFi network router. Once you are connected via WiFi, you can access a variety of local and online music sources - like Chromecast Built-in, AirPlay, Spotify Connect, & DLNA audio files.
Note: There is no Ethernet (RJ-45) jack for a wired connection to your home network's router.
Supported Music Files: The Riva Festival is high-resolution compatible, playing music files up to 24-bit/192kHz resolutions. Audio Codecs supported include - FLAC, PCM/WAV, ALAC, MP3, and WMA.
Chromecast Built-In: Chromecast Built-in lets you instantly stream select music apps from your Apple iOS or Android mobile device to the Riva Festival speaker system. Chromecast Built-in offers Internet Radio apps like TuneIn & iHeart Radio; plus online music service apps like Pandora, Spotify (requires Premium subscription), Tidal, Google Play Music, and more. You can even mirror exactly what's playing on your Android phone or tablet to the Riva Festival speaker. Or, if you're on your laptop or computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the Chrome browser.
Spotify Connect: The integration of Spotify Connect will enable Spotify Premium users to instantly see, select, and stream audio to the Riva Festival wireless speaker from within the Spotify app (Apple iOS or Android).
AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream music directly from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 4.3.3+) or from your iTunes library on your Windows (XP-up) or Mac computer (running iTunes 10.2.2+) to the Riva Festival speaker system, over your home's WiFi network. By downloading Apple' free Remote App onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the speaker or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library.
DLNA Compliant: The Riva Festival speaker system is DLNA certified. By connecting the Riva Festival to your home's network, you can wirelessly listen to music stored on your Windows PC or a DLNA compatible media server.
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: Thanks to built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP and AVRCP, you can wirelessly stream stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth source device (such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer) to the Riva Festival speaker system. You can also control Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track functions of your Bluetooth music source from the top-panel. You can pair up to eight Bluetooth source devices, but only one device can be connected for playback at a time. Once a device has already been paired, the Riva Festival will automatically re-connect with it when it comes within wireless range (up to 33').
Note: The Riva Festival does not support Bluetooth hands-free phone communication.
USB Playback: The rear-panel USB (type-A) port lets connect a USB mass storage class (MSC) device for playback of music files stored on a USB thumbdrive or portable digital audio player. You can also charge your mobile device through the speaker's USB port
Note: The USB port does not support music playback from Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android smartphones/tablets.
Optical Digital Input: The rear-panel optical (toslink) digital input lets you connect an external digital audio device with an optical output for audio playback through the Riva Festival. The optical digital input supports 2ch PCM only (not compatible with Dolby Digital/DTS or other multichannel audio formats).
Aux Input: The rear-panel Aux (3.5mm) input lets you connect practically any external analog audio device with a headphone jack or analog audio output for music playback through the Riva Festival.
Riva Wand App: The Riva Wand app is a convenient remote control app that can be used to operate the Riva Festival speaker and other Riva Wand Series speakers directly from your Apple iOS 8.0+ or Android OS 4.4+ device. The Riva Wand app guides through an easy setup of your Riva Festival and Riva Wand Series speakers. The Riva Wand app lets you personalize your audio streaming experience and offers advanced features including custom EQ settings and playback from local music sources such as Aux/USB/Optical inputs, DLNA music files, and your Apple iOS or Android device's music libraries. You can even use the Riva Wand app to create zones and stream different music from any music app or connected source throughout the home or business.
Top-Panel Controls: Top-panel playback controls include Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Input/Source, and Volume Up/Down.
Mounting Options: The Riva Festival features integrated rubber feet to mount it securely on top of a shelf, desk, or piece of AV furniture. Riva recommends placing the speaker approximately 3" to 6" from a corner or wall to take advantage of the natural acoustics of your room.
Note: The Riva Festival does not offer a wall-mount option.
Power Requirements: The Riva Festival includes a detachable 6' AC power cord which will need to be plugged into an AC outlet, surge protector, or power conditioner.
Away Mode: The Away Mode lets you create your own wireless network of one or more Festival speakers when there is no WiFi network available.
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I'm interested in a high quality sound, wifi speaker which has Chromecast built-in, Apple Airplay, DLNA, and other connection options. This will allow my family, as well as guest, to stream music for us all to enjoy. Based on the information available for the Riva Festival, it seems to have everything I was looking for. [ Don Steven Nov 01, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Nov 03, 2017 ] Staff