Bluetooth audio system are ubiquitous and low cost, however Wi-Fi audio system are usually higher, with improved sound high quality, vary and stability. Along with being dearer than Bluetooth, one of many fundamental causes Wi-Fi nonetheless hasn’t cracked the mainstream is an absence of battery-powered portability. Audio system just like the Riva Enviornment are designed to handle this.
At $249/£225/AU$369, the Riva Enviornment affords the mix of a direct Wi-Fi connection to your cellphone and a transportable battery if you’re out of the house. It has a glut of connection choices for enjoying music out of your cellphone, together with our favourite Wi-Fi ecosystem: Chromecast built-in. And sure, there’s Bluetooth should you want it.
Rivals Sonos and Denon sound higher, however you possibly can’t take them on the highway. Proper now if you’d like a transportable Chromecast speaker, the Riva Enviornment is your finest (and solely) possibility.
Design-wise, the Riva Enviornment is 2 components Sonos Play:1 and one half MP3 participant. It is a Four-by-7-inch rectangular cuboid which is available in a selection of both white or black. It is bigger and extra stable feeling than the Sonos at three kilos (1.4kg) On the highest of the unit is your management panel, which affords playback controls, quantity and enter choice (with an extended press).
The splash-proof speaker is pushed by a 50-watt amplifier which feeds three ADX drivers complemented by passive bass drivers. For a broader sound stage drivers are situated in three of the 4 sides. There isn’t any “sub” as such, however the accompanying Riva Wand app lets you regulate the EQ.