The new Alexa-enabled Riva Voice Series: Hi-Fi Plus gets an exclusive preview of the next generation of smart speakers

Riva Audio’s new Voice Series was just launched at IFS in Berlin and will come to market soon. Pairing Alexa’s brains and voice control with RIVA’s premium award-winning audio, its aim is “to bring you the next generation of smart speakers”. Following an exclusive preview of the ‘Concert’ model in late beta form, Hi-Fi Plus is excited by the series’ potential.

The series “represents a wholly new concept in affordable audio,” says Alan Sircom, the magazine’s editor. It also delivers a number of advances and advantages that set it apart from the first generation of smart speakers with embedded Alexa modules. “Riva has engaged in a very close relationship with Amazon in the development… which means that some of the more clunky aspects of existing Alexa-embedded active speaker systems are being filtered out.”

The Riva Voice Series has Alexa built-in so you can ask Alexa questions, play songs, check news and weather, manage smart home devices, and much more.

Riva Concert

Kicking off the series will be the compact and portable ‘Concert’ and the tabletop ‘Stadium’ models. Both feature Riva’s patented TrilliumTM audio technology, designed to deliver stereophonic sound from a single-chassis speaker. Riva’s small but powerful ADXTM drivers and passive radiators reproduce more of the musical spectrum than comparable products, while its proprietary audio tuning retains full audio quality even at the highest volumes.

Riva Stadium

Both the Concert and the Stadium are designed to be feature-rich, aiming to deliver “the most comprehensive collection of smart features over any comparable product” and “to provide an exceptional experience and enhancement to your smart lifestyle,” say Riva.

Use your voice to control Spotify, use Alexa to call or messages almost anyone, for free, or use it as an intercom to open up instant two-way conversations between rooms, use Alexa Skills to play games or control smart home devices…

“There are little advantages that add up to a lot here,” says Sircom. Not least the first-in-class independent volume control for Alexa’s voice and your music, he adds – which means that Alexa no longer periodically shouts at you.

Read Alan Sircom’s preview in full in the September 2018 issue of Hi-Fi Plus

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