The Riva TurboX Bluetooth speaker, a Bluetooth speaker that never ceases to amaze. It is a Bluetooth speaker that emphasizes quality and quantity. It is able to output top-notch sound quality while being able to provide features and functions that help accentuate the overall sound experience.
Design & Functionality:
The Riva TurboX was designed to be portable. The dimensions of the Riva TurboX are the following: 9.1 x 3.5 x 4.1 inches. Also, it weighs 3.5 lbs. The Riva TurboX looks and feels premium. The Riva TurboX has been designed and constructed with top quality hardware and audio components. Internally, the Riva TurboX comprises of seven ADX drivers, ADX 3-channel amplifiers, and a rechargeable battery. The Riva TurboX also looks very sleek, thanks to its glossy finish style and gunmetal silver accents. The entire middle section of the Riva TurboX comprises of an aluminum mesh grill that has been fitted with dust and water seals, that goes completely around it. There is a “RIVA TURBO” logo on the front. On the back there are a couple of ports along with a red button and a battery shaped LED. The ports on the back are the following: a 3.5mm AUX input port that is used to connect your non-Bluetooth devices, USB Data (micro USB) input port that is used to install software upgrades and updates to the Riva TurboX, USB charging output port to charge your devices, and last, a 19V DC power adaptor input port which is used to charge the Riva TurboX. The red button, when pressed, will either turn on or off the internal rechargeable battery. This is useful for when you want to save battery when the Riva TurboX is not in use as battery consumption is nullified when it is in the off positon. Last, the battery shaped LED helps to indicate to the user how much battery is left within the Riva TurboX and when the battery is being charged as it flashes to indicate so.
On the top of the Riva TurboX there are a total of seven capacitive sense touch buttons. These capacitive sense touch buttons are the following: power button (on/off), Trillium Surround button, input button (switch between Bluetooth and AUX input), mute button, volume up and down buttons, and last, a Turbo button. Some of these buttons also have additional uses or functions. For example, the key lock function that enables the buttons to be in a locked position to prevent the buttons from being accidentally pressed and initiating a certain function or feature. This is done by pressing both the mute and volume down buttons. All of these capacitive sense touch buttons are illuminated by smart LEDs to help portray what the buttons are and which ones are active. Plus, the buttons are proximity sensed meaning that they are lit when your hand or fingers are hovered over them. Also on the top of the Riva TurboX is a built-in microphone that has been integrated with noise and echo cancellation processing technology. This is to ensure that the sound quality being received and sent will be of the highest quality. On the bottom of the Riva Turbo X is two rubber feet pads as well as an I/O cover. The rubber feet pads are to allow the Riva TurboX to have better grip or friction to increase its stability when placed on flat surfaces. The I/O cover is used to help cover the ports that are on the back in order to prevent water from being splashed into the ports as this would cause some serious internal damage. The only downside of the Riva TurboX in terms of design, is that the top portion, which consists of the glossy finish and where the capacitive sense touch buttons are, this area seems to attract fingerprints quite easily. This can be an issue for some, but I myself did not find this to be problematic as it did not detract much from the overall experience of using the Riva TurboX. Other than that, the Riva TurboX’s design is exceptional.
Software (Ground Control App):
The Riva TurboX offers the ability to control it from a distance. All of the capacitive sense touch buttons that are on top of the Riva TurboX can be activated from the app that has been interfaced with the Riva TurboX. In other words, the app which is downloaded from and onto your smartphone or tablet can be used to enable or activate certain features or functions without having to be near the Riva TurboX to do so. The features or functions that can be enabled or activated by the use of this app are the following: power (off only), settings, volume up and down, music playback (play/pause, previous and next), Trillium Surround, input, mute, and Turbo boost. The battery charge level is also displayed on the app in terms of percentage. The settings function can be used to change the appearance of the app and alter the way the Riva TurboX responds to the initiation of certain functions in regards to audio prompts. The settings are changing the background color of the app to either black or white, whether it be to match the color of the Riva TurboX itself or according to your personal preference. The audio prompts that the Riva TurboX will perform and can be changed to when certain features or functions are initiated are voice or tones prompt styles. The app overall looks very clean, polished and professional.
The Riva TurboX outshined my expectations of it from the very start. Once the Riva TurboX was turned on and played for the first time, I knew this Bluetooth speaker was going to be spectacular. The sound quality that is outputted from the Riva TurboX is remarkable. The sound quality is crisp, clear, and audible from a distance, especially since it can output sound at very high volume levels. The Turbo boost function, when activated, increases the maximum volume level from 10 to 11 which is over 100dB. The Riva TurboX, even at high volume levels, manages to keep the sound quality stable to where you barely notice any sort of drop in quality. The Trillium Surround function allowed the sound to be enlarged and dispersed over an area adequately to where you would feel immersed and in the middle of the action which is easily felt when watching movies or playing video games. The Riva TurboX can output 45 watts of power which is what allows it to output such incredible sound quality and at high volume levels effectively. The internal rechargeable battery provides up to about 26 hours of battery life. This means not having to worry about recharging the Riva TurboX constantly as it provides more than a day’s worth of use. This of course will depend on some factors. For example, playing music or sound at very high volume levels will drain the battery much quicker when compared to playing it at much lower volume levels. Also, if you use the internal rechargeable battery to charge your devices via the USB port, doing so will definitely decrease the amount of time that you will be able to utilize the Riva TurboX as some of the battery charge will be allocated to the charging device.
The built-in microphone and conferencing call functionality worked perfectly. The sound quality that is being sent and received is excellent as you can clearly hear and understand the other person on the call and the same goes for vice versa. The capacitive sense touch buttons were very responsive in that when pressed upon, they quickly initiated their assigned functions proficiently. The proximity sensor along with the LEDs that have been integrated with the capacitive sense touch buttons functioned properly. The proximity sensor was able to pick up any movement near the buttons effectively and the LEDs in conjunction with the proximity sensor lit up the buttons and indicated which buttons were active without an issue. Establishing a Bluetooth connection between the Riva TurboX and a device was easy, simple, and efficient. The Bluetooth connectivity was very strong and quite stable. There were some minor issues in regards to the stability of the Bluetooth connection. Sometimes a loss of connection occurred and it did not want to reestablish the connection. However, this only happened during the use of third party media apps such as YouTube, Slacker Radio, and Pandora. Utilizing first party media apps did not generate any issues. While this issue was somewhat of a nuisance, it did not impact the overall experience immensely as it did not occur frequently. Last, the ground control app functioned the way I had expected it to. The buttons, much like with the actual physical buttons, were very responsive. The interface is very appealing and user-friendly. It is clear and concise to where you are able to quickly understand what each button does or activates upon glancing at it.
The Riva TurboX is a Bluetooth speaker that can bring the house down. The Riva TurboX is able to output crystal clear and loud audio while being able to offer features or functions that add to the overall user experience in order to make the experience enjoyable, convenient and immersive. For example, the Riva TurboX offers Trillium Surround and Turbo boost. When these two functions are enabled, they can open up a whole new experience for the user as the sound that is being outputted will be dispersed and increased to allow the sound to seem more immersive and larger in scope. The intuitive, capacitive sense touch buttons makes enabling such functions to be effortless as they are easy to press and are very responsive. The ground control app helps to further enhance such an aspect since you can activate these functions from a distance conveniently, without having to go near the Riva TurboX to do so. The 26 hour battery life is very beneficial as you do not have to recharge the Riva TurboX constantly. Last, the Bluetooth functionality, while there was some minor issues, it was nonetheless efficient and effective since establishing a connection between the Riva TurboX and a device was seamless and simple. So, the Riva TurboX is a phenomenal Bluetooth speaker that would be perfect for those who want a Bluetooth speaker that is portable, can provide spectacular sound quality, can be operated for prolong periods of time without the need to recharge it often, and can be controlled via an app for convenience purposes.
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Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review and opinions.