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Volumio Rivo Wins EISA Award for Best “Digital Player” 2023-2024

Updated: Nov 17, 2023

We are proud to announce that the Volumio Rivo is the winner of the 2023-2024 EISA award for best digital player. Rivo is all about delivering the best digital signal with utmost simplicity, delivering top-notch digital streams to your DAC or integrated amplifier without any fuss.

This sleek device combines finely-crafted hardware with the reliable Volumio software, giving you the power to stream your personal music library, play files from USB storage, and explore a world of streaming options. And that’s not all – Rivo offers incredible flexibility with the option to enhance its functionality through plugins, including the addition of DSP. Plus, it knows exactly how to bring out the best audio quality of your chosen DAC.

In case you haven’t heard about them before, the EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association) represents the biggest worldwide editorial collaboration of consumer electronics. Currently with 61 international experts magazines, every year they gather and select the best consumer electronic products giving the EISA award to only the very best products in their category.

The Volumio Rivo an EISA award-winning product

The Rivo is a pure transport device, meaning it doesn’t have analog outputs. Instead, the Rivo connects effortlessly to any external DAC, delivering flawlessly perfect music streams and digital files – we’re talking DSD, WAV, FLAC, Alac, AAC, Vorbis, Cue, Mp3, and more. It can easily read these files from your hard drive or local network. Connecting to the internet is a breeze with its Gigabit Ethernet LAN port or its super-efficient WiFi MIMO 2x2, with separate antennas for sending and receiving data. If you prefer Bluetooth, Rivo also has Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility.

Featuring two USB input ports (one 2.0 and one 3.0), Rivo welcomes hard drives, discs, USB sticks, and even external CD drives for digitizing and playing your favorite albums. You can even connect a mouse or keyboard to easily control the device. The digital signal delivers the utmost precision via three outputs: Coaxial SPDIF, AES/EBU (offering PCM 192kHz/24bit), and USB (handling PCM 768kHz/32bit and DSD256). And if you want to see what’s happening on the screen, just hook up the HDMI video port. The Rivo’s chassis is constructed with anti-magnetic aluminum, showcasing a modern design curated by Design Narratives. It’s sleek and simple, with one visible feature – a power button with an LED indicator right in the middle of the front.

Rivo’s internal architecture

Let’s dive into the impressive internal architecture of Rivo. It’s all about delivering the cleanest, purest digital signal possible. Every component is precise, with a series of 1:1 transformers that feature galvanic isolation of the SPDIF and AES/EBU digital outputs. The USB output is preceded by a high-precision femto clock, complete with its own separate power supply. The same level of dedicated power supply is provided for all the basic circuits. Speaking of power, Rivo is powered by an external 5V/3A transformer. The current passes through a quality filter comprised of electrolytic capacitors and induction coils for ultimate stability.

Running the show behind the scenes is the powerful quad-core Amlogic S905D3 processor, clocking at 1.9 GHz. Assisting the processor is a generous 2GB of DDR4 memory and 16GB of internal storage. This ensures smooth operation with Volumio AI the latest release of Volumio featuring Supersearch, an AI search function, Infinity Playback that keeps queuing up tracks as soon as you get to the end of your queue and suggestions for related albums and artists. Plus, when you purchase Rivo, you also get a lifetime premium Volumio membership. Volumio Premium offers a range of services such as Roon, Airplay, Spotify and Spotify Connect, TIDAL and TIDAL Connect, native QOBUZ, and more through plugins. Not to mention dedicated technical support whenever you need it.

With Volumio premium equipped the Rivo has a multiroom feature. Connect your Rivo to other Volumio enabled-devices, and you’ve got a whole-house audio setup. Rivo is also a UPNP/DLNA renderer, and it grants you access to the free internet TuneIn radio with thousands of amazing stations.

Volumio Rivo: Endless possibilities, simplicity of design

Simplicity is key when it comes to Rivo. Connecting it to your home network is a breeze, taking only a few minutes. Once connected, you can navigate Volumio’s menus effortlessly using the on-screen options or the Android and iOS apps. The interface offers quick and easy access to streaming services and your local library.

Rivo is all about customization. Experienced users can tweak and fine-tune it as they please. If you’re not a tech wizard, Rivo has you covered. It comes packed with all the essential functions pre-automated, providing a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone. Rivo is more than just a streamer – with the EISA award, it’s clear that it is a game-changer. Combining cutting-edge technology, ease of use, and top-notch audio performance.

Are you ready to experience the Rivo revolution?

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