Riva Audio’s Theaterbar Ready for Action

Riva Audio introduced a line of wireless multiroom speakers designed to deliver larger-than-life, live concert-style sound at its coming out party at CEDIA 2016 . Two of those speakers, the $249 Arena and $499 Festival, should be shipping in March. A new product the company has on display here at CES is the Theaterbar soundbar.

Like the company’s wireless multiroom speakers, the Theaterbar can accept music streamed via Airplay, Chromecast built-in, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi via the Riva Wand app. The eleven-channel soundbar has built-in Dolby TrueHD and DTS-Master Audio HD processing, and it provides both HDMI and optical digital inputs to connect external sources.

The soundbar’s cabinet features internal wood bracing to hold the 11 active drivers and 6 passive radiators. Dedicated wireless channels can be tapped to stream surround information to pairs of Arena or Festival speakers used as rear speakers, and the company also offers an optional wireless subwoofer.

The Theaterbar should be available in September for $599. Pricing hasn’t been set for the wireless subwoofer, but it should arrive in the $399-499 range.