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Review Volumio Rivo streaming bridge – Ultimate Upgrade Path!

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Pros

  • Sounds remarkably well
  • Clear upgrade path
  • Nice software
  • Roon compatible

Cons

  • SPDIF output is a bit lacking
  • Provided power supply should be better

Price: € 989

Build quality
Usability
Sound
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Volumio Rivo

Intro

It is time for another product from the Italian brand Volumio, the Rivo. This one is marketed as a high-quality streamer. We are going to find out just how high-quality the streamer is.

Some of the Rivo’s functionality is similar to the Integro and Primo: the ability to use a USB drive or a Micro SD card to play music files, all the capabilities of the Volumio software, the USB connection to connect a keyboard or mouse and an HDMI output to connect a monitor on which you can see the Volumio software. This is not necessary, through the app or a web page you can control and see everything on a phone, tablet, laptop or PC. But it can be done.

The Rivo has three main outputs:

  • A SPDIF output
  • A balanced output labelled “USB DAC”
  • A balanced AES output

Do you want the long version or the short version?

This has become a bulky review. We give you the choice, you can also jump to the summary and read our final verdict there.

Which digital output, that’s the question

The three outputs have their own filtered power supply internally, so interference is minimized.

The disadvantage of USB is that both a signal and electricity flow through the cable. With the Rivo, Volumio has filtered the 5V output so that the DAC gets the cleanest possible current across the USB and the signal is buffered, cleaned and send out seperately to the DAC. These design decisions should give a good quality signal over USB to the DAC.

The AES output has its own circuitry and filtering, with the buffer for the AES output fed separately.

A lot of technical details, but how does it sound? We tested Rivo with the Sonnet Pasithea DAC. The Pasithea has a SPDIF, a USB and an AES/EBU input, so we got to try them all.

Type test
Single Test
Inputs
  • Digital USB
  • Streamer ethernet
  • Streamer wifi
  • Bluetooth
Outputs
  • Digital Coaxial
  • Digital AES
  • Digital USB
Product type
Streamer
Max samplingrate
768 kHz
Max bit depth
32 bit
Weight
2.5 Kg
Dimensions
  • Width: 34 cm
  • Depth: 21 cm
  • Height: 11 cm
Production country
Italy
Measurements
Power Stability RIVO power supply
Power Stability RIVO power supply
Rivo - LAN Noise - Stock VS Sbooster
Rivo - LAN Noise - Stock VS Sbooster
Rivo PSU vs Sbooster noise
Rivo PSU vs Sbooster noise
Rivo VS Sbooster PSU - Noise
Rivo VS Sbooster PSU - Noise
Volumio Rivo - overzicht - Stock PSU
Volumio Rivo - overzicht - Stock PSU
Volumio Rivo - overzicht - Sbooster PSU
Volumio Rivo - overzicht - Sbooster PSU
Volumio Rivo - Details - Stock PSU
Volumio Rivo - Details - Stock PSU
Volumio Rivo - Details - Sbooster PSU
Volumio Rivo - Details - Sbooster PSU

16 COMMENTS

  1. Martijn,

    Thank you for your exceptional and comprehensive review. I’m still considering the Rivo in this configuration over an Eversolo. Especially since I’m currently using Volumio for my current streamer. Not to mention would rather continue using a dedicated streamer for an upgrade.

    Semi unrelated, but wanted to ask if adding the switch made a considerable difference? I’m currently using an extender in client mode with Ethernet cable through a some DX engineering Ethernet filters then into my Okto dac 8 stereo. Was also wondering if a D-link DGS 105 would still offer a similar benefit. Thank you, and Happy Holidays 🙏🏼

  2. Martijn,

    Thank you for those exceptional and comprehensive review I’m still considering the Rivo in this configuration an Eversolo. Especially since I’m currently using Volumio for my current streamer. Not to mention would rather continue using a dedicated streamer for an upgrade.

    Semi unrelated, but wanted to ask if adding the switch made a considerable difference? I’m currently using an extender in client mode with Ethernet cable through a some DX engineering Ethernet filters then into my Okto dac 8 stereo. Was also wondering if a D-link DGS 105 would still offer a similar benefit. Thank you, and Happy Holidays 🙏🏼

    • You buy the Primo if you want to have a streamer with DAC and want to use its analogue outputs. You buy the Rivo if you have a DAC with AES or USB connection. These are two different use cases in two different price brackets, so any comparison is kind of futile.

      But if the budget is the hard limit, I’d pick the Primo with Dodo. Why? Because for the price of 1800 Euro’s you probably won’t find a 800 Euro DAC that sounds as good as that combination.

  3. Hoe goed de review ook geschreven is, het blijkt moeilijk om in te schatten of de streamer een meerwaarde betekent tov, in mijn geval, de interne streamer in mijn Bryston BDA3.14 DAC. In feite is dat een Raspberry PI (Pi=3,14). DAC en streamer zijn intern via I2S verbonden door de fabrikant zelf uiteraard. Die kent zijn product door en door. Zuiver obv de prijs is de Rivo gelijk of iets beter dan de Pi, hang je er een aparte voeding aan, dan zou hij beter moeten zijn.

    Bovendien hangt de Bryston aan een Audes ST1500DC, waardoor de kwaliteit ook weer (positief) wordt beïnvloed.

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