serious small audio
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At Ruark Audio we are passionate about sound and design! As a family owned British company, we have worked within the UK audio industry for over 30 years, creating high quality loudspeaker systems for music and audio enthusiasts. With evocative names such as Talisman, Equinox and Solstice, our speaker models have long been sought after and admired world-wide.
Using the same exacting standards, in 2004 we made
Since launching in 2006 our models have quickly become
a radical decision to diversify and apply our expertise
recognised as the finest available. The Sunday Telegraph
to design a range of high quality compact audio
described our R1 as “the Aston Martin of DAB radios”.
systems, with three main goals:
This sentiment succinctly describes our philosophy and
Mission. To design and produce products that appeal to the heart as much as the head. Products that we ourselves would be proud to own. Design. To create design icons of the future! Clean lines and proportions allied to features such as our ‘RotoDial’ control system make our products instantly recognisable and give us a unique brand identity.
we believe that our products are an investment which you will cherish and enjoy for years to come. We hope that you enjoy browsing our brochure and find the information you need, however should you require further advice please do not hesitate to contact us directly. Our contact details are listed on the back page of this brochure.
Performance & Functionality. Our goal is for class leading performance, intuitive operation and utilities that are of real benefit, rather than frivolous features that may seldom be used.
Alan O’Rourke Founder and Managing Director
R1 deluxe tabletop radio
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For those seeking a high quality radio-alarm, R1 is also a great choice. The easy to read high contrast display can be set so it automatically adjusts intensity to suit room
The introduction of our first generation R1 laid down a style
The new R1 allows users to set their radio as they
light levels and programmable twin alarms allow for
which make our products unique. The Sunday Telegraph
like it! As you would expect with our audio heritage,
daily, weekday and weekend settings. When activated, the
described it as ‘the Aston Martin of DAB radios’, an appraisal
sound quality is exceptional, but now with adjustable
alarm softly rises to your preset volume level to wake you
which concisely describes our ethos and one that drives us
tone and a loudness setting, customers can ‘fine
gently from your slumber. Along with adjustable sleep and
to design and build products which we believe are the best
tune’ the sound to suit their own taste.
snooze functions, R1 is a perfect bedside companion.
available. With the introduction of our second generation R1,
On the rear panel a headphone output is provided along
the essence of our original design remains, but with numerous
with an audio output for recording or to connect R1 to a
To further enhance the look and usability of R1 we also
refinements we’ve created a successor which is further
secondary system as a radio tuner. Also included is an
have two quality accessories available in the form of
enhanced and even more desirable.
auxiliary input, so other portable audio devices can be
a carry-case and rechargeable battery pack, called
connected and enjoyed with R1’s refined sound.
CarryPack and BackPack. You can find out more about these items further on in this brochure.
Switchable auxiliary input for MP3 and other audio devices.
Exclusive RotoDial control with soft illumination.
Radio never sounded or looked so good...
deluxe tabletop radio
“it’s simply the most beautiful radio in the world.”
Best Buy – Time Out Magazine
R2i tabletop stereo
“Ruark Audio make some of the best-sounding, best-looking tabletop stereos around”
Whilst R2i undeniably looks stylish, sonically it’s equally impressive! Our custom designed drive units and electronics provide a scale of sound that is perfect for use in kitchens, dining rooms, studies and offices. Also with its easy-to use alarm, R2i makes a sublime bedroom system and
Serious small audio describes our desire to design compact
These finishes combine with the steel panels, mesh
the supplied remote control allows key R2i and
systems which we believe are the best available and R2i
grilles and soft touch controls to create a tactile feel
iPod functions to be set and operated from the
embodies our principles in a product that looks and sounds
to match R2i’s elegant design. Finally our trademark
comfort of your chair or bed. Other features of
sublime! With a DAB/DAB+/FM tuner, integrated iPod dock and
‘RotoDial’ controller sits on top, allowing intuitive
R2i have also been carefully considered. On the
two auxiliary inputs, R2i is a complete music solution, perfect for
operation of R2i and iPod functions.
front panel the high contrast display makes time
those seeking high quality sound from a compact package.
and programme information clearly legible and
Like our other models, the enclosure of R2i is crafted from materials selected for their excellent acoustic properties and clad in a choice of walnut veneer or high gloss lacquers.
a headphone output along with a line input allows easy connection of other audio devices. On the rear panel two pairs of gold plated phono sockets are Two switchable auxiliary inputs for MP3 and other audio devices.
High contrast display with large format ‘easy to read’ clock.
provided. The first gives audio outputs to link to a secondary system and the second an additional input for the permanent connection of a TV/DVD or
Love radio? Love music? You’ll love R2i...
suchlike. Such connectivity makes R2i a highly versatile system.
What Hi-Fi Magazine
Through careful design we endeavour to make our products a pleasure to use. Employing our trademark RotoDial controller, all R4i and iPod functions can be intuitively operated. Exclusively for R4i we’ve taken our RotoDial controller a stage further so it can be detached and function as a great looking remote
One glance at R4i and you’ll desire one! Listen and this
With no wires other than a power lead to worry about,
control. With its tactile design, it feels comfortable to
emotion will grow, because R4i produces a majestic sound
simply plug in, switch on and within minutes you’ll
hold and is a guaranteed talking point.
that you simply will not expect from such a neat design.
have room filling sound that will satisfy even the most discerning listener.
To create systems which we believe are the finest
Comprising a multi format CD player, integrated iPod dock,
available, we design every aspect of our products here
USB playback port, DAB/DAB+/FM tuner and auxiliary inputs
in the UK. As an example, most small audio systems
This method is usually only found
allied to a powerful speaker system, the R4i is in many
use amplifier modules for ease of construction and
in specialist ‘Hi-Fi’ components,
ways a traditional music centre, though one designed and
cost, however, for R4i we developed our own 2.1
but to obtain the best performance
engineered for 21st Century living.
amplifier system using discrete component technology.
we knew that this was our only choice. With our years of experience in loudspeaker design and meticulous optimisation, voices and music are reproduced with clarity and realism, in a soundstage that truly belies the
Intuitive docking ‘RotoDial’ provides remote control of R4i and iPod functions.
USB port for playback of MP3 and WMA music files
A music system for the 21st Century
R4i’s compact dimensions.
Integrated iPod Dock supports all models produced from Jan 2004 to Sept 2012. Adaptor is required for latest models with Lightning connector. Please see our Accessories section for details.
integrated music system
R4i integrated music system
“Whether you’re listening to a CD, docked iPod or the DAB tuner, the R4i is an absolute joy”
provide an ideal match to our newly
MR1 active speaker system
Real World – Your World Audio…
Our aim with MR1 was to create compact stereo speakers
foundation of a complete music system and with the
are significantly reduced. Both units
capable of giving high fidelity sound in multiple applications.
added convenience of built-in Bluetooth with apt-X
also feature rare earth neodymium
As desktop speakers for computer systems they work
technology, audio can be streamed and played back
magnet systems. This type of magnet
perfectly, moreover, they are equally suited as TV speakers
wirelessly through MR1’s with CD quality sound.
developed woofer and tweeter units. Using the latest CAD software, great care has been taken on the woofer design so distortion causing reflections
material is considerably more
to dramatically improve the sound of flat panel TVs and
The MR1s have been fashioned to compliment our
expensive, but allows greater magnetic
as extension speakers for our
R-Series award winning style and are immediately
concentration (for better driver control) in
own R2i/R4i models and also
recognisable as a Ruark Audio design. With regards
a lightweight and shielded system, so the MR1s can
other sound systems. Even
to sound, we’ve used the skills gained from our
be safely used alongside magnetically sensitive devices. Both
alone they can provide the
loudspeaker past, to squeeze the last drop of
drivers are married together using select audio grade crossover
performance from the MR1s compact design.
components and driven by a linear Class A-B stereo amplifier with a high capacity power supply. The end result is a system with natural dynamics and a frequency response that would usually only be associated with larger systems. To conclude the MR1s are true hi-fi speakers developed to fit your life and home. With the addition of ‘BackPack’ our rechargeable battery pack, they can even be enjoyed outside on a fine day or wherever mains power is not directly available.
active speaker system
The hand crafted and damped cabinets
Customers who have Apple’s latest iPod and iPhone
style ‘Lightning’ connector and compatibility with the connector as found on R2i and R4i. To help rectify this we have developed a simple yet smart solution.
From research, we found that
Codenamed LAS (Lightning Adaptor Support) this
many customers still desire audio
simple conversion allows full functionality with Apple’s
products that can be carried and enjoyed where mains power
models have shown some concern about the new
new generation devices and R2i/R4i and when fitted
is not available, but the common practise of placing batteries
inside steals valuable volume, which often results in poor
To protect R1 and to aid portability, we’ve created a
sound quality! To overcome this we have designed an optional
complementary carry-case crafted from high quality
rechargeable power pack, which integrates seamlessly with
leather. ‘CarryPack’ brings an unabashed retro feel to
own Lightning to 30-pin adaptor
both our R1 Radio and MR1 Active Speakers. Called ‘BackPack’
R1 that further enhances its beauty and design.
inside its casing and features a
integrates to look like part of the system, rather than an ugly ‘bolt-on’ accessory. 1
combines with Apple’s 2
this stylish accessory will provide hours of ‘wire-free’ listening
polished stainless steel support
and once fitted can be left permanently attached, as the power
bar to stop strain when using the
supply that comes with R1 and MR1 also doubles as a charger.
iDevice touch-screen. The beauty of this simple conversion is that iPod/iPhone models old and new can be used on the same system and with millions of devices already in use, we feel that such flexibility will be important for some time to come. Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter not included with LAS.
Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter
“It’s the best all-round performer in the DAB/FM radio category, regardless of price.”
Features & Specifications
BEST BUY - What Hi-Fi Awards 2012 Rich, natural sound
Display backlight auto-
adjusts to suit ambient
Superb stereo sound quality
20 watts nominal power output
Optimised dual enclosure
‘My EQ’ treble and bass
DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner with RDS
2 x 3.5” custom longthrow drive units
Tuned acoustic enclosure DAB, DAB+ and FM
Tuner with RDS
10 Station Presets (5 DAB/5 FM)
Stereo headphone output
Switchable auxiliary input
Easy-to-use dual alarms
for MP3 and other audio
with once, daily, weekday
and weekend settings
9 watts nominal power
Detachable aerial allows
connection to external
3.5” custom long-throw drive unit
source Available CarryPack
Custom RotoDial control with soft illumination High contrast display with large format ‘easy to read’ clock
finishes: Black and Tan grained leather Dimensions H170 x W130 x D135mm Weight: 1.5 Kg
10 Station Presets (5 DAB/5 FM) Integrated iPod Dock supports all models produced from Jan 2004 to Sept 2012. Adaptor required for latest models with Lightning connector
Custom RotoDial control with soft illumination High contrast display with large format ‘easy to read’ clock Selectable tone and loudness settings Stereo headphone output
Two switchable auxiliary inputs for MP3 and other audio devices
Detachable aerial allows connection to external source
Compact remote handset provides remote operation of R2i and iPod functions
Easy-to-use clock and alarm functions
Enhanced 3D sound processing
Dimensions H120 x W340 x D185mm Weight: 3.6 Kg
Class leading stereo sound
Superb stereo sound
Integrated active subwoofer
Hand crafted tuned enclosures
Line-in input via 3.5mm stereo jack
DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner with RDS
Custom high-fidelity drive units
Ruark 75mm neodymium woofers
Auto Standby function
10 Station Presets (5 DAB/5 FM)
Custom RotoDial handset provides remote operation of R4i and iPod functions
Optimised triple acoustic enclosure
Slot loading CD player plays CD-Audio, MP3 and WMA music disks Integrated iPod Dock supports all models produced from Jan 2004 to Sept 2012. Adaptor required for latest models with Lightning connector USB playback port for MP3 and WMA music files ID3 tag support for MP3 files on CD and USB Two switchable auxiliary inputs for MP3 and other audio devices
80 watts nominal power output
Enhanced 3D sound processing Selectable tone and loudness settings Detachable aerial allows connection to external source
Ruark 20mm neodymium tweeters Built in Bluetooth: A2DP, apt-X Linear Amplifier with 20 watts nominal output Audio grade components used throughout
Multi coloured LED shows status and function Loudness curve for improved sound at low levels
Rich walnut veneer
Rich walnut veneer
Weight: 3 Kg pair
Compact remote control included
“It’s a superb iPod dock in its own right, but add in the CD player, radio and luxurious finish and you have a winner.”
Stereo headphone output Easy-to-use clock and alarm functions Dimensions H145 x W450 x D255mm
BEST BUY - What Hi-Fi Awards 2012
Weight: 8 Kg
Rich walnut veneer
5 STARS - Mail on Sunday - Live Magazine
Dimensions: H170 x W130 x D135mm each
Available finishes: Midnight Black
“Serious small audio’ claims British firm Ruark – and it sums up this award-winning system. Slide in a CD or park your iPod for stunning sound.”
Rich walnut veneer
“The luxurious R4i is everything a music lover could ask for” London Evening Standard