2021 - 14 years since Ruark first launched the now iconic R1 radio. Well 14 years on & now the fourth generation is launched! Like the original, the design of R1 Mk4 is simple yet stunning, but even more in-tune with what discerning customers are seeking today.
Ideal for the kitchen, perfect in the office and simply delightful to wake up to in the bedroom, the new R1 brings style to any room and with a quality Bluetooth receiver built in you can wirelessly stream to R1 from your phone or computer. Most importantly, if you love music then we are confident that you’ll find R1 Mk4 a revelation.
A NEW APPROACH
Each generation of our R1 has been an evolution of the original, but the R1 Mk4 is more progressive both in design and performance.
Using a precision moulding process has allowed Ruark to gently profile the enclosure providing a fresh new look and the perfect surface for new Light Cream and Espresso finishes. With acoustic treatment the enclosure is sturdy and acoustically inert, providing the ideal housing for an electronics and NS+ driver.
Enhancing the design further is a beautiful hand-crafted slatted wood grille. This brings added sophistication and creates a timeless Eames like vibe, but overall, the design is still unique and distinctly Ruark.
A NEW STANDARD IN SOUND
Previous R1 models were critically acclaimed for their sound, but the R1 Mk4 has further raised the bar! With Ruark’s heritage in high-fidelity loudspeakers they understand the complexities of enclosure and drive unit design and making sure that both are matched to each other. In particular the latest neodymium NS+ driver, as used in R3 and R5 models, provides a smooth and extended frequency response and in R1 Mk4's tuned enclosure delivers an impressive bass performance.
Driving the system is a punchy Class A/B linear amplifier for exceptional dynamics and with adaptive equalisation an eminently listenable sound is provided at all volume levels.
A NEW STANDARD IN FEATURES
The crisp OLED display clearly shows time, alarm and programme information and auto adjusts to suit ambient light levels, making it a perfect bedside companion. Radio reception is excellent, and a Bluetooth receiver allows you to enjoy R1’s great sound when streaming from your phone or computer.
FM parameters can be set to suit US and Japanese needs and a multilingual user interface makes R1 a truly international proposition. Also with a real time clock built in, time and date are kept active when power is disconnected or when transmitted data is not available.
The list of features continues, but other highlights include a USB-C charge/shuffle playback port, headphone output, switchable line input and of course Ruark’s trademark RotoDial control system. Finally, for those seeking distant operation, there is an optional compact remote control available.
As was said back in 2006, radio never sounded or looked this good.
BACKPACK II: Available for £59.99
With its battery status display and improved power management R1 Mk4 works even better and longer with the optional BackPack II and means you can enjoy R1’s rich mains powered performance where mains power is unavailable.
BackPack II attaches seamlessly to R1 and once fitted can be left permanently in place as it charges automatically whenever mains power is re-applied. A full charge will provide up to twelve hours of mains free listening depending on volume.
BackPack II is also compatible with our MR1 Bluetooth Speaker System.
COMPACT REMOTE CONTROL: Available for £14.99
For the first time an optional compact remote control available for R1. The remote features four direct access preset buttons so you can easily store and select your favourite radio stations.
|Display||High contrast OLED display with auto dimming|
|Audio Power Output||9w Linear amplifier with Ruark NaturalSound+ driver. Adjustable EQ settings|
|Volume Control||Intuitive Rotodial control system with optional remote control with 4 direct access pre-sets|
|Battery Type||Optional battery pack|
|Power Consumption||0.7W standby power|
|Tuner||DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner|
|Connectivity||High Quallity Bluetooth Receiver. USB-C charge and shuffle playback port. Easy-to-use comprehensive dual alarms. Stereo headphone output. Easily customised for hotel use|
|Warranty||2 Years Warranty|
|Frequency Band||DAB, DAB+ and FM|