Ruark Audio Launches R1 MK4 Music System

If you need a piece of modern rustic minimalist looking home speaker, you got to check out the Ruark Audio R1 MK4. It will be available from end-November.

It will retail at S$499 in two colors, Espresso and Rich Cream, at Musica at Ion, Challenger at Bugis, and IStudio at Great World City. It will also be available online at Krishop, Lazada, and Shopee.

From the top, you can see the Ruark’s trademark RotoDial control system

Have you seen the remote controller? It also has the very minimalist look. BTW, it is an optional item. You will have to purchase it.

Check out the specs.

Specifications

Audio

  • Frequency response: 55Hz – 20kHz
  • Driver: 75mm Ruark NS+
  • Amplifier: 9W
  • Enhancements: Adjustable EQ, loudness Cabinet type Tuned reflex enclosure

Connectivity

  • Digital radio: DAB / DAB+
  • Multiregional FM: World, USA, Japan, Korea
  • Bluetooth: V4.2 SBC, AAC, BLE, A2DP
  • Line-in: 3.5mm stereo jack (1.4Vrms max)
  • Headphone output: 3.5mm stereo jack, 2000hm
  • USB: 2 0, (5V 1A) MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, WAV
  • External telescopic aerial

Features

  • Display: High-contrast OLED with auto brightness
  • Dual alarm: Daily, custom, weekends, weekdays
  • Auto-standby
  • DST: Configurable Daylight Saving Time
  • Security slot: Kensington compatible
  • User interface languages: EN, DA, DE, ES. FR, IT, JP, KO, NL, NO, PL, PT, RU, SV, ZH

General Specifications

  • Finishes: Espresso or Rich Cream
  • Box contains: R1, AC power adapter, quick start guide
  • Power adapter: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz input, 14VDC 1.5A output, 1.8m cable, 2.1 x 5.5mm DC plug
  • Power consumption: 1W standby, 4-8W typical
  • Product dimensions: H175 x W130 x D135mm
  • Product weight: 1.4kg
  • Packaged weight: 2.0kg
  • Inner carton dimensions: W180 x H270 x D210mm
  • Outer carton dimensions: W559 x H295 x D427mm
  • Outer carton: 6 pcs / 13.5kg
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Optional acccessories

  • BackPack battery pack
  • Remote

Unfortunately, connectivity-wise, it can only be connected directly to the unit or via Bluetooth. There is no WiFi connection capability. Check out the Press Release for more details.

Press Release

British brand Ruark Audio launches R1 MK4 – Small, stylish music system with powerful sound

At just 1.5kg, the compact R1 MK4 can deliver dynamic performance akin to larger speakers and doubles as a timeless piece of furniture to compliment the modern home.

SINGAPORE, 11 November 2020 – Award winning British Hi-Fi brand Ruark Audio is bringing its latest Bluetooth music system, the R1 Mk4, to Singapore for discerning music lovers who prefer small and stylish music systems. At only 1.5kg, the small-sized R1 Mk4 can deliver a dynamic performance akin to larger speakers.

The R1 Mk 4 music system is ideal for homeowners who are looking for home speakers with expansive sound but may not have the space to place such speakers which are typically only available in larger frames.    

The R1 Mk4 joins Ruark Audio’s trademark luxury sound systems, the R7, R5, R3, MR1 and MRx, which were launched in Singapore earlier this year.

Alan O’Rourke, Founder and Managing Director of Ruark Audio, said: “Many small apartment homeowners face space constraints when organising furniture at home. The R1 Mk4 is ideal for these homeowners. While the music system is small, its performance is impressively detailed, natural and commanding. At the same time, it doubles up as a modern, stylish and timeless piece of furniture for the home.”

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Modern, timeless design

The R1 Mk4 is enclosed in an acoustically inert housing finished in either Light Cream and Espresso colours. Complimenting the design is a hand-crafted slatted wood grille.

The OLED display vividly shows time, alarm, and programme information. It also automatically adjusts its brightness to suit ambient light levels, making it a perfect bedside companion.

Right on top of the speaker is Ruark’s trademark RotoDial control system which allows users to control the speaker easily in a fashionable manner. There is also a compact remote control available for those who prefer to control the speaker from a distance.

Dynamic audio performance

The R1 MK4 features a class leading sound with adaptive equaliser and a linear amplifier with Ruark’s NaturalSound+ driver. These features work together to closely reproduce songs the way they were recorded, creating a natural and lifelike soundstage.

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

Priced at $499, the R1 Mk4 will be available in Espresso and Rich Cream colours from end of November at Musica at Ion, Challenger at Bugis and IStudio at Great World City. It will also be available online at Krishop, Lazada and Shopee.

ABOUT RUARK AUDIO

Ruark Audio is a family-owned British audio brand that was founded in 1985 upon a shared love and passion for music. Over the last few decades, Ruark Audio has built a reputation for creating music systems that combine mesmerising sounds with captivating looks. Think of it as a beast that roars warm, full-bodied notes with alluring beauty to match the contemporary design of the modern home.