Ruark is sentimental about its R1, because according to Alan O’Rourke, who with his late father Brian founded the company in 1985, it was the R1 that marked Ruark’s transition from manufacturing solely hi-fi loudspeakers to including the manufacture of compact audio systems.

Although similar to its predecessor, the new R1 Series 3 has an improved ‘RotoDial’ control system which, when partnered with the new OLED display, offers an easy-to-use control interface. It’s also now available in a choice of ‘soft white’ or ‘soft black’ lacquers as well as a walnut finish that combines real wood lippings with veneers. ‘Internally, we’ve also made further strides in performance and technology,’ O’Rourke told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. ‘Like the original models, radio performance via DAB and FM is exceptional and with DAB+ also on board the new R1 is future-proofed for any transmission upgrades. We’ve also added a quality Bluetooth receiver, so that you can stream music wirelessly to the new R1 from Bluetooth enabled devices, making it a perfect tabletop and bedside companion.

Other features include dual alarms and a USB charge port. Optional ‘CarryPack’ and ‘BackPack’ battery systems are also available for when mains power is not available. ‘Ruark’s original R1 laid down a trademark style which make its products desirable and unique,’ said Philip Sawyer, of Synergy Audio Visual, which distributes Ruark in Australia. ‘With its refreshed look, honed performance, Bluetooth audio streaming and other enhancements, the new R1 takes advantage of the latest technologies, making it what I believe to be the best and most complete tabletop radio available.’

For further information, please contact Synergy Audio Visual