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Ruark Audio R2 Mk4 Smart Music System

Ruark Audio announced the latest edition of its award-winning R2 music system, the R2 Mk4 in Singapore. For all the audiophiles, music lovers, this would be a great time to check out this aesthetically gorgeous looking with an excellent music system that would soothe your heart, mind and soul.

This was my first time getting up close and personal with Ruark Audio Music System, as well as meeting Alan O’Rourke, Managing Director of Ruark Audio, who was in Singapore to share more on the launch of the Ruark Audio R2 Mk4.

Alan O’Rourke, Managing Director, Ruark Audio, said: “We can’t imagine life without music, and it’s this passion that drives us to create premium products that our customers will love to use and treasure. With its elegant, slim profile, this fourth iteration of our award-winning R2 music system fits easily into any room in the house and has all the streaming capabilities and connectivity most will ever need. With its full-bodied Hi-Fidelity sound, it makes speech and music thoroughly enjoyable and like that first tea or coffee in the morning, an essential element to creating a great day.”

Ruark Audio R2 Mk4

It was fun to get up close and personal with Ruark Audio here in Singapore. They are known for its class-leading sound quality, this award-winning music system now has a smaller footprint with a Scandinavian-inspired design that adds a luxurious touch to homes. The Ruark Audio R2 Mk4 refines it with current technology such as Bluetooth 5.0, a USB-C port that supports both charging and playback, and support for popular streaming services. The R2 Mk4 is one of Ruark Audio longest established models – a complete music system to suit the music needs of every generation on any occasion.

Design

When you take a close look at the Ruark Audio R2 Mk4, it has a new elegant design, featuring an acoustically-treated, contoured polymer enclosure with hand-made slatted wood grilles, accented with a glass front panel and silver trim for a timeless retro-modern feel.

This latest edition R2 Mk4 has a footprint that is 20% smaller than its predecessor, the Mk3, perfectly demonstrating how form follows function with its signature RotoDial controller. Ruark’s signature dial cleverly offers intuitive controls under the guise of vintage aesthetics. They also have a compact IR remote available as an add-on for full wireless control. Alternatively, users can also remotely control the R2 Mk4 with their smartphones using the UNDOK app.

The R2 Mk4 is aesthetically gorgeous, lovely design and a user-friendly interface, they can be placed almost anywhere in homes, such as a windowsill or bookshelf, and it will always look impeccable.

Premium Sound Quality

The R2 Mk4 incorporates carefully selected technologies to deliver clear, precise and effortless sound, just like all Ruark products. Ruark’s signature high-fidelity Class A-B linear amplifier, along with the company’s proprietary neodymium Natural Sound+ (NS+) drivers and adaptive equalisation, creates a perfectly balanced sound for enjoying all music and spoken-word content.

A Complete Music System

A complete music system for both the young and old alike, the R2 Mk4 is fully-equipped to deliver a complete listening system. It has a SmartRadio tuner, offering traditional FM radio along with Internet Radio, as well as option for DAB radio. The R2 Mk4 natively supports Spotify Connect, Deezer and Amazon Music, opening doors to an almost endless library of tunes.

It has a Bluetooth 5 receiver, and the latest power-efficient v5.2 firmware, supported devices can stream music more reliably and at greater range without sacrificing sound quality. This Bluetooth version also supports Master Volume control so you can adjust the volume from your device, and see the changes reflected on the R2 Mk4 display.

Beside radio and streaming services, the R2 Mk4 also gives users an extensive selection of ways to connect the music system between devices such as USB-C port for playback from a flash drive, an auxiliary line input, and a headphone output. The USB-C port can also be used for charging devices.

On the R2 Mk4 colour LCD screen, it displays time, alarm, and programme information, including station and album artwork, and automatically adjusts the brightness to suit ambient light levels. This LCD is bonded to the front glass, much like smartphone displays, improving legibility and reducing reflections.

Pricing and Availability

The Ruark Audio R2 Mk4 is now available in light cream lacquer with ash grille and espresso lacquer with walnut grille with an SRP S$799.00.

They will be available from mid-November 2022 at the following retail outlets:

  • Challenger @Ion Orchard
  • Challenger @Bugis Junction
  • Connect-IT @313 Somerset
  • Sam Audio @Sim Lim Square
  • SLR Revolution @Jurong Point
  • TK Foto @Funan Centre

It will also be available on Lazada and Shopee.

* Information courtesy of Ruark Audio and Gloo *

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Ruark Audio launched R5 Signature

Award winning British Hi-Fi brand Ruark Audio recently launched the R5 Signature, its latest all-in-one home music system to Singapore. This limited production successor to the highly commended R5 is designed in a stunning Piano Lacquer finish with machined alloy Rose Gold detailing, combining the premium luxury sound of Ruark’s high-end audio craftsmanship. Ruark’s latest all-in-one music system builds on its predecessor’s impressive sound by introducing the all-new STEREO+ feature, adding greater depth, clarity and realism to its soundstage.

The R5 Signature is capable of producing a stereo soundstage on par with larger sound systems that are paired with separate speakers. Measuring at just H142 x W520 x D300mm, Ruark’s latest music system boasts a compact footprint without sacrificing the expansive sound associated with high-end sound systems, thus making the R5 Signature the perfect companion for audiophiles in land-scarce Singapore.

Alan O’Rourke, Founder and Managing Director of Ruark Audio, said: “The R5 Signature embodies the commitment that Ruark Audio takes towards precision in sound, and represents the ongoing evolution of our audio engineering capabilities. While it may seem subtle, the improvements and lessons learnt made with the R5 Signature will play a huge part in the development of our future audio systems.”

A Labour of Love for Refined Sophistication

The R5 Signature refines its predecessor’s stylish contemporary design with a touch of sophistication. Lined with machined alloy Rose Gold detailing, Ruark’s latest audio system comes in a Piano Lacquer finish that exhibits the brand’s expertise in audio craftsmanship and functional aesthetic. To achieve the exclusive look of its true piano finish, the R5 Signature is subjected to a painstaking manual process – with Ruark going beyond conventional methods of finishing to achieve an unmatched lustre.

The exclusive all-in-one home music system is an exercise in functional aesthetics, with the device subjected to hand sanding between multiple layers of coating, resulting in increased rigidity to the enclosure for added sound clarity. Its final coat is then given a wet sanding with very fine grit abrasive and rigorous hand-buffing to achieve its glass-like finish.

Like the R5, the R5 Signature also comes with its trademark RotoDial control system which allows users to control the speaker easily in a fashionable manner, as well as a matching stylish compact remote that comes in black and Rose Gold trimmings.

Refined Evolution in Audio Craftsmanship

The R5 Signature improves upon the much-loved R5’s impressive soundstage in compact dimensions. Its latest feature, dubbed as the STEREO+, is achieved through refined tuning of Ruark’s proprietary algorithm and digital filtering, the R5 Signature features a cleaner soundstage with greater depth and realism. Internally, the R5 Signature uses the same high-fidelity Class A-B amplifier system and Ruark’s own neodymium NS+ drivers, but with revised routing of key signal paths and the use of high purity oxygen-free speaker cables for extra sound clarity.

Pricing and Availability

The Ruark R5 Signature is priced at S$2,799. It is currently available at selected Challenger outlets in ION and Bugis Junction, as well as online e-commerce stores, Lazada and Shopee.

  • Information and pictures courtesy of Ruark Audio and GLOO PR *

Ruark Audio launched R3

Audio fans in Singapore, I would like to share with you new from Ruark Audio. The award winning British Hi-Fi brand Ruark Audio has launched R3, bringing their latest all-in-one music system to Singapore for music and audio lovers who appreciate compact, stylish music systems with dynamic performance.

The R3 joins Ruark Audio’s trademark luxury sound systems lineup, namely R7, R5, MR1 and MRx, which were launched in Singapore earlier this year. The R3 is powered by a high-fidelity two-channel Class A-B amplifier, delivering a full-range performance that punches above its compact size and light weight.

Alan O’Rourke, Founder and Managing Director of Ruark Audio, said: “Our philosophy has always been about creating music systems that first catch your eyes, and then your ears. As one of Ruark’s most compact music systems, the R3 can deliver a dynamic audio performance and also fit seamlessly into any living area where space is at a premium.”

Compact and stylish design

The R3’s combination of tactile and luxurious materials sees the continuation of Ruark’s signature and eye-catching design language. It exudes quality and premium craftsmanship from the curvaceous form of the hand-crafted cabinet to the coolness of the glass display, the warmth of the woven fabric grille to Ruark’s trademark RotoDial controller.

The R3 also comes with cantilever legs which subtly angles the R3 upwards, which helps it enhance its audio performance.

Dynamic audio performance

Built around more than three decades of high-end audio expertise and pedigree, the compact R3 delivers a dynamic performance akin to larger system with separate speakers.

As with all music systems from Ruark Audio, the R3 is powered by Class A-B amplifiers, laid out in a sleek enclosure that is dampened and tuned to provide the ideal audio performance. Hence, the R3 can closely reproduce songs the way they were recorded, creating a natural and lifelike soundstage.

Comprehensive listening options for every music fan

The R3 also offers comprehensive listening options for every music fan. Songs from different streaming platforms such as Spotify, Connect, TIDAL, Amazon Music and Deezer can be played over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth aptX. The R3’s Smart Radio functionality can also be used to tune into the Internet, DAB/DAB+ or FM stations. For those who prefer to play high-quality music on CDs, they can use the R3’s onboard player to do so.

Pricing and Availability

The R3 is now available in Singapore, priced at S$1,299, it will be available in Rich Walnut and Soft Grey colours from mid-August 2020 onwards.

From now till 10 August 2020, pre-orders for the R3 can be made online from Hachi.tech and Musica Boutique. Pre-orders can also be made in-store at Musica Boutique (ION Orchard, #04-26), where the Ruark Audio R3 will be displayed.

All pre-orders will come with a free 6-month subscription plan for Spotify (worth S$60) and free delivery.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Ruark Audio and GLOO PR *