Ruark R1 MKII DAB Digital Radio
I love this radio - its shape and finish make it unusual and stylish and it is just the right size for a bedside table. It is easy to do the pre-set stations and alarms. One small criticism is that one cannot set a Saturday and Sunday alarm separately - they have to be set as 'weekend' so you have to change it each time you want a Saturday or Sunday different. But the quality and style of the product make up for this easily and the sound is excellent.
18 February 2014
Love it!! Can change the brightness of the clock, can change the loudness of the radio alarm - exactly what you'd expect!
31 December 2013
Great looking radio but poor FM reception
Despite an excellent product design and appearance the FM performance of my R1 was poor. DAB reception was fine.
On FM it would only lock onto 2 stations. When compared head to head with my 25 year old Sony transistor radio at 92.70 FM the Sony produced a clear sound, the R1 produced a fuzzy poor quality sound. I was not brave enough to swap for another unit. As always JL's customer service was very good.
30 December 2013
The best !!!
Purchased the blue one for my kitchen yesterday.I did think is this too much to pay for a radio but now I've used it the answer is definitely not ,it looks great , it's easy to use and the sound well what can I say it's fantastic . Love love love it !!!!!
07 December 2013
Use this as our bedside alarm clock and it's excellent. The sound is great and the alarms are gradual, increasing in volume so wakes you up very gently. I also love the fact that you can set the alarms up so they come on during week days and not at the weekends. No more forgetting to set it on Monday morning!. No tuning required - it's all done for you when you switch it on. I know it's a bit pricey but worth every penny as far as I'm concerned.
26 November 2013
High quality design, appearance and function
I deliberated long over making a decision to buy a bedside radio. It came down to this Ruark R1 versus the Tivoli Audio 10. The latter has a remote speaker to provide stereo but I didn't like the idea of lying in bed and potentially listening to a stereo image that is imbalanced on my side of the bed! Ruark do make a stereo version that is self-contained but it would have been too wide for my bedside cabinet.
So I chose the Ruark R1 and am extremely pleased with its looks (I chose the glossy white) FM/AM/DAB/DAB+ and AUX (MP3 input). However most of all I love the very high quality sound which is rich in tone (with adjustable bass and treble) and clarity and the volume is more than adequate even at the 50% level.
There are two alarms with different times for weekdays and the weekend and the station (or aux input), is selectable for each and a with gradual volume increase. Five or ten minute snooze by single or double top-button tap.
The volume control in normal operation is unusual in that the top knob is jogged cw or acw in steps, rather than being turned to a position. The best way to use this is to jog the knob whilst watching the volume bar on the display.
There are a total of ten Program presets which is plenty for me but of course all stations are available by scanning (unless you select to restrict the number of DAB ones being scanned)
I recommend this radio without reservation. The price is fixed across all Ruark appointed dealers and I was happy to buy from John Lewis online especially as they had the one I wanted in stock.
05 November 2013
Won't totally fill a room but very good for a small radio.
Bought for me as a birthday presnet to replace a 4 year old Pure One mini which has a broken volume control (have to do a series of things before you can adjust volume!).
These are my observations based on a day's usage - im very excited!
Small, fairly solid, very attractive and very good quality casing. I have the walnut one but loooove the blue one.
I find the volume very easy to use and responsive.
Instructions are very simple and useful.
Not massively loud but there is a "loud" feature when you go through menu. This is good and gives a great little boost.
Was slightly tempted today to send this back and buy the Ruark R2 as I didn't think this was loud enough but really, I did only want this to replace a one mini and thats exactly what its for light on the go listening/ moving room to room.
Also, I may use the line out to use this with my amplifier on our stereo from to time.
I think the volume goes up to 30 and I like the sound at 14 without the "loud" boost. For me, a good level for music but you can still talk easily.
I guess that for listening to a talk show, I might want it up to 17 - 20 if i was doing things but still wanted to hear talking. I have found if you go much louder than 17, with the loud function on, the radio seems to vibrate a touch and im not sure if its good for the radio.
Very impressive sound. You can + or - the bass and treble as you wish too, so you can choose when you have a lovely bass-y sound when its music time or not when you are listening to radio 4.
Sound is very rich and is much superior to the Pure one mini we have but is £100 more!
Think we will buy the battery pack which will allow us take outdoors when we want to.
19 July 2013
If you have the money, choose this radio - you won't regret it!
We have three of these radios in our house. They look beautiful, sound great and work really well. A beautiful piece of worthwhile design and manufacturing!
16 November 2012