Ruark R4i DAB Audio iPod Integrated Music System
Spent several weeks debating whether to spend the money, but it was well worth it! As others have already said, easy to set up and sounds great. The remote is easy to operate and the unit looks great too. Delighted with the Ruark R4i.
15 April 2014
Excellent sound quality
I'm very pleased with the Ruark 4i, the sound quality is amazing. It also looks great. All the features work as expected, CDs play smooth and without any mechanical noises, the DAB reception is great and auto-tunes perfectly. USB and iPhone work as expected. Everything is how it should and it would have been absolutely perfect if it wasn't for the remote control. The remote is really designed more for it looks than its practicality and I wish they would design a more practical one so I can glue this one into the unit where it belongs firmly fitted. Would have loved to give five stars for it is a very beautiful designed high quality product in every other respect.
19 March 2014
The quality of the unit coupled with the outstanding sound makes this English built music system set a standard that more expensive units would find hard to match. Simple to control and easy to set up I cannot recommend this system enough.
14 March 2014
I bought this to avoid having separate hifi units with seperate speakers and wires connecting them all.
I had considered the BOSE system advertised on the back cover of the Radio Times but the reviews were poor and intimated that half the purchase price went on advertising and free easy terms, as well as the product being disappointing.
So I spotted this similar item in John Lewis, went home and read the reviews and they were impressive.
It was so quick to set up and the quality of sound is really good so I am a happy customer.
07 March 2014
This was purchased to replace a good but elderly Hi Fi. The build quality of the Ruark is impressive, it feels like a substantial product. Regarding operation, I have found it to be very straightforward and the standard of sound is excellent from a system of its size. Having used the R4i for over three weeks , I am very pleased with my purchase.
13 February 2014
Wonderful, super, amazing music system!
I have wanted to own an R4i for a few years now. I had been looking (and listening!) longingly but I needed to consider the impact on on my finances! I got over that a few weeks ago and could not be more satisfied. British designed, British manufacture and simply brilliant. The sound is phenomenal - true, deep and beautifully balanced. I bought the wooden finished product and have placed it centrally on a dark oak sideboard and I believe this enhances the already magnificent sound reproduction. It looks so elegant and understated. The remote control is simple to use, and indeed the whole item is just a joy to own. The TV is not as popular an entertainment option any more in our home! And finally may I say every home should have one! Well done Ruark!
07 February 2014
We had our eyes on a completely different music system which was a lot cheaper than this one because we liked the way it looked. The man in the shop was so helpful and knowledgeable, he explained why the other one was cheaper and let us listen to both to judge the sound quality. It was noticeable even in a noisy store at Christmsa time. We bought the Ruark and are absolutely delighted with it. On CDs you can hear instruments you never heard before. The depth of sound is beautiful to listen to. The removable rotodial means you can stay comfortably in your armchair and adjust the volume or change from cd to radio and select your channel. It sits snugly in the top when not in use. It might look like a simple piece of kit, but it is the business. We chose the black laquer model over the walnut and we think it's gorgeous. Two very happy customers.
22 January 2014
I have now used this product daily for approximately one month and have the following comments.
I chose the unit in the walnut finish and the quality of manufacture and high attention to detail was immediately obvious. The unit has a very solid feel and the remote is well made and easy to use. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. It took only a few minutes to unpack the machine and get it set up.
Sound quality is where this machine really leaves all of its competitors some distance behind. To appreciate the best this unit can provide it is advisable to play a CD that has been well recorded. Some DAB channels and in particular music stored on iPods etc. will generally be highly compressed and are therefore no match for a good CD which is perhaps why other reviewers have observed that these sources can sound a bit “thin”. It is possible to connect the audio out from a computer to the R4i if an individual wishes to stream high quality sound from the various internet sources.
The sound this machine produces is rich, exceptionally detailed and clear. For a relatively small unit the sound it produces is deceptively “big” and bass is reinforced by an additional larger speaker situated out-of-sight at the bottom of the enclosure. This ensures that bass is generous but the 80 watt amplifier keeps this under excellent control so that the sound is not boomy or clonky as can be experienced with similar micro systems from other manufacturers.
Finally, all hifi systems can be hugely affected by the rooms in which they are used and the location of the system in that room. It is worth experimenting to get the best result. Like many systems, the R4i benefits from being on a solid base and having a wall behind it.
The R4i is exceptionally well designed and built in every respect and is for people who love music. If you are a music lover, as far as micro systems go, this is the best your money can buy. Well done Ruark!
20 January 2014