Ruark R4i DAB Audio iPod Integrated Music System
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
My other half bought the R4i last week and I can't begin to tell you how happy he is with his "new toy"! I will be honest I am not able to give a technical response except to say that he is extremely fussy when it comes to sound and quality for his money. He bought the Walnut option and I am happy to say that there are no problems here unlike other reviews. He was dead set on buying a Bose sound system but decided that the quality of sound from the Ruark R4i was by far more superior. Give this item a go, you may be pleasantly surprised!
15 January 2014
It does what it says on the tin!
Read product literature and on-line reviews before making pilgrimage to nearest John Lewis store. Should have taken my own CD as that available to demonstrate was not the sort of music I choose to listen too - nevertheless, impressed. Deep in store no chance of picking-up a digital radio signal. Went away and thought about it before ordering on line.
A1 delivery service.
Set up following the 'quick start' instructions. They are somewhat terse and technological dinosaurs like me, would have preferred something written for dummies! Very pleased with the results, but surprised not to be able to pick-up either radio 3 or radio 4 on DAB - but we did have a succession of very dull days with low cloud. On the first clear sunny day, tried to set-up radio system again. The note on page 7 'a detailed explanation on how to perform AutoScan and System Reset can be found on the FAQs section of our website' should be highlighted!
Once I had cracked the method, no problems.
Sound quality excellent. Control module needs getting used to for the generation that is not familiar with hand held electronic gadgets.
Overall very pleased with the purchase, and would happily recommend others to buy it. Must remember to hide the control module from inquisitive grandchildren!
15 January 2014
I purchased the R4i as a birthday gift for my wife. Had not actually heard the sound quality prior to purchase just trusted the reviews. Have not been disappointed. The r4i is very well designed and has a real quality feel and the sound quality is fabulous.
14 January 2014
Excellent piece of kit!
We treated ourselves for Christmas but it came strait out of the box when it arrived and never went back. The first CD we put on simply wowed us! Great sound no base boom like our Bose Wave system (which you can't get rid of) and all functions work really well. We have a Roberts DAB radio which constantly loses DAB signal but the Ruark has kept going without a hitch. Sound reproduction rom iPod is noticeably "thinner" than that from a CD but still quite acceptable for the convenience of not having a pile of CDs to store alongside the Radio/CD player. We have played vinyl via the Aux leads and it sounds great - ticks and scratches included. We can't praise this system enough.
31 December 2013