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Ruark Audio R1 MK4 Bluetooth Radio (Espresso/Walnut)

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Model: R1MK4EW | UPC: 5060637250075


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Product Information

Model: R1MK4EW | UPC: 5060637250075

Entirely Adorable

Your favorite chair. The well-worn sweater you always reach for. The watch your grandad gave you. Life’s full of things we treasure and for Ruark, it’s their R1 radio. It was the first product they launched in 2006 and we still cherish it today – and so do Ruark's customers. It’s perfectly proportioned, beautifully made, deceptively powerful and entirely adorable. What’s not to love?


  • Class leading sound with adaptive EQ
  • DAB, DAB+ and FM tuners
  • High quality Bluetooth receiver
  • USB port for phone charging and shuffle playback
  • High contrast OLED display with auto dimming
  • Easy-to-use dual alarms and sleep function

A New Approach

Each generation of Ruark’s R1 has been an evolution of the original, but with R1 Mk4 Ruark wanted it to be more progressive both in design and performance. Using a precision molding process has allowed them to gently profile the enclosure providing a fresh new look and the perfect surface for their new Light Cream and Espresso finishes. With acoustic treatment the enclosure is sturdy and acoustically inert, providing the ideal housing for the electronics and NS+ driver. Enhancing the design further is a beautiful hand-crafted slatted wood grille. This brings added sophistication and creates a timeless Eames like vibe, but overall, the design is still unique and distinctly Ruark.

A New Standard in Sound

Ruark’s previous R1 models were critically acclaimed for their sound, but with R1 Mk4 they have further raised the bar! With their heritage in high-fidelity loudspeakers they understand the complexities of enclosure and drive unit design and making sure that both are matched to each other. In particular their latest neodymium NS+ driver, as used in the R3 and R5 models, provides a smooth and extended frequency response and in R1 Mk4’s tuned enclosure delivers an impressive bass performance. Driving the system is a punchy Class A/B linear amplifier for exceptional dynamics and with adaptive equalization an eminently listenable sound is provided at all volume levels.

Crisp OLED

Ruark's crisp OLED display clearly shows time, alarm and programme information and auto adjusts to suit ambient light levels, making it a perfect bedside companion. Radio reception is excellent, and a Bluetooth receiver allows you to enjoy R1’s great sound when streaming from your phone or computer.


FM parameters can be set to suit US and Japanese needs and a multilingual user interface makes R1 a truly international proposition. Also with a real time clock built in, time and date are kept active when power is disconnected or when transmitted data is not available.

Additional Features

The list of features continues, but other highlights include a USB-C charge/shuffle playback port, headphone output, switchable line input and of course Ruark's trademark RotoDial control system. Finally, for those seeking distant operation, Ruark has an optional compact remote control available.

Mains Powered Sound on the Move with BackPack 3

With its battery status display and improved power management R1 Mk4 works even better and longer with the Ruark's optional BackPack 3 and means you can enjoy R1’s rich mains powered performance where mains power is unavailable. BackPack 3 attaches seamlessly to R1 and once fitted can be left permanently in place as it charges automatically whenever mains power is re-applied. A full charge will provide up to twelve hours of mains free listening depending on volume.


  • Audio
    • Frequency response: 55Hz – 20kHz
    • Driver: 75mm Ruark NS+
    • Amplifier: 9W
    • Enhancements: Adjustable EQ, loudness
    • Cabinet type: Tuned reflex enclosure
  • Connectivity
    • Digital radio: DAB / DAB+
    • Multiregional: FM World, USA, Japan, Korea
    • Bluetooth: V4.2 SBC, AAC, BLE, A2DP
    • Line-in: 3.5mm stereo jack (1.4Vrms max)
    • Headphone: 3.5mm jack, 25mW into 16-32 Ohm
    • USB: 2.0, (5V 1A) MP3, AAC up to 48kHz 320kbps,
    • FLAC: up to 24-bit 96kHz, WAV up to 24-bit 96kHz,
    • WMA: up to 44.1kHz 320kbps
    • External telescopic aerial: 75Ω F-type connector
  • General
    • Power adapter: 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz input, 14VDC 1.5A output, 1.8m cable, 2.1 × 5.5mm DC plug
    • Power consumption: 0.7W standby, 4-8W typical
    • Product dimensions (W x H x D): 5.11” x 6.88” x 5.31”
    • Product weight: 3.08 lbs
    • Inner carton dimensions 7.08” × 10.62” × 8.26”
    • Packaged weight 4.85 lbs

What's In The Box

  • R1 MK4 Bluetooth Radio
  • AC Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
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