The Ruark R5 is a scaled-down and cheaper version of the flagship R7 system
Ruark has unwrapped its R5 High Fidelity Music System, made for the “music and design enthusiasts alike”.
It’s an all-in-one system that heaps on the style, looking lush and making an impression in terms of aesthetics. The cabinet is a handcrafted effort with a fabric grille that encases the front fascia.
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The R5’s enclosure has been partitioned, damped and tuned to provide the best possible conditions for the drive unit and electronics. Inside are newly developed Class A-B amplifiers in a 2.1 configuration, with active electronics that can precisely control the loudspeaker units. Ruark claims the R5 is capable of producing a soundstage comparable to a larger system with separate speakers.
The stereo speakers feature a powerful neodymium magnet system coupled with a lightweight cone/coil assembly. Together they provide a “beautifully natural frequency response” with the long-throw subwoofer offering extended bass for a more weighty performance.
The RotoDial controller on top the unit allows for easy operation, and there’s a matching ‘radio-link’ remote which mirrors the R5’s controls exactly. Radio communication also means that you won’t need to aim the remote at the R5 in order control it.
Multi-room is included so you can wirelessly connect to Ruark’s award-winning MRx, R2 Mk3 and R7 Mk3 units. It comes with a multi-format CD player as well as DAB/FM and Internet radio tuners.There’s support for Wi-Fi and AptX HD Bluetooth is supported for 24-bit hi-res audio streaming. For connections you have USB, analogue and digital inputs including one for a RIAA turntable output.
If physical connections aren’t your forte then the R5 does come with a suite of music streaming apps. You can count Spotify, Deezer, Tidal and Amazon Music on the list of compatible apps. The all-in-one system isn’t as just a system to be used on its own, it can be connected to a TV to be as a speaker system through that.
The R5 is available in Rich Walnut Veneer or Soft Grey Lacquer finishes. It goes on sale Spring 2019 for £999 from authorised Ruark dealers as well as John Lewis, Selfridges and other independent retailers.
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