Ruark isn’t just one of the most reputable radio brands in the UK; it’s a company that has earned an incredible amount of attention around the world.
A company dedicated to offering audiophiles across the globe the perfect combination of sensational sound and style, Ruark takes attention to detail to the next level.
That’s why any opportunity to conduct a Ruark review is something that the Radio Fidelity team jumps at.
Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at the Ruark R2 Mk3 – a Bluetooth streaming system and radio solution designed for modern music.
Ruark R2 review: Design and build
It probably won’t surprise you to hear that one of the first things we noticed in our Ruark R2 Mk3 review, was how attractive the design actually is.
Like many of the Ruark products, including the Ruark R1 Mk3 for instance, the R2 combines sleek sophistication and modern elegance to bring you a fantastic music system.
The fantastic Ruark audio R2 is brimming with sensational style.
Available in a variety of colours, this all-in-one music system brings modern technology like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Spotify Connect, together with traditional features like a rotary dial that you can use to control your entire audio system.
We love the way that Ruark has a talent for combining the best elements of the traditional, with aspects of the future. The Ruark R2 Mk3 is excellent for that purpose.
In fact, What Hi-Fi said that the R2 Mk3 is one of the “most gorgeous” systems for all-in-one music that they’ve seen – and we can definitely see the appeal.
Overall, the appearance of the Ruark R2 Mk3 is very similar to the Ruark R4.
You get the same central screen where you can find information about the music that you’re playing. There are the same fantastic dual speakers – similar to two blushing cheeks either side of the Ruark’s face.
At the same time, you still get that fantastic RotoDial that makes the Ruark Audio R2 so easy to manage.
The only thing missing that stops the Ruark R2 from becoming an exact copy of the R4 is the integrated CD slot. This feature has been replaced with Wi-Fi connectivity and world-radio.
If you can access the wide functionality of the internet, why bother with CDs, after all?
Ruark R2 review: Features
That takes us neatly onto the feature-focused part of our Ruark R2 Mk3 review.
This is a device that was clearly designed to fill the gap in audio-lover’s life. It comes with a complete range of modern capabilities, including Spotify Connect compatibility via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth streaming, and DAB or FM radio.
If you want to get the most out of the internet-enabled experiences on the Ruark R2 Mk3, you will need a Spotify Premium account – which is another added expense.
As with many of the other products in the Ruark portfolio, the R2 also comes with an aux input port, so you can stream music through a wired connection, and a headphone socket. That means that you get the benefit of being able to listen to your music privately too.
What’s more, to make the whole experience even more special, the Ruark R2 also comes with multi-room capabilities. That means that you can connect your device to other multi-room enabled models to get synchronised sound around your entire house.
Of course, for a price tag of just under £420, it’s pretty unlikely that you’re going to be able to deck your entire home out with these devices straight away. If you can afford an entire home system, then we’re very jealous.
Synchronised sound throughout your home
Wi-fi and internet connectivity
Spotify Connect compatible
World radio with DAB and FM tuner
Award-winning sound quality
Headphone jack and aux-in
Clock and snooze
1 year guarantee
Every aspect of the Ruark R2 is impressive, whether you’re looking at the Bluetooth streaming capabilities, the internet radio, or the guaranteed 1 year warranty. This is a device that’s sure to get people talking when they visit your home.
Ruark R2 review: Performance
If you’re looking for versatility and performance, then the Ruark Audio R2 is an excellent choice. The elegant Rotodial controller makes it easy to find the music that you want to listen to without having to deal with a bunch of complicated buttons.