Ruark, an old family owned UK company has trouble with the present and the future. It thinks that so-called new styles are too stark, bland or sterile, so it makes old styles replete with the best of new technology.
The company was founded in 1985 by Brian O’Rourke and his son Alan, and no, it did not start in a garage at home – rather a cramped workshop in Rayleigh, Essex. Its reputation for handcrafted timber enclosure speakers and studio monitors is well established.
But as time changes it went developed “The Aston Martin” of DAB radios – the R1. In 2014 it launched the R7 – a classic timber enclosure radiogram, in 2016 the Mk2 and now it is the Mk3 turn – a bit like MG A, B etc.It features a multi-format CD player, high-resolution aptX HD Bluetooth receiver, DAB, DAB+, FM and Internet tuners, Spotify Connect, switchable analogue and digital inputs and the option to wirelessly sync with our R2 model in multi-room mode.
According to the UK Daily Mail, “The sound has also been completely revamped. I was able to compare the new R7 directly with the old one, and they have pulled off some serious witchcraft in there. For an all-in-one hi-fi, it sounds sensational.”
Available in Rich Walnut and a new Soft Grey lacquer, the slimmer cabinet and legs add refinement, but undoubtedly it is the British milled grille fabric that adds real elegance to the design. R7 Mk3 no longer looks like a piece of audio equipment, but rather a beautiful object that will enhance the most stylish of rooms.