R1 Deluxe Bluetooth Radio

Radio never looked or sounded this good

Beautifully simple, R1 is the third generation of our iconic table radio. Ideal in the kitchen, perfect in the office and simply glorious to wake up to in the bedroom, if you love listening to the radio then we think you’ll find R1 a revelation.

Featuring a DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner, Quality Bluetooth Receiver, Switchable Auxiliary Input, Stereo Headphone Output, USB Power Port, 20 Station Pre-sets, High Contrast OLED Display and Comprehensive Dual Alarms combined with a punchy Class A-B amplifier and high-fidelity full range speaker make R1 we believe, the best and most complete table-top radio available.

R1 display

Clearly brilliant

Programme, time and alarm status are shown with vivid clarity on the latest technology Organic LED (OLED) display. The display retains its high contrast and legibility at any viewing angle and the intensity can be adjusted to suit your needs, both when active and also in standby.

R1 RotoDial control system

Beautifully intuitive

One of our first projects when establishing Ruark Audio was to design an easy to use control system. The result is our trademark RotoDial controller. With the introduction of R1 Mk3 we made our RotoDial controller even better and now whether you own R1, R2, R4 or R7 you will intuitively know how to control each due to the similarity of their operation.

Exceptional Radio Performance

DAB and FM radio performance is exceptional and with DAB+ technology also built in, R1 can be used in countries such as Australia, Denmark, France, Germany and Norway where this updated system is now being used. DAB+ also ensures that R1 is future-proof and ready for the implementation of this digital radio technology in the UK.

Bluetooth Connectivity

With a quality Bluetooth receiver built in, you can wirelessly stream your music, internet radio and other services such as Spotify direct from your smartphone or computer to R1. R1 also remembers previous connections and allows users to switch between them but most importantly you will find that sound quality over Bluetooth with R1 is sublime.

Bedside Companion

R1 makes a perfect bedside clock radio and with comprehensive dual alarms you’ll be woken from your slumbers with beautiful sound exactly when you want and from your desired source. R1 also features adjustable sleep and snooze timers so you can doze off and snooze with soothing sound.


R1 is engineered and crafted from select materials which we know from our years spent designing High-Fidelity loudspeakers, provide the best sound quality. The combination of natural and man-made materials also have the added benefit of making our products feel as good to touch as they are to see and hear.

Connect and Enjoy

On the rear panel of R1 we’ve provided a headphone output and a switchable input so other audio devices can be connected and enjoyed with R1’s sonorous sound. R1 also features a USB charge port specifically designed to charge Smartphones and other similar devices. This is particularly convenient when you are using R1 as a bedside radio, so your phone is fully charged when you wake.

MR1 with BackPack

BackPack II

Combine R1 with our optional BackPack II and you will be able to enjoy R1 everywhere! It frees R1 from the power socket so it can be used wherever mains power is not available from the bathroom to the great outdoors. Placing batteries inside takes valuable speaker capacity, but BackPack II allows R1 to retain its rich mains powered performance, but with complete portability.

A total evolution of the original, BackPack II attaches seamlessly to R1 and once fitted can be left permanently in place as it charges automatically whenever R1 is connected to the mains with its power supply. A full charge will provide up to twelve hours of continuous mains free listening depending on volume.


R1 in Rich Walnut Veneer finish

Rich Walnut Veneer

R1 in Soft White Lacquer finish

Soft White Lacquer

R1 in Soft Black Lacquer finish

Soft Black Lacquer


  • Sound
    • Class leading sound quality
    • Hand crafted bass reflex tuned and damped enclosure
    • Ruark Audio 75mm high-fidelity drive unit
    • Linear Class A-B Amplifier, 9 watts nominal output
    • Audio grade components throughout
    • Loudness function provides enhanced sound at low volume levels
  • Tuner
    • DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner with RDS
    • 10 station presets for both DAB & FM (20 in total)
  • Bluetooth
    • Built-in A2DP Bluetooth audio receiver
    • Stores and displays up to seven Bluetooth devices
  • Display
    • High contrast OLED display with large format clock
    • Adjustable brightness to suit requirements
  • Controls
    • Intuitive click to select RotoDial control system
  • Ports
    • Stereo headphone output
    • Switchable auxiliary input to connect other audio devices
    • USB charge port for charging smartphones etc.
  • Alarm
    • Easy-to-use programable dual alarm with once, daily, weekday and weekend settings
    • Adjustable alarm volume
    • Adjustable snooze and sleep timers
  • Standard finishes
    • Rich Walnut veneer
    • Soft White lacquer
    • Soft Black lacquer
  • Dimensions
    • H170 × W130 × D135mm
  • Weight
    • 1.8kg
  • Price
    • £219.99 (SRP UK)

Reviews for MR1

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Loads of functionality, a sophisticated design and excellent sound quality are important ingredients for this excellent kitchen radio from Ruark Audio.

PC Advisor

As a great sounding and compact digital radio for the home, it’s absolustely top class.

BBC Music Magazine

This portable radio offers a rich and powerful sound that will easily fill a larger room, and suit the most discerning ear.


The R1 Mk3 boasts an improved design, awesome audio and faultless usability - its charms are hard to resist.

What Hi-Fi

It’s the Aston Martin of DAB Radios.

The Sunday Telegraph

As for sound quality, it’s incredible what Ruark have managed from such a tiny unit. It’ll easily fill a bedroom and the separation you get between the mids and trebles is phenomenal.

Digital Spy

Nipped and tucked to keep it fresh and with high quality sound to match its sleek finish the latest Ruark R1 is a fine example of a classic design made even better.

Gramophone Magazine

The Ruark Audio R1 Mk3 is definitely one of the best DAB radios currently available, and is possibly the number 1 best-sounding small DAB radio on the market.

Best Radios

The sound quality, as expected was astonishing, especially from what is actually quite small unit.

Round Reviews

Sound quality is truly impressive for such a small unit. There’s a wonderful fullness to the sound, but also a subtlely that means it can handle almost any type of music.

Trusted Reviews

The crucial thing in the R1s favour is that at any level the sound has detail and a really plausible wholesemness that just seems to escape many such products. Engaging and very enjoyable.

Hi-Fi Choice

It’s like the Ruark R1 Mk3 is a magic little box at kicking out the bass, especially when considering its ability-to-size ratio.


I cant think of anything funny to say about this, it’s simply the most beautiful radio in the world.


If this were a car it would be a Bentley.


If you want something a little cooler, classier and more exclusive, check out the R1.

The Sunday Times

As a mix of design, functionality, easy control and superb sound quality, this is very hard to beat.


Customer testimonials for MR1

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It’s a beautiful thing with brilliant functionality. Thank you.

David Simmons

Your products are first class and my new R1 Mk3 is the best sounding radio ever.

David Ashmore

Only had the R1 for less than an hour absolutely loving it. Will definitely look to get another one in the near future.

Kim Ng

Best piece of tech I have bought in a decade. Lovely sound, great Bluetooth link with multiple users, easy and decent sounding DAB radio, loud enough for a real good dance in the kitchen on a Saturday night.

Amazon Customer

Suberb build and sound quality . Worth the premium price. Highly recommended.

John Lewis Customer

The sound is amazing for a small radio with one speaker. The design is really lovely. We now have another one of these for the kitchen.

John Lewis Customer

So good we bought a second one for upstairs. Sound quality excellent, easy to tune and use.

John Lewis Customer

This is the third Ruark I have purchased! I cannot rate them highly enough!

Frank Smith

An outstanding product, stunning looks, easy to use, great quality, fantastic reception, the perfect bedside companion.

John Lewis Customer

We are extremely pleased with our purchase. The sound quality and style are excellent.

Wendy Edwards

Sound quality is simply superb, it is what you would expect from hi fidelity equipment. The sound has a beautiful depth, warm and excellent clarity. It sounds bigger than it is, there is no boomy, bloated bass that you often find in small speakers.

John Lewis Customer

Lovely product, excellent sound quality.

Sally Hulin

Superb looks, quality and sound. Unable to fault.

David Hill

Radio excellent build and sound quality. To be used as a bedroom radio So good we immediately ordered a second one.

David Fry
East Lothian

Superb in every way. Build quality, materials, construction, looks amazing. Sound quality is exceptional, no distortion or colouration, bass is punchy, rich and precise. It was a stunner the moment it was out the box.

Amazon Customer

Small, neat, pleasant to listen to and very intuitive to set and use.

Amazon Customer

I must say this product exceeded my expectations as this was exactly what I was looking for in a long time. Great job!

Viliam Gazo

Wow, the best radio clock I’ve bought after having tried many different ones which either are too complicated to work, have poor sound or functionality. This Ruark is perfect and has been very easy to setup and operate.

Amazon Customer

I think the R1 radio is superb, the sound quality is excellent and it also looks lovely too.

Carol Sutton

So far, I absolutely love this little clock radio. Sound quality, as expected, is superb.

Nancy Hudson