media reviews, customer testimonials & awards for R1

3 generations of R1

media reviews*

“Fine looks are matched by peerless performance across all genres. A pleasure to operate, it’s suitable for use all around the home.”

RECOMMENDED - Hi-Fi Choice Magazine

“...the sound is fantastic, it’s easy to use and it looks great. Treat yourself!”

BEST BUY - Q Magazine

“The Ruark Audio R1 MKII DAB radio was the best digital radio on test. It has a rich sound, with solid control and two easy-to-set alarms.”

BEST BUY - Good Housekeeping Magazine

“It’s the best all-round performer in the DAB/FM radio category, regardless of price.”

BEST BUY - What Hi-Fi Awards

“I can’t think of anything funny to say about this - it’s simply the most beautiful radio in the world.”

Emma Freud – Tatler Magazine

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

Best Buy – The Sunday Times

“Only the Ruark feels like a classily made, truly well-engineered item.”

Smart Life Magazine

“It’s the Aston Martin of DAB Radios.”

The Sunday Telegraph

“The finish really is fantastic; the controls are responsive and well crafted. Good sound and the alarm function make it a fine bedroom machine.”

Best Buy – The Mail on Sunday

“The R1 sells itself as the best sounding tabletop DAB radio on the market and in our opinion Ruark has every right to make such claims as we've yet to hear one that's better.”

Recommended – Trusted Reviews

“British-designed Ruark Audio’s reputation continues its exponential soar to radio stardom. This, its latest mono tabletop digital set, is an evolution of its original model and is very possibly the most stylish radio you can currently buy.”

The Financial Times

“The sound quality is everything you'd expect from Ruark”

Forbes Magazine

“Providing a rich and detailed sound in addition to its elegant exterior, the new R1’s beauty is certainly not just skin deep.”

GQ Magazine

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

5 Stars – BBC Music magazine

“The crucial thing in the R1’s favour is that at any level the sound has detail and a really plausible wholesomeness that just seems to escape many such products. Engaging and very enjoyable.”

Group Test Winner – Hi-Fi Choice Magazine

“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

“Compact, simple, elegant and with excellent audio quality - all you need in home audio”

Tech Advisor

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customer testimonials*

“Your products are First Class and my new R1 mk3 is the best sounding radio ever”

David Ashmore, Preston

“Excellent product, which justifies its price tag. Lovely, full sound. Easy to use. Particularly enjoying the Bluetooth feature – which was key to my decision to buy this product”

Emma Shepherd, Cornwall

“Great sound, lovely product, decent price and very easy on the eye”

Colin Cameron – Aberdeen

“Loving my new R1 mk3. The sound quantity is great”

Raymond Atkins, Suffolk

“I love the quality and sound of Ruark product’s. They really are the only brand worth buying.”

Lee Elcox, Milton Keynes

“Beautiful products that actually perform - don’t change anything, your already getting it right.”

Mr Steven Hodson, Banstead

“Just to say I have been using your R1 for a few months now. It is my favourite bit of kit, it gives me more pleasure than any other thing I have ever owned.”

Mr Tony Godden, London

“Quite simply it’s all about the sound and this is superb.”

Mr Stent, East Sussex

“Absolutely love the product, which was a Christmas present. Delighted with the build, design and sound quality. Wish I could carry it around everywhere with me.”

Neil Platt, Hertfordshire

“I just love my new radio; we think it is awesome; it looks different and looks so good for a small radio; it is so easy to use and I donrsquot have to keep resetting the time!; the sound is brilliant - once I saw it on the shelf in John Lewis I knew there was only one option.”

Geraldine Martin, Bristol

“Very pleased with purchase. Very easy to set up, sounds great and looks fab.”

Blandine File, Maidenhead

“As a lifetime technophobe I appreciate its quality in appearance as well as performance. The hifi sound is excellent.”

Mr H Jepson, Cheshire

“Great radio – first DAB and have always hated designs of all other DAB’s until I saw your design!”

David Warner, Kent

“Beautiful design/best radio I‘ve ever owned!”

Ms Audrey K Farlow, West Sussex

“OMG! It’s fantastic. It finds everything and sets the time and date as well.”

Miss Sarah Sinton, Newcastle upon Tyne

“Great product, sounds fantastic with really good and flexible alarm clock facilities (which was a key buying consideration).”

Alan Genzel, Surrey

“I have never been happier with a piece of audio equipment in my life. Ever. It sounds fantastic.”

Kenneth Bentley, Reading

“The only product I found with equal emphasis on design and sound/build quality.”

Andrew Gray, Notts

“I absolutely love my radio. The sound quality is excellent and it is very stylish looking.”

Anne Dixon-Marshall, Northamptonshire

“Great sound, lovely product, decent price and very easy on the eye.”

Colin Cameron, Aberdeen

“Love it! Classic FM is rocking in my kitchen...”

Lucy Johns, Harringay

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