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reviews

media reviews, customer testimonials & awards for R4i all in one music system

media reviews*

“The Swiss Army Knife of audio, this dinky system has everything from a CD player to an iPod dock, looks modern and stylish and boots out serious bass.”

T3 - Christmas Gift Guide

“It's a superb iPod dock in its own right, but add in the CD player, radio and luxurious finish and you have a winner.”

BEST BUY - What Hi-Fi Awards

“‘Serious small audio’ claims British firm Ruark – and it sums up this award-winning system. Slide in a CD or park your iPod for stunning sound.”

5 STARS - Mail on Sunday - Live Magazine

“Micro systems, mini systems, separate systems – they all trail wires and mostly look like they were styled in 1987. The superb R4 is rather different: this is an all-in-one system that may look retro-chic, but its shiny white or wood grain finish will look good in almost any setting. There’s an iPod dock, a CD player, a DAB/FM radio and a USB port, too. The clincher, though, is that it sounds fantastic.”

The Daily Telegraph

“Ruark Audio’s ‘R4’ music system is compact – just 45cm wide – but has the sound quality of a much bigger beast.”

Elle Decoration

“With a potent mix of features, style and substance, the R4 is well worth its premium.”

5 Stars & Hot Buy – STUFF.TV

“Every now and then a product like the R4 comes along and proves the theory wrong. You CAN have your cake and eat it, and you CAN have the best of both worlds: here’s a system that’s as easy on the ears as it is on the eyes: one that doesn’t sacrifice performance for the sake of looks or size”. VERDICT “The lofty price tag means that the R4 isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve got a fair bit of wedge to spend on a new music system this should certainly be high on your list. It performs like a dream, boasts a bevy of talents and looks absolutely stunning.”

5 Stars – The Gadget Show on Five

“As ever with Ruark the sound is sensational.”

Mail on Sunday - Live Magazine

“Very well built with a brilliantly designed remote control and a classy walnut finish”. VERDICT “If you can afford it, the incredible finish of the Ruark is well worth it.”

5 Stars – The Evening Standard

“The R4 fulfils its design brief admirably: its sound will please most listeners, it looks smart and its RotoDial handset makes it simple to use. It should be every bit as successful as the company’s previous models.”

Gramophone Magazine

“Offering CD, DAB and surprisingly good FM, plus USB, iPod and line inputs, this unit has it all at a very attractive price. One may be able to assemble a more sonically impressive system for the money, but the single-box convenience makes this a winner.”

5 Stars & Best Buy –Hi-Fi Choice Magazine

“The R4 has great sound and even snappier looks. It’s all you need to listen to music.”

Best Buy – Time Out Magazine

“From the tasteful, walnut veneered body, to the gold-plated ports, the R4 is as much a lovingly crafted piece of furniture as it is an outstanding DAB/iPod dock. VERDICT “From the gorgeous finish, to the innovative remote and warm natural sound, this oozes quality.”

5 Stars and Group Test Winner – T3 Magazine

“Perfect for the man who knows that big woofers don’t impress anyone.”

The Sunday Telegraph

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customer testimonials*

“I have had the R4 for a matter of days and I can't believe the amazing sound it puts out. It replaces a large stack system which I had for 18 years or so. The R4's sound has a clarity I never found on a mid to high-end stack hi-fi and my wife admires the way it fits the room's decor.”

Amos Clark, Newcastle upon Tyne

“I purchased the R4 on Tuesday, and I'm absolutely blown away. This is only the second time I've been speechless over something so compact and beautiful. First time was with a Beosound century. The R4i eclipses that. A stunning work of art.”

Steve Wright, London

“Just received my R4. Set up, programmed and running in 20 mins.What can I say? Fantastic! I've been using Quad gear since about 1970 and this is easily equal to my 12" Tannoys and 403. What a sound from such a tiny source, And, so versatile. Thanks, worth every penny.”

Andrew Mills, London

“An amazing piece of kit. Sounds far better than it should!”

Anthony Anderson, Vale of Glamorgan

“I have the Walnut finish. It is beautiful. Truly. However, it sounds even better than it looks.”

Aaron Bargewell, Nottingham

“This is the second R4 I have purchased because of it's outstanding all round quality.”

Peter Head, Hants

“It's a life enhancing product - superb sound and design. Well Done!”

Mark Harris, London

“The R4 is the best Hi Fi I have ever encountered - wonderful sound.”

Graham Reynolds, Kent

“We have had Rotel, Denon separates with lots and lots of cables and R4 has just one. Also the soundstage for a single unit is as good, if not better than our old separates. We have your excellent R2i system as well.”

Mr and Mrs Baker, Somerset

“The system is fantastic; it's as simple as that - top quality sound, build and design.”

Jonathan Baillie, Kent

“We bought the R4 – gorgeous product; sounds fabulous and looks delicious. Very, very pleased!”

K. Lee, Essex

“Beautiful lovely thing in my house!!”

Sally Thomas, Middlesex

“I have always had a traditional HiFi – heard this integrated music system and was suitably impressed – Excellent product!”

Neville Morgan, Lancashire

“FAB!! Love it! The Sound gave me goose pimples.”

John Howe, Cheshire

“I cannot believe how fantastic the R4 is; it sounds amazing and looks gorgeous. I feel privileged to be the owner.”

Craig Storey, Nottinghamshire

“Still cannot believe in the quality of sound that this small, compact device produces! Thank you!”

Joanna Karmowska, Oxford

“It is a beautiful piece of audio technology, which clearly shows creative and thinking minds behind the product.”

Henrik Gottschalk, London

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  • What Hi-Fi Sound and Vision Awards 2011, Best All-In-One Music System
  • Hi-Fi Choice Best Buy, 5 Stars
  • Stuff.tv Hot Buy, 5 Stars
  • T3 Test Winner, 5 Stars
  • BBC Music Choice, 5 Stars
  • What Hi-Fi Sound and Vision Awards, 5 Stars

Awards shown are for R4i