MR1 Bluetooth Speaker System

Award-winning, design conscious sound

Best Desktop Speaker for the second year running at the 2018 What Hi-Fi? awards

Our award-winning MR1 Bluetooth speakers will provide remarkable sound in multiple applications. Flawless as computer speakers, ideal to use with a turntable and a fantastic way to improve the sound of your TV, MR1 Mk2 will fill any room with quality sound without dominating it, making them perfect for music lovers and the design conscious alike.

The step up in performance in impressive, and the Ruark MR1 Mk2s manage to be even more appealing than before. Quite simply, these are superb speakers of their type.

Best Home Audio Product 2017
Trusted Reviews

The upgrades that Ruark has made to an already impressive Bluetooth speaker system have brought it damn near to perfection. Very classy indeed.

Best Desktop Speaker 2017
What Hi-Fi
R1 display

Sound Foundations

On their own MR1 provides the foundation of a complete music system and with a turntable you can be part of the vinyl revival. Also with their super high quality aptX Bluetooth receiver, you can wirelessly stream your music to MR1 with CD quality sound.

MR1 tweeter and bass unit

A Powerful Performance

For MR1 we’ve developed custom loudspeaker units to deliver sound performance that belies MR1s compact dimensions. Both the tweeter and bass units feature powerful neodymium motor systems which provide greater magnetic concentration, for better driver control, in a lightweight and fully magnetically shielded system.

Great Connectivity

Voice controlled devices from the likes of Amazon and Google are interesting technologies, but deciding which may be right for you and which will stand the test of time can be daunting. This is a key reason why all our products incorporate Bluetooth and auxiliary inputs, so devices such as these can easily be connected and enjoyed with our products class leading sound. Also when technology changes (which it is bound to) then it is easy for you to upgrade as required.

MR1 with BackPack

BackPack II

Combine MR1 with our optional BackPack II and you will be able to enjoy MR1 wherever mains power is not available. Placing batteries inside takes valuable speaker capacity, but BackPack II allows MR1 to retain its rich mains powered performance with the benefit of complete portability.

A total evolution of the original, BackPack II attaches seamlessly to MR1 and once fitted can be left permanently in place as it charges automatically whenever connected to a mains power supply. A full charge will provide up to twelve hours of mains free listening depending on volume.

Sound Perfection

MR1 Mk2 features a linear Class A-B amplifier with a quality switch mode power supply. Linear amplifiers are used in the world’s best audio equipment and in our opinion still offer superior performance when compared to new style digital amplifiers, which often sound unrefined in comparison. Linear amplification is another reason why MR1 sounds so good.

Easy To Control

MR1 Mk2 features a control system which like our other products is slick and intuitive to use, allowing input and volume to be quickly changed, with pin-point LEDs indicating system status and source. In addition, source, volume and functions can be operated and set from the comfort of your chair with the supplied compact remote control.

Always Ready

With auto-standby, MR1 will automatically enter sleep mode if no signal is detected for a few minutes. This feature is particularly useful when using MR1 as a sound system for your TV as they will automatically wake and sleep as and when the TV is turned on or off. For use with computers, this feature can be disabled if required.

Easy Connection

MR1 features both an analogue and optical digital input allowing auxiliary devices to be easily connected. In particular MR1 is an excellent addition to improve the sound of modern flat panel TVs as the optical input provides the perfect connection point. MR1 also features a dedicated subwoofer output allowing an active subwoofer to be connected for extra dynamics in music and awesome movie sound.

Bluetooth at Its Best

Bluetooth’s ease of use has made it the foremost method for wireless audio streaming, working with virtually all devices and leading music services such as Spotify, Apple and Amazon Music . MR1 Mk2 with its high quality aptX Bluetooth receiver allows you to enjoy this technology at its very best with CD quality sound.

A Mini Marvel

MR1 is a high fidelity speaker miniaturised and like larger high fidelity speakers, its internal crossover plays a vital role in making it sound so good! Many compact speakers use a basic single component crossover for ease of assemble and cost, but for MR1 we’ve developed a multi component network using the best grade components throughout.

Beautiful and Enduring

MR1 is crafted from materials which we know from our experience provide the best sound quality. The fixed grille is clad in a unique British milled fabric from Camira that met our stringent requirement for both its attractive design and acoustic properties. The careful combination of materials also makes MR1 highly tactile and as good to touch as they are to see and hear.

Duo – Uno

As a pair MR1 sounds amazing, but to make them extra portable MR1 can also be used as a single unit. When the stereo speaker is disconnected MR1 automatically switches to mono operation, making it ideal for taking outside or on holiday. Also with the addition of our optional battery pack (BackPack) you can enjoy MR1 for up to 12 hours free of a mains connection.


  • Sound
    • Class leading sound quality
    • Hand crafted bass reflex tuned and damped enclosures
    • Ruark Audio long throw 75mm woofer with powerful neodymium magnet system
    • Ruark Audio 20mm treated textile dome tweeter with neodymium magnet system
    • Linear Class A-B Amplifier, 20 watts nominal output
    • Audio grade components throughout
    • 2m quality braided speaker interconnect
    • Loudness function provides enhanced sound at low volume levels
    • Auto mono operation (can also be used as a single unit)
  • Bluetooth
    • Built in high quality Bluetooth Audio receiver with aptX provides CD quality sound with compatible devices
  • Controls
    • Intuitive control system
    • Pin-point LEDs show system status and source
    • Compact infrared remote control included
  • Other Features
    • Auto Mono for use as a single speaker
    • Snooze mode for auto-standby and wake-up
    • Inserts on rear panel (1/4-20 UNC thread) for wall-mount brackets
  • Connectivity
    • Digital optical TOSLINK input with adjustable attenuation
    • Output for active subwoofer
    • Line-in audio input with switchable attenuation
  • Standard Finishes
    • Rich Walnut veneer with Camira Lead Grey fabric grille
    • Soft Grey lacquer with Camira Lead Grey fabric grille
  • Power Adaptor
    • 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz input, 14VDC 2.0A output
  • Dimensions
    • H170 × W130 × D135mm each
  • Weight
    • 3.5 Kg per pair
  • Price
    • £329.99 (SRP UK)

Reviews for MR1

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We’ve a lot of love here for Ruark Audio radios – and it seems their speaker systems are just as wonderful as shown by the MR1 speaker system.

Retro To Go

This is my second Ruark product. You manage to get both form and function right every time!

George Orphanides

The upgrades that Ruark has made to an already impressive Bluetooth speaker system have brought it damn near to perfection. Very classy indeed.

Trusted Reviews

Just in case you haven’t twigged we’re smitten with the MR1. Even its price tag seems eminently sensible when you’re rewarded with sound quality as good as this.

Mac Format Magazine

I would also like to say how beautifully packaged the speakers were. Only had them a day but the sound exceeding my expectations. You should be congratulated in crafting such a high quality product … Well done.

John Pressley

Ruark’s second gen Bluetooth bookshelf speakers look stunning and have the audio performance to match, belying their miniature size.


This pair of small, sleekly designed speakers sound brilliant and look like something that may pop out of a control board on Buck Rogers. They win in a game of chicken with Q’s eardrums and the riff-heavy bite of Arctic Monkeys ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ has a roar when channelled through them… Quite stunning.

Q Magazine

I am delighted with the speakers, which are just wonderful. The build quality, beautiful retro look, and, especially, crystalline and natural sound, of your speakers are tremendous. And finally, the depth and naturalness of the bass, from such comparatively tiny enclosures, are just incredible.

Terence Kelly

I’m a Classical Musician with a musician’s ear not an engineer’s. To me these speakers are delightful and certainly sound alive.

Amazon Customer

Most Bluetooth speakers don’t offer a true stereo speaker setup but if that’s what you’re after then Ruark is on hand. The MR1 speakers will go nicely with a PC, laptop or just as a pair of bookshelf speakers to use with a phone or tablet.

Tech Advisor

I was sceptical about buying a Bluetooth system, but these little boxes have just blown me away. Sound quality is amazing for such a small unit. Perfect little space speakers and having previously owned some serious HiFi kit, these are up there with the best.

Nick Rawling

This is one set of versatile speakers you need in your life.


The step up in performance in impressive, and the Ruark MR1 Mk2s manage to be even more appealing than before. Quite simply, these are superb speakers of their type.

What Hi Fi

Ruark’s MR1 speaker system is among the best yet. Cased in walnut and straddling the delicate line between ‘retro’ and ‘downright boring’, it looks like a mini hi-fi system minus the ‘system’ part - but in case you’re in any doubt, this is ‘serious’ hi-fi.

Mail On Sunday

This is such an awesome sounding piece of kit and deserves to be at the heart of an audio visual set up. Thank you for my many hours of exquisite listening. Always had the most amazing service and support. Reputation is everything. Please maintain your high standards.

Paul Gill

I needed powered speakers that were small enough to fit into a limited space and the MR1s came highly recommended with not a single bad review. The sound and power is more than enough to fill a room.

Paul Scott

The only speaker in this group we could listen to for extended periods is the Ruark Audio MR1. This classic-looking two-way speaker has refinement and class writ large across its smooth, wholesome sound. It won’t play at party volumes, but in its comfort zone it can remind you what small-scale realistic music is all about.

MacWorld Magazine

Let me tell you that I kept listening for two hours, in amazement! The sound quality emanating from such small speakers, is barely believable… Not only can you hear clearly treble and mids, but the bass extension is astonishing for such a small diameter of speaker

Gabrielle Marotta


MR1 in Rich Walnut veneer finish

Rich Walnut veneer

MR1 in Soft Grey lacquer finish

Soft Grey Lacquer