R1 Deluxe Bluetooth Radio

Radio never looked or sounded so good

Critics have quoted our R1 as ‘the Aston Martin of DAB radios’ a statement of which we are justly proud. Beautifully simple, R1 is ideal for the kitchen, perfect in the office and simply delightful to wake up to in the bedroom, but most importantly, if you love radio then we are confident that you’ll find R1 a revelation.

It’s the Aston Martin of DAB radios.

The Sunday Telegraph

It’s simply the most beautiful radio in the world.

R1 display

Clearly brilliant

Programme, time and alarm information are shown with vivid clarity on the latest technology OLED display. Clean and stylish, our displays retain their readability at any viewing angle and the brightness 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 even R7 you will intuitively know how to use each due to the similarity of their operation.

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 R1 with our optional BackPack II and you will be able to enjoy R1 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 with the benefit of 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 connected to a mains power supply. A full charge will provide up to twelve hours of mains free listening depending on volume.

BackPack II is also compatible with our MR1 Bluetooth Speaker System.

MR1 with BackPack

Limited Edition Wild Plum & Burnt Saffron R1

Limited Edition Wild Plum & Burnt Saffron R1

Inspired by the vibrancy of British autumn we are delighted to announce two limited edition versions of our iconic R1. Eye catching and wonderful to hear, add some warmth to the winter ahead with these exclusive R1 models.

Limited edition Wild Plum R1 and Burnt Saffron R1 are available in stores now.

Wild Plum

Burnt Saffron

Best Radio Performance

Radio performance on DAB and FM is first class 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 ready for the implementation of this radio technology in the UK, which is being used for new station releases.

Wireless Bluetooth Connectivity

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

Bedside Companion

R1 makes a glorious bedside clock radio and with two comprehensive programmable alarms you can set R1 to wake you from your slumbers with beautiful natural sound exactly when you want. R1 also has adjustable sleep and snooze timers so you can doze off and snooze with its soothing sound.

High Fidelity Radio

R1 is regarded as one of the best sounding radios available, but that’s because we understand the importance of enclosure and drive unit design to create great sound. In every way R1 has been developed like a mini high fidelity speaker, crafted from materials that provide the best acoustic properties and our custom full range loudspeaker unit designed for life-like dynamics and a smooth natural frequency response.

Hand-Crafted Perfection

R1 is crafted from quality materials which we know from our years spent designing High-Fidelity loudspeakers, provide the best sound, but aesthetically the combination of natural hand finished wood and precise cool man-made materials have the added benefit of making our products feel as good to touch as they are to see and hear.

Connect and Charge

On the rear 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 designed to charge Smartphones and other similar devices. This is particularly useful when using R1 as a bedside radio, so your phone is charged and ready for when you wake.


  • 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 quality 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
  • Connectivity
    • 3.5mm Stereo headphone output
    • Switchable 3.5mm line input to connect other audio devices
    • USB charge port (5V 1.0A) for charging smartphones etc.
    • Removable Telescopic aerial with F-type connector
  • 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
  • Power Adaptor
    • 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz input, 14VDC 1.5A output
  • Dimensions
    • H170 × W130 × D135mm
  • Weight
    • 1.8kg
  • Price
    • £219.99 (SRP UK)

Reviews for R1

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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

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

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

What Hi-Fi

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

BBC Music Magazine

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

John Lewis Customer

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

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

Wendy Edwards

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


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

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

David Ashmore

The crucial thing in the R1s 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.

Hi-Fi Choice

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

John Lewis Customer

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

Superb looks, quality and sound. Unable to fault.

David Hill

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

Round Reviews

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

Amazon Customer

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

Nancy Hudson

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

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

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

John Lewis Customer

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

The Sunday Times

If this were a car it would be a Bentley.


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

PC Advisor

Lovely product, excellent sound quality.

Sally Hulin

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

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

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

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

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

Carol Sutton

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

Frank Smith

It’s the Aston Martin of DAB Radios.

The Sunday Telegraph


R1 in Rich Walnut Veneer finish

Rich Walnut Veneer

R1 in Rich Walnut Veneer finish

Soft White Lacquer

R1 in Rich Walnut Veneer finish

Soft Black Lacquer