R1 Deluxe Bluetooth Radio

14 years in the making

In the autumn of 2006 we launched our now iconic R1 radio and with considered refinement and evolution in autumn 2020 we released our fourth generation. Like the original, the design of R1 Mk4 is simple yet stunning, but we believe even more in-tune with what discerning customers are seeking today.

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In the autumn of 2006 we launched our now iconic R1 radio and with considered refinement and evolution in autumn 2020 we released our fourth generation. Like the original, the design of R1 Mk4 is simple yet stunning, but we believe even more in-tune with what discerning customers are seeking today.

Ideal for the kitchen, perfect in the office and simply delightful to wake up to in the bedroom, our new R1 brings style to any room and with a quality Bluetooth receiver built in you can wirelessly stream to R1 from your phone or computer. Most importantly, if you love music then we are confident that you’ll find R1 Mk4 a revelation.


  • Class leading sound with adaptive EQ
  • DAB, DAB+ and FM tuner
  • High quality Bluetooth receiver
  • High contrast OLED display with auto dimming
  • Intuitive Rotodial control system
  • Easy-to-use comprehensive dual alarms
  • Sleep function

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PLEASE NOTE. Due to the worldwide impact of COVID-19 on key component supply, this is affecting our manufacturing process and as a result we need to advise that many of our products may be in short supply for the duration of 2021.

We are working tirelessly to overcome this situation and are giving our retail partners priority as stock becomes available. Details of your nearest Ruark dealer can be found on our find a stockist page but if you do have trouble locating the product you desire then please contact us, so we can advise and help.

A New Approach

Each generation of our R1 has been an evolution of the original, but with R1 Mk4 we wanted it to be more progressive both in design and performance.

Using a precision moulding process has allowed us to gently profile the enclosure providing a fresh new look and the perfect surface for our new Light Cream and Espresso finishes. With acoustic treatment the enclosure is sturdy and acoustically inert, providing the ideal housing for our electronics and NS+ driver.

Enhancing the design further is a beautiful hand-crafted slatted wood grille. This brings added sophistication and creates a timeless Eames like vibe, but overall, the design is still unique and distinctly Ruark.

A New Standard in Sound

Our previous R1 models were critically acclaimed for their sound, but with R1 Mk4 we have further raised the bar! With our heritage in high-fidelity loudspeakers we understand the complexities of enclosure and drive unit design and making sure that both are matched to each other. In particular our latest neodymium NS+ driver, as used in our R3 and R5 models, provides a smooth and extended frequency response and in R1 Mk4's tuned enclosure delivers an impressive bass performance.

Driving the system is a punchy Class A/B linear amplifier for exceptional dynamics and with adaptive equalisation an eminently listenable sound is provided at all volume levels.

A New Standard in Features

Our crisp OLED display clearly shows time, alarm and programme information and auto adjusts to suit ambient light levels, making it a perfect bedside companion. Radio reception is excellent, and a Bluetooth receiver allows you to enjoy R1’s great sound when streaming from your phone or computer.

FM parameters can be set to suit US and Japanese needs and a multilingual user interface makes R1 a truly international proposition. Also with a real time clock built in, time and date are kept active when power is disconnected or when transmitted data is not available.

The list of features continues, but other highlights include a USB-C charge/shuffle playback port, headphone output, switchable line input and of course our trademark RotoDial control system. Finally, for those seeking distant operation, we have an optional compact remote control available.

As we said back in 2006, radio never sounded or looked this good.

Compact Remote Control

For the first time we have an optional compact remote control available for R1. The remote features four direct access preset buttons so you can easily store and select your favourite radio stations.

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Specifications

  • Class leading sound with adaptive EQ
  • DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner
  • High quality Bluetooth receiver
  • RTC with battery backup
  • Intuitive Rotodial control system
  • Linear amplifier with Ruark NaturalSound+ driver
  • High contrast OLED display with auto dimming
  • USB-C charge and shuffle playback port
  • Contoured polymer enclosure with acoustic treatment
  • Hand-crafted slatted wood grille
  • Adjustable EQ settings
  • Easily customised for hotel use
  • Optional remote control with 4 direct access pre-sets
  • Stereo headphone output
  • Easy-to-use comprehensive dual alarms
  • Sleep function
  • Power Consumption: 0.7W standby power; automatic standby after 20 mins, see user guide for more details
  • Finishes: Light Cream and Espresso lacquers
  • Dimensions: H175 × W130 × D135mm
  • Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • SRP: £229.99

Download the full specification for R1 (PDF)

R1 in Light Cream lacquer

R1 in Espresso lacquer