Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2
FOR Stunning musical sound; stylish, compact design AGAINST No hi-res support; no USB input
With their gorgeous looks, streamlined design and features, and improved sound quality, the Ruark MR1 Mk2s go straight to the top of our favourites list.
The original MR1S were the closest any desktop wireless speaker came to sounding like proper hi-fi, and thanks to a clearer, more insightful sound, that’s even more true for the MKIIS.
The Ruark MR1S are wonderfully musical, with plenty of space between instruments in the airy soundstage, breathing new life into whatever music you play through them. They sound lush and smooth while also being articulate – but their stylish retro looks are a huge part of the charm, too. The MR1S’ handcrafted wooden cabinets are beautifully made, the speakers are good to use, and they’re just the size to fit onto a bookshelf, TV stand, or desk.
Ruark has kept its characteristic look, but streamlined the design. The most obvious update is the grey fabric on the grilles, but there’s also an optical input, which means you can use the MR1S as TV speakers. The rotary dial on top of the main unit turns smoothly and allows you to switch between the inputs. The MR1S automatically start searching for a Bluetooth connection, making it much quicker to play your music.
The Ruarks don’t support hi-res files, but any negatives are overshadowed by the design and performance of these excellent speakers. The step up in performance is impressive and, quite simply, the MR1S are superb speakers that deserve a place in your home.
“Superb speakers that deserve a place in your home”
The retro looks are a huge part of the Ruark’s charm