Ruark Au­dio MR1 Mk2

FOR Stun­ning mu­si­cal sound; stylish, com­pact de­sign AGAINST No hi-res sup­port; no USB in­put

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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

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