April 15, 2013 — Article
A retro matt pastel blue portable digital radio for spring and summer 2013.
Ruark Audio R1 MkII
Ruark Audio’s R1 MkII portable radio is designed to be as easy to use as an iPod and to produce remarkable room-filling sound from a surprisingly small box. As well as crystal clear DAB digital radio, the R1 MkII features a line input to enable portable audio devices such as an iPod to be connected, plus a line-out socket to connect to an existing hi-fi.
Ruark Audio has designed an optional rechargeable NiMH power pack, in place of traditional batteries, which attaches and integrates onto the back panel of the R1 MkII. The stylish ‘BackPack’ provides power for many hours of wireless listening and can be left permanently connected, as the power supply that comes with the R1 MkII acts as its day-to-day charger.
The R1 MkII is accessorised with a complimentary ‘CarryPack’ produced from hand-stitched tan-coloured leather to protect the radio, as well as lending a retro feel. Ruark Audio says it hopes the soft blue model will be used just as much outdoors, on the patio, the beach or a picnic, as in the home.
Useful features include an easy-to-read large format display that automatically adjusts to suit ambient light conditions, a multifunction dual alarm, ten station presets and an exclusive RotoDial control with soft illumination.
It’s available now through selected outlets including John Lewis, Selfridges, The Conran Shop, Heals and a range of quality specialist audio and design stores.