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Ruark MR1 MkII Active Speakers (Pair)

 

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Newly upgraded version of Ruark's award winning bluetooth active speakers. New features include vintage inspired fabric grilles, optical input and choice of Soft Grey or Walnut finishes.

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Features

Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Ruark
Product Award What HiFi Award 5 Stars

Tech Specs

Bluetooth Connection: aptX
LF Driver: 75mm woofer
HF: 20mm textile dome tweeter
Amplifier: 20W Class AB
Inputs: 3.5mm line and optical
Outputs: Coaxial and subwoofer
Accessories: Remote control
Dimensions (HWD): 170 x 130 x 135mm
Weight: 3.5kg (pair)

Product Description

Ruark Audio MR1 MK2 Bluetooth active speakers feature a retro yet contemporary design offering true hi-fi sound from very compact cabinets that can comfortably fit on your desk, in a choice of stylish soft grey or walnut finishes.

What’s New?

The MKII features the same hand-crafted, rounded wooden cabinets as the original MR1, however the black and white paint finishes are now replaced with an option of Soft Grey lacquer or Ruark's trademark Rich Walnut veneer. In place of the original removable ones, MR1 MKII incorporates fixed grey fabric grilles which Ruark chose for its combination of minimal sound colouration and maximum style.

Top Controller

The controller on top of the master speaker now has three LEDs to indicate status and audio source. Pressing the knob down turns the system on, and then each subsequent press cycles through the sources; the blue LED is for Bluetooth, green for is the analogue aux in and orange for the optical input.

TV Connection

MR1 Mk2 still has Bluetooth aptX for CD-quality music streaming, but where the original MR1 only had a 3.5mm line input for additional sources, the Mk2 can be hooked up digitally to most modern TVs to improve sound, rather than using a soundbar or soundbase.

Original Drivers

Ruark MR1 Mk2 retains the original 75mm woofer and 20mm textile dome tweeter with neodymium magnets in each speaker, although changes have been made to the crossover. The Class AB amplification has also been upgraded while still pumping out around 20W.

Performance

MR1 MK2s are undoubtedly hi-fi speakers rather than your average Bluetooth portable speakers delivering rich textured sound that makes the speakers appear larger than their compact dimensions; with actual bass and no tinniness.

Optional Battery Pack

Bolt the optional BackPack II battery pack (sold separately) onto the rear of the master speaker to add completely portability. There's no need to carry both speakers around either. You can disconnect the slave unit and just use the BackPack-equipped master as a portable mono speaker.

Accessories

A remote control is included; useful for when you're not using a mobile device as a source. The subwoofer output adds punchier bass for upgrading TV sound or use in larger rooms. The two speakers are simply connected by a very classy 2m-long braided cable with a 3.5mm jack plug (instead of the original coax) at either end.

Press Reviews

  • "Gorgeous looks, streamlined design and features, sound quality that’s been improved in every way – the Ruark MR1 Mk2s shoot straight to the top of our favourites list." WhatHiFi, 25th May 2017

  • "The new MR1s are wonderfully musical. The amount of subtlety conveyed is even greater than before, delivering rich detail and fluid dynamics on a whole new level (...) The Ruarks breathe new life into whatever music you play through them." WhatHiFi, 25th May 2017

  • "The Ruark MR1 Mk2s are lovely to listen to, but their stylish retro looks are a huge part of the charm too.The 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." WhatHiFi, 25th May 2017

     

     

  • "Quite simply, these are superb speakers of their type." WhatHifFi, 25th May 2017

     

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