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$399.00
Brand: VitaAudio
Model: r1-gloss-black

The R1 deluxe tabletop DAB+/FM digital radio never sound or looked so good...

(that's less than 1/2 price, limited stocks available) White available here

The R1 allows users to set their radio as they like it! As you would expect from Vita/Ruark's long audio heritage, sound quality is exceptional, but now with the facility to adjust tone and a loudness option, customers can ‘fine tune’ the sound to suit their own taste.

Other improvements include:-

  • a high contrast ‘easy to read’ display,
  • comprehensive alarm system and
  • two quality accessories which add further to the new R1’s wide range of abilities
  • On the rear panel is a switchable line input so other audio devices such as an iPod, Android device or portable CD player can be easily connected and enjoyed. 

Teamed up with the BackPack and CarryPack the R1 is fully portable so you can enjoy your favourite radio station whilst outside.

Want to add bluetooth? call us and we will discus a range of options available!

Why the crazy special price? Well, all our stock is branded as "Vita Audio", and the manufacturers are infact Ruark Audio, so they have decide to rebrand all their Digital radio products as Ruark Audio.

7 Feb 2012  What Hi Fi press release  http://www.whathifi.com/news/vita-audio-changes-name-to-ruark-audio

Vita Audio is to become Ruark Audio with immediate effect, incorporating the heritage of the Ruark brand in to the range of 'small audio' products.

All existing products, currently branded Vita Audio, will remain technically and cosmetically the same with only the name changing, while Ruark Audio also promises a new model for release "in a few months time".

Ruark has always been the parent company, itself well known and respected for traditional hi-fi speakers, but the company chose to brand its radio and small audio products as Vita Audio when launched five years ago.

The company envisages the change to Ruark Audio being completed by the end of April 2012. The R1 MkII, R2i and R4i will continue under the Ruark Audio brand name.

And it seems international branding was a key part of the decision to change the name: "Our company name ‘Ruark’ is registered worldwide but we have been advised that this would be very difficult to fully achieve with ‘Vita’ as this is a word that is commonly used in many different countries."

  • DAB, DAB+ & FM Tuner with RDS
  • Class leading sound quality
  • Switchable line input
  • High contrast display with large format ‘easy to read’ clock
  • Easy to use dual alarm system
  • Adjustable alarm volume
  • Three attractive finishes
  • Optional carry-case & battery-pack

Recommended Battery/ Charger:
Vita Audio R1 BackPackVita Audio R1 Backpack

Called ‘BackPack’ this stylish device provides power for hours of ‘mains-free’ listening. The power supply that comes with R1 doubles as a charger making R1 always ready for picnics, gardening or just ‘chilling out’ in the bath.

  • Rechargable battery pack for full portability
  • Recharges when plugged into AC
  • Can be fitted permanently for wireless listening
  • Superb sound quality
  • DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner with RDS
  • 10 Station Presets
  • Switchable auxiliary input for MP3 and other audio devices
  • 9 watts nominal power output
  • 3.5" custom high-fidelity drive unit
  • Exclusive RotoDial control with soft illumination
  • High contrast display with large format ‘easy to read ’ clock
  • Display automatically adjusts to suit ambient light level
  • Fully adjustable tone settings
  • Stereo headphone output
  • Easy-to-use clock and dual alarm functions with once, weekly, weekday and weekend settings
  • Adjustable alarm volume
  • Available R1 finishes: Rich Walnut veneer, Dream White and Midnight Black high gloss lacquers
  • Available CarryPack finishes: Black and Tan grained leather
  • Dimensions H170 x W130 x D135mm
  • Weight: 1.8 Kg

For

Against

  • Smashing sound
  • Lovely looks
  • Upgrades aplenty
  • Controls could be more intuitive
  • Will not fill a large room

When a product has become set-designers' shorthand for elegant and contemporary living, the temptation to leave it well alone must be strong.

Ruark Audio has bitten the bullet with the uncomplicatedly desirable R1 radio, though. And it's good to report that the changes are overwhelmingly positive.

The most significant change may yet prove to be the provision for DAB+ reception, but the R1 MkII has plenty of upgrades to be going on with. It's packing tone controls, a ‘loudness' option, dual alarms (music or buzzer) with adjustable volume and a ‘snooze' function.

The display is much bigger and brighter than previously, and an additional £50 at the checkout buys you the ‘BackPack', a rechargeable power back that fits on the back and makes it a portable proposition.

Less compelling is the rather chintzy ‘CarryPack', a leather carry-case with handle – yours for £40.

Ruark Audio R1 MkII: Sound quality
However you choose to pimp your R1 MkII, though, you can relax in the knowledge that your £160 (for the walnut veneer, £180 for shiny black or shiny white) has bought you the best-sounding product of its type currently available.

For such a small mono design, the Ruark's a remarkably expansive and assertive listen – frequency integration is as seamless as it should be when delivered by a single 3.5in driver, bass sounds are deep and taut, and it has a deft and detailed way with a vocalist.

Ruark Audio R1 MkII: Verdict
As long as you don't expect room-filling scale, the Ruark is a fluent, poised and above all musical companion – if the broadcast is of sufficient quality, the R1 MkII is an open, balanced and thoroughly involving device. Downsides are few.

The new tone and ‘loudness' controls are an impediment to sound, but this is still the best all-round performer around, regardless of price.