Ruark officially lifted the veil on the R3, since they first teased an all-new music system to What Hi-Fi?
The Ruark R3 will be release next month for a cheaper price, inserting in between the company’s R2 and R4 all-in-one systems. Not just in price but in capabilities/features too. Connectivity wise, the R3 is naturally a R2 plus the CD player of the offline-only feature of R4. A smaller, less powerful, do-it-all R5, if that's what you like.
The 30-watt system with a built-in CD player with network streaming (includes Spotify Connect), a radio with FM/DAB/DAB+ and Bluetooth. There’s a single optical and two RCA line-level inputs for connecting many audio sources, it also has a USB-C port for playback and charging, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
An Ethernet socket provides a more stable connection and an alternative to a wi-fi connection for those wishing to stream music over DLNA or the number of streaming services available, which include Tidal, Amazon Music and Deezer.
We thought that the Ruark R5 is the most well-featured all-in-one system that you can buy out there. And now with the introduction of the R3, Ruark has made that combination of features more accessible. Who can argue with that?
Anyone won’t be surprised by the R3’s appearance if they are familiar with Ruark’s do-it-all music systems, which follows its siblings’ suit with its wooden cabinet (‘rich walnut’ and ‘soft grey lacquer’), clothed façade, and clock-displaying OLED screen.
Ruark says the cabinet has been carefully tuned for the NS+ loudspeaker units that are driven by Class A/B amplifiers. By utilizing Ruark’s latest improvement in digital audio processing, the R3 provides a performance that mask its compact size. Which the company's products have successfully delivered over the years. We're looking forward to getting our hands on the new R3 (and especially that trademark RotoDial) for a full honest review very soon.