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Ruark Audio R4I Home Audio System-Black

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  • Multi format slot loading CD player
  • DAB, DAB+ & FM Tuner with RDS
  • Integrated universal iPod dock
  • USB port for playing MP3 files
  • Docking 'RotoDial' remote control

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm ; 11 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 13 Kg
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  • Item model number: R4i Dream White
  • ASIN: B007I37ILG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 Nov 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Product Description

The Ruark Audio R4i (formerly the Vita Audio R4i) is a beautifully-designed complete hifi system with superb sonics. The gorgeous cabinet (available in a choice of walnut wood veneer or high-gloss lacquered black or white finishes) delivers a rich & full stereo soundstage thanks to the custom-drive units and high-quality stereo amplifier. With playback of CDs, DAB and FM radio, your iPod, mp3s stored of a USB storage device and two extra inputs, the Ruark Audio R4i is a wonderfully complete, stylish hifi system.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Der Ohrenzeuge on 19 Jan 2009
plus:
+++ very, very, very good sound
++ smart design
+ overall a good build quality (with minor issues wih the remote and the CD player)
+++ with a real power button, saves energy
+ nice remote (but not as handy as it looks)

minus:
--- CD player has reading-problems with many CDs (until now: 5 of 30 I guess)
- the remote has no illuminated buttons, difficult to use in the dark.
- minor problems with the remote (volume control sometimes goes quickly to the max. even I touch the volume button short)
- starting the R4 when the main power button was set off the preset volume is to high, would be better if it could remember volume and the last used source (like it remembers the radio stations).
- sleep timer is a very rough one, would be much better if it fades out the music.
- sleep timer a little irritating to set up

I would buy it again but I wish there will be a sofware update to fix some minor issues. The CD player is the weakest part of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lozarithm VINE VOICE on 14 July 2013
There's no doubt that this handsome beast has a bigger, deeper sound than one might expect from its size and performs very well, and doubtless has some very impressive bits of technology under the bonnet, and these factors go some way to justifying the high price asked. I have used mine mainly to stream music content from my PC, using a USB digital converter (Audioquest Dragonfly) outputting to the Ruark's AUX input, and occasionally to play CDs or listen to DAB or FM radio. I haven't yet used the iPod dock, the USB input or any alarm function. Whilst overall very pleased with most aspects, particularly its audio quality, I do have a few niggles.

Most of the minuses are related to the remote. The unit itself only has one front control apart from the remote, this being the power stand-by button (a switch on the rear will shut the machine down completely). The circular remote doubles as the main controls when docked in the recess on the top of the unit. If the remote fails or you don't have a replacement battery, you can't do anything except switch the unit on or off, so you'd have to hope that the last remembered setting was the one you wanted and the volume level appropriate.

The remote has twelve radial buttons and a central knob that doubles as an on/off standby and volume control. The knob is electronic and offers a number of volume stages, or if you hold the knob left or right the volume will decrease or increase until you release it or it reaches its limit. It is geared quite highly and I generally find one stage is too quiet and the next is too loud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Drk63 on 19 Jun 2013
You won't get a better sound system than this for the price.. Absolutely crystal clear sound, even on full volume.. It's a really stylish piece of kit that has everyone talking when they see it.. The remote control is a work of art and completely idiot proof?!! As a man who likes his gadgets, this is by far my best buy for a couple of years....Enjoy the Vibe !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Eaves on 3 May 2013
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What can I say???
Absolutely awesome!!!
Wife happy, because small and sleek, I'm happy because sufficient sound quality for size.
A little expensive and could do with UTP capability.

My choice was for a more conventional set-up with separate amp and speakers, however the wife was against me doing this so this Ruark is the BEST compromise.
And white is a good colour to go with!!!

What's more its easy to take the Ruark in the car to a holiday cottage and have some great tunes when on holiday instead of relying on the usual crappy sound system we so often find in holiday accommodation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on 19 Jan 2013
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My goodness, this item produces fantastic sound quality, and does not struggle with any type of music. The workmanship is fantastic and the end quality is simply second to none. In short, I cannot recommend this highly enough. It is superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Jordan on 14 Dec 2012
Beautiful sound and finish. The NEW R4i does not have the previous models problems, and has many upgraded components inside. I'm really happy with mine. The sound is rich. Brass and woodwind sound amazing. Vocals seem impossibly clear and the remote control, which is mainly used for the volume, can be used by touch alone; which you can't do on normal shaped ones. In short, I'd buy it again.
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