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Ruark Audio R4 CD, DAB/FM Radio with integrated iPod Dock - Walnut finish

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  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 45 x 14.5 cm ; 8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 11 Kg
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  • Manufacturer reference: R4WALNUT
  • ASIN: B001OBON16
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Dec. 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Product Description

Class leading stereo sound80 watts nominal power outputIntegrated active subwooferSlot loading CD player plays CD-Audio, MP3 and WMA music disksUSB port for playback of MP3 and WMA music filesDAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner with RDSUniversal iPod Dock supports and charges all iPod models produced from January 2004 onward. iPod Shuffle and earlier models are supported by front and rear auxiliary inputs. R4 also supports and charges all iPhone models, but we recommend they should be used in flight mode to stop TDMA mobile phone noise.Intuitive docking Vita Audio 'RotoDial' provides remote control of R4 and iPod functionsTwo auxiliary inputs for MP3 and other audio devices3D enhanced stereo soundInformation support for MP3 files on CD and USBSelectable tone settingsStereo headphone outputEasy to use clock and alarm functionsAvailable in Rich Walnut veneer or Dream White high gloss lacquerDimensions H145 x W450 x D255mmWeight: 8 KgComprising a multi format CD player, iPod dock, USB playback port, D

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By D. Jones on 9 Jan. 2010
Saw this in a local store and was mightily impressed by the looks, but for the price wanted to investigate further. Went away, listened to all the others (Bose etc), came back to the Vita Audio. The sound is really impressive once it's on a sound footing (that big bass speaker in the bottom will shake and rattle a lightweight shelf).
It has a couple of quirks - that remote isn't as intuitive as it might be, and you have to switch the unit to CD to eject a CD you've put in (which led me to believe the CD was broke a couple of times)
But overall the unit looks and sounds superb - I'll happily say it's the best sounding audio device I've ever owned. That it looks so good is a total bonus. Team it with an apple airport express to get your iTunes/spotify music like you've never heard it before.
I forgot to mention the radio (!) which does everything I'd expect a top notch dab radio to do.
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154 of 156 people found the following review helpful By M. Stevens VINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2009
I have always been dubious about systems where the speakers are an integrated part of the main unit; worries about the quality of sound which comes from two apparently tiny speakers set in the front of the unit. In the past this has put me off purchasing a Bose system (although I must admit the Bose Sound-dock does not have the same appealing appearance as this machine, but is its direct comparator in terms of price).

However, I was attracted to this great looking system and road tested it in a hi-fi store where I live, trying out Elbows magnificent "Seldom Seen Kid" (particularly Grounds For Divorce, when those guitars kick in), New Orders "Techinque" (for the Bassline on Fine TIme", and a Miracle Mile album. I was duly impressed and handed over my £550.....

On getting home, the system is great - easily set up, and rapidly picking up more DAB Stations than the unit is was replacing (a Pure Legato, which I have continually had issues with, either with the CD not registering or the radio refusing to pick up a single channel), and wow, it does impress.

The two speakers in the front of the unit are supplemented by a sub-woofer in the bottom, which really packs a punch, and the sound is loud and crystal clear. There are a number of options to tweak the sound, either through a bass controller on the back, or through using a series of options on the (cool) remote control, such as Loundness, Equalizer etc. However, the factory settings appear suitable for the type of music I listen to, and I have a collection approaching 5000 cds in addition to 17,000+ tracks on my well known MP3 player.

The remote control is a small circular device which slots in to the top of the unit, also acting as the main means of controlling the system when not detached.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By PeterH on 14 Jan. 2011
If you are looking for a system which will crack the plaster on your walls with its treble or damage your foundations with its bass, this is probably not the system for you. However, if you appreciate extraordinarily realistic and subtle sound from a box this size, the R4 will give you unlimited hours of satisfying listening. Having said that, it is still more than capable of a thrilling effect; Mozart's Requiem sounded wonderful from the other end of the house with the volume turned to maximum and not a flicker of distortion audible. Yes it's pricey, but I think I am still going to be enthusiastic about it many years from now and that's value for money.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Justin Havens on 18 Jan. 2011
I took the plunge and bought one for the kitchen. Really good - looks great, and was easy to use. The remote is a bit bizaar - circular and detachable! I thought the user interface was a bit complex to start, but once i started using it, things were fine. Previous comments about CD exit dont seem to be the case - you can press the eject button in any mode and the cd will eject. I love the fact that you can pop a new cd in and it will all start up automatically, even if listening to radio.

The only negative point is the ipod dock - plastic inserts are yuck - and dont work with ipods that have a hard cover. I am not using it much in this mode, and i would say that the user interface for moving through the ipod menus is probably not the best - up, down and enter are needed and the buttons are nont next to one another on the remote.

I also wonder whether the ability to pause and record DAB radio may be a feature that comes along soon.....

....but the best bit is the sound quality and looks of this thing - it does the basics really really well.

Enjoy!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Crawford ESQ on 5 Jan. 2010
Listened to a number of top of the range Ipod docs back-to-back and this one is top of the pile, for clarity and base it is truely briliant and will make even separate systems take note. If you are a minimalist but love your music and a funky design, go for this!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By L Davey on 9 Sept. 2010
If you are looking for a portable hi-fi system that you can carry around your home and are willing to part with this kind of cash then my advice is to look no further. Even if you think this is way too much money to be spending on a system like this then I would urge you to think again! Doing a bit of research yourself is obviously a good idea but you can be guaranteed at least that my ears have barely had a thing to complain about.

The nitty-gritty: I made my decision to buy the R4 after demoing it alongside the Roberts MP53. Liking the look of both units, I was expecting to have a tough decision to make: could the extra cost of the R4 be justified on sound alone? Well, on hearing them side by side, I felt it a bit unfair on Roberts to even begin to compare them here. There was no comparison! These units are obvious choices to demo given there is not much on the market in this range. One review urged me to save my money and buy the Roberts. "Same sound quality, half the price" he reasoned. Having heard both, I find it difficult to explain how I feel about this statement without sounding like a snob. I have no doubt the MP53 is a fantastic product. However, comparing it with the R4 I feel is a bit like comparing Edam cheese with Double Gouda. Many people like Edam and would never consider forking out twice the money for something that they have never heard of. For those who really appreciate good cheese though, most of them I'm sure would happily spend a couple of hundred quid not to have to eat Edam for the rest of their lives. A loose comparison I admit but you get where I'm at. What really separated them for me though was the depth, body and presence coming out of the R4. An almost 3D experience. By 'comparison'?
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