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It's got quality written all over it,
This review is from: Ruark Audio R2i DAB/FM Stereo with iPod Dock: Walnut (Electronics)
Wanting a decent-sounding radio/ipod dock system for my bedside table, I read lots about the Vita range and decided to take the plunge with the R2i model. I've not been disappointed. Everything from the packaging and design, through to the quality of the finished product and the sound it produces oozes quality.
Easy to install and set up: you literally screw in the extendable aerial, plug the unit in and turn it on. From here the radio automatically finds and tunes in DAB stations. FM reception is a little disappointing I have to say - more hiss than radio where I live - but the DAB stations are fine. You can store 5 DAB and 5 FM stations on the presets - which is ample choice.
The slightly quirky controls on the roto-dial take a little getting used to, but it has a quality build to it and cycles through the menu choices pretty quickly once you get the hang of it. Ipod dock features are fine, although I'd agree with another reviewer that the enclosed docking mounts in clear plastic are a bit cheap looking at detract from the quality look of the Vita unit if you use them. Personally I've decided not to.
But how does it sound? By far the best small-box system sound I've heard to be honest. You can crank the volume up pretty high without any sense of distortion, and the treble and bass quality of audio and radio is very good indeed. The OFF setting for the EQ and 3D sound options works best in my opinion. The unmucked about with sound from the Vita R2i is plenty good enough.
Setting the alarm is easy enough via the clock menu options, and when turned to standby the display readout is reassuringly dim and not distracting - which is just as well as you can't manually change the brightness setting. But, with a simple, discrete readout of time and date (plus alarm indicator if set) it's fine.
The clean front panel is the big selling point for me. It looks wonderfully uncluttered, with just the on-off button, socket for headphones and one for aux input on display. And that's simply all you need. The unit even remembers the volume setting for headphones when you plug them in, and defaults to speaker setting when you take them out - pretty neat.
One small caveat though, for true lovers of British hi-fi. The Vita may be designed and styled in the UK, but it is built in China, something I wasn't aware of until I looked very closely at the box. Does it matter? Well, with sound this good, I don't think so.
One final recommendation. Check out the Vita website where you can buy reconditioned/ex-demo models from the across the range from the online Vita shop. My R2i was a re-conditioned model with a good discount I thought - but the product I received could pass for brand new. Packaging, instructions, remote, cables and the unit itself showed absolutely no signs of use - and the re-conditioned models all carry the company 2 year warranty. Certainly worth exploring!