March 18, 2021
Ruark Audio R7 – The Radiogram Redefined
Family owned, British audio power house, Ruark Audio, designed the R7 Mk3, like all its predecessors, to be the ultimate all-in-one audio solution. Combining the best of retro style with modern technology, the Ruark R7 Mk3 is absolutely unique. Its honed aesthetics and reinforcements to sound and technology make the R7 Mk3 a wonderful groundbreaking system that will satisfy music lovers and design aficionados alike.
Unlike most all-in-one systems, the R7 Mk3 is self supporting, with its legs not only giving it the look of stylish furniture but also raising the speakers to the perfect height for listening. Although these can be changed for smaller feet if you’d prefer to position the system on a shelf or cabinet. Like a modern work of art, the R7 Mk3 is the realisation of Ruark’s dream to remaster the radiograms of the past. Bringing this iconic technology up to date with the modern era, while maintaining the retro vibe effortlessly is a testament to Ruark’s expertise.
Ruark have long held a reputation for producing the finest wood-finished speakers and the R7 Mk3 is no exception. They use real wood veneers and soft lacquer finishes which are expertly wrapped round the curved cabinet. There is no doubt that the R7 Mk3 looks great but what’s more impressive is its sound. It is the largest in Ruarks R-Series and this gives it a powerful and enveloping sound. Ruarks audio heritage has enabled them to perfect, or come as close to perfection as possible, the design of the sound system where there is a seamless synergy of cabinet, amplifier and driver unit to create amazing sound.
Luxury retail brand, Zakaa Urban , Ruark Audio’s distributor in Nigeria, was kind enough to test the speaker for us in person and it was an incredible experience. The R7 Mk3 sounds like a proper high fidelity system, the clarity of vocals is amazing and it has terrific treble energy, mid range resolution and gorgeous bass depth without any excessive boom.
According to the Ruark, they have designed bespoke stereo speaker units where the high and low frequency components are combined into a single point source driver, thus providing an extended natural frequency response which gives the listener a lifelike soundstage to immerse in stunning sound… and we totally agree.
Featuring a 160 Watt amplifier, the R7 Mk3 has enough power for larger rooms and is easily capable of matching most conventional separate systems for sheer volume of sound, it has a built in subwoofer that gives a deep satisfying bass.
On top of the R7 Mk3 is the rotodial remote control, which was detachable in the previous versions of the R7 but is now fixed in place in this model. It is a slick control system that is intuitive and easy to use. Ruark has also provided a second wireless remote control which mirrors in form and function the main controller located at the top of the speaker. A convenient addition according to Ruark MD and Founder Alan O’Rourke, “this is so you’re not left completely without control if the remote is lost behind the sofa.” The remote has superior radio communication; it does not need to be aimed at the speaker during operation like the conventional remote controls on the market. Alternatively, there is also an app for iOS and Android devices called ‘UNDOK’ that allows full control of the R7 Mk3 and is ideal for managing the multi room set up and control.
Another incredible feature of the R7 Mk3 is its multi-room capability. You can wirelessly link and sync multiple R7 Mk3s or other Ruark devices that are internet enabled, such as the MRx or the R5 simultaneously to provide synchronised sound anywhere in the home. This means you can tailor the sound experience in the home; control the volume or music playing and more.
It also features multiple streaming platforms such as, Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer, Tidal and the Wifi & Ethernet connections also streams Internet Radio and DAB FM. You can connect to the speaker via multiple options; Bluetooth, Wifi, Aux, USB, CD player and it even has a plug in for vintage lovers who can connect their Vinyl turntable to the speaker.
Furthermore, there’s an optional TV mount, which is sold separately, that can connect your R7 Mk3 to your TV serving as a soundbar and transforming into a complete audio/visual system making it the centrepiece for all your home entertainment needs.
In conclusion, the R7 Mk3 is undeniably beautiful. A modern piece of furniture married to one of the most versatile music systems around. A beautiful Union indeed. Don’t just take our word for it, head over to the Zakaa Urban Showroom and experience it yourself. They are located at 53, Gana Street Maitama, Abuja.