Ruark Audio MRx wireless speaker announced
Ruark gets itself connected.
Ruark Audio has announced the forthcoming release of MRx, their first connected wireless speaker.
The MRx is designed as system for your lounge, kitchen or study and, when linked with other MRx or the company’s R2 and R7 models, you can build a multi-room system for synchronised sound wherever required.
The MRx is certainly a looker and exemplifies the brand’s ongoing process of industrial design. There are choices of real wood or soft grey exteriors with a textured, British-sourced fabric front.
In terms of connectivity, the MRx offers an integrated Bluetooth receiver with aptX and a broadband internet connection for access to radio stations world-wide, as well as music services such as Spotify, Deezer and Tidal, with Amazon Music also coming soon. A combined 3.5mm optical and analogue input allows auxiliary devices such as Google Chromecast Audio or Amazon Alexa to be connected and a multi-purpose USB socket plays music files from memory sticks and provides a connection point to charge/power your Smart devices.
Sonically, Ruark have worked to create a system which they believe will exceed expectations, producing an expansive sound that makes music and radio all the more enjoyable. Specifically, for MRx, Ruark have developed new full-range speaker units based on the driver technology from their award-winning MR1. A new lightweight cone and coil assembly coupled with the neodymium magnet system provides a full range driver. These drivers are mounted as a stereo pair into tuned bass reflex enclosures and powered by a high-fidelity two channel Class A-B amplifier.
Using the latest sound processing technology, Ruark claims it has further been able to finely tune the sound and have created a stereo soundstage that belies the MRx compact dimensions.
For ease of operation, the controller is located on the grille of MRx allowing volume and source to be change but, for full control, Ruark ar introducing a dedicated app for iOS and Android devices called ‘Link’. This allows users full control of all MRx functions and also provides information on the source material being played. Link also allows users to create and manage groups when two or more MRx units are being used together as part of a multi-room system. R2 Mk3 and R7 Mk3 are also compatible with MRx and can also be controlled with the Ruark Link app.
MRx will be available from May 2018.
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