Ruark Audio R5 is Made In England collection launch product

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by Andy Bassett
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Ruark Audio R5 is Made In England collection launch product

Ruark’s R5 stand alone sound system is the debutant entry in the company’s new Made in England collection.

British company Ruark Audio’s ongoing pursuit of audio excellence reaches its 35 year mark this year and, to celebrate, the company is issuing a limited edition run of its R5 audio player. Already subject to a Signature Edition, the new R5 iteration will be denoted by a proud Made in England (MiE) badge, slatted wooden grille and hand-crafted walnut veneer. There will be a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it run of just 35 units to emphasise its exclusive nature, however, it will be the first of similarity badged products planned for the collection.

Ruark Audio R5 is Made In England collection launch product
Ruark Audio R5 Made in England audio player 

Using some of Britain’s most skilful master craftspeople, the Made in England collection will focus on bespoke, beautiful products that are hand built using traditional techniques such that each unit shares the same high level of care and attention and uses only the finest FSC-approved timbers, veneers and materials. And in keeping with this ethos, the elements that comprise the R5 MiE’s cabinet have been precisely made in a Suffolk workshop with the final product then hand-assembled in England at Ruark’s Southend on Sea HQ, where all the design and engineering has also taken place.

The Limited Edition R5 MiE features a new slatted wooden grille design expertly crafted from multiple layers of walnut which have been bonded to a black substrate so the slats surrounding the display assembly line up perfectly. Moreover, the man-made veneers are grown from sustainable woods such as Poplar and have been treated and selected to give each unit a modern, sophisticated and distinctive look. Multiple layers of lacquer are applied, with hand sanding between coats. 

Ruark Audio R5 is Made In England collection launch product
Ruark Audio R5 Made in England audio player 

The external enhancements of the R5 MiE have been matched by internal upgrades including revised routing of key signal paths and high purity oxygen free speaker cables and these, combined with the STEREO+ sound processing, help deliver a larger, more natural and detailed soundstage than its compact dimensions would have you believe.

The R5 MiE (Made in England) audio player will be available exclusively through John Lewis from November 2021 at a UK retail price of £2,000.

Source: Press Release
Image Source: Ruark Audio

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