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Ruark Audio unveils MR1 Mk2 Speaker

Improved sound, design and connectivity

by Mark Hodgkinson Feb 24, 2017 at 3:54 PM

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    Ruark Audio unveils MR1 Mk2 Speaker
    As a wireless desktop system the Ruark MR1 is one of the best we’ve heard for under £300 and the manufacturer is looking to better its performance, all-round, with the new Ruark MR1 Mk2.
    The MR1 Mk2 retains all the attributes of the original, but from customer feedback and the brand’s desire for improvement, has now made them better than ever, says the company. In concept, the MR1 Mk2 retains the same compact dimensions as its predecessor, but its looks have been significantly enhanced which should make them more appealing to design conscious customers.

    In terms of use and connectivity, MR1 Mk2 offers more flexibility than with the original product. There’s still Bluetooth with apt-X which allows audio to be streamed and played wirelessly through the MR1s with close to CD quality sound. Ruark has added an optical input that allows add-on devices such as Chromecast Audio to be connected, but it’s really there to highlight the fact that the MR1 Mk2 should make a great sound system for a flat panel TV. If you need more bass there’s a subwoofer out but even as is, they should easily eclipse any equivalently priced soundbar.

    With regards to sound, MR1 Mk2 builds further on the already high standard set by the original through a series of enhancements, particularly in regards to the refinement of the crossover and topology of the linear Class A-B amplifiers.

    The Ruark MR1 Mk2 are priced at £329 per pair and will be available before the end of February 2017.

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