Ruark introduces R5 Signature audio player

Buffed up audio

by Andy Bassett
Hi-Fi News

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Ruark introduces R5 Signature audio player
SRP: £1,250.00

British audio firm Ruark Audio has re-released its R5 all in one audio player in a special Signature edition, adding a hand crafted finish along with some internal tweaks for a luxury high end audio experience.

Building on the company’s thirty years of high end audio and design innovation, the R5 Signature one box music system will look the part in any home thanks to an eye catching upscaled Piano Lacquer finish with its accompanying Rose Gold metal detailing. And to ensure its exclusive status, the R5 Signature is only available in a limited production run. 

The original R5 is a versatile stand alone music delivery able to supply content from a range of sources such as CD, smart radio (internet, DAB/DAB+,FM), Wi-Fi or Bluetooth with aptX HD for wireless streaming. It features a high fidelity Class A-B amplifier system and Ruark’s own neodymium NS+ drivers and this is all present and correct in the Signature version too. As is the wide stereo soundstage that extends beyond the unit’s compact dimensions thanks to Ruark’s proprietary algorithm and digital filtering. 

However, these features have been refined in the R5 Signature Edition, with revised routing of key signal paths, the use of high purity oxygen-free speaker cables, and further tuning which has resulted in the STEREO+ feature which now delivers a cleaner soundstage with greater depth and realism. 

Ruark states that, while these enhancements are currently unique to the R5 Signature, they will ultimately be used on our future models ‘where appropriate’.

Ruark Audio R5 Signature
Ruark Audio R5 Signature

The eye catching finish though is likely to remain less readily available due to the vast amount of patience, skill and attention to detail required. Each layer is carefully built and hand sanded between coats before being hand buffed and polished to a glass-like finish. The result is a level of finish that exceeds that of conventional methods bringing as it does enhanced lustre and durability plus added rigidity to the enclosure resulting in extra clarity.

The UK retail price of R5 Signature Edition will be £1,250 and it will be available from June 2021. through select dealers including John Lewis and many other quality independent retailers. 

Source: Press release 
Image Source: Ruark

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