Ruark MR1 Mk2: Design conscious sound.

Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2: Design conscious sound.

Source: Press Release, Last Accessed: 2017/04/06

Since its introduction in 2013, Ruark's MR1 Bluetooth stereo speaker system has been widely commended as one of the finest available. The new MR1 Mk2 version, retains all the attributes of the original, but its looks have been significantly enhanced making them even more appealing to design conscious customers. Whether in the classic Rich Walnut or chic new Soft Grey finish, MR1 Mk2 has been designed to look and sound great in multiple applications and locations.
The removable "Hi-Fi" style grille of the original MR1 has been replaced by a fixed integrated grille clad in an attractive British sourced fabric. Many other materials were evaluated, but this distinct fabric met Ruark's requirement for both its contemporary look and acoustic performance, the company states. Further improvements have also been made to MR1’s controller. Now with three pin-point LEDs to indicate system status and input, the new controller is altogether slicker and more intuitive to use.
In terms of use and connectivity, MR1 Mk2 offers greater flexibility. Bluetooth with apt-X allows audio to be streamed and played wirelessly through MR1 with CD-like sound. An optical input allows add-on devices such as Chromecast Audio to be easily connected, but significantly MR1 Mk2 makes a brilliant sound system for flat panel TVs, making viewing a much more enjoyable experience. Additionally the AUX input allows any device with a headphone or analogue output to be simply connected.
For customers seeking portability MR1 Mk2 has been designed to work seamlessly with Ruark's recently launched BackPack II power pack. Additionally, if the stereo speaker is disconnected then the control unit automatically converts to mono operation. This ability to be able to function as a mono unit makes MR1 extra portable. The drivers remain the same, but enhancements have been made through refinement to the loudspeaker crossover and topology of the linear AB Class amplifiers used.

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