Summary: Only had my R4i a couple of days but already madly in love with it. Fantastic sound quality from such a small box. Looks great too (go for the shiny black one - the walnut one looks a bit "cheaper"), and no messy wires everywhere. iPod connected fine, TV connected fine. I've played a good selection of CDs from a Schubert quintet through Steely Dan to Hawkwind and all sounded great, perfect top notes and good solid bass with no distortion or buzzing at all.
Summary: I would highly recommend this product. I have a pretty good hi fi and this is not quite as good but very good all the same. I use the DAB/CD in my kitchen and it does a pretty good job off filling it with great sound. The only downside I have found so far is that the USB does not accept FLAC or WAV files which is really important to me. I have contacted Ruark and asked them the question and am still waiting for a reply.
Summary: The Ruark R4I is brilliant. I got this to replace my Roberts system and did lots of research. The first thing that strikes you when unpacking this is the quality. The R4I looks nothing short of stunning and it doesn't stop there. The sound from this system is amazing, surely this is the main want from any user. To have that and also a system that has all the features you need not to mention the high quality look and finish you have an award winning R4I.
Summary: this is a great bit of kit,the sound from this ruark r4i is just so good you got to try it,the looks match the sound fab,easy setup just screw in the aireal,pull it up,turn on the power,and the dab stations set themselves,best small audio out there.
Summary: For the past 30 years I have been an avid hi-fi upgrader with a current system costing around £8000. With my ageing eardrums finding it evermore difficult to justify my living room being arranged for maximum hi-fi pleasure(and the constant nagging of a long suffering wife)I decided to downgrade.
Summary: I have been using a Bose Wave system for a few years. Loved it. well did until I heard this in John Lewis playing Mody's Porcelain. I was knocked out. Its a big machine, probably twice the volume of the Bose but it has three speakers to the Bose's two being two to the front and one underneath - cool idea. The music from it is punchy and full of tone. The system has been awarded full marks in What HiFi and I can see why.
Summary: Having purchased and used the RuarkAudio R4i for a month now, I agree completely with A.M. Pardoe's review. As with most other reviews my only complaint is against the remote control. While I have got used to its un-intuitiveness, what drives me mad is that the remote is the only way to operate the system. I have to hunt around for it to turn it down or change the source.
Summary: Bought this product after my second Roberts equivalent intergrated music system failed (both times the CD player packed in). The Ruark has a similar look and feel, especially with the beautiful black polished casing, but has a far better quality feel to it. The detachable control is a nice innovative touch and can be used as either an intergrated part of the system or taken off and used remotely.
Summary: Having just returned a Roberts Sound 200 (see my review) I bought this instead, but not from Amazon because I wanted the walnut finish which looks very good and is fifty pounds cheaper. It is larger than the Roberts and as your other reviewers have said, a good-looking piece of equipment. It is easy to set up and I have not found any problems with the remote control which sits neatly in the top of the unit if you don't want to place it elsewhere.
Summary: This unit is beautifully designed. Sort of modern-retro, if I can say that here. Easy to set up and use. One power cable is the only cable there is. Speakers are all part of the unit as well as the sub-woofer. It has a docking station built-in for our i-stuff. Plays discs, FM, DAB, has a USB port and the sound is killer! Delivered in one day.