Ruark Audio r2i speaker dock: Beauty and sound

Vita Audio r2i

The Ruark Audio R21 (formely Vita Audio) might not be the cheapest solution as a DAB radio dock, but what you get is so much more. This can easily be your go-to home stereo system, all rolled up into a beautiful tabletop solution.

Vita Audio r2i

Design, features & sound

Anyone familiar with the big brother, the Ruark Audio r4, will recognize this system straight away. The r2i has the same distinct and beautiful tabletop design, complemented by their high gloss finish, available in rich walnut veneer, dream white, and midnight black. Combine that with the metal elements and the mesh grilles covering the speakers at the front, and you have a slightly retro, but very cool stereo system for your home.

The docking station itself sits at the top back of the unit, right behind the ‘rotodial’ controller for easy control of the unit. It also comes with a compact remote control housing the same controls as you will find at the top of the speaker dock.

The speakers are facing towards the front of the unit and consists of two 3.5-inch custom high-fidelity drive units, with a 20watts nominal power output (compared with 80watts for the r4i model). The sound can further be controlled with the 3D enhanced sound processing and the 3-level EQ.

At the back of the unit you will find the radio antenna, as well as two pairs of high-quality gold plated phono sockets, one for hooking up with a secondary system, and one for connecting a cd player or TV/DVD. On the front panel you will also find headphone socket and line input for easy connection of other music sources.

The Ruark Audio r2i has full blown DAB and DAB+ support with easy set up and scanning of radio stations available, as well as FM tuner with RDS.

Having not spent enough time with the r2i to rate it yet, i can still report that the first impression of the sound quality was impressive. It is not as powerful as its big brother, but then again the price is almost half as well. I could however easily see this system filling the role as a home stereo system, even for those of us that likes our music on the loud side.

I will be back with more details once had a chance to listen to it some more.

Price information

The Ruark Audio r2i is available from amongst other the following UK retailers.

See more Ruark Audio speaker docks or compare with other quality iPod speaker docks here.

Technical specifications

  • DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner with RDS
  • Integrated iPod Dock
  • Recommended iPhone in flight-mode when no 3G signal available
  • Two switchable auxiliary inputs for MP3 and other audio devices
  • Remote control
  • Enhanced 3D sound processing
  • 20 watts nominal power output
  • 2 x 3.5″ custom high-fidelity drive units
  • RotoDial control with soft illumination
  • High contrast display with clock at front
  • Selectable tone settings
  • Stereo headphone output
  • Alarm functions with sleep timer
  • Available finishes: Rich Walnut veneer, Dream White and Midnight Black high gloss lacquers
  • Dimensions H120 x W340 x D185mm
  • Weight: 3.6Kg


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