Ruark Audio have reimagined the radiogram for the modern age by marrying stylish design with sophisticated innards.
To be clear, a radiogram is not like a kissogram where something unsuspecting is read out live on air. It’s a combined radio and music player encased in a cabinet complete with speakers.
British company Ruark Audio have created a head-turning take on the technology with the R7, looking resplendent here in a grey lacquer and fabric grille.
This third incarnation of the model carries a beautiful amalgamation of acronyms to get audiophiles hot under the collar, namely CD, DAB/DAB+/FM, and DNLA Wi-Fi, all supported by aptX HD Bluetooth for wireless high resolution 24-bit audio.
The Mk3 has multi-room capabilities too, meaning any source can be streamed to its smaller sibling the R2, and soon to be unveiled MRx speaker.
At present everything is controlled by a perfectly sufficient RotoDial remote, but an iOS and Android app is forthcoming in case you can’t bear to be away from your phone.
Also newly added is Spotify Connect, while mainstays include digital and analogue inputs plus a dedicated turntable port, just in case you were confused about whether this was a design object or a serious piece of audio equipment (Psst, it’s both).
The R7 is a versatile too, with an optional TV mount transforming it into a super extravagant soundbar. Alternatively remove the wooden legs altogether and place it delicately atop a sideboard.
Also available in rich walnut, the R7 Mk3 goes on sale in October from Ruark Audio direct and select stockists.
Buy now: £2,300 from Ruark Audio