Ruark Audio R3S (Grey) is rated out of 5 by 15.
Ruark Audio R3S (Grey)
Wireless and CD Music System
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An award-winner made better
Based on the award-winning R3 model, the latest ‘S’ version features a powerful new processor, and revised circuitry for even more spacious and lifelike sound quality. The sleek style and feature-packed streamer remain just as before.
Enhanced sound – now with STEREO+
Powerful new processing now incorporates Ruark’s STEREO+ sound system. This gives you a wider and deeper sound that makes everything sound much more spacious and lifelike. For such a compact system, the wide-open sound is a revelation. Adaptive equalisation provides the ideal sound at all volume levels.
Stream your favourite music
Connect up to your Broadband connection via wi-fi or Ethernet and stream all the music you want. Compatible with popular services such as Spotify Connect (with Premium account), Amazon Music, and Deezer, the R3S gives you access to a near limitless range of music. If you enjoy listening to radio and podcasts from around the world, Internet radio services, including catch-up services are also on hand.
CD player built-in
For full compatibility with your treasured discs, the R3S is equipped with a built-in CD player. This high quality player lets you play all your existing discs without the need to transfer them to a storage device. The multi-format player is compatible with CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, WMA and AAC (320 Kbps) encoded music discs.
SmartRadio Tuner – includes DAB
As well as Internet radio, the R3S is equipped with DAB+/DAB/FM tuners. DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) gives access to the widest range of stations, in crisp and clear digital sound quality. In case your favourite stations aren't available in DAB, this Ruark radio is also equipped with an FM tuner.
New generation Bluetooth 5 connection
For quick and easy connectivity, the R3S also features Bluetooth V5.0. Connect your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth music source and effortlessly stream your stored music or streaming music services.
Perfect for giving your TV or games console a boost in quality, the R3S features a digital optical input. Link it up and you’ll enjoy a boost to the sound that easily beats most TV’s built-in speakers. RCA phono inputs are ideal for connecting analogue sources – such as a turntable with built-in phonostage, or even a cassette deck (RCA phono outputs are also standard). For a direct connection with your HiRes player, smartphone or computer, there’s also a USB-C connection for playback and charge.
Easy control, with Rotodial
At the centre of the R3S, you’ll find Ruark’s signature control system – Rotodial. This intuitive control system groups all the functions together and makes it easy to switch between sources, change the volume, change tracks and more. Alternatively, there’s the UNDOK app for smartphone control. An infrared remote control with direct access pre-sets is also supplied.
Sleek, OLED display with clock and alarm
With its OLED display, large format clock and built-in alarm, the R3S makes a premium bedside system. The easily programmed, dual alarm comes with a wide range of features, including once, daily, weekday and weekend settings plus snooze and sleep timers.
Luxurious wood and lacquer finishes
Ruark have a long held reputation for producing some of the finest wood-finished speakers and the R3S is no exception. Using real wood veneers and soft lacquer finishes, immaculately wrapped around a curved cabinet, the R3S is as good to look at as it sounds.
Get a more spacious sound from a compact system, with the Ruark R3S.
Analogue RCA Inputs
Optical Digital Inputs
Wi-Fi Built In
Frequency Response (Hz)
40 - 20,000
Power Output - Watts per CH
30 - 59
Internet Radio Services
Number Of Presets
8 presets in each mode
Power Consumption - Standby
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
420 x 167 x 220
Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from Serious quality for compact hi-fi. It’s the best product of its kind; forget Bose, B&O etc The sound quality is excellent. I’ve known the name for years; bought the radio version for family. Finally bought my own.
Date published: 2023-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chard from Great looking, great sounding After a long period of deciding,I finally brought the R3 The look and build is great with a great sound to match. The only issue i have is the undok app whilst it seems to work as a remote control(on off volume) It struggles with Amazon music, constantly cutting out and glitchy and the graphic equalizer can't be used, which is a shame.
Date published: 2023-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gary, Lincolnshire from Brilliant bit of kit Had read good reviews before buying and I’ve not been disappointed. Easy to set up and use but the real winner is the sound quality, it’s brilliant. If you’re thinking about getting one of these, don’t hesitate, you won’t be disappointed.
Date published: 2023-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by Icklelea from Ruark rs3 Compact and sleek design with great sound quality.
Date published: 2023-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sandra from Perfect gift. My R3S is a brilliant purchase for my husband’s birthday, we both highly recommend it.
Date published: 2023-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rob in Cambridge from Much improved and well priced The R3S is a replacement for a the older R4Mk3, which unfortunately did not not give that many years of trouble-free service. Despite that poor experience I decided to stay with Ruark. I still needed a CD player but wanted all that a full internet radio and DAB+ could provide. The R3S is bristling with functionality, has software that is upgradable over the air, and has a smaller footprint than the old model. The price is the same as the R4Mk3 bought 9 years earlier, so once inflation considered, costs quite a bit less, and has a lot more to offer. Sound is considerably better than the R4Mk3 - far more detail, punchy and not a muddy base, with good sound separation and a decent, room filling volume without distortion. It is a big improvement. I use CD, DAB and DAB+, internet radio and Bluetooth to my iPhone. I use the Spotify source, but as this requites a second step to open Spotify on my iPhone, I find it easier just to choose Bluetooth and connect that way. I find everything works week, set up was effortless. The remote is good quality and has a minimalist approach but still functions to control everything. I use Undok on my iPhone to browse and store internet radio and podcasts. Again, this works perfectly. I use a loft arial and it’s good to see Ruark has stuck with the option to use an external arial of the supplied telescopic. The headphone socket is still at the rear so rendered almost useless as my unit sits on a bookshelf. While an annoying design option it does not really matter these days as I don’t need to use headphones on the Ruark as I have wireless earphones through my iPhone. I am happy I stayed with Ruark and hope that the 3 yr warranty (plus Richer Sounds 6 year warranty) will never be needed.
Date published: 2023-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by OxfordBlue from Expensive but much improved all in one I bought the older Ruark R4 Mk 3 back in 2014 thinking I'd get 20 years service out of it, as I don't usually pay so much for technology that has built in obsolescence. It really only worked well for 4 years then eventually gave up completely and beyond economical repair. I was reluctant to replace with the newer R3S. But I was sold on Richer Sounds 6 year warranty and Ruark's own at 3 years. Plus very little competition when you still want to play CDs and all the potential of an internet based device. The R3S is more compact than my old R4 and the sound quality is considerably better, more detailed, balanced and open. (I regretted buying the old R4 on sound quality, as my cheaper Bose smart speaker did a better job). The R3S is an improved version of the R3, apparently with better processing. It has all I need in one box - CD, DAB+, Internet (plus BT and Spotify integration). The apparently large black screen area betrays what is actually a much smaller actual screen, so a lot of scrolling goes on, a bit of a pity. Headphone socket is still at the back so totally unusable if the unit is on a shelf (I'd love to ask the designers why they do this!) Since I use my iPhone with earpods this does not really matter in practice, but a usable headphone arrangement would have been nice. The remote is good, with quality feel and heft. I tend to use Undok on my phone to set up internet-based stations and control the unit, and this works well. I use an external DAB+/FM antenna, nice that this is an option to the supplied fixed telescope
Date published: 2023-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by D. Brailsford from Superb! I own the superb R5 and I was looking for something equally as good but not so expensive, to put in our company showroom. I own a British watch brand called Garrick and for me buying British is extremely important considering our own watches are made in-house. I did wonder if this would live up to my high standards after being spoilt by the excellent sound produced by the R5. I was not disappointed! It sounds incredible and looks great. Its a lot of money but then again, you get what you pay for. This will last a lifetime and it's a great piece of furniture! Its become a talking point and a great advert for British manufacturing! Buy it - you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2023-03-02
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