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Vita Audio R4

Vita Audio R4
alaScore 93

26 reviews

Dec, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 reviews of Vita Audio R4. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Audio Systems for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Audio Systems the Vita Audio R4 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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(Based on 26 reviews)

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Expert review by: Dave James (

Ruark Audio R4 Mk3 review


A simple-to-use, great-sounding musical maestro

Excellent audio clarity ; Decent bass response ; Lots of sources

Lacking network audio ; Slight volume distortion ; Expensive

Ruark's latest version of the R4 is one of the most user-friendly players I've tried, and the walnut cabinet, with its twin drivers and active sub, gives it some excellent acoustic properties. There are a few missing features, namely network...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: . (

Vita Audio R4 review


Vita's new R4 system is ideal where only one box will do

Well specified ; Offers very fine value ; Multiple sources ; Lively sound ; Attractive design

Can be a little shrill at times ; The remote control takes some getting used to and it uses non-standard batteries

Offering CD, DAB and surprisingly good FM, plus USB, iPod and line inputs, this unit has it all at a very attractive price. One may be able to assemble a more sonically impressive system for the money, but the single-box convenience makes this a winner

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Danny Phillips (

Ruark Audio R4 Mk3


The R4 Mk3 is the latest incarnation of Ruark's integrated music system that first launched back in 2008. It packs a CD player, apt-X Bluetooth receiver, USB playback and DAB/DAB+/FM radio tuners into a single unit, making it a stylish, convenient...

Premium build quality and retro design ; Smooth, punchy sound quality ; Simple, hassle-free operation

Loses composure at loud volumes ; Plasticky remote ; No network streaming

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Edward Chester (

Vita Audio R4


A CD player, a DAB radio, an iPod dock. The R4 certainly ticks all the boxes but is it truly a Hi-Fi replacement?

The R4's screen is another feature inherited from the R1 and R2 but this is something we definitely don't welcome. Viewed straight on it's fine but, being an LCD display, it's viewing angles are mediocre at best and there's obvious backlight bleed...

May, 2011

Expert review by: (

Stuff magazine


Clearly bored with the DAB scene, Vita Audio has come up with this eye-catching radio complete with CD player and iPod dock. Can it beat the micro hi-fis?

With a potent mix of features, style and substance, the R4 is well worth its premium

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: (

Vita Audio R4


The new Vita is a stylish choice, but gives away a little to the more obvious micro-system choices

Warm, rich sound ; simple operation, excellent build

Plays things a bit safe ; challenged by more conventional systems

Expert review by: (

Ruark Audio R4 Mk3 review


Despite the rise of multi-room audio setups and Bluetooth speakers, classic stereos are still here to stay, and Ruark Audio are still pioneering that space with tip-top systems. The Ruark Audio R4 Mk3 is one of the latest stereos from the dedicated...

Meet the Ruark Audio R4 Mk3 stereo, the latest version of one of the company's top stereo systems that first launched in 2008. It's been given plenty of upgrades but still retains its chic retro-future style. Along with its timeless wooden...

While a solid performer solely in the audio stakes, compared to Ruark's own R2 speaker system, or other multi-room audio setups on the market, the R4 lags behind. It's not capable of streaming down any networked tracks, unlike the R2 which boasts...

The Ruark Audio R4 Mk 3 is a solid performer with tip-top audio, great balance throughout and an easy to use interface, but it's let down by its lack of network streaming and reliance on rather dated technologies - not everyone still has CDs, and many...

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Sam Kieldsen (

Vita Audio R4


As well as looking gloriously stylish, the R4 is reassuringly sturdy and solid, which seems to help it produce its deep, powerful bass (there's a built-in subwoofer), which never sounds woolly or overdone. Treble is clear and bright without a trace of...

Warm bass and bright treble. Stylish retro looks

Expensive. Slightly irritating remote control

Oct, 2008

Expert review by: (

Vita Audio R4


CD player, USB port (for playing MP3 and WMA audio files), DAB tuner, iPod dock, intuitive RotoDial remote, two auxiliary inputs, 80W of power output - these are the features of the Vita Audio R4. Size and weight? Well they're 145x450x255mm and 8kg of...

If you like your bass to sound like artillery fire, while your treble crisply tinkles like a laughing lady playing a lute amidst the barrage, then this luxury beauty is for you. Vita Audio R4 is tagged with Vita Audio, iPod dock, DAB radio and CD...

Sep, 2008

Consumer review by: KimberlyK (

Great Sound - cannot read CD track info


Would have been 5 stars, but for the fact that it cannot read CD track and artist information. When I emailed this query to Ruark, they said that this would be an issue with older CDs, but not more recent ones. My experience is the complete opposite. I...

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications


AirPlay: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB):DAB+
DLNA certified: No
Internet Radio: No
Number of Output Channels:2 (Stereo)
PC Streaming: No
Progressive Scan: No
USB Recording: No
Web Content Access: No
WiFi Connectivity: No


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Docking System:Apple Docking / BLUETOOTH PAIRING
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
iPod Control:Direct Control
Number of Output Channels:2 (Stereo)
PMP Docking:iPod Docking
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: No
3D: No
3D Ready: No
4K Upscaling: No
CD Player / Recorder:CD Player
DVD Player / Recorder: No
Home Theatre System (Digital Dolby and DVD Player): No
Network Music System: No
Product Type:Audio Home System
Sound Projector: No
Soundbar: No
Wireless Music System: No


Wireless Speakers: No


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback: No
HD-DVD Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording:Not Applicable
DVD-R Recording: No
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No


Dolby / DTS: No