Ruark Audio has unveiled the follow-up to a pair of our favourite speakers, the MR1s.
The MR1 Mk2s are the same size as their five-star forebears, but are a cut above in the style stakes. In place of the rather staid wooden design of 2013's MR1s, there's a much fresher walnut or soft grey finish. The removable hi-fi grille has also been replaced by a fixed grille made of soft fabric.
The controller has been refreshed too, and now features three LEDs that show system status and input.
Aside from the new looks, they should offer the same quality performance. You can stream tunes via Bluetooth with apt-X, and plug in a Chromecast Audio streaming dongle to the optical input. There's also an aux input for connecting any device with a headphone or analogue output.
They work seamlessly with Ruark Audio's BackPack II power pack, so you don't need to plug them into the mains. Disconnect a single speaker from the control unit, and it will revert to mono mode, making it ideal as a portable speaker.
They feature the same neodymium motor systems as their predecessors, but improvements have been made through refinement to the loudspeaker crossover and topology of the linear Class A-B amplifiers.
The MR1 Mk2s go on sale this month, priced £330.