Ruark Sceptre Floorstanding Speakers

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)


Product Description

Beautiful, excellent sounding bookshelf speaker. A little pricey but the bass is perfect if limited, the treble is smooth and the midrange clarity is the best I've heard. Driven with Anthem electronics/DH labs T14 speaker cable


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by foxwelljsly a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2005

Bottom Line:   
Got these as a serious e bay bargain (above in GBP) and have been rediscovering my music collection since wiring them up. Lovely warm, if rather coloured sound. There is a bit of a mid treble peak and a recessed mid range and these failings are most pronounced at lower volume levels. The cabinetry is exquisite, even if the gold bolts ae a little 'bling'. They do, however, go louder than any other standmount I have heard, even more so than various PMC standounters I've heard`demonstrated. At £150-£300 S/H i'd say they represent a lot of bang for buck - but I imagine they need the right amp, Exposure, Naim that sort of thing. The seller had them matched with a Linn integrated`amp and they sounded a bit thin with that, whereas they match my Exposure amp very well.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $165.00

Purchased At:   E Bay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eddie Davies a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2003

Bottom Line:   
These are the best speakers ive ever had and ive had many. very very easy to live with and they do everything very well the detail thing or the power thing to. and they look Very nice to top it all. Ive had many different designs but these seem to do it all well i like acoustice stuff and also heavy rock and heavy dance. they do need plenty of good clean power to move them well mind. if your after a speaker for sertain music like detail and acoustic the epos es12/11 are very good also which i had or you can have that and raw hi fi with something like the Acoustic energy AE1, but in my opinion these are better than the two in the real world as they do it all and more and are easier on the ear. They can also rock the place like a pair of floor standers with their power, with good amplification ive had the bass hitting the chest feel, and the high volume levels will not have you running for the volume knob to turn it down because of fatiuge. if you want a specialist speakers there may be better about but if you want it all then these are the ones. ive fitted and forgot speakers now i woundnt want to look for another pair as i know how much of a mind field speakers are. quality at very good money you wont go far wrong with these. They dont have the loud stand out midrange like other speakers so they play anything but the midrange thats there is one of the best ive ever heard. great for modern pop.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   second hand



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Julian Lim a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 5, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Beautifully crafted, a delight to look at. Sound is warm and tuneful. Excel in imaging and able to conjure up a very realistic soundstage. Excellent with vocals and slow rock. Very good boogie factor

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $995.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andi Picker a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I have built my hi-fi on a constant round of upgrades, so I usually have components that are "out of class" to the rest. Current system is CD Marantz CD 63SI, amp Marantz PM-17, and the Sceptres.

When I auditioned the speakers I listened to Wharfdale, B&W, Mission - you name it I tried it. I listened back and forth, picking out the nuances of each family of speakers and then the differences of model, then switched-on the Ruarks. They were upper-mid price range for what I was listening to and they were CLEAR winners to my taste.
Folks may argue that they are not audiophile pure; they do colour the sound somewhat, but they are detailed, warm and are very easy to listen to without the upper-mid spike that can make rock and pop music tiring. Note that I also love the PM-17 which is also considered to be "not audiophile" by some.


My taste in music is rock, blues, metal, pop, some classical. I usually audition gear with female vocal, acoustic instrument pieces (Tony Childs is great for this) which highlights the warm and smooth lower and low - mid range . Top end is nicely transparent, but note that for soaring symphonic pieces these did not match a set of Quads (sorry, don't recall the model)thatI tried at the same time (and that were poor for everything else). Probably not enough monster bass for dance music or other synthetic sounds either. I'm a bit of a rock tonehound (guitar player, valve amps and all that stuff)and they do make the likes of Queen, G'n'R, Free, ZZTop come to life in a very natural way.

Note by the way that contrary to previous review here, the Sceptres are NOT bookshelf speakers - they need to be stand mounted with air around them to get balance, and yes, bi-wiring does make a difference.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   B&B Hi Fi



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billy Blair a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 20, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I have a very shaky wooden floor so wanted wall mounted speakers. Mounted on Target wall standands and bi-wired with Audioquest Indigo+ for the base and Kimber 4TC for the treble,I connected them to my Arcam Alpha 10 amp and Arcam Alpha 8 CD.I also put four blobs of Blue Tak under each corner of both speakers. Listening proved very rewarding with the speakers sounding much bigger than I expected while still having a woderfully detailed sound. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a speaker in the sub £1000 category.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999




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