As discussed earlier, I try to prevent being too immediately aware of price when forming my findings about a loudspeaker. In the Raidho TD-4.8 there’s the physical loudspeaker and the sound it makes. Physically, I was pretty close in setting it in price context. It looks like an elegant loudspeaker in the £120,000–£150,000 price range. But that says nothing to its sonic performance, which puts it in the company of the open-ended flagships that make £150,000 seem like chicken feed. OK, those behemoths and dreadnoughts of the audio world tend to come with increased headroom or bandwidth (as in, you can play them at ear-punishing levels or with the sort of bass impact that impales the listener), but that’s all they trade, and you’ll rarely hear this kind of detail and information on loudspeakers that cost a cool half a million or more. Plus, this is the kind of loudspeaker that doesn’t impose constraints upon the choice of amplifier (it needs to be good, of course, but the Raidho doesn’t force you into a huge transistor power amp because of some gnarly phase angle or crazily low impedance).
When a product has few limitations. It feels like an abrogation of duty on my part because such a review could seem credulous. But sometimes there are few limitations. In concluding though I discovered that, yes, there is a massive downside to the Raidho TD‑4.8: it’s the ‘GoodfellasEnding’ downside, and I got it the moment the TD‑4.8 and I parted company. Now it’s all over. And that’s the hardest part. Today, everything is different. There’s no action. I have to listen to music like everyone else. I can’t even get decent dynamics. Right after they went away, I tried to play Saxophone Colossusand I got dinner jazz on the kazoo. I’m an average nobody. I get to spend the rest of my life like a schnook.
Product type: Three way sealed-vented floorstanding loudspeaker
Drive units: 1×Raidho sealed ribbon tweeter, 2×100mm Raidho Tantalum-Diamond midrange drivers, 6×115mm Raidho Tantalum-Diamond bass drivers
Crossover points: 200Hz, 3kHz, 2nd Order
Sensitivity: 90dB/W 2.83V/m
Nominal impedance: 8 ohms
Power requirement: >50W
Finishes: Piano Black, Walnut burr veneer, or any colour to order
Dimensions (W×H×D): 20 ×179 ×63cm including feet: 44cm
Price: from €134,000/pair (depending on finish)
Manufactured by: Raidho Acoustics
Distributed by: Decent Audio
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