New Raidho X2t Compact Floor Standing Loudspeaker
The quest for making a much-improved X2t began, using the same improvements from the X1t and more additional ingredients from the ultra high-end sector.
The X2t does everything the compact X1t does, just on a higher level. Additionally, the X2t has dual woofers with which you get much more bass power and a larger scale to the music.
The two 5,25” bass driver units in the new X2t, now has the Tantalum coating. Tantalum belongs to a class of metals known as refractory metals, which are defined by their strong resistance to heat and wear. It has a melting point of 2,996 °C, the fourth highest of all metals. This makes the membrane much stiffer and harder without adding any weight and thereby raising the breakup modes to an incredible 15kHz.
The new crossover in the X2t has quality components that exceeds many other loudspeakers up to EUR 80.000. On the back you can see the point-to-point hardwiring that is all done by hand. Furthermore, the use of Nordost cable in the crossover is highly unusual and reveals the enormous attention to detail. Needless to say, the internal cable is also from Nordost with Norse technology, which is also used in the Nordost Valhalla models. Truly remarkable.
Further upgrades from the X2 to the X2t are:
- Better components in the crossover
- Nordost internal cabling
- Completely retuning of the loudspeaker
A Raidho special among floor standing loudspeakers is also the use of 2,5-way construction. This guarantees a very coherent sound from top to bottom as both drive unit puts out bass, but only the upper does midrange. Decoupling of the speakers is integrated into the feet. So, there is no need for spikes to achieve the best result, because this is done with metal balls, on which the speakers rest on.
The new X2t may not look all that different to the original X2. But in reality, the only thing that stays the same is the visual appearance. The sonic performance on the other hand, is on a whole other planet.
Michael Jackson's wonderfully dynamic song "Dirty Diana" hardly keeps us on our seats. The listener has to cope with so much soul and rock n' roll at once. More fundamentally, it can be said that the X2t is a good choice in all of its unusual songs. We especially remember the impressively lifelike spatiality, which we can admire, for example, during chorals from the Speryer Cathedral. It was as if we experienced the natural reflection of the sound right before our eyes.
How Raidho manages to produce such an extreme, seeming full range sound from a floorstander as diminutive as the X2t (€14,000/pair) I do not know. But perhaps its planar-magnetic tweeter, which is almost the same as in the much larger TD6, has something to do with it. The speaker, which replaces the X2, also has contains 5.25" bass drivers with an extremely stiff tantalum-coated membrane, Nordost internal cabling, Mundorf capacitors, special decoupling feet that include metal balls, and 2.5-way construction. Crossover components have been improved, and are hard-wired point-to-point, and the loudspeaker has been completely retuned.
The show-stopper wasn’t the TD6 which sounded deliciously natural, super tight, impactful, and massive as they look. The real show-stopper was the newest X2T stand floor speakers which looked puny by comparison. The funny thing is that after listening to music for 10 minutes, Morten approaches and tells the crowd that it’s time to hear the roar of the mighty TD6…which everybody in the room thought was playing in the first place. The scale of the X2T was mind-blowingly large! They had Mariana Trench levels of depth, accurate pin-point imaging, and a vast soundstage, plus speedy dynamics and quite an impressive low-end delivery. At ~14K EUR these could be some of the best speakers out there. There was of course a difference between them and their high-end TD siblings, but the difference wasn’t a night and day one as their price might suggest. Mark my words: These will sell like hotcakes!
1 x Raidho Ribbon Tweeter
2 x 5,25” Raidho Ceramix driver with Tantalum coating