“These speakers act as remarkable monitors,” says Hi-Fi Plus editor Alan Sircom. “Everything the artists and engineers recorded is presented with seemingly no attenuation. If this was the known benchmark both in and out of the studio, we’d never hear a compressed recording again, because that compression would be immediately and patently obvious.”
“Yet, and this is the clincher,” adds Sircom: “that studio-like quality does not come at the expense of the enjoyment or musicality the loudspeaker presents.”
The new TD Series is at the top end of Raidho’s range, and the TD-4.8 is at the top end of the Series. The Series includes a brand new, upgraded version of the famous Raidho sealed ribbon tweeter, featuring an even more powerful magnet system and a new acoustically optimized rear chamber, both of which increase sensitivity and resolution while also lowering distortion levels by an amazing 35dB compared to the (already reference-standard) previous design.
Meanwhile, the mid and bass drive units in the TD Series not only improve on the company’s unique C-Series Ceramix drivers, but also on its advanced D-Series Diamond units. ‘TD’ stands for Tantalum-Diamond, Tantalum being a rare and impressive metal. Extremely dense and hard yet also very ductile, it conducts electricity and heat tremendously well.
The TD-4.8 is a three-way design, with two midranges and and six bass units flanking the ribbon tweeter.
“There is that distinctive Raidho family sound,” notes Sircom, “a sound that is exceptionally dynamic and detailed, to the point of making everything this side of an electrostatic sound ‘muddy’ and ‘indistinct’”. “In short, this is an exceptional loudspeaker.”
Read the full review and discover all of the Editor’s Choice Award winners in the April 2020 issue of Hi-Fi Plus.