The New Raidho X2t is a significant new floor standing loudspeaker from Raidho. The X series at Raidho stands for eXtreme performance for the price.
Of course, these are not cheap products, by any standard. But think of it this way: The X series has almost the same ribbon tweeter that sits in TD6 from Raidho. This costs EUR 210.000. So, in respects the price of this speaker is a fairly easy-going EUR 14.000 for the pair. The Raidho X2t is any regard a significant setup in comparison to the outgoing X2.
What yielded this massive jump in performance at Raidho?
The introduction of the new X1t really showed how much it was possible to get out of the existing X1. With new engineering power and the use of experts in every field for acoustics it was possible to create a new super mini monitor, which was actually more super than mini. The X1t got an overwhelming reception at the high-End Show 2022 and has since then received a great number of awards and raving reviews.
The ugly truth raises its head.
With a X1t, sounding this fantastic, there was just one problem with existing X2. The almost 3 times as expensive X2 was underperforming in comparison to the X1t. The quest for making a much-improved Raidho X2t began, using the same improvements from the X1t and more additional ingredients from the ultra high-end sector.
What you need to know
When it comes to visual appearance of compact floor standing loudspeakers, it does not get more elegant and beautiful than this. Even the bass reflex port looks like no other and perfectly integrates in the design. But the elegant lines conceal the ability to generate real musical expression. 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.
Further upgrades from the X2 to the X2t are:
Better components in the crossover
Nordost internal cabling
Complete 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 Raidho Tweeter in the X2
Our proprietary, trademark ribbon tweeter is a unique design. It is completely designed and build by hand in-house in Denmark. To be exact, it is a Planar Magnetic Tweeter due to the tracks in the foil. The foil is 11 microns thick, which means it is 50 times less mass in comparison to a conventional dome tweeter. This is because the voice coil is in the foil and the extreme low weight of the foil (20 milligram). The result is virtually no resonances or distortion, and the breakup point is at an incredible 82 KHz! What you hear is amazing clear and natural sound. All the detail in the world, but no fatigue, no distortion, and no coloration!
The heart of the loudspeaker is always tugged away inside the loudspeaker. But we really want to show it to the world as this is a proud piece of engineering form us. 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.
The End Result
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. At Raidho, we made a test of the new X2t and compared it to older Raidho models. We found that the new X2t would beat older models (before 2018) costing at least twice as much. This is how far the performance level at Raidho has gotten at only EUR 14.000 for a pair (EU pricing). There is an additional charge for other colors.
We encourage you to have a listen.
Raidho X2t Specifications
Topology 2,5 way
Impedance 4 ohm
Bass Loading Internal vented design. Port in rear
Drivers 1 x Raidho Ribbon Tweeter
2 x 5,25” Raidho Ceramix driver with Tantalum coating
Crossover Point 130Hz and 3.4 kHz 2nd Order
Frequency Range 40 Hz – 50 kHz +/-3 dB
Sensitivity 87dB 2,83 V/m
Nominal Impedance 2,83 V/m
Power Requirement 50 -150 Watts
Finish Piano Black, Birdseye maple or any colour to order
Dimensions WxHxD, mm 300 x 1065 x 490 including feet