Originally Posted by Mr.SoftDome
Yeah, I am going to go back and listen to Raidho for fun. I'm the guy with REF 1 on order. The dealer is a bit of a candy store and they carry Raidho as well but they are out of my budget so I did not try them. I was there for about 5 to 6 hours and stuck to Dynaudio (I've owned C1s before but not the latest) Dali and KEF. I needed to spend the time with speakers in my budget so Raidho did not come into play this time. I did spend some time with Blade and Reference 5. Nice! Crazy as it may be I think I liked the Reference 5 over Blade but did not spend enough time with either. My target was strictly monitors this go around..
Now that the decision is done and ordered I would love to go back and compare to Raidho and a couple of other brands he carries that are out of budget. This will really be a nice compare for fun. I bet the Raidhos are nice based on what I have read.
No experience with prior Reference series. I am the opposite of you. Felt the look was a bit too dated but I bet they sound great. I was locked into Dynaudio at that time and didn't stray too far away.
The new uni-q is frigging awesome. Very modern look to boot which is right up my alley. I have never heard a speaker image like these and even off center-amazing.
Maybe soon will try the Raidho with Naim
. Get a taste of two new flavors I have not been exposed to. I will have to ask him about Scansonic. If he deals in Raidho I would expect this to be a logical inclusion..
I bet they are sweet (Raidho)
My current speakers are MicroOnes, but I do like the Raidho sound a lot, too. The MicroOnes are superior to my old 201/1 in every aspect, except for macro dynamics, since the KEFs could play louder without getting shouty. The KEFs normally need a very long burn-in time and I got them cheap second-hand, since the first owner gave up before he got 200 hours on them. I almost gave up on them, too, but after another additional 400 hours they really showed their full potential. I don't know about the new line, but the prior Reference books needed some real current and power to show what they were capable of. I loved them, but would have never bought them for the full price, since cost/benefit wasn't great, IMO. Maybe the new line is easier to drive. I'll look around and see if I can audition them around here.
BTW, C1s are great speakers, although they also like high power and current AFAIK
. What Naim amplification do you have?
I'm curious about Scansonic since I want to move to small floorstanders, but definitely don't have the cash for anything like Raidho. My budget is somewhere around $4k-7k and I have a certain preference for ribbon tweeters, although I like the Plasma from Lansche and the Thiel 3.7 tweeter, too. HF extension above audible range has a wonderful smooth trickle down effect when done right.
Hope you'll be patient with the break-in time.