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Sadly, no - but perhaps this recent review of the C1.1's, if you haven't read it already, could illuminate a bit on the specific nature of the sonic changes/improvements:
Almost two years ago I bought the "regular" C1's(though I've since replaced them with a pair of Polish Auto-tech MUMMY II speakers), and in april of '10 a bunch of people and I(mostly Raidho owners) were fortunate to visit the Raidho factory in Denmark -- indeed an enlightening and fascinating "tour" led by the carismatic Lars Kristensen -- and two of us(me included) brought our C1's along to have them slightly modified, on the spot while we were there. The modification may have seemed more or less insignificant to begin with, in that it "only" entailed replacement of the binding posts into new ones manufactured by Raidho themselves; that is, we went from rather chunky and expensive-looking WBT terminals to a pair of good-quality plastic-covered terminals with much less metal in them. However, once home again and reinstalled my C.1's revealed a sonic improvement I had a hard time believing - and I was initially quite sceptical on the effect of the modification. Nevertheless, everything now suddenly seemed clearer, with sharper and more realistic edges. The sound became more agile, light-on-foot, and more crisp and clean - over the entire bandwidth. In contrast the sound prior to the modification seemed dull and sluggish, and not insignificantly veiled. During our visit Lars Kristensen from Raidho told us -- in an calmly understated yet self confident fashion -- that the replacement of the terminals would bring along something that would surprise us, and indeed it did.
Just to let you know that the C1.1's feature the new Raidho terminals mentioned above, among other changes. Hope it helps a bit..
Oh, and not least: the new "fishbone" pattern ribbon in the tweeter of the C1.1 was (and of course remains) installed in their flagship, the C4's, which we heard during our visit as well, and even though the C4's at the time were not developed into full maturity, everything indicated to me that the new ribbon -- judged by the totality of the sound from a much bigger speaker -- had less imprinting on the sound. If anything it seemed even more responsive and dynamic in the top octaves, and just appeared to vanish in the contribution to the whole of the sound; I'd say more sonic substance and yet invisibility - if it makes any sense.
The lack of level adjustment of the stands is indeed a pain if you are using the speakers on solid uneven flooring because the ball isolated floor coupling is capable of audible rattle with loud dynamic music. I needed to move the C-1's to carpet to solve that problem.
The stand is non-rigid by design and when you own these things you will quickly grasp that the low mass really aids dynamics.
Changes between the C-1.0 and the C-1.1 are comprehensive. New driver, new tweeter, new terminals and the inclusion of Nordost Odin internal cabling.
All I can say right now is Magico have a serious competitor...
Looks like my journey into finding what this speaker sound like has come to an end. The dealer near me seems to have absolutely no interest in letting me audition them despite my calls and even email by the head of Raidho to the dealer. What's the use of having a dealer like that? Might as well sell factory direct.
Todd, thanks for the suggestion. I have the Ridge Street Audio Street Sasons with the best cross-over parts I know of, Dueland CAST caps and resistors and custom inductors using 8 guauge wires built into the stands, like the Vapors. Cabinets are combination of granite, composite, and birch plywood. Crossover wiring is ribbon silver that makes direct contact with speaker cable without binding post between them. I do not think the Vapors are better than the Sasons. However, the Raidho C1.1s are built from scratch from ground up using proprietary drivers (not from cookie cutter manufacturers), stands, and cabinets. Neither Vapor or the RSAD (both essentially one man company) has the facility or research know how to make such a speaker. Price is high but always can be negotiated through the dealer.
Hi Todd, I have not. I live in Texas, and as far as I know there is no way I can audition them. And there is the matter of cosmetics...the Cirrus' look is not my cup of tea (although if a speaker has incredible sonics I can look the other way). Even with a home trial (if offered), there is the cost of shipping and possibility of damage, and the guilt of turning down the speakers if I don't like them, etc... I have set up an audition of the C1.1 with a Raidho dealer in Texas though. If you know of anyone in Texas who is willing to let me hear them, let me know.
It is my understanding that Raidho Acoustics previously had two high end product lines which were labeled Eben and Ayra, with the latter (Ayra) aimed at ultimate performance. Not sure if Eben was trickle down performance from Ayra or Ayra was a hot rodded Eben approach. It appears as if Raidho has now elected to concentrate on ultimate performance and as such dropped the Eben line in which case the Ayra label was no longer required.
We all know that the reason Magico gets so much hype is because they have a certain reviewer in their corner (more likely their pocket). Get real and go listen to both of them yourself to make a judgement. Assuming everything is hooked up and grounded properly, you're not going to do better for the price range or sound quality than a C1.1.
We all know that the reason Magico gets so much hype is because they have a certain reviewer in their corner (more likely their pocket).
I dont but it!As a current owner of Raiho IMO, why Magico gets so much press is because they make great speakers,period.Yes, it does help to have money to advertise but...."we all know" if you make junk you go away rather quickly.I think why people on this site bash Magico is simply because they cant afford them.
Reviews are little more than subjective paid hype. How many neugative reviews do you ever see posted? Anyone who pays these so called pro rebiews any attention needs some brain cells. Of course thryll hype a $15 k speaker and say its better than a $5 k one. But can ey actually tell the difference in a blind test. Hahahahahaha
These days with the X Monitor LE, guys these speakers sound amazing. Open mids and highs, neutral balance and great scale. Bad things are they need big SS amps to get the best sound and a big room because of their really inusual punch at their size.
i enjoy them a lot!!!!!!
You can check Hifilive.es to get some conclusions from my experience (spanish, sorry guys)