Raidho is the epitome of elegant and refined. There is also very little to criticize about the beautiful TD 2.2. Unfortunately, the price of 40,000 euros is also quite exclusive... (Photo: Raidho)

Test floorstanding loudspeaker Raidho TD 2.2: A cornucopia of elegance for the eye and ear

In March 2022, we presented – admittedly a little late – the extremely fascinating Raidho XT-1 compact speaker (price: 6,400 euros), which is so small and yet so full-featured. At the HIGH END of the same year, the Raidho people received a lot of applause for their gigantic flagship RD6 for 210,000 euros. The Raidho TD 2.2 floorstanding speaker tested here, with a purchase price starting at 40,000 euros, lies between these extremes. And it is certainly as fascinating as the other two…

The Danes are a proud people. We’re not even alluding to the Vikings; for some years now, the comparison has been established that the Danes are the “Sicilians of the North”. Wide open spaces, mighty families and that extra touch of pride. Which should never be relativized. The management of our test loudspeaker insists that a Dane invented the first dynamic loudspeaker. Just Peter Laurits Jensen in 1918. Raidho sees himself as a worthy descendant in the present.
Of course, we don’t question that. Sicilians and Danes can be quick-tempered – with a weapon at the ready. Well, Jensen learned from Valdemar Poulsen, without question the inventor of magnetic sound recording. But – listen up Danes – Werner von Siemens applied for a patent for the electrodynamic loudspeaker in 1878. The final voice coil loudspeaker with a cone-shaped membrane was patented in 1924 by Messrs. Chester W. Rice and Edward W. Kellogg on behalf of General Electric. Sir Oliver Lodge also got involved and exhibited at the 1925 Radio Exhibition. Conclusion: There is no single, unassailable superhero among speaker developers.

No matter. The hall of fame of the sonorous Danes is well filled. Raidho wants to be the current spearhead. We literally fell to our knees in front of the compact Raidho XT-1. With a small reference to the fact that 6400 euros is quite a lot of money for a two-way controller. That doesn’t bother Raidho at all. This is because the listed parent company Dantax is treating itself to another affordable sister. We also succumbed to the affordable Scansonic HD MB5 B. Now the Raidho TD2.2. It is significantly larger, but you have to swallow first: 39,500 euros is the base price; if you want walnut or a special color, you should have 43,500 euros on hand. However, there is also a lot on offer in return.

Raidho TD 2.2 pair
With the Raidho TD 2.2, sophisticated sound characteristics go hand in hand with the very best workmanship. The housing is modeled on the hull of a boat, which generally results in fewer cavity resonances (Photo: H. Biermann)

Raidho TD2.2 – the technique, the hand and head work

The TD 2.2 scores particularly well with its pleasing shape, graceful design and perfect processing of different materials. Let’s just take the baffle: it consists of three metal modules, each of which houses a driver and is extremely firmly attached to the housing. This looks great, but is also first-class from a resonance point of view, because the metal warps significantly less than the MDF usually used. But to appreciate all the effort that went into the Raidho TD 2.2, you have to zoom in closer. On the foot, for example:

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Raidho TD 2.2 Logo
A small gap between the base and housing allows the TD 2.2 to “float” (Photo: H. Biermann)
Raidho TD 2.2 feet
The base itself is made of solid MDF and is decoupled from the housing by a thick layer of felt (Photo: H. Biermann)
Raidho TD 2.2 feet
Bi-wiring is not the Danes’ thing. You only place two individual speaker connections on top of each other. But let’s be honest: single-wiring is usually the better way (Photo: H. Biermann)
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We got even closer and unscrewed the foot. This allows a view of the crossover, which sits directly on the base plate of the TD 2.2. And you get an impression of the high level of passion with which the Danes are involved in the construction – because they don’t let up on the quality of workmanship inside the housing either.

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Raidho TD 2.2 crossover
The Danes pursue a simple strategy for the crossover: only the best. Here we find only the top products from the catalog of the Cologne-based premium supplier Mundorf (Photo: H. Biermann)
Raidho TD 2.2 interior
At the upper end you can see the magnet of the midrange driver. Otherwise, everything is top notch: the structure is clean, the stiffeners are made of a special, amorphous material. Incidentally, the internal wiring comes from the (generally sinfully expensive) cable specialist Nordost (Photo: H. Biermann)
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The loudspeakers are of course installed at the company headquarters in Pandrup. And that’s not all: the maxim that only one man can assemble a loudspeaker also applies here. Everything by hand, everything with that extra portion of love.

Raidho production
One employee at a time is responsible for the assembly/installation and has to answer for the result at the end. Many Danish companies have had excellent experience with this concept (Photo: Raidho)

Especially as Raidho not only develops each chassis itself, but also manufactures it itself. No additional purchase. In the TD2.2 we are looking at a ribbon tweeter and two bass/midrange drivers with a diameter of 16.5 centimeters.

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Raidho TD 2.2 Ribbon Tweeter
The Raidho-typical tweeter is a true ribbon and should play up to over 80 KHz. We can’t check it: the LowBeats measuring devices don’t reach that high… (Photo: H. Biermann)
Raidho TD 2.2 Bass
The cones of the woofers have a noble surface treatment with diamond particles and are therefore very rigid (Photo: H. Biermann)
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This is not really out of hand, the elegance of the appearance is preserved. If you really want more (and have the necessary funds), go for the TD6. Nine drivers beam at the listener – at a height of over two meters and a weight of 130 kilograms. This is the ultimate, but even at 210,000 euros it remains in the realm of fantasy. The TD2.2 aims to be more practical. If you look into its face, you can puzzle over the circuit: 2-way? 3-way? We break it down: The Danes have designed a 2.5-way crossover here, and there is also a classic bass reflex port at the rear.

Raidho TD 2.2 bass reflex cover
Even things as simple as a bass reflex port are not simple on the TD 2.2: aluminum brackets provide a highly elegant cover (Photo: H. Biermann)

The star of the set-up is the Raidho-typical tweeter ribbon. Of course, it is also a magical piece made by hand. Created by a man, Freddy. It does not tremble, it does not allow himself to be rushed, the output of tweeters defies all the rules of industrial mass production. The foil consists of a mix of plastic and metal, 11 microns thin, 20 milligrams light, fitted into a small depression that is intended to increase the dispersion angle and the energy to the listening position. In any case, the measurements (see below) showed the excellence of this tweeter: even at very high levels it simply does not distort. A piece of cream!

The two drivers underneath are largely identical, but only the upper one transmits bass and mids equally; the lower bass only pumps below 400 hertz and amplifies the TD 2.2’s thrust in this range.

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Raidho driver production
It takes hours to manufacture a tweeter. And there is only one man in tweeter production at Raidho. So it takes time… (Photo: Raidho)
Raidho driver production
The basses are also assembled by hand, the clamps are glued and then the contacts are soldered (Photo: Raidho)
Raidho Bass
The finished woofer is a low-distortion masterpiece that is screwed to the metal front panel to reduce resonance (Photo: Raidho)
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Raidho has its own clean room in Pandrup for the production of woofers and midrange drivers. Here, the membranes are dusted with diamond particles on a base of ceramic, aluminum and tantalum. Few people know about the latter because it is rarely found, mostly in the soil of Finland. Tantalum belongs to the group of vanadium metals and is particularly suitable for capacitors where high capacitance is required. So much for consistency. Finally, the light gray surface is dyed dark gray. In the back, the Danes pack a large-format neodymium drive, encapsulated and measured for aerodynamic excellence. The whole thing could also be displayed as a work of art in a glass cabinet. Incidentally, the mix of tantalum and diamond dust also gave rise to the family name of the series, “TD”.


First question: Can such an elegantly forward-thinking loudspeaker get really loud? Especially as this is a 2.5-way construction with rather small 17 inch basses? Answer: He can. And amazingly loud. Our measuring systems determined a continuous level of exactly 100 dB. In the short term (i.e. with dynamic music) it goes up to 112 dB. That’s neat. During the listening tests, the desire for really more rarely arose.

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LowBeats level test Raidho TD 2.2@100dB
The classic living room level measurement @85 dB shows no distortion at all (measurement: J. Schröder)
LowBeats level test Raidho TD 2.2@100dB
The high-level measurement shows two things: distortion becomes too high above a continuous level of 100 dB. But not in the high frequencies: the ribbon can obviously handle much higher loads… (Measurement: J. Schröder)
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In a normal listening room of up to 40 square meters, the Raidho will probably always offer sufficient reserves. And thanks to the pleasingly neutral tuning in the bass (i.e. without overboosting, as is the case with many speakers), placement near the rear wall is not a problem.

Question 2: What type of amplifier? We have tried tubes in the 10 – 40 watt class, but these are not the first choice, although the electrical behavior of the Raidho should not overtax any amplifier. The impedance never slips below 4.7 ohms and, like the phase, is largely linear.

LowBeats measurement Raidho TD 2.2: IMpedance, Phase, EPDR
Like the phase (blue curve), the impedance (red curve) is pleasingly linear. The minimum impedance is 4.7 ohms and the EPDR value also shows only small downward slips (measurement: J. Schröder)


Hearing test

My life and listening experiences tell me what this loudspeaker will sound like even before the first note. That’s arrogant, of course, but it’s what makes people tick. It will be elegant and fine, not a monitor for the studio, but a great playmate for the living room. It also has a very feminine appearance.

That’s all true, but TD 2.2 can do much more. Raidho pours something into shape, lists promises and pulls out the axe at the decisive moment. The TD 2.2 plays very finely, transparently – charmingly unobtrusive at first hearing. But it is also a dynamic breaker, can be loud, even quick-tempered. It loves the subtlety in music and the large panorama. This is the presence of live equipment at the edge of the stage, but always friendly, humane, musical. In the 1980s, the great pop/rock artists gathered to pay homage to Kurt Weill. “Lost in the Stars” is the name of the record, the CDs are still surprisingly expensive even on Amazon, the LPs have probably been bought off the market by Japanese high-end maniacs.

Kurt Weill Tribute
Great artists pay homage to Kurt Weill. A musical highlight (Cover: Qobuz)

Who gets the famous moritat of the “shark”? Sting got hold of it – it’s a stroke of genius that can compete with all legendary recordings. The rough voice, a powerful bass line, this could actually be a pop song. The Raidho TD2.2 served it up just like in a live concert, we were in the front row, very direct, no velvet, no whispering. This loudspeaker is not designed to operate in the background, it wants your full attention. On the same album, Tom Waits teaches us what people live on. Of course of brutality and the forgetting of all fine education. Tom Waits is the ambassador of this philosophy made flesh, but the TD2.2 also grunts, growls and bites. At this point she is a bull terrier. The colleagues from “Absolut Sound” praise the stress-free listening in their test. That’s right. But “solid musical foundation”? That could be the code name of a Swiss numbered account but not for this floorstanding speaker. Here we get to the core.

What vocal connoisseurs call “register balancing” is great – when a singer always maintains the inner tension and timbre through all available octaves. This is exactly what ennobles the two Danes – the chassis play together perfectly in terms of timing and basic character. I usually only know this from small two-way speakers or even single point source speaker driver.

Michael Wollny is serving up really good jazz on the piano in Germany right now. As a trio, he achieved a super seller with the album “Ghosts”. Nick Cave is quoted, Duke Ellington, even Franz Schubert. Its “Erlkönig” chases through the audiophile corridor with high dynamics. Raidho loves this music, the pulsation, the state of emergency. And yes, the colleagues from the USA are right: it is “fatigue-free”, never tiring despite its presence. This shows once again that a good ribbon can be superior to many other tweeters – if you have mastered the art.

Michael Wollny Ghosts Cover
Michael Wollny doesn’t play the piano – he works it and produces amazing sounds in the process. Tim Lefebvre and Eric Schaufer complement this magic in an ingenious way (Cover: Qobuz)

A potential opponent? Difficult to find. We opted for the (comparatively) beefy Borg from the Fink team – a long-time LowBeats reference and recently extensively refined as the improved “Episode 2″.

Raidho TD 2.2 vs FinkTeam Borg
FinkTeam Borg and Raidho TD 2.2 in the LowBeats listening room. They were powered by the Canor Virtus M1 reference power amplifiers (Photo: H. Biermann)

To me, the Borg seemed more palatable, with a deeper bass than the Raidho. Can you call that “warmer”? That would lead us down the wrong track, because the TD2.2 is also free of any annoyance. But the Borg played even more effortlessly, especially in the midrange reproduction the Germans are more harmonious, more relaxed than the Danes, who in turn have their tweeter as the secret center of their sound philosophy – air above everything. If you want to feel a pithy pressure in the jazz cellar, you will prefer the Borg. If you want to explore the last, brightest corner of the acoustics in a classical concert hall, you should side with Raidho.

The great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau recorded Schubert’s Erlkönig several times. But nothing beats his first stereo recording with Gerald Moore on EMI (also released on SACD). Everyone is in full possession of their powers, including the sound engineers.

Although it is the first Erlkönig recording by Fischer-Dieskau , it still has a reference character (Cover: Qobuz)

The hard attack of the hammers in the grand piano pushes every loudspeaker to its limits; it has to be loud, heavy, powerful and fast in repetition. Not for cloudy minds. Then the baritone with that certain extra bass foundation – it has to stand firmly in the middle of the stereo axis. Raidho put in a mighty effort, what a beautiful impact, what a drama in four minutes. The TD2.2 leaves me breathing heavily and with sweat on my forehead.

Conclusion Raidho TD 2.2

This is one of the most coherent speakers I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing in two or three years. Literally an experience, a gift. The photos on these pages show its elegance. But the TD 2.2 can also be brute, never hard-edged, but still a headlong leap into a sea of fine and coarse dynamics. The bass is surprising. He can’t go extremely deep, but he is agile, fast and very well defined. The price? Areasonable despite. This is knowledge, craftsmanship and research from Europe. Never forget the timeline – the two, still compact, floorstanding speakers will fascinate, captivate and delight for years, if not decades.

Raidho TD 2.2
Test result: 4.4
Sound Quality
Build Quality


The rating always refers to the respective price category.
A slightly brighter, more open and yet powerful sound
Absolutely stress-free even at high levels
Great workmanship, elegant “danish design”, exclusive driver high-tech
Electrically undemanding, also harmonizes perfectly with smaller amps

Bransagervej 15
9490 Pandrup / Denmark

Pair price (manufacturer’s recommendation):
Raidho TD 2.2 (black): 39,500 euros
Raidho TD 2.2 (walnut or individual color choice): 43,500 euros

The technical data

Raidho TD 2.2
Concept:2.5-way floorstanding speaker with bass reflex support
Fitting:HT: Raidho ribbon, MT: 1 x 16.5 cm, TT: 1 x 16.5 cm
efficiency (2.83 V/m):84.4 dB
Maximum level (duration / short term)
100 / 112 dB
Min. Amplifier power for continuous maximum level:
>150 Watt (4 Ohm)
Dimensions (W x H x D):32.0 x 115.0 x 52.0 cm
Weight:45.0 kilo
All technical data
Teammates and opponents:

First test: Standbox FinkTeam Borg Episode 2
Test pre/power amp combination Canor Hyperion P1 + Virtus M1

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Test compact speaker Raidho XT-1: the big high-end world in miniature
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Autor: Andreas Günther

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