Borresen vs. Raidho

Can someone describe the differences and similarities between the Raidho and Borresen loudspeakers?


I have had an in-depth listening experience with a couple of different amps from 1 Raidho model only that my friend owns. Hence, I can't be for sure that all models are similar.

It may be correct or incorrect to say that all Raidho models have an overall laid-back sound signature, relatively speaking/in comparison to Borresen. Borresen feels more immediate, in your face. Resolution, detail, clarity, etc are similar. 

Both have some perceptive traits similar to 3d/ spatial/object based audio in spite of listening in 2 channel stereo (more so in Borresen).

Overall, Borresen pricing reflects a more charitable Michael B trickling things down, wanting higher fidelity levels and an enhanced experience to be reachable for guys with smaller wallets.

They are more similar than alike, as Michael Børresen was the chief designer of Raidho for ten years or so. With his Borresen line of speakers, the major differentiators are:

A more advanced tweeter - is thinner, but with more versatile membrane which is faster, more resolving and can be turned up to concert levels without frying the tweeter. Raidho tweeters have historically been more fragile and I would worry about playing music above 95dB peaks. 

Cabinet designs - Borresen is fine tuning cabinets to continue to optimize around smaller driver arrays, so they are narrower, but deeper and more tapered to reduce resonance. They require much more room behind them, however, given the speed and force of the air they push out. Newer Raidho cabinets designed by Bruno Meldgaard are starting to implement larger drivers in wider, less deep cabinets, which can play lower and closer to walls.

Both lines have improved their drivers. At first, Borresen speakers far surpassed the Raidho’s drivers, but the later Raidho TD series with titanium in the drivers are really quite good, too.

If you want a very neutral, fast and resolving speaker that has a higher fidelity sound, and you have the ample space in the room to let them breathe, Borresen is the way to go. Borresen, I have found, are overall harder to drive and require very good electronics that can control them. Raidho are more room-friendly and easier to get emotionally engaged with a wider variety of electronics, but they are just a bit sweeter and softer on top.