Evolution Acoustics MM2 vs Raidho C4.1

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Has anyone heard both and can compare sq. Specifically, is one easier to integrate into the room sound wise, not decor wise. Both are large but the 4.1 seems to be ok for quasi near field listening. Room is 25 x 16 with sloped ceilings with max of 9 ft. Bonus room over 3 car garage. Speakers would be on 25 ft wall centered with 8.5 ft tweeter to tweeter. Front end is Bricasti M1se with network board, SGC I7 Roon Core with nas music storage, no analogue.
Amp is McIntosh MA 252 integrated. Am willing to change amp. HiDiamond 8 speaker cables, ICs and PC.
Thank you, Jeff
 
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asiufy

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There's no comparison here. MM2 is way, way better, in all aspects. Plus, due to its active bass, it's much easier to integrate into rooms.
 
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Has anyone heard both and can compare sq. Specifically, is one easier to integrate into the room sound wise, not decor wise. Both are large but the 4.1 seems to be ok for quasi near field listening. Room is 25 x 16 with sloped ceilings with max of 9 ft. Bonus room over 3 car garage. Speakers would be on 25 ft wall centered with 8.5 ft tweeter to tweeter. Front end is Bricasti M1se with network board, SGC I7 Roon Core with nas music storage, no analogue.
Amp is McIntosh MA 252 integrated. Am willing to change amp. HiDiamond 8 speaker cables, ICs and PC.
Thank you, Jeff
MM2's are just fine for nearfield listening.

i owned the MM3's for 6 years, and have now owned the MM7's for 6 years......which; once i solved my room reflective hash issues, i've been listening in the near field for the last 3 years. my tweeter to tweeter is 109" in my 21' wide room. my ears are 95" from each tweeter.

and with the size of your room, the MM2's will be able to get bass hookup more predictably, as well as offering an upgrade path to add the additional top bass modules or even the Exact crossovers should you desire. quite future proofed i think.

good luck with your decision. either of these fine speakers will do a wonderful job once integrated into your system.
 
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I think Raidho is my least liked speaker, and the MM7 is my favorite room. So while I have not heard MM2, I cannot think of an easier question
 

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Big Raidho fan here, and the C4.1 is phenomenal. Such a clean and unsaturated sound. Proprietary drivers vs off-the-shelf. Evo Acoustics are great, but for me Raidho takes it a step beyond. Raidho rooms in the past have easily been best in show by my estimation. And I even prefer the ceramic drivers to the more expensive diamond. I'm just not sure the Mac integrated is the best amp to drive either of your choices, and you'll want to do some demoing. An Aavik, Ansuz, Raidho combo should knock your socks off. I'm a big fan of the M1 SE DAC too! Good luck!
 
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Thank you to all whom have replied. A bit polarizing and to each his own. If I mentioned that I had Magico S5 MK 1s and was fairly quick to sell them off due to certain in your face detail and sibilance at certain frequencies would that change anybodies opinion of what I may like better?
 

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Raidho isn't "in your face" but they absolutely don't hold back detail. I won't say the EA's do, but some will probably describe Raidhos as having a more "Hi Fi" sound than Evolution Acoustics. Others will say they are simply superb in terms of technicalities. You may well prefer the MM2. And, I like Mike's point about the MM2's expansion capability, too.
 

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JGlacken,

You can also adjust the output of the MM2 tweeter, BTW.
Do a little research on Raidho and the bass/midbass issue. It's well known. If you go for one, get one of the recent models, as they seem to have improved in that front at least.
 

bazelio

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From what I recall, the slight mid bass peak was a design decision via port tuning, and could be altered as well. The OP needs to audition himself...
 

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Thank you to all whom have replied. A bit polarizing and to each his own. If I mentioned that I had Magico S5 MK 1s and was fairly quick to sell them off due to certain in your face detail and sibilance at certain frequencies would that change anybodies opinion of what I may like better?
Keep the Ref 3As then...good speakers and integrate well with a good sub, which you seem to have.
 

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I really like Raidho, but wouldn't buy due to bass... IMO it's just not up to the level of others that have more woofer surface area. Great tweeter though.
 
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I really like Raidho, but wouldn't buy due to bass... IMO it's just not up to the level of others that have more woofer surface area. Great tweeter though.
Listened to Raidhos many times in Hong Kong.
Their bookshelf models are excellent but the floorstanders' bass is not easy to tame and may not suit the smallish home environment in HK.
 
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Has anyone heard both and can compare sq. Specifically, is one easier to integrate into the room sound wise, not decor wise. Both are large but the 4.1 seems to be ok for quasi near field listening. Room is 25 x 16 with sloped ceilings with max of 9 ft. Bonus room over 3 car garage. Speakers would be on 25 ft wall centered with 8.5 ft tweeter to tweeter. Front end is Bricasti M1se with network board, SGC I7 Roon Core with nas music storage, no analogue.
Amp is McIntosh MA 252 integrated. Am willing to change amp. HiDiamond 8 speaker cables, ICs and PC.
Thank you, Jeff
I look forward to the ‘Setup’ process! ;)
 
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I have the Raidho D3's augmented with a JL Audio F212v2 subwoofer in the left rear room corner. DARO run on the subwoofer, LP set @ 40Hz with 24 dB per octave slope. I "muffled" the D3 bass ports to attenuate bass overlap. I've retained the high frequency and mid-range advantages of the D3 while the bass authority now rivals large floor standers.

In the future I may add a JL Audio CR1 to better balance the system. But for now this system in my midsize dedicated room sounds like a Raidho on steroids with much improved bass articulation.
 
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