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    Re: Raidho D5.1 Upgrade

    Congrats again Leroy, you are a lucky man!

    There are several reasons why this upgrade is worth the high cost of admission:

    1. A material improvement in sound quality.
    2. Keeping your speakers at a high value (older models depreciate much faster).
    3. Lars and Michael bring the speakers to you, rather than risking damage or lost listening time.
    4. Knowing you have the latest and greatest version of your reference speakers.

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    Less than one month to go Le Roy!

    I just find it amazing that one of the companies executives is going to travel 7000 km to your home to personally perform the upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwi_1282001 View Post
    Less than one month to go Le Roy!

    I just find it amazing that one of the companies executives is going to travel 7000 km to your home to personally perform the upgrade.
    Ralph, for the upgrade I believe that both Lars and Michael are coming to my residence. The cool part is that the upgrade itself takes less than a day. No shipping the speaker back to the factory and very little downtime!
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    Chicagoland : Soulution 725 preamp, 711 stereo amp, 541 SACD/560 DAC w/ Network Streaming, Raidho D5.1, Naim UnitiServe 2TB, Aurender W-20 Ansuz d-tc Loom (complete), Teac X1000 R2R, QNAP TS-451+

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    Re: Raidho D5.1 Upgrade

    Le Roy are you in for a treat. I had the pleasure of installing and listening to Rott's D5.1's yesterday. BTW they didn't get any lighter LOL!!
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    Re: Raidho D5.1 Upgrade

    I have seen some recent posts on Facebook of a 5.1 upgrade and wonder if its the one in this thread?

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    LeRoy (Odyssey) got his done yesterday. Anxiously awaiting his feedback and pictures!
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    Re: Raidho D5.1 Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    LeRoy (Odyssey) got his done yesterday. Anxiously awaiting his feedback and pictures!
    Michael Borressen, Lars Christiansen and Tyler Mueller my dealer that sold me the D5's came over mid-afternoon yesterday to start the upgrade process. It took 3-4 hours to complete the installation of the four midrange drivers and modifications to the crossovers including the addition of a proprietary IC board.

    Upon firing them up Michael said let's get something to eat because the drivers will change the most in the first few hours. After a leisurely dinner we re-adjourned to the listening room.

    Well the new character of the midrange was readily apparent. It seamlessly blends much better than the previous mid. The new mid has twice the rise time of the one it replaced. Twice as fast and better able to keep up with this world class tweeter that weighs 0.02 grams. It has no mass, stores no energy and has no inherent resonance. Tall order for any midrange driver to keep up with and the replacement mid does just that.

    To put it in simple terms the new D5.1 is more emotionally engaging than the D5.

    Raidhos are famous for needing tons of hours to break in. If the midrange gets better from this point than I'm a very happy man.

    I'll post pics at a later time. Bit pressed for time as the wife and i are headed out of town.
    Le Roy

    Austin, Tx : Soulution 520 preamp, 501 mono blocks, 541 SACD/560 DAC w/ Network Streaming, Raidho D3.1, Lumin U1, Uptone Audio Modded Mac Mini w/ MMK fanless kit & JS-2 LPS, Regen, Ansuz Diamond Loom, Oppo 105D, QNAP TS-451+

    Chicagoland : Soulution 725 preamp, 711 stereo amp, 541 SACD/560 DAC w/ Network Streaming, Raidho D5.1, Naim UnitiServe 2TB, Aurender W-20 Ansuz d-tc Loom (complete), Teac X1000 R2R, QNAP TS-451+

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    Re: Raidho D5.1 Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey View Post
    Michael Borressen, Lars Christiansen and Tyler Mueller my dealer that sold me the D5's came over mid-afternoon yesterday to start the upgrade process. It took 3-4 hours to complete the installation of the four midrange drivers and modifications to the crossovers including the addition of a proprietary IC board.

    Upon firing them up Michael said let's get something to eat because the drivers will change the most in the first few hours. After a leisurely dinner we re-adjourned to the listening room.

    Well the new character of the midrange was readily apparent. It seamlessly blends much better than the previous mid. The new mid has twice the rise time of the one it replaced. Twice as fast and better able to keep up with this world class tweeter that weighs 0.02 grams. It has no mass, stores no energy and has no inherent resonance. Tall order for any midrange driver to keep up with and the replacement mid does just that.

    To put it in simple terms the new D5.1 is more emotionally engaging than the D5.

    Raidhos are famous for needing tons of hours to break in. If the midrange gets better from this point than I'm a very happy man.

    I'll post pics at a later time. Bit pressed for time as the wife and i are headed out of town.
    Congratulations Leroy!!!

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    Renderer V2 and Roon Nucleus Plus
    Amps: Vandersteen M7-HPA Mono Amps
    Speakers: Vandersteen Model 7 Mk2
    Power: AudioQuest Niagara 7000

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    Re: Raidho D5.1 Upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by Odyssey View Post
    Michael Borressen, Lars Christiansen and Tyler Mueller my dealer that sold me the D5's came over mid-afternoon yesterday to start the upgrade process. It took 3-4 hours to complete the installation of the four midrange drivers and modifications to the crossovers including the addition of a proprietary IC board.

    Upon firing them up Michael said let's get something to eat because the drivers will change the most in the first few hours. After a leisurely dinner we re-adjourned to the listening room.

    Well the new character of the midrange was readily apparent. It seamlessly blends much better than the previous mid. The new mid has twice the rise time of the one it replaced. Twice as fast and better able to keep up with this world class tweeter that weighs 0.02 grams. It has no mass, stores no energy and has no inherent resonance. Tall order for any midrange driver to keep up with and the replacement mid does just that.

    To put it in simple terms the new D5.1 is more emotionally engaging than the D5.

    Raidhos are famous for needing tons of hours to break in. If the midrange gets better from this point than I'm a very happy man.

    I'll post pics at a later time. Bit pressed for time as the wife and i are headed out of town.
    LeRoy,

    Glad the installation worked out well. Can't wait to hear your take as the mods break in. Congrats!


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    Re: Raidho D5.1 Upgrade

    I was at Le Roy's for the upgrade and all I can say is they sound like different speakers with the same 'Raidho' sound. Hard as it may be to believe the mids are so much better. I mean even clearer without being sterile or analytical sounding. The crossover upgrade makes the 'faster/clearer' mids mid blend in perfectly with the tweeter.

    I have to say the whole .1 upgrade is the same. I just upgraded to the D2.1's (from the D2's) and noticed the same improvement. Of course the 2.1's don't scale anywhere near the 5.1's but I am super pleased with my upgrade in my much smaller room. BTW the adjustable diamond feet brings it up another level vs standard feet. I didn't think it would make a difference because of the carpet over concrete but it sure does. I started with the diamond feet for the 1st 450 hrs of break in and went back to standard for the next 200 hrs. Now I have the diamond feet back in and they are never leaving again. It is like adding another layer or 2 of resolution.

    As far as break in I can't really put a # of hrs on it (yet) like the D1's or the D2's because they just keep getting better all the time. I will say the tweeters need 350hrs to settle down (as great as they sound out of the box or coffin).
    George

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