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Totem Acoustic WIND
4 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
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Description: <ul> <li>Frequency Response 24 Hz to 21 kHz ± 3 dB (in room)</li> <li>Impedance 4 ohms</li> <li>Sensitivity 87 dB</li> <li>Power 250 W max. program</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Truly stunning speakers. These replaced Revel Salon2s in my setup, a much more expensive speaker, and the Totem hands down do everything better. While the Revels are like surgical instruments devoid of any feeling the Totems are a full range and complete package. The soundstage is stunning, nothing seems to be coming directly from the speakers, and the bass response extends into the low 20s with superb definition.
They are supremely transparent and highly resolving but still communicate the EMOTION intrinsic in music.
These are rarely on the used market and it is easy to see why.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2007



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by AAYER a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 14, 2008

Bottom Line:   
These speakers are a dream. I listen to jazz and in the price range there is nothing better. I was set on buying a pair of B&W 803Ds until my audio salesman asked me to do a side by side test with the Winds. I couldn't believe my ears. The Winds beat the B&Ws hands down. I bought a pair and haven't stop listening (except for when work, girlfriend and sleep necessitate) since I installed them in my apartment. The sound reproduction is uncanny - more realistic than the 803Ds imho - with better bass response and attack. The highs are there too - but not so high (as with the diamond tweeter) that you get listening fatigue. I have them bi-wired to a McIntosh 6500 integrated and a Sony 24bit /192Khz DVD/CD player. I'm approaching the end of my break-in period and let me say they get better and better with time. Also unlike the B&Ws you don't have to drive the pants off of them to get them to perform. I'm cruising around 2 watts most of the day and rarely feel the need to crank the amp.
Though I am not a review hound, I felt the need to contribute my 2 cents about the Winds - as there is a dirth of info. on the web about these speakers. I dare say Totem needs to pick the pace up in marketing as many will overlook these speakers or never give them a chance as they are virtual unknowns to all but the most die-hard audiophiles.
Let me end by saying the Winds are so good that I find myself re-evaluating my "favorite" songs as the speakers are so accurate any flaws or fakery in the recording process become quite evident.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $8900.00

Purchased At:   Stereo Exchange



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by mdritchi a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I helped my friend buy these and am extremely jelous. He wanted to improve on his Paradigm Studio 100s V2 and I knew that these would be perfect for him. The are absoloutly fantastic speakers.

The thing that these speakers do really well is tonality. They reproduce the full soundscape with extreme detail. I find many recordings with a female and a male voice to be the best test of tonality. A particularily good track for this is Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli -- Time to say goodbye. On a poor systems the voices are blended. On a good system the voices take turns being strong. With the winds it was remarkable. Each voice was clear all by itself. It kept the voices separate. What this means is that these speakers are able to accuratly reproduce all of the overtones of intruments and voices perfectly. This is essentially the characteristic that makes a piano sound different then another intstrument.

Another favourite track of mine is on Dianna Krall's stepping -- Stepping out. There are some very interesting sounds in this track that this speaker excels at. I have heard this track over 100 times on many systems and this is the first time I noticed a small laugh in her voice as she said 'your story is so touching'. I now here it on other systems but this slight nuance handled perfectly by the winds, it jumps at you. Another excellent sound is from the soft brushing of the cymbils by the drummer. This is one of the hardest sounds for a speaker to reproduce. Often it just sounds like static. On the winds, with the proper source the circular/to and fro nature of the sound was revealed. Again, this indicates a new level of detail for me in this track.

The only issue with these speakers for some people would be their inefficiency. They are not nearly as efficient as the Paradigms and I felt them wanting for very loud rock music. Hooked up to a Bryston 3bst they were not capable of producing the really loud sound that the more efficient paradigms produced. Even with more power I felt that these were not 'Party' speakers, but were rather more suitable to dedicated listening.

All in all these speakers are absolutly fantastic. I am a little upset because now there is not much chance of me being able to keep up with the Jones.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $4700.00

Purchased At:   sound



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Martin Ritchie a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I helped my friend buy these and am extremely jelous. He wanted to improve on his Paradigm Studio 100s V2 and I knew that these would be perfect for him. The are absoloutly fantastic speakers.

The thing that these speakers do really well is tonality. They reproduce the full soundscape with extreme detail. I find many recordings with a female and a male voice to be the best test of tonality. A particularily good track for this is Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli -- Time to say goodbye. On a poor systems the voices are blended. On a good system the voices take turns being strong. With the winds it was remarkable. Each voice was clear all by itself. It kept the voices separate. What this means is that these speakers are able to accuratly reproduce all of the overtones of intruments and voices perfectly. This is essentially the characteristic that makes a piano sound different then another intstrument.

Another favourite track of mine is on Dianna Krall's stepping -- Stepping out. There are some very interesting sounds in this track that this speaker excels at. I have heard this track over 100 times on many systems and this is the first time I noticed a small laugh in her voice as she said 'your story is so touching'. I now here it on other systems but this slight nuance handled perfectly by the winds, it jumps at you. Another excellent sound is from the soft brushing of the cymbils by the drummer. This is one of the hardest sounds for a speaker to reproduce. Often it just sounds like static. On the winds, with the proper source the circular/to and fro nature of the sound was revealed. Again, this indicates a new level of detail for me in this track.

The only issue with these speakers for some people would be their inefficiency. They are not nearly as efficient as the Paradigms and I felt them wanting for very loud rock music. Hooked up to a Bryston 3bst they were not capable of producing the really loud sound that the more efficient paradigms produced. Even with more power I felt that these were not 'Party' speakers, but were rather more suitable to dedicated listening.

All in all these speakers are absolutly fantastic. I am a little upset because now there is not much chance of me being able to keep up with the Jones.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $4700.00

Purchased At:   Soundstage




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