Totem Acoustic Forest Floorstanding Speakers

4.37/5 (38 Reviews)


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depending on finish, two way floorstanding design


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

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2012

Bottom Line:   
This is the best speaker for performance and price I have heard! My very first speakers! And best build quality! looking for bass this is it!

I do not agree with people that you need high power amp to drive these speakers. Or Stereophile's review that these are class D speakers!
For one I have a little Cary Sli-80 driving these and it dose a great job in 40w per channel in pure class a Triode mode!
I have personally emailed the owner and designer of totem acoustic Vince! He agrees that a tube class A triode amp gives more quality in each watt compered to a high power ultra liner tube amp. Which a 40 watt class A triode only 40 watts sounds like a 70-80 watt ultra-liner amp but more cleaner sound and image and better quality (power) of each watt. I believe this is true I can switch from triode mode to ultra liner mode which has 80watts. It sounds pretty much the same power and volume wise." These speakers shine best with class A tube amps. Also give at least 150 hours of break in time!

I listen to every type of music from Doobie brothers to Earth wind and fire, Diana Krall to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Loggins & Messina and other classic rock, R&B and modern jazz. Stevie Ray's Tin Pan Alley you can hear how hard the drummer is hitting the drums. Also listing to his 65twin fender amp humming in the back round. The best is yes the bass, it growls!
I truly think when the latest review from Stereophile, reviewer load 30 pounds in each speaker twice as much for the maximum limit and mixed shot and sand in!
I loaded around 5-9 pounds of play sand in each but played around a weekend with it. Trust me 2 grams of sand makes a huge difference. I set them 18 inches from the wall for more throw in the woofer.
When I found the right amount it showed more detail and clear image then Harbeth's or any other speaker that I had listen. Detail as in Dina Krall's Live in Pairs Album. I could hear every sigh she maid and people coughing in the back-round and feel how hard were the drummer was hitting the drums and the same with the congo drums, and fell the doubble bass or Chello! The speaker was clear and stood out each player and instrument. No it was not a hi-end CD player that it was coming from ,but a 1bit TEAC ! The totem beaks also helped a lot in that matter too. When I did get the right amount. I could literally feel the bass not from the speaker but from open space in the room. As it stood out how low the growl of the bass go's especially in dire -straits ride across the river, Lions and the Doobie brothers long train running, in a small living rooms!

If you have a large living room a 60 watt Triode class A tube amp should help a lot for powering them!

Great speaker never get tired of it's sound. Also blends in the with the room and look's gorgeous, and brings great power with dynamics. Sends shivers down your spine with female vocalists truly musical!

Truth I believe these speakers are class B full range, and beet out or perform to other class B speakers in there range recommended by Stereophile! Experimentation with your stereo gear and depending on your system will bring out the best of these speakers.'Also hugely room acoustics.
This is a great speaker for Class A tube amps or any other type of tube amp, is where it shines. Or high power Class A/B solid state amp works really well too!

If you are looking at the Forest you should:
1 Get Bi-wire speaker cables(a must)
2 Mass load between 5-10 pounds(A must and experiment with different amounts) Stick with one substance for mass loading"
3 Totem Beaks
4 Closer to the wall makes more bass stand out, though past 18" lower bass with more throw in the woofer.
5 Give long break in time.

This was my first choice for starting up my first 2 audiophile channel system and no regrets on every penny spent! Paid $3200 Canadian on sale at authorized Totem dealer great cherry or mahogany finish!

-System used
Cary Audio Sli-80
Teac 1 bit CD player
Kimber cable 12 TC Bi-wire

Products compared with.
looked at Reference 3A Vennia, Paradigm Reference, Monitor Audio GX200, Harbeth 7ES-3 and Super HL5, Focal Chorus 800 V, Chorus 826 W, Dynaudio focas 220, the new Kef R700, and Venia acoustics mozart grand.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve Podesto a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: February 29, 2012

Bottom Line:   
I am not a audio expert and consider myself as a rookie in this field. I bought the Forest on the recommendations of my local dealer spodesign in Ottawa. The Forest sound great to my ears. The imaging is quite something. Listening to music has become a pleasure with these speakers. I do not regret investing $3,800 in these speakers.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2010



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

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Surely best speakers i've ever had.
Nearly perfect at the top and the bottom of the frequency band.
Very deep and controlled bass and sweet and dynamic high tones.
Surely frequency response is not linear (some frequency has more emphasis) and is very open in mid treble but they are impressive for rythm dinamic and deep and precise soundstage.
On my opinion they (i tried many amplifier) need a high current solid state amplifier with around 70-100 watt not a big solid state (200watt) if not of great quality (you may lose in microdinamics) and neither a tube amp.
I use with Densen DM10 Amplifier 75watt (after trying many other) and on my opinion is absolutely the best (i heard and suggest also Naim Bryston and Exposure).
The hig current is absolutely necessary to control the bass and create a good soundstage.
I position then 150 cm far from rear wall and 200 cm from side wall and i listen from 4-5 meter distance (little toe in is required).
In my case distance from rear wall influenced bass a lot and from side wall suondstage .

Weakness::::you will not be able to create a live huge stage and sound like klipsch or old infinity (like 9K or Gamma for example), totem forest remains a polite speakers the emotion of the BIG sound is not for them, and they are not able to do that, but this is not necessary a weak....

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

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Product model year:   2005



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

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2011

Bottom Line:   
The Totem is simply the best speaker I ever owned. Even its small cabinet this outstanding speaker is able to deliver the true imaging, soul, character and groove of each record, no matter if good or bad recorded and no matter how and when the sound source has been recorded. And no matter which kind of music is preferred. The Totem is a keenly digger in its best sence without causing any harm to the listeners ears, even when listening for hours. In addition, this speaker is extremely fast and its dynamic skills are amazing. If proper adjusted (don't be afraid, the Totem isn't a chickie in that field), you're in the thick of the things without frantically seeking the so called "sweet spot". However, very good electronic equipemt is recommended, but there is no need to choose the best possible for breathtaking money. For bigger listening rooms as I have (27 sqm) I would propose to try to add a woofer either from Totem or from Velodyne. It's not a must since the Totem goes stunning deep but I would. I would also stand back from loading the cabinet as arranged by Totem, perhaps some agility can be lost. Finally, proper decoupling of the speakers is a must, meaning I wouldn't place its 3 decoupling steel balls on a carpet or other soft grounds. Well, so far no more to say except that I would buy the Forest again. Fin.

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Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by michael petranick a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2006

Bottom Line:   
The Toem forest's are a great little floorstander whose size belies their music presentation. There are a few things that must be done in order to acheive the greatness that these speakers are capable of.
1. Biwire- most speakers can be wired as an afterthought, the notion of "well everyone else is doing it we might as well to"(sic. manufacturer) The forest are designed to be biwired from the beginning! DO IT!
2. They must be mass loaded- The low mids and bass can be sloppy if loading is not acheived. You are filling a cavity otherwise occupied by air that shouldn't be occupied by air! Completely filling can have the effect of decreased presentation of soundfield and imaging.
3. Breakin is at least 200 hrs. period.
4. Use good equiptment. The forests really portray the signal fed to them.....crap in-crap out, so to speak.
Ok, an excellent loudspeaker that might just end your searching! Designed to play music that is presented as articulate, detailed, and complicated......which means hard rock metal should go to something like a cerwin-vega.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   galen carol




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