Totem Acoustic The Mite Bookshelf Speakers

The Mite

  • Frequency Response: 50 Hz - 20 kHz ± 3dB
  • Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Maximum Power: 80 W
  • Tweeter: 1” soft dome

User Reviews (3)

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HarmonicsReview   AudioPhile [Feb 03, 2010]

Check out my objective review of Totem Mite at:
http://harmonicsreview.wordpress.com/
I'll be posting more reviews soon.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
1Christopher   AudioPhile [Jan 14, 2010]

I have had these speakers (and many others) for over 10 years and this is the best value speaker that Totem has ever made. It does not need much power, has great balance, sharp (for the price) and its price. In the less than 1000$ price range, it is a solid value, great for a home theater setup and will work great with an entry level 1000$ receiver. The gate keeper to the hi-fi world. I began with Mites, spent lots of money, then came back to the Mites. Attention to stereo listeners, these speakers (ass all sub 1000$ speakers) need a sub.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
dgordon   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 24, 2009]

I bought a pair of Totem Mites in 2005, and really enjoy the sound of them. They are clean sounding, and don't colourize the music. They feature a bass reflex design, and are available in a variety of finishes. They are reminiscent of the Koss Dyna-Mite speakers that were manufactured in the late '80s to early '90s. The Mites are a refined version, but share the same characteristics. Specifically in the tweeter design. They seem to be the only ones I came across that feature a fabric domed tweeter, so the highs are very smooth, and not harsh, or bright sounding. The only downside I have come across over the 4 years that I have used these speakers, is that some songs recorded from CD to cassette will cause problems with these speakers. If the song has a lot of ambient, and rolling bass, the volume is at the 10 o'clock position on the receiver/amp, the music will sound like it's clipping, and make the vocals sound gargly. On a 90 min tape, there will usually be about 2 or 3 songs that do this. The rest of the songs will sound great. Initially, I thought it was the recording level I set the song at was too high. This was not the case, because the same song recorded flat at 0db will still clip. While the song is playing, and you put your hand over the back port, this distortion goes away. LP to cassette and cassette to cassette don't seem to be a problem. It's some CD recordings onto cassette that will cause this issue. I called Totem to get further info, but was told that they are not responsible for issues caused from using multiple formats, and blamed it on the frequencies of new CD recordings, and the DR1 Nakamichi tape deck that am using. When I play the same songs on my Pioneer SX-780 receiver/Nakamich DR-8/Cerwin Vega AT-8 speakers, at the same level, playing the same song, there is no problem with the sound. Other than this glitch, the Totem Mites are a pleasure to listen to, and their sound is one of the best that I've heard on the market. The compact design really makes these speakers convenient to place, since they don't take up a lot of space.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
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