Excellent-sounding speakers, look great in a living room setting, don't take up a ton of space. I've added speaker spikes to the plinths, which seem to work better than the standard Totem claws. There are a few finish scratches, which are very visible in the pictures, much more so than to the naked eye-- my camera flash really reflects off of the faint imperfections. Because they are finished in real wood veneer, it's easy to touch up minor scratches with a furniture stain pen, the color is easy to match, to your furniture, as well.
One of the original speaker jumpers is missing, it's a piece of metal that connects two speaker terminals together if you're using them I will happily include a fabricated replacement if you intend to use them with single wiring. In other words, these speakers have a separate set of terminals for the woofer and tweeter, in case you want a separate amplifier for each frequency band, or you can have them jumpered. I used them jumpered from a vintage tube amplifier, which only had one set of speaker wires, so I just made a jumper that connected the two terminals.
Here are the Totem Acoustics specs from their website.
Specifications Break-in Time:100 - 150 hoursPlacement from rear wall:6" - 3' / 15.24 - 91.4 cmPlacement distance apart:2' - 12' / 60.96 - 365.76 cmMass Loading:10 - 20 lb / 4.5 - 9 kg in each cabinetFrequency Response:40 Hz - 20 kHz ± 3 dB (with proper room positioning)Impedance:4 ohmsSensitivity:87 dBRecommended Power:20 - 80 WCrossover frequency:2.4 kHz, 2nd order, Linkwitz-Riley (optimized)Woofer:4.5" / 11.43 cm sandwich cone double magnetTweeter:1 impregnated textile dome
0.75" / 1.9 cm (low resonance freq.)Max SPL's:In average size listening room (12' x 20' / 4 x 6 m)
103 dB peak (12' x 15' / 365.76 x 457.2 cm) from pair at 7' / 2 mDimensions (w x h x d):5.1" x 33.5" x 7.1" / 13 x 85 x 18 cm
The speakers require several hours of actual music playing time as a minimal break-in period. During this time, refrain from playing them at very loud levels. You will notice a definite gradual improvement in the cohesiveness of the music reproduction as this occurs.
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Mass Loading: All Totem columns work very well without any type of mass loading. However if stability is an issue or if there is a particular over emphasis in the bass in the room they are used in, then mass loading can be experimented with. Variables such as electronics, wiring and room dynamics play a definite role and therefore the option is there for your experimentation. One may use: clean dry sand,silica sand, dry particulate matter or non-odor kitty litter.
Toe-in: Due to the fact that all Totem speakers have great off-axis dispersion, toe-in is generally not needed. Imaging will therefore be more stable from any point in the room. If the speakers are placed very far apart (over 7 feet) then a slight toe-in may be experimented with. However if room geometry does not permit a straight-ahead aspect they will also perform very well with a slight toe-in.