Originally Posted by jrhooper1963
Seriously contemlplating purchasing the Totem Tribe Three On Wall Speakers. The trouble is, there are not alot of reviews on this speaker. All the Totem authorized dealers seem to be impressed with them. LOL
I would really appreciate any feedback from someone on here ,who may have heard them in person. Also, it would be nice to know what electronics were used with them to achieve those results.
THANKS in advance !
Just found this thread, and I know its been a while since you posted, but FWIW, my local dealer held a vendor show in their store in Nov., and Totem's president ran the demo. Apparently, they were Vince's personal Tribe 5s (I know you were looking at the 3s) and I was floored at the sound it was putting out. He went into how the "Metal" (?) versions of the ranges used the heavier, proprietary drivers, with no crossovers (passed around one of the raw driver elements, and it was almost as large/heavy as my car's differential). Well, IMHO, aside from a nice full, clean, detailed sound, when driven with one of the store's SS McIntosh amps, if I had the Tribe 5s in my townhouse, my neighbors would hate me, given the bass it was pumping out. Honestly may not need a separate sub in a smallish room (10x15 or so), unless you really want to feel it. Very impressive (to me), regardless of the fact that the drivers are only 4". This from someone who got hooked on hi-fi through the first time hearing 801 Matrix, driven by huge Classe amp, and current system consists of C-J tube amps and 805Ns. Basically, I'd look at the Tribes if you want a "full size speaker sound", from a "soundbar form factor". It may have been said before (haven't read through this whole thread yet), or sound cliche, but they did seem to be putting out a "wall of sound". The store's room is treated with some panels here and there, and the 5s were on stands, but I think they would do well pulling HT and critical audio duties.
In looking to build up a bedroom system, I wanted the Model 1 Sigs, after a lengthy demo with my own equipment at the store, but couldn't justify the $3k for bedroom speakers. I particulary liked them for their imaging, and resolution of low level details. Also really liked the Forrest Sigs and Element Metals demo'd at the show, and got to demo the Hawks with my own equipment as well (again FWIW, thought about the Hawks, but Model 1 Sigs sounded more detailed,with the Hawks sounding "a little" bigger). But I wound up picking up Rainmakers for 50% off, as a spur of the moment decision, during the store's Black Friday sale, figuring they would be "close enough" at low, bedroom levels.
However when I first got them, they sounded "HORRID-BLE"...running them with Rega Brio-R, and FLAC files via Bluesound Node/Audioengine B1 BT receiver. Very flat/tinny, no bass, and like the tweeters were made out of paper...like the sound paper makes when your snapping it tight or waving it around? Also sounded like sections
of the frequency range were missing...very odd and inconsistent sound. I was shooting for something small/clean/tight sounding, so as not to trouble the neighbors, but this was crazy. I was pretty upset, given the store's return policy (can only return for "store credit after 7 days), and wondered if this was why they were heavily discounted..."White Van special"? Especially given how deep the store demos were going. But, after about 150 hours, they started filling out, and now I'm actually worried they may go too low, for my situation, even at moderately low volumes (at least with house/tech music). Luckily the adjoining house is vacant while I sort out room treatment/placement.