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Are those Kin mini's really 5"x5" footprint? They would make nice computer speakers.
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They are 5x9x5 I believe.
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Based on the number of comments (hardly any) on this forum, it appears the Totem Brand is not a very well known name among the U.S. readers and owners, may be they are made in Canada and the Totem brand is considered in the lower tier of quality and audiophile speakers. Am I correct to make this assumption? May be the U.S. owners and readers can throw in their comments to validate what I just said. On the other hand, how do you rate and compare the Totem lines of speakers, say, the Staff (costing about $2K a pair) to similarly priced well known brands like, the Definitive Technology, Monitor Audio, Martin Logan, Paradigm, Golden Ear, B & W's, KEF's, Salk's, etc, etc. Are the Totem lines of speakers overpriced, over-rated? Any comments are appreciated. Thanks.

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Based on the number of comments (hardly any) on this forum, it appears the Totem Brand is not a very well known name among the U.S. readers and owners, may be they are made in Canada and the Totem brand is considered in the lower tier of quality and audiophile speakers. Am I correct to make this assumption? May be the U.S. owners and readers can throw in their comments to validate what I just said. On the other hand, how do you rate and compare the Totem lines of speakers, say, the Staff (costing about $2K a pair) to similarly priced well known brands like, the B & W's, KEF's, Salt's, etc, etc. Are the Totem lines of speakers overpriced, over-rated? Any comments are appreciated. Thanks.
I think the reason for the limited responses are that they are a relatively small company and as such sell fewer speakers. I think people in the industry or in the "know" hold Totem speakers in very high regard. I would attribute the limited number of responses as fewer people have these speakers, especially when compared to B&W which are mass produced.
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I think the reason for the limited responses are that they are a relatively small company and as such sell fewer speakers. I think people in the industry or in the "know" hold Totem speakers in very high regard. I would attribute the limited number of responses as fewer people have these speakers, especially when compared to B&W which are mass produced.
Up here they are pretty popular, but the price is a little better. Opinions vary as to the level of "high end" they are among the esoteric crowd. I would agree to a certain extend for the more expensive models - Element and above. I would certainly audition a number of other brands before a final decision on $10k Totems.
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They are 5x9x5 I believe.
You are right in fact they are 8 7/8 high.
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Based on the number of comments (hardly any) on this forum, it appears the Totem Brand is not a very well known name among the U.S. readers and owners, may be they are made in Canada and the Totem brand is considered in the lower tier of quality and audiophile speakers. Am I correct to make this assumption? May be the U.S. owners and readers can throw in their comments to validate what I just said. On the other hand, how do you rate and compare the Totem lines of speakers, say, the Staff (costing about $2K a pair) to similarly priced well known brands like, the Definitive Technology, Monitor Audio, Martin Logan, Paradigm, Golden Ear, B & W's, KEF's, Salk's, etc, etc. Are the Totem lines of speakers overpriced, over-rated? Any comments are appreciated. Thanks.
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Up here they are pretty popular, but the price is a little better. Opinions vary as to the level of "high end" they are among the esoteric crowd. I would agree to a certain extend for the more expensive models - Element and above. I would certainly audition a number of other brands before a final decision on $10k Totems.
I think you guys I RIGHT ON THE BUTTON I have had other people in other Forums wanting to try them but the amount of dealers in the US is limited they are not well represented in all the states, hell even in the province of Quebec back 3 years ago they were limited sales since they had no rep so they attacked the biggest market in Ontario first but now theya are picking up the pace in the entire country up here.


They are certainly true audiophile speakers but the do have a small footprint, some models color the sound a little bit but for the most part they are neutral and use high quality x-over a superb craftsmanship. highly priced borosilicate paint is used for damping and they also veneer the inside of the cabinet to prevent expansion which contribute to raise the price. All in All the sound very good to understand their pricing you have to understand the kind of work they put in the speakers.




I live in the MTL Metro and I have owned several pairs of Totems.
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nice speaker!! How do they sound!

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nice speaker!! How do they sound!
Not Good

I have not plugged them in yet got home at 9:15pm EDT but i do not have the right stands yet, my stands are ordered 20 inch MR Target stands. 4 Pillars. The stands i have are 29 inches it's to tall for them.

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I have not plugged them in yet got home at 9:15pm EDT but i do not have the right stands yet, my stands are ordered 20 inch MR Target stands. 4 Pillars. The stands i have are 29 inches it's to tall for them.
I am 19 y/o and have not heard many high-end speakers in my years so far. But I did go to the NY audio show 2014 and the Totem fires absolutely blew me away. Better than speakers 5x the price. I really really want a pair.
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Bought Totem Rain Makers today

I auditioned Totem's and B&W's today, Started with the Totem Mites/sub to the Sttaf's to the Rainmakers to the Hawks, then to B&W CM6, 800 Diamonds. I liked the sound from the Rainmakers best. More and better hi freq definition I though. I'll have them in a couple of weeks. Hoping my Bryston 2B 60 watt amp can run the 4 ohm speakers OK. Later I'll decide of to add a sub.
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I auditioned Totem's and B&W's today, Started with the Totem Mites/sub to the Sttaf's to the Rainmakers to the Hawks, then to B&W CM6, 800 Diamonds. I liked the sound from the Rainmakers best. More and better hi freq definition I though. I'll have them in a couple of weeks. Hoping my Bryston 2B 60 watt amp can run the 4 ohm speakers OK. Later I'll decide of to add a sub.
BigAl above use to have Rainmakers and if I recall correctly he powered them with an HK AVR for quite some time. I believe your Bryston will do just fine. Heck I used to power my Dynaudio Excite X16s with a 50 watt Naim Nait 5i, they worked great together.

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I auditioned Totem's and B&W's today, Started with the Totem Mites/sub to the Sttaf's to the Rainmakers to the Hawks, then to B&W CM6, 800 Diamonds. I liked the sound from the Rainmakers best. More and better hi freq definition I though. I'll have them in a couple of weeks. Hoping my Bryston 2B 60 watt amp can run the 4 ohm speakers OK. Later I'll decide of to add a sub.
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BigAl above use to have Rainmakers and if I recall correctly he powered them with an HK AVR for quite some time. I believe your Bryston will do just fine. Heck I used to power my Dynaudio Excite X16s with a 50 watt Naim Nait 5i, they worked great together.
Mike, Congrats on the Rainmakers

They will and Bryston pairs well actually with rainmakers, give them some time to settle for about 50 hours or so, I know they say up to 80 hours of break in, they do sound incoherent at the beginning but after 50 hours you should hear the magic you heard during your audition, the Rainmaker do have a nice low end extension and throw an enormous souddstage, I did power them with an HK receiver in the beginning then an Arcam receiver and I did experience them with a crazy Bryston 6 B-SST.

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I am 19 y/o and have not heard many high-end speakers in my years so far. But I did go to the NY audio show 2014 and the Totem fires absolutely blew me away. Better than speakers 5x the price. I really really want a pair.
I do hope your dreams become reality, they are oustanding speakers and got many 5 stars reviews, I heard them for the first time driven by 600 watts Classe monos.

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