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post #391 of 462
I'm planning on getting the Dreamcatcher speakers and was wondering what AV receiver to get. I was planning on the Denon 3312CI but wasn't sure if they are suitable for the speakers with their 4 ohm rating. Are the Denon 3312CI receiver a good choice? If not then what other AV around $1000 would you suggest?

Thanks
post #392 of 462
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Originally Posted by canuck9876 View Post

Hi,

I am new to avsforum but figured this is the best place to get good advice from knowledgeable users on device specific equipment.

I am in the process of buying equipment for my home theater which is a 25w x 30d x 25 foot high room with the seating about 20 ft back from the video screen and front speakers.

I have selected the Denon 4311ci as the best choice of AVR but now have to match some other equipment to it. I plan on using either Totem Tribe III or Totem Tribe V as my FR, C, and FL speakers and either TRIBE II's or Tribe III 's as my SL, SR, and SBL,and SBR speakers. I also think Emotiva Amps are a solid choice.

My questions are:

1) Which Tribe speakers are a better match for this size room and the Denon AVR ? The V fronts with II or III surrounds, or the Tribe III at front with Tribe II as surround ?

2) Which Emotive AMP(s) are the best match and in what combination? The XPA-5 or XPA -3 . Do I let the 4311ci handle the 4 surround speakers ? Do I need a UPA-1 or UPA- 2 as well ?

3) When using Emotiva as AMP's should I also biwire ?

Bottom line , if some of you can recommend the right cost effective combination of all this , I would be very appreciative.

Thanks in advance. I will be watching for all of your sage advice.

Canuck99999

I too like the Emotiva amp. How about this - the Denon AVR-3312CI (first model that offers 7.1 pre-outs), the Tribe Vs for LCR, the Tribe IIIs for surround (if you have the budget, I'd go w/ this for your size room). Then I'd power these babies with the Emotiva XPA-5. I wouldn't say this is the most cost-effective solution, but you did suggest the Vs as possible candidates for LCR. If the cost is too much, go with the IIIs for LCR, and IIs for surrounds. Would still recommend the Emotiva XPA-5, as the IIIs are 4 ohm speakers.
post #393 of 462
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Originally Posted by Ronnie 1.8 View Post

I too like the Emotiva amp. How about this - the Denon AVR-3312CI (first model that offers 7.1 pre-outs), the Tribe Vs for LCR, the Tribe IIIs for surround (if you have the budget, I'd go w/ this for your size room). Then I'd power these babies with the Emotiva XPA-5. I wouldn't say this is the most cost-effective solution, but you did suggest the Vs as possible candidates for LCR. If the cost is too much, go with the IIIs for LCR, and IIs for surrounds. Would still recommend the Emotiva XPA-5, as the IIIs are 4 ohm speakers.

Wanted to chime in and say that I mostly agree with your advice. If it is within budget, I'd still go with the 4311 since it has XT32 where the 3312 only has XT. By all accounts that does make a significant difference.
If going with a total of 5 speakers, the XPA-5 should be fine. However if using 7 then go with the XPA-3 to power the fronts and the XPA-5 for the back 4.
Again, if within budget the, V's up front with 4 of the III's out back will be an awesome setup for that room. I auditioned a combination of the Tribe V's as left and right with a III as a center and 2 of the III's out back in a 5 channel system. It was in a room about the same size (a little longer with a ceiling not quite as high) and there was no problem filling that room with sound.

The op was posted back in July. Wonder what canuck went with and how he's enjoying it?
post #394 of 462
how good are the totem Arro?... they've caught my attention...

looking to build home theatre system.... I've had my eyes on B&W cm5's to start as L R speaker and eventually move them to the rears....

but how does totem compare to B&W?
post #395 of 462
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Originally Posted by NY613 View Post

how good are the totem Arro?... they've caught my attention...

looking to build home theatre system.... I've had my eyes on B&W cm5's to start as L R speaker and eventually move them to the rears....

but how does totem compare to B&W?

Well, listen to both, then you can judge on your own.
It is tough, or nearly impossible, to describe you a speaker, it is even harder to compare two...
You should not buy any speaker without having heard them.
post #396 of 462
Hi All,

I'm looking for a place to purchase a pair. I don't have any local dealers. Anyone have a good experience buying Totem's through the mail?
post #397 of 462
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Originally Posted by PAPOSTOL View Post

Hi All,

I'm looking for a place to purchase a pair. I don't have any local dealers. Anyone have a good experience buying Totem's through the mail?

Does Totem cover the warranty when buying that way? As far as I know, they have to be through autorized dealers and I was not away mail order was part of that.
To answer your question, no, bought them through a dealer.
post #398 of 462
What brand amp or av receiver do you all use to drive your Totems?
post #399 of 462
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Originally Posted by realjetavenger View Post

If you are considering the Winds, how about the Element Metal? According to the rep I dealt with, the Metal are about $1,000 less than the Winds so appear a more direct comparison. When it comes to the Earth's I have not heard them so I can't really give a direct comparsion but it should be similar (nor do I know the msrp). But I did a back to back comparison between the Winds and the Metal. (Listened to the Winds, disconnected them, move them out, put the Metals in the same spot.)

I very much liked the Metal's, much more than the Wind's. By comparison the Winds went a hair, just a hair, lower but they colored the mid-range in a way that I did not like (this was about the fifth time I've listened to Winds in various places and have this opinion on every pair I've listeend to).

The Metal's were more open and neutral than the Wind's and they were quicker with everything thrown at them. (They seemed at least as quick as paradigm s1's which were my previous favorite when it came to "speed". I found this amazing considering all the differenes between these speakers.)

The Metal's handled 2 channel music amazingly and yet were still very dynamic for home theater. A friend who was with me was thinking of getting the Wind's for his house. But on the ride back we were in agreement that the Wind's are out. He decided he will be getting the Metal's instead. They really blew both of us away. (I however will not be able to get the Metal's as the room in my house is a nightmare for fitment - no room for floorstanding speakers to breathe, so instead I'm getting Tribe V's to place on the wall.)

Thanks for your input. I thought the Earth and Wind were more similarly priced though, at least here in Canada. I still have not had a chance to hear the new Element series as there are no dealers anywhere around me. In fact, I don't believe there are any dealers in Atlantic Canada, so comments from those that have had a chance to hear them is appreciated.
post #400 of 462
Knowing that this a very old thread but i will soon join the totem club tomorrow. Will have the arro joining my linn and accuphase kits.
post #401 of 462
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Originally Posted by sfeldman721 View Post

What brand amp or av receiver do you all use to drive your Totems?

ATM, Denon 4311CI. I have a cinepro 3k6 se gold sitting in the box waiting for me to connect it to the denon (which will then be used as pre/pro) to power the speakers.
post #402 of 462
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Originally Posted by SuperToMMo View Post

Knowing that this a very old thread but i will soon join the totem club tomorrow. Will have the arro joining my linn and accuphase kits.

Welcome to the club
Vince makes some impressive speakers. Still don't understand why they do not get more attention than they do
post #403 of 462
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Originally Posted by bluemark81 View Post

Thanks for your input. I thought the Earth and Wind were more similarly priced though, at least here in Canada. I still have not had a chance to hear the new Element series as there are no dealers anywhere around me. In fact, I don't believe there are any dealers in Atlantic Canada, so comments from those that have had a chance to hear them is appreciated.

Ah, didn't realize the pricing was different in Canada (beyond the currency conversion of course).
If you haven't already, you may want to contact Totem directly. Maybe they could help facilitate a demo for you somehow (for instance, maybe by some chance there is a current Earth owner near you).
post #404 of 462
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Originally Posted by realjetavenger View Post

Ah, didn't realize the pricing was different in Canada (beyond the currency conversion of course).
If you haven't already, you may want to contact Totem directly. Maybe they could help facilitate a demo for you somehow (for instance, maybe by some chance there is a current Earth owner near you).

I don't believe there is much difference in pricing currently between Totem in the US vs Canada as the currency is pretty much on par with each other.
post #405 of 462
Hi!

I am running a STTAF, MITE-T, DREAMCATCHER Setup in my Homecinema and now - after reading about Center positioning on the web - was wondering whether I just place the Mite-T Center either horizontal or vertical/upright?
Some people on boards mention the d'appolito concept for centre speakers that requires upright positioning for ideal sound. The manual that came with the speakers doesn't really say what way I should place them. Any suggestion is very recommended! Thank you!
post #406 of 462
Howdy,

I currently have the Totem Mask in ceiling speakers as surrounds in my HT. I was thinking of moving to the Tribe in ceilings eventually. Does anyone here have those?
Thanks
post #407 of 462
Wow. Very active thread.
post #408 of 462
no kidding!
post #409 of 462
Anyone here get the Totem Tribe III or V? I can't seem to find pricing on them. If you could PM what you'd paid, I'd appreciate it. THe prices I see don't seem right but they could just be list.
post #410 of 462
I have a pair of Sttafs (which I love) that are moving into a new home. The better half says they're going to find themselves standing in a custom entertainment unit so that the front of the Sttafs is flush with the front of the entertainment unit.

My question is: since I get to design this entertainment unit, how big an opening should I allow for the Sttafs, given that they're 35" in height and just over 6" in width? I'm nervous that being placed inside the built-in (rather than freestanding in front of it) is going to affect their tone.
post #411 of 462
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Originally Posted by totemphile View Post

I have a pair of Sttafs (which I love) that are moving into a new home. The better half says they're going to find themselves standing in a custom entertainment unit so that the front of the Sttafs is flush with the front of the entertainment unit.

My question is: since I get to design this entertainment unit, how big an opening should I allow for the Sttafs, given that they're 35" in height and just over 6" in width? I'm nervous that being placed inside the built-in (rather than freestanding in front of it) is going to affect their tone.
My dad has some older B&W 603 S2s towers that are in a similar built in cabinet, what he did was get some small acoustic foam for the top, sides and back to control cabinet resonance and then have doors that have the same speaker grill material covering them, they sound pretty good.
post #412 of 462
I am in the same boat for the tribe 3 and Tribe 5 pricing ? Does anyone know what they run roughly or could PM me - and are they per pair or per speaker?
post #413 of 462
Hey all,

I need some advice.

I have a 10' wide by 24' TV room. I have a pair of Totem Arros for L/R, a Totem Tribe 1 for a center and now I'd like to get two back surrounds and a sub. I have a NAD 763 receiver.

I have been happy with Totem but open. Two conditions got me "wife approval." One,they have to be wall mountable. Two, come in white.

Suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
post #414 of 462
What do you recommend for 2 channel stereo
post #415 of 462
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Originally Posted by nyaudio98 View Post

What do you recommend for 2 channel stereo

Whats your budget? Do you have any restrictions? room size? Towers or monitors?
post #416 of 462
I wanted to circle back to this to say that I've put the Sttafs into a built-in cabinet with about one inch clearance to the sides, top, and back. I haven't even added any acoustic foam at this point. They sound great ! I actually added a pair of in-ceiling Totem Masks to provide rear channel while watching shows. Rear channel, where have you been all my life?! smile.gif
post #417 of 462
12 by 10 room ceiling 8 feet....room is not totally enclosed. Live in an apt and there is someone upstairs..can't blast music
post #418 of 462
in my opinion totem makes a very good quality speaker... excellent build quality and will last for years. i have totem rainmakers across the front... totem tribe 3 x2 in back walls and the totem tribe in ceilings x 2 and the tribe on wall subs x2 with bash amplifer... it is simply excellent quality for this price range... they are among the most under rated speakers in the world but i can tell you people really in the know who totem is a very serious company. and from canada too ! i am in ottawa and the dealer here gets the very best price since they are very close to the montreal HQ and carried them before they had much visibility...
post #419 of 462
New to the Totem club. Bought a pair of Dreamcatchers but they were damaged in shipping. I took this a a sign from God and upgraded to the Model 1 Signature. Running these with a new to me Peachtree Audio iNova and am very pleased so far. Only problem is I'm wondering if I should upgrade to the Forest or Mani 2 now. Will it ever end?
post #420 of 462
Hey everyone I purchased the pioneer SX-A9 Stereo receiver 2 channel solid state amp that puts out 70w per channel. Will that be enough to drive the totem hawks?
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