I’ll start with this review of the new Totem Tribe Tower:
“A sensitivity of 89dB/W/m suggest that the Tribe will go loud with any decently powered amp, though the 4 ohm nominal impedance means that it needs to supply a solid amount of current to get the best from them. Something like PMC’s Cor or even Naim’s SuperNait 3 will work a treat.”
Personally I have enjoyed Wind, Rainmaker and Mite, though never with Naim, but with Arcam, Onkyo, Marantz and Exposure; although some models have come out quite good (Wind, Arro, Mani-2…) Totem is not holy of my devotion, there are much better speakers so they cost, not great value for money.
I started with Dreamcatchers. Those actually got my hifi journey started. Before those o was all HT. I upgraded those to Model 1 Sigs and then to Forest. Both of those got a bit to shrill sounding for me. Metal dome tweeter I suppose just isn’t for me. That and I like a bit more punch than either could provide me. I have recently owned Mites to pair with my Qute. I enjoyed those as much as the DCs but ultimately wanted a bit more punch than they could provide. What I’ve heard I’ve enjoyed but Dynaudio seems to do more fir me than Totem. I do want to hear Forrest Sigs. My understanding is they improved on the Forest and compete well with Dynaudio Contour 30, which I own now.
Obviously, like almost all quality products, those of Totem having it, no doubt, when you do not add to them the transport cost, excise duties and all the profit overload of the supply chain; now start to add…
It’s the same with Accuphase, Luxman, and even Naim; I freaks out when I see their gear prices in Japan or UK.
I especially enjoyed the Wind, very good speakers with Exposure,
Fine speakers but I think metal dome speakers are not for me. As far as lacking punch for their size they are very good and I’m a bit of a bass head. I listen to lots of rock and like to feel it at times. Especially with some metal playing.
I had Dreamcatchers for a home demo to use with my leftover Rega amps in the spare room, which is 11’ square bar an alcove, they were very enjoyable with Wishbone Ash, a band that can sound rather pointless on a lot of hifi and the DCs were also good with Tool though not hitting deep bass they kept it alive. Where they were most lacking was on solo piano, I played some Scriabin through them and the big Steinway was sounding like an upright, they still kept the music together though. I sum them up as fun but I eventually bought a used pair of allaes instead.
I tried the Totem Model 1 non-Signature about 8 years ago. At that time I have the NAC202 and NAP200. It doesn’t sound too good to my ears. Lively and fun speakers but not refined. The highs and treble are a bit spitty. The Signatures may be different though.
I believe they use to use the coloured dots to keep track of the date/version of the speaker. Have not seen the dots in some time on the newer models so would assume they now track by serial #.
I’m a Sky tower user in the small second system, not currently paired with Naim but the Atom is always in the back of my mind. Being in Canada, Totem offer’s pretty decent performance vs $ here & its a fairly common pairing with Naim.
I spoke with the guy that ran the company that imports Totem to the UK at a Bristol HiFi show some years ago. I’ve forgotten his name but he explained that the speakers sounded better with the coloured stickers than without. It all sounded a bit ‘new age’ to me.
I had/have a pair of Mani-2 signatures and they are amazing but were hard on my then 250 and even get the current 500 fans whirring away during an evening listening session. I found the stickers distracting and peeled them off. Frankly I prefer the music without them.