|Totem Dreamcatcher Review|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Bookshelf/Monitor Loudspeakers|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Monday, 12 September 2011|
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I have always been a fan of small speakers. The obvious reasons are they easily integrate into a room, are generally coherent if well designed, and they image nicely without calling attention to themselves. I’ve owned and evaluated quite a number of two-way monitors, and I would generally say it takes a pretty ham fisted designer to screw one up. But conversely, it takes a talented designer with a deft touch to make one stand out from the crowd. Totem Acoustics' Dreamcatchers do stand out from the crowd for a number of reasons.
The Dreamcatchers are as coherent a two way as I've heard. Across the frequency spectrum, the entire presentation was seamless. This was rather addicting, to say the least. The bottom end weight, within the limitations of such a small speaker, created a solid foundation for all types of music, even classic rock. As a matter of fact, for one of the only times I can remember, I found myself totally involved in the music, completely oblivious to the system, the speakers, or anything else. Ironic, since big power house flagship speakers are known for this kind of performance.
Totem Dreamcatcher. $575, depending on finish.
Cd Player: Naim CD5 XS with Flatcap 2X,
Server: Squeezebox Touch, Olive O6HD
Preamp: Audio Research SP16
Amplifier: Audio Research VS55
Speaker: Thiel CS2.4
Cables: DH Labs Revelation (IC), Kimber KCTG (IC), Transparent MM2 Super (IC), Transparent Plus (Speaker) Acoustic Zen Tsunami II (AC),Transparent (AC).Element Cable Element Cord, (AC) Shunyata Venom (AC) Pangea AC-9 (AC) Audience powerChord e.(AC)
Accessories: Symposium Rollerblocks, Shakti Stone, Sound Anchors stands, Audience Adept Response aR6 power conditioner, Cable Pro Noisetrapper, Salamander rack
Cd Player: Marantz 5003, Audiolab 8200CD
Music Server: Squeezebox 3, Marantz NA7004
DAC: CIA VDA-2 with VAC-1 Power Supply
Tape Deck: Revox A77
Preamp: Belles Soloist 3
Amplifier: Belles Soloist 5, Revox A722
Speaker: Harbeth Compact 7ES3
Cables: Kimber/QED/Transparant/Shunyata(AC)/PS Audio, Pangea Audio (AC), RS Cables, Element Cable