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Monday, 12 September 2011
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Totem Dreamcatcher Review


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.

Totem Dreamcatcher

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.

As a huge bonus, the Dreamcatchers are very attractive, and are not fussy about set up. They deserve to be mated with high quality electronics despite their diminutive size and moderate price.  They are musically involving in a way that makes the listener really want to focus on listening. They are tough speakers to relegate to background music.  To sum up, there is certainly lots of competition in the “budget” book shelf speaker market. But I feel the Totem Dreamcatchers are a step ahead of the class when compared to similarly priced models from Paradigm, Epos, B&W, and PSB. If shopping for speakers in the $500-$600 range, the Totem Dreamcatchers are a must listen.


Totem Dreamcatcher. $575, depending on finish.

Frequency Response:    57 Hz - 25 kHz ± 3 dB (in room)
Impedance:    4 ohms
Sensitivity:    87.5 dB/W/m. Maximum SPL 101 dB before dynamic compression
Recommended Power:    20 - 80 W
Speaker Terminals:    4-way bi-wireable
Dimensions (w x h x d):    5.1 x h 11.3 x 7.1" /
130 x 287 x 180 mm

Totem Acoustic
9165 rue Champ d'Eau
Montreal, Quebec H1P 3M3
(514) 259-1062

Review System 1

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

Review System 2

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

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