Celebrating its 30th birthday, Totem Acoustic has launched an Anniversary Signature One loudspeaker that is best described by LL Cool J's opening lyrics "Don't call it a comeback." The spirit of Totem’s first speaker, the Model 1, lives on in every model but despite the similarities to the designation, the Signature One is not a “comeback” of the famous Model 1. It is an elevated, advanced monitor loudspeaker reflecting the progression of Totem’s engineering prowess and is primed to knock you out.
Characteristics that propelled Totem to prominence include bass output that is startling considering the convenient size of the enclosure and a phase response that provides an equally startling realism. The Signature One possesses these traits but its extraordinary imaging ability is what will make it a benchmark.
“The Model 1 will always have a special place in my heart because it launched Totem but we’ve progressed significantly over the past three decades and felt our 30th anniversary was the perfect time to commemorate and honor our heritage,” says president and founder Vince Bruzzese. “The purpose of the Signature One was to epitomizes what Totem set out to accomplish and provide to our loyal followers. It’s a transcendental listening experience that transports a listener right into the event or medium, placing you intimately within the studio and among the artists, or makes you part of the crowd if it’s a live recording. It’s involving, intimate and embodies the Totem experience.”
While a truly worthy successor to the famous Model 1, it is quite unique and its superior performance defies comparison. The Signature One is larger and sports an imposing 6.5-inch mineral infused woofer derived from the Forest unit and customized to excel in its new application and cabinet. Bass is powerful yet controlled and is fine-tuned for low-frequency precision by a specially shaped port shape.
The tweeter is a 1” aluminum dome is housed in a rear chamber that lowers resonances and adds significantly to its power-handling ability by functioning like a heatsink. Designed simultaneously with the woofer to achieve the best phase relationship, their synergy is perfected by a crossover handmade of only a few extremely precious components.
The artisanal cabinet design features a lock-mitered, monocoque cabinetry with incorporated full cross bracing and both internal and external veneering for uncompromising cabinet rigidity that results in consistent performance for literally decades. Industry-unique Borosilicate dampening manages energy dissipation in a desired, controlled manner within the enclosure while keeping the cabinet musically alive. The front baffle’s rounded edges and the rear baffle’s angles avoid parallel faces to shape the dispersion and diffraction baffle.
“A modern spin on all things retro is currently a strong trend in production and marketing,” says Lucy Lentini, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The current shape of the Mustang and Beetle are slightly updated takes on designs from the 60’s. Vintage dresses are today’s haute couture, and in our industry turntables have made an unlikely comeback. The short lifecycle of trends and technologies has bred consumer fatigue and a preference for products with a longer life-span. The Signature One, while undoubtedly an homage to our history, is a retro yet timeless design that will outperform competitors throughout its 25-plus year lifespan.”