At the Stereo Exchange in the NoHo section of New York City, Totem Acoustic unveiled its new Element series of speakers. The Element series uses their propriety “no crossover” technology to strike a balance between function and form. The concept is based on nature’s five elements.
They consist of Fire (monitor), Wood (center-channel), Earth (tower, passive radiator), Water (subwoofer) and Metal (tower, twin woofers). This new series will stand alone or integrate with all of the Tribe series, for an impressive surround setup.
Totem’s founder and President Vince Bruzzese started the company 25 years ago, when he hand made the first speakers for a friend. Vince’s friend hooked up the speakers and he was so impressed with them he told Vince that he felt they so valuable that he considered them a Totem (of great value). This was the beginning of Totem Acoustics.
Bruzzese explained that the Element series has been in R&D for 5 years and the approach of no active or passive cross- over parts in the woofer section is completely unique. All woofers in the Element series are built in-house with the precision of a watchmaker. In fact, states Bruzzese, “the 7 inch Torrent hand-assembled drivers cost the company $1,000 each to manufacture” For all this engineering and precision the company’s motto is “The simpler the better.”
We sat down with John Atkinson, the editor of Stereophile and asked him what he thought of the sound demo. Being a man of few words he said “low range, dynamic bass.” Me? I was impressed and the owner of Stereo Exchange said to me; “I am proud to sell Totem speakers”
For all the work that goes into the Element series, these speakers are basically plug and play. And “they have a wide sweet spot” to quote Lucy Lentini, Totem’s V.P. That being said, the Earth and Metal models come with an adjustable front claw for elevating their direction.