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Review: Totem Dreamcatcher Speakers

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We just stumbled across this recent review by Robert J. Reina of Totem‘s Dreamcatcher speakers at Stereophile:

The two-way, biwirable, rear-ported Dreamcatcher is designed and manufactured in Canada; its drive-units are designed by Totem, but made and assembled in Europe. The 1″ titanium-dome tweeter, manufactured by German Acoustik, is mated to a 4″ Scan-Speak woofer. Totem founder Vince Bruzzese feels very strongly about sourcing his drivers in the West. In the past, he got his small woofers from Peerless in Denmark, but switched to Scan-Speak when Peerless started manufacturing in China. Bruzzese also pointed out that the tweeter used in the Dreamcatcher costs him €16, more than 15 times as much as most similar Asian-made tweeters.

The Dreamcatcher is built using lock-mitered construction, a technique derived from the construction of heirloom furniture, which Totem claims contributes to a speaker cabinet’s rigidity, longevity, and visual beauty. The speakers are available finished in Black Ash or genuine Mahogany ($575/pair), Cherry ($625), or White ($650). My white samples were quite attractive, blending with my room’s décor without calling attention to themselves.

totemWhen I knocked on a Dreamcatcher’s cabinet, I could sense no trace of cabinet resonance—something I expect to experience only with much more expensive speakers. Totem strongly recommends that the Dreamcatchers be listened to with their grilles removed. I listened with and without the grilles, and heard a negligible difference; grille-less, there was a touch more transparency. I was further encouraged to leave the grilles off because they made the Dreamcatcher look cheap; naked, the speakers looked like much more expensive speakers. Totem also recommends that the Dreamcatcher be given 40–50 hours of break-in before any serious listening is begun. (My review samples had already had over 100 hours of break-in when I received them.) As usual with bookshelf models, I placed the Dreamcatchers on my steel Celestion Si stands, which I’ve filled with sand and lead shot.

Continue reading the complete article here at Stereophile.

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