Bookshelf Speakers

Totem Mite Bookshelf Speakers

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This to me says a lot about the manufacturer, anyone who designs micro-monitors capable of bi-amping is serious about sound. Although I wasn't sure how much use I would get out of this ability as I intended to use the Totems with a subwoofer, that didn't stop me from experimenting; more on that later. The speakers' port was also located in the rear.

It was obvious the Totems needed to go on a road trip. After all the time we spent listening to monitors over the past few years I couldn't dream of leaving my buddy out of the fun. For two channel use we connected the Totem's to a BAT VK-3iX tube preamp, a Behringer EP1500 pro amplifier, a Mirage S12 subwoofer, and the disc spinning honors went to both a Panasonic DVD-S97 DVD player and a Onkyo DVP-S504 universal DVD player (also currently under review). The Totem's were set atop a pair of reinforced Sanus Ultimate stands and connected with Monster M series interconnects. Because of the amplifier limitations we were unable to bi-amp the totems in the two-channel setup. The Behringer amp puts out prodigious amounts of power so I wasn't concerned about driving them effectively. The Totems are mildly efficient at 87db, the manufacturer lists a recommended power rating of 20-80 Watts, but from firsthand experience I can tell you that the Mites aren't afraid of power.

Totem recommends that you experiment with placement and toe-in. Totem states on their website; "Due to the fact that all Totem speakers have great off-axis dispersion, toe-in is generally not needed. Imaging will therefore be more stable from any point in the room. If the speakers are placed very far apart (over 7 feet) then a slight toe-in may be experimented with." I found this to be true in both the two channel and hometheater setups. For two channel use the Totems were spaced 6 feet apart with both monitors firing forward. My hometheater space is a little larger, in this configuration the Totems were 8 feet apart but I still preferred to not have them toed-in. Totem also recommends a break-in period of 70-100 hours, a break-in period that I happily honored.