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“How s it going. This is joe and tell today. I m gonna be taking taking a look at the totem kin play. But before we get started.
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It. What s a frequency response like yeah. I get it i ve unities for a while i had them in my main system. So i have a good idea what they sound like what do we have here one inch metal alloy dome tweeter 5 inch natural hybrid woofer 2 times 120 watts rms so yeah these are active speakers bluetooth 41 stereo rca and you can switch between phono and live level digital input is optical.
It has a subwoofer output. It has a remote control it comes with this crazy speaker wire. It can sample up to 48 kilohertz. Via bluetooth.
The optical in sampling rate. Is 192. 24. Bit dimensions are 7.
Inches. By about 14 inches. By nine point two five inches deep. They are 15 pounds for the active one and twelve pounds for the passive look at this break in time is recommended 5200 hours.
And i did put in those hours. So that s why it took me a while to actually even review. These because i had them playing in my main system for a long time so no one could say hey you didn t break them in so. There you have it they come in satin black.
And satin white. And it has a magnetic grill cover. So you have your knob here in the front ir and this remote is kind of funny. It s thin.
But it has some weight to it it s not my favorite you know small buttons. It s not something where i could tell exactly where i m at it s not like these light up or anything right so if it s dark. It s gonna be hard up see any of this stuff. Anyway.
Let s take a look at the back. They are 15 pounds. They re heavy let me just kind of show you the back here rear port and then rca s and you can t switch them from phono to line. So this is cool because if you have a turntable and you want to connect it to this well you don t need a phone oprea right you can just plug in directly.
Here and switch. It to phone. Oh and you re good to go so. Far.
I haven t had any issues with this i think it sounds alright you have your ground subwoofer output. I was curious as to whether connecting the sub would apply high pass to the speakers. And the answer is no okay optical in and then yeah the plugs power on and off nice play tap on there and the finish on this is good so if i go to their website. And i hit and buy the price is a thousand bucks.
These are a thousand bucks for a pair yeah so you know this is the first totem acoustic speaker that i ve ever gotten a chance to listen to and i ve heard a lot of my you know a lot of my friends who would consider to themselves audiophiles they ve always talked about totem acoustics total acoustics. It s like you know it s not a huge company and it s not something you get you re gonna find at best buy or anything like that but they would they would rave about these and i was kind of curious as to like you know what it is what s so special about these what do they do that makes them so special that these guys talk about it so much right maybe they re just weird. But yeah. There are thousand bucks a pair so not the most expensive speakers.
You know they re up. There. I ve reviewed elac. The navis those are 2002 geez.
So these are half of that and i guess. I m gonna have to tell you how they sound in comparison you want to know how the imaging is well the imaging on these i think is very good so like i said i got these around the same time as i got the vanity transparent one course. I got them the same time. I unbox them at the same time and i listen to them around the same time.
And so a few things they have in common they both have five inch drivers they both have one inch aluminum dome tweeters. This one is a larger speaker where on my video on the vanities..
I said that the vanity sounded awesome at a desk. But in my in my living room. I felt like i wanted the sweet spot to be wider and the reason. I said that and i was so sure about it is because when i played these the thing.
I noticed was that it did have a really really wide sweet spot. It didn t have to be in that one spot. I could move around a little bit and it would sound good in all those spots. So that s one of the things i noticed about this it did have a wider sweet spot.
It had good imaging. The soundstage was wide. I mean i don t have the perfect living room. So i can t say i would like a chance to try this in different locations.
All right are they 10 times better than the mica rv. 42. That s a good question. I would say that these are in a different category.
Altogether than rb. 42. Is just simply because these are active. So these have a lot of things going for when it comes to just plug and play you know you can bluetooth to this you can plug in a as i said a turntable directly to these you can plug in your phone directly to these the way actually have them hooked up is i have a chromecast audio going to the back via optical and so i stream to the chromecast audio.
So i have the high res file going into these wirelessly boom. Set. This also does have an auto sleep. Feature.
I wish i had a a way to change the setting on that because i do notice like i wake up in the morning. I want to play some music to these. And i have to always turn it on one small thing. But as far as sound.
Though so the rb 42. Is our 129 bucks. I think it would be a fair comparison. If i took off all of the active components right so if i said this as a passive speaker versus the mic rb 42.
Surprisingly i think they would have very similar bass response i d have to hear up side by side. But the micah s could possibly have a little bit more bass. Even i don t know i d have to hear them side by side. But these get these can get very loud right these can get like i ll say as loud.
As the sv s. Ultras. Yes. Pronto sp.
S. Prime. Yeah. S.
Sp s. Prime bookshelf and the ultras. They both get pretty loud. And these get really loud too and i think i know why that is i did a bunch of measurements.
I did on access off access to see how off access performance was excellent. I made sure to test the frequency response of the port. Because you re supposed to some of those right the port does extend the bass response. So if i only did from the front.
And i didn t account for the back. Then that s not really fair. So i did account for all of those things do you know the make of the drivers. You know what i do not but this is a different you know different material than i m used to very lightweight.
I would say that it doesn t feel as stiff as some of the other materials like aluminum maybe some kind of treated paper. You know on their website. They re pretty big about it so carl smith. Says.
I bet. They re not as loud as my cliffs 160 m..
I don t know i heard the clip have a high sensitivity. But i don t know i haven t heard them thompson serious says do you find them too bright. What s up thomas s stereo. I know you reviewed these and you said that at first you found them bright until you broke them in and then afterwards.
I guess you said that they were you kind of got used to them or they broke in or something. Where where you could listen to them with a grill off right. And that s one thing. I remember hearing you say thomas you don t do a ton of measurements and you know i m that guy i like to do measurements.
But what i would say is what you re describing shows up perfectly in the measurements. That s why i like to do them because i can either describe them to you or i can just show you and maybe what i m hoping to do is eventually teach people how to read these graphs so they can see for themselves like all right. I see what that looks like now. I have a general idea how those might sound because i m not the best with words when it comes to this driving stuff.
I don t have any flowery words to say i m just a straight up guy. You know if somebody asked me about these. I m like yeah. Yeah.
They re cool. Yeah. They re cool. This is what they do and that s it you know i m not great at describing stuff.
But i can t show you a graph so here is the frequency response in room. If you re not used to seeing this graph. This is the low end right. This is the base.
This is like mid base area here right mid range and then upper like vocals are still around here and then you get into the high frequencies all right and so thomas in stereo. Said hey these sound kind of bright to me now take a look at what happens from my measurement. So i just want to make sure that s clear. This is from my measurement in room is it i am not in an anechoic chamber.
So this is just what i would i was able to measure. But look what happens after 7k right after seven kilohertz. These are the higher frequencies. So it starts to rise and then after what is this after 13 kt.
This goes up from 87 db. All the way up to 92 right so. That s 5 db. Up.
So the peak at 16 kilohertz. So that s kind of funny because that is the you know that is very high a lot of people can t even hear past like 14 kilohertz. So. The fact that they would choose to have this rise above here.
Over 14 kilohertz is kind of interesting right i think that s like the area. Where somebody who would be good at describing speakers will say yeah. They re you know you got that air. Yeah.
It s you can you can tell that it s there if you can hear past 14 k. I have a feeling that even if you cannot you might be able to kind of sense something different about these speakers. So that s the first thing is that rising response. So let s say.
This is a baseline at 85 right here s 85 decibels and then after 7 kilohertz. It starts to rise slowly gradually and then after 13 kilohertz boom. Big bump okay now another thing. That s very interesting about these let me bring up the port here.
So this is my measurement of the port in blue right. So you can see that it does extend the base out further and you just take off the port for a second notice. What happens here so it s flat 85 decibels is our our reference level right. Now at 200 hertz alright.
That s pretty high up that s like that s that s that s not low low bass right what ends up happening is it starts to decrease right starts to fall off slowly. Not not a sharp decrease. It s not like boom. It doesn t fall off.
But it gradually decreases slowly slowly slowly. Which is really weird all right if you look at that you re gonna say like that doesn t have bass..
If that s happening you have no bass and keep in mind that these are with the settings flat right. They do have tone controls. But this is with everything flat and then here s what happens with the port right so the port kicks in around 80 hertz. It bumps up and then that gradually falls off.
So the f3 with the port is at fifty six point three hertz not super low bass. But let s say f10 right. Which is like you can barely hear the bass. But f10 at about 40 hertz.
Which is what they claim on their website. But that s you know i don t like an f10 being the number that they quote. But that s what they quote in room. Very weird response.
Very very weird i haven t seen anything like that but maybe maybe. That s why people like these totems that doesn t look like a good frequency response right and people always say you know trust your ears. And i get why people say that because if you like the way that those sound. Who cares what the graph says the only reason i like to look at the graph is because it tells me what s actually going on if we if you understand what that means then it means that we can communicate easier right we could say well this is what s happening in the bass response and if you have experience you ll know what that possibly sounds like right you might understand how that might sound in your room based on other speakers that have the same frequency response right.
No wonder i need to listen with minus. One trouble study and in a fully treated room thomas so you know what i do the same exact thing. That s what s funny about you know this audio game right even though. I m the guy who likes to measure and do all that and thomas you re more a guy who just wants to listen the funny thing is yours here s the funny thing i keep mine at minus one trouble too to me that s the setting that seems for the best.
So that funny that we come to the same conclusion. So even though these don t look great on the graph. Totem has been around for a while and i think that they know what they re doing i don t think that that frequency response is an accident and i don t think it s because they don t want it like that i think that they chose that response on purpose and if i were to guess. Other totem acoustic speakers would have similar characteristics so for example that bass response right.
Why is it why does it slowly like why does it taper off like that and what i think is happening is they understand that most people are not gonna put these in the best place. They re probably gonna put it with a port too close to the wall in which case the base is gonna couple with the wall and you re gonna typically have boomy base. But if they taper it off from 200 hertz down. I think that they understand that that s gonna compensate for any of the room game with the bass response what about that that tilted up treble.
What is that all about honestly. That s the opposite of the type of sound that i typically go for right. I like a more laid back sound elac makes speakers that are more laid back. But when you hear these they sound.
I want to say they give you a hi fi sound right. It s like a lot of times. You ll go into the hi fi shows and you ll check out some of the rooms. And they just sound like so like crisp like oh hey.
I hear stuff. I didn t hear in my other recordings and of course that will happen when you mess with a frequency. Response. And you turn the treble up you know five db.
Up. That s gonna give you a sense of error. It s hard to pinpoint without that graph i wouldn t be able to tell you exactly why i d be able to say that they re bright. Where you know i think it s very different to have the bump at 16 kilohertz and up versus having above the bump at you know starting at at 5 kilohertz.
All right. That s gonna be totally a totally different sound and i think if it was that low people would complain yeah. I think they know exactly what they re doing. It s a very interesting response.
It s not a v shape. It s you know it s not anything that i ve typically seen so i like that i like that yeah. When i first heard these. I thought that the bass was actually very good.
I think i got more bass out of these in the vanities and if you notice everybody says that the vanities have very good base for their size now these are much bigger. So i wouldn t expect them to have much more bass. But i still was impressed with the output and so i would say that these do not sound boo. Me the bass extends far enough where i wouldn t i wouldn t complain.
Plus. It has tone controls so if you want to bump up that bass a little bit more feel free here s another thing. I ve noticed about these is that it does have the bass and treble controls. But nowhere on here does it say where i m at so there are eight steps in total right so if you re in neutral.
You can go for up and then you can go for down. But i never know when i m in the middle..
I only know when i m at the very bottom so i kind of have to count from either at the top or bottom right so if i go to the top. I can say okay. I m the very top it flashed. I can say 1 2.
3. 4. 5. Ok so i m at minus 1.
Just nitpicking. But things that you ll notice and on day to day use and for 1000. Pair of speakers. I kind of want those those little details and that s the thing i noticed about the vanities.
They ve thought of all those little tiny details. I know i wish i could just only say good things about a product. But that wouldn t be fair to you guys right you want to you you want to hear what i really think about these and so you know sometimes that you have to bring in jay to let you know what s going on with these and other speakers as well. But you know actually i haven t given a summary of these.
But i kind of like these you know they re the opposite of what i typically like i like a flat response more laid back. I do like aluminum both tweeters. I feel like they resolve a lot of detail. I just i think i like these i like the way these sound.
And i like the way they look they re like slim yeah. I like them alright. So here. We are at the speaker leaderboard and let s see where the totem kin plays land and so we have powered speakers elac the vana twos the dinah s flew wants i would have to say that the totems are gonna have to be powered speakers and have to put them under the dinah s they also fit into the bookshelf category.
So we have the denton s navis ultra bookshelf ub fives mmm. I think i will also put them right under the dinah s here best for desktop. It s gonna depend on whether you like bass or whether you like that that treble response on these i ll go ahead and put them above the dinah s on best for desktop. Just because i feel like for most people.
The feature set the fact that you can bluetooth to them. And it has a remote all those things add up to make it a better speaker for the desktop for best under 1000. So these are right at a thousand. I m gonna have to put these let s see here right hmm right below the transparent one encores.
I feel like that the t1 e s are such a great value for their price. And there s just a lot of thought that has been put into them i just feel like it s more refined than the totems as far as the the feature set you know and last. But not least let s see where the kins plays land as far as best overall sound quality regardless of price. So we have denson eighty fifth.
The ee lac navis. Arb 51 s vs ultra. Bookshelf so we also have the wharfedale crystal 43 s. And the dinah s vanity transparent.
One encores sound quality wise. I would say they re below dinah s. But above the vana twos in a larger room there you have it how about the near field death setup capability of these bookshelf um. I think these are good near field practicality wise.
I d say they re a little bit big for the desk. But sound wise they sound excellent kef lsx alright. So again i i don t have the lsx. But i think thomas thomas in stereo.
He has them i think he might have mentioned that in his review of these how these compared to the lsx. The lsx are tiny. Though if you ever seen them in person so like this tall right they re like more the size of the vanities. So i would expect this to have more output as far as bass response and volume.
But you know i haven t heard them so i can t tell you see i see thomas though i see you over there since you re in here. I see you up in your game. Man. I see you up in your video game having some b roll and stuff like that you know you know trying to creep up on me.
I see you you know what i m gonna try to do thomas i ll tell you right now you re trying to increase your production value. I think my goal right now is i m gonna try to decrease you know i wanna see how low i could i think we re done here all right guys i ll talk to you later take care. ” ..
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