A musical and entertaining sound
Strong dynamic expression and surefooted with rhythms
Larger rivals deliver more in the way of sonic scale and authority
If you’re looking for easy-going, compact floorstanders that still deliver a fun-packed sound, give these Totems a listen
If you’re willing to spend lakhs on a pair of speakers, the chances are that you’re after top-class sound backed up by solid engineering. Of course, that amount of money also demands high standards of build and finish. At this elevated level, there’s no shortage of floorstanders that give you all these things, and Totem’s Tribe Tower can be counted among them.
But add small size, being unfussy about positioning and an accommodating nature to that list, and the field thins out significantly. In fact, we can’t think of a direct rival that fulfils all those requirements as well as these Tribe Towers.
That’s not to say these Totems are flawless, but they do offer a blend of attributes we think will appeal to a wide range of people.
At their heart is a pair of the company’s 10cm Torrent woofers. These are elaborately engineered to deliver strong dynamics and high levels of detail with low distortion and, in the Tribe Towers, they are fed directly from the speaker terminals without a crossover network in between.
Such a direct connection avoids all the distortions and phase effects inherent in crossovers, but does place the onus on the drive units to behave once the input frequencies pass the outer limits of what the drivers can do comfortably.
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