When Totem's European distributor offered to send a pair of Element Metal speakers for a summer vacation to London we were thrilled, if you know Totem then you know you should come and hear theseCreated in 1987 by sound sage Vince Bruzzese, Totem’s mission is to develop loudspeakers capable of reproducing a truly musical and moving performance. The goal is to constantly provide designs that are both affordable and real “soul movers” for all music lovers.
Each Totem speaker unit is assembled with the outmost precision, using meticulously selected components of the highest quality. Every speaker model features its own distinct scientifically selected internal wiring.
Totem’s determined foray into the realm of musical transducers has been a path to which we have strictly adhered. Uncompromising design, engineering, attention to detail and extensive critical listening tests — attributes long associated with all our products — have resulted in speaker systems that can be part of your life for a very long time.
The new Element Metal use woofers not only built in-house but deviate substantially from any usual woofer manufacturing. Firstly, they have an extreme precision-machined chassis, rather than a molded or stamped one. Each driver actually requires 3 hours of machining and 4-hours plus of assembly and testing. This allows for precision usually associated with watch making, not standard woofer manufacturing.
Besides this, other major technical innovations were developed internally at Totem. The stainless steel and thick aluminum-based voice coils are not only under-hung within the magnets but also fully immersed in a super strong yet completely localized magnetic field. This specialized enclosure, like a cradle, retains multiple claw-shaped magnetic segments, allowing for a full one-inch throw of the driver. The 7-inch cone is fully rear-damped yet light and stiff. All Element drivers have free air resonances in the 16-17 Hz area.
The tweeter is an incredibly musical on- and off-axis performer. Already utilized in the Tribe V, this stunning tweeter features a 3/8’’ inch thick aluminum faceplate, and a finned aluminum alloy body for cooling and durability. Its great attributes are outstanding clarity, openness and true linearity at any volume setting, allowing it to match form and contribute fully and musically to the woofer's magical pace.
We have been made aware of some very exciting new Totems coming soon from Montreal so stay tuned !
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