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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:46 am 
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Ready for audition in a mere 160 hours of additional break in!

We also have the Totem Sky bookshelves. Come listen and pick your flavour.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:08 pm 
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Put them on the bus and I'll have a listen. :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:00 pm 
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You said you're coming by soon!


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You said you're coming by soon!

Yes but we both know how patient I am. :D

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Have Scott sent to me Ken. I can get to your place in way under 6 days lol!!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:13 am 
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The Totem Sky Tower is $2500 CAD.

They had nearly 40 hours on them at the time of posting, and will have 200 hours of burn in by Thursday, September 14th.

This is the minimum amount of time we put on any component before evaluating its performance. Some electronics take upwards of 500 hours.

Totem recommends between 40-200 hours of break in on most of their speakers. We stick to the upper end on all speakers.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:04 pm 
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Update:

1. They take nearly 300 hours to burn in fully.

2. Our minds are blown!


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I wrote in my notes among other things:

"I expected it to be close to the performance of the Sky, with a little character of the Hawk. I didn't expect it to be better than both."

They look like a Totem, but sound truly evolved from the classic Totem line, including the Hawk which I have loved since I heard them.

Strictly on sound quality, I can think of no speaker that outperforms or that I enjoy more anywhere near it's price. In fact, I had more fun listening to them than the tens of dozens of listening tests I've done with our reference system. This is a personal take on them, hence my personal account post :D .

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This is a thread created by a dealer promoting a speaker that many are interested in. Have a little respect.


Thanks bro.

I'd welcome anyone to bring their speakers for comparison if they wish. Whether you're considering them or not, it's educational at the very least. Plus I won't argue over matters of personal taste 8) . It's all for fun and love of sound!


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Adriankn wrote:
I wrote in my notes among other things:

"I expected it to be close to the performance of the Sky, with a little character of the Hawk. I didn't expect it to be better than both."

They look like a Totem, but sound truly evolved from the classic Totem line, including the Hawk which I have loved since I heard them.

Strictly on sound quality, I can think of no speaker that outperforms or that I enjoy more anywhere near it's price. In fact, I had more fun listening to them than the tens of dozens of listening tests I've done with our reference system. This is a personal take on them, hence my personal account post :D .

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sthomas1049 wrote:
This is a thread created by a dealer promoting a speaker that many are interested in. Have a little respect.


Thanks bro.

I'd welcome anyone to bring their speakers for comparison if they wish. Whether you're considering them or not, it's educational at the very least. Plus I won't argue over matters of personal taste 8) . It's all for fun and love of sound!


Thanks for the great writeup! I'm really curious how they handle the midrange and highs, compared to the Hawks. Do they still have that crystal clear and airy highs of the Hawks? Or is it a different feel?

Any help appreciated!


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Both mids and highs are faster and more open than Hawk. I wouldn't use airy to describe the highs on the Hawk myself. I would for the Sky and Sky Tower.

The Sky Tower has less tonal character than the Hawk, but slightly more than the Sky (bookshelf). If you've heard both the Hawk and Sky and like both, you'd like the Sky Tower for sure.


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Adriankn wrote:
Both mids and highs are faster and more open than Hawk. I wouldn't use airy to describe the highs on the Hawk myself. I would for the Sky and Sky Tower.

The Sky Tower has less tonal character than the Hawk, but slightly more than the Sky (bookshelf). If you've heard both the Hawk and Sky and like both, you'd like the Sky Tower for sure.



Awesome! I'm currently using the Rokks which I adore for their miss and highs. I guess when I think of the Hawks, it's a stunningly holographic speaker which handles rock AND jazz so well!
Your write up has given me hope that this new tower just might be the ticket!

Really appreciate the personal post!

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Adriankn wrote:
Both mids and highs are faster and more open than Hawk. I wouldn't use airy to describe the highs on the Hawk myself. I would for the Sky and Sky Tower.

The Sky Tower has less tonal character than the Hawk, but slightly more than the Sky (bookshelf). If you've heard both the Hawk and Sky and like both, you'd like the Sky Tower for sure.


The Hawk is a finely expressive, musical transducer; a quick 'Sky' (stand-mount) audition was nowhere near that of the Hawk's musicality -whether described in "speed" or as "openness".

For readers/those interested, what exactly does "...The Sky Tower has less tonal character than the Hawk, but slightly more than the Sky (bookshelf)" mean ? Clarification required.

pj

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Adriankn wrote:
Both mids and highs are faster and more open than Hawk. I wouldn't use airy to describe the highs on the Hawk myself. I would for the Sky and Sky Tower.

The Sky Tower has less tonal character than the Hawk, but slightly more than the Sky (bookshelf). If you've heard both the Hawk and Sky and like both, you'd like the Sky Tower for sure.



Awesome! I'm currently using the Rokks which I adore for their miss and highs. I guess when I think of the Hawks, it's a stunningly holographic speaker which handles rock AND jazz so well!
Your write up has given me hope that this new tower just might be the ticket!

Really appreciate the personal post!

G


Stick with the tried/true 'Hawk'. your comment about it, specifically "... it's a stunningly holographic speaker ...." describes it appropriately.

pj


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allhifi wrote:
For readers/those interested, what exactly does "...The Sky Tower has less tonal character than the Hawk, but slightly more than the Sky (bookshelf)" mean ? Clarification required.

pj


PJ, I agree with you regarding the Hawk.

The main take away from that quote from me is the second part you did not include "If you've heard both the Hawk and Sky and like both, you'd like the Sky Tower for sure."

I would like you to hear the Sky and Sky Tower here before continuing to comment on the merits of either vs. the Hawk. Not because I don't agree that they are different or that you didn't like the Sky briefly as you heard them. And you are certainly not wrong about the Hawk being musically engaging. However tonal accuracy on the Sky (bookshelf) plus the tonal character/musicality of the Hawk might be preferred over one or the other for some individuals.

I invite everyone to hear them, as they are not the same as either the Sky or Hawk. Hearing those alone will not give you an idea of their sound, nor will reading my comments or reviews.

We believe in making informed decisions. The best thing anyone can do is listen to as much as they. That is the only call to action here. We only sell what we professionally feel represents great value. What someone personally enjoys most can only be determined by experiencing it for themselves.

Discouraging someone to experience something new when the effort to do so comes at no cost to them other than the time is an extreme disservice.

Every recommendation should be followed with the caveat that it has to be evaluated personally. Too many comments on these threads are laced with negativity and confirmation bias. This thread is only to encourage everyone that cares to have a listen to do so.

For the love of music,

I hope to listen with you soon!


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I Have the room booked and will be there in about a week. If they're as good as you say they are maybe I'll buy both and put them in rotation with my Model One Sigs given how economical they are to buy. I still wanna hear the Forests though. :D

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Hello friends,

I am actually debating myself regarding which model to purchase for my living room.

As a small background info, I have Totem Rainmakers in my bedroom as our TV/Music setup, and we love them! We are sorely missing that quality of sound in the living room.

Still, there are options and routes we could take:

  • Buy Sky Towers for the living room, leave Rainmakers in bedroom
  • Buy Sky Bookshelfs for the living room, leave Rainmakers in bedroom
  • Buy Sky Bookshelfs for the bedroom and move the Rainmakers to the living room (depending on the second amp / dac capacity to run the rainmakers)

I was also considering the Hawks, but they may be a bit out of budget for me.

I have to make a confession: I heard the Sky Bookshelfs during a demo on a place where I am familiar with the acoustics... they were 'nasal'. The singing voices where buried behind a fog or veil... I wasn't impressed. There were some Hawks there, but I was not able to audition them properly and they were quickly replaced by some Element Earths, where obviously everything else became poorer in comparison.

But I am concerned that the Skys would not be that much of an improvement over the Rainmakers I already have. I have also read people that prefer the Sky Bookshelfs over the Sky Towers, claiming better control.

I am curious about your thoughts? Would the Sky Towers present a good evolution of sound for me if I already love the Rainmakers? (but somehow have concerns about the Sky Bookshelfs?)

Thanks very much!
Best regards,
Rafa.


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