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by Josh Ray on June 22 '06

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If you're unaware, Totem hangs animal skins and tribal masks on their walls at every show. They must be summoning magical wood elves or something because the Totem room rocked. And they always rock. One person hypothesized that Totem speakers work so well in show rooms because they're actually the appropriate size speaker for the room. These gigantic monoliths crammed into tiny rooms create wild reflection problems. But put a pair of bookshelves in a normal room and -- gasp! -- they sound great.

Totem speakers are truly new generation goods. Killer bass from tiny packages and loads of clarity and snap, these guys should be way high on your list if you're not into the traditional audiophile sound. Those super slim floorstanders are the Totem Arro speakers at $1100/pair. The little bookshelves on top of the Arros are the $450/pair Dreamcatchers. Their big speakers, which are smaller than most people's medium sized speakers, go up to around $10k for the Shamans. Lots of cool stuff so check them out.

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