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You have plenty of power for the Maggies. As I recall, Krell even lists the heat output (in BTUs) for its bigger amps.

Any suggestions for setup? A friend has a pair that has never sung as they should. I don't like his amps (one of the big TacT digital mono amps) as I find it harsh, but I still think he should be getting better sound.

I have melted plenty of DQ-10 fuses but the speakers have always been fine. They need new woofer surrounds at the moment however so they are sitting waiting for me to order supplies and put them under the knife.

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AFAIAC, Mr. dlb, you have been extremely civil. I am reasonably certain that if I stated my concerns about Mr. "Lick-T's" review of the Totem Forest, I'd find myself having to find homes for all of the kittens that the moderator and Mr. "Lick-T" would no doubt produce. Corners were cut and setup instructions disregarded altogether, then things started to really go downhill.

Oh well, at least Erick gained hero status with the wind-up, cymbal-crashing monkey segment of Stereophile's readership. I'll be waiting anxiously to see how Mr. Lick-T maintains his newfound status. You can only pull the Totem Forest stunt so many times.

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Aren't you a audio dealer? Totems perhaps?

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Elk, the crossover went up in smoke...weirdest thing! Then again Zeppelin can do that to a speaker. The Bozaks just gave up a midrange driver last year, just have to find a replacement for my brother...I still get jealous of their gorgeous sound:O) I can drive my 3.6R's with my Krell 400xi even...not all that much quantitative difference when you consider the price differences. Out of all the SS amps and ARC reference gear etc...I still find the older Krell designs to provide the best take on a wide variety of music. A used Krell FPB 300 or higher would be killer. I bought into the newer Evolution line to the tune of $53K last year and hated it (402, 202 and 505). Brittle, grey and tonaly anemic. Luckily I sold it to a guy in New Zealand for $48K US...deal for him and a face saver for me with my wife...whew, that was close! I use Hi Fi tuning fuses with MIT Gen 3 cabling and jumpers (previously used Oracle V1.2 and Transparent Reference MM). My PC's of choice are Transparent MM and MIT Oracle or Magnum AC2's. Outlets are Wattgate premium duplex's. Plants, furniture, rugs, art and curtains provide me with acoustic tuning. Maple wood supports my equipment and crossovers. Tweeters are outboard and raked back about 10 to 15 degrees with the bass panels reaching the listening position before the highs do. 4 feet out and 12ft apart wt my seat against the far long wall at approx. 11 1/2 ft from either panel. Ceiling is 8ft H with a room dimension of 24L by 18W. Tweeter jumpers are by NBS (custom Omega-$500/pair). Just sold my 505 and SACDstandard (mechanical problems), but am using a Sony XA5400ES which will be modded by Mr. Wright sometime soon...I hope!

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Nope Arqibran, never have been...just a previously happy customer. I just happen to have a deep respect for a few of the many components I have been fortunate enough to own over the years, like my ARC LS25, Ref2, Ref3, Krell KCT...have you got all night?

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Thanks, I needed to hear that bwkendall! I'm just sayin', respect the Pole (Totem)...Vince is a hell of a nice guy and a true Audio Nut...in a new age mystical sort of way. FYI, the beaks work...albeit very slightly for the High Frequency Domain. That's my story and I'm stickin to it:O) The 12 page refresher course sent to Stereophile from Totem would have been nice for Erick to read during the review process, no?

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Pay attention now blp! There's going to be a test afterwards. I was asking Bruce Kendall if he was an audio dealer representing Totem.

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Who is blp?

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A+

BTW, you can call me RG.

Welcome to the forum.

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Thanks RG! Once more unto the breach dear fellow....or was it into the breach, I always get that one wrong:O( Anyway, ATB. Now get out there and have some fun man:O)

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Oh well, at least Erick gained hero status with the wind-up, cymbal-crashing monkey segment of Stereophile's readership. I'll be waiting anxiously to see how Mr. Lick-T maintains his newfound status. You can only pull the Totem Forest stunt so many times.

Hey! I like cymbals!

(drumroll...) And for his next trick... Erick will cut open MIT Oracle MA cables and show the world the Truth!!! Muahahahah....

No, the editors have really shown that they are very present and engaged in these subjects, and that is reassuring and actually very rewarding. And like the magazine, I really believe this forum has something unique about it that is fresh and new (perhaps a more direct version of the 'Letters' section?), and yet still continues the tradition of the magazine's tenets.

I got a great idea! How about Stereophile gives away a free copy of Mikey's DVDs (or Attention Screen cd's!) for the best post of the month?!?

(I'm sure Stephen would vote a big 'no' that one... sorry!)

Or how about a free Stereophile Buyers Guide?!?! (Been too lazy to get the bookstore recently..)

Any time you need unsolicited marketing advice, look no further! I got a million of these!

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Tweeters are outboard and raked back about 10 to 15 degrees with the bass panels reaching the listening position before the highs do.

Very interesting. Like reverse toe in.

How did you come upon this? Experimentation?

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My bad Elk, what I meant to describe is that the tweeter distance is further away from the listening position, but they are still apparently toed in:O) Sorry for the confusion!

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I think I have it.

The entire speaker is raked back (top is further away than bottom).

The "tweeter" is on the outside.

The entire panel is toed-in a bit but not so much that the tweeter is equidistant to the listener as the bass panel.

We will have to give it a try.

Are you doing anything to dampen the back wave bounce off the rear wall?

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I have large/tall silk plants behind each panel. Left speaker has first reflection point diffused by heavy drapes...the right panel side opens into a bar area so no reflections really except for some bass reinforcement from the 42" high bar counter. Canvas paintings and framed album covers adorn the walls. Furniture is soft padded microfiber and tables are wood. Carpet is burber/padding over concrete. I do run two DT 200TL prosubs suspended on wood risers and anchored by Mapleshade brass heavyfeet...the decoupling and added mass from the brass feet enhanced their performance alot...much tighter and better integrated with the panels. They only pickup below 30hz but they go down to 18hz.

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A good sub can do wonders.

So nothing on the back wall to dampen the back wave, yes?

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Haven't felt the need to do anything more than the plants, paintings and of course I do have a rather large oak cabinet between the speakers. Luckily the cabinet is only 36" high and behind the plane of the panels (me thinks it tends to disperse some of the back wave). The 2 subs also help to smooth out the in room bass response compared to having only 1 handling the low end. Before the second sub was added I could definately hear the sub come in on heavy double basses and upright bass like on Ray Browns "Soular Energy". Having my listening position against the far side wall and with my ears cradled by the high back of my soft fabric chair, reflections are subjectively reduced. I have alot of scattered art about the room, such as candle sticks, decorative plates, statues, tablelamps, candles, book and side tables etc... Natural materials seem to work the best as opposed to say glass, plastics and metals.

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Thanks

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I just read the Follow Up/Measurements section of the April issue , and JA did an utterly exhaustive and mindful re-visit (along with EL) for the Totem Forest. Regardless of our opinions, a simple mechanical failure can be the spanner in the spokes to any reviewer.

I still hope that Erick uses as much strong tone of writing as he desires. I just thought of the alternative- Erick not writing... that would suck!

I would bet that Stereophile has the closest relationship with their readers and posters of any major magazine... (?) It feels very validating to have regular, direct involvement with us. Just plain thanks!

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I would bet that Stereophile has the closest relationship with their readers and posters of any major magazine... (?)


I hope so! Thank you, Glotz.

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After staying away from this forum for three months I stumbled upon the personal message from March from our moderator, message announced with fanfare in the Dead Zone.

Turns out than no one has posted in the Totem thread in three months after it was "sanitized". Forum traffic is nil. Will anyone save them from themselves??

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I took 3 or so months off from posting after the Totem incident. Did Stereophile dump the chorus boy yet?? What a maroon....the blown driver story was special

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