A thought belatedly strikes me, BTW, in that I have just remembered that I also had a woofer failure, when I wrote my recent follow-up of Totem's Mani-2. (See http://www.stereophile.com/standloudspeakers/462/index8.html .) Could there be a power-handling problem with the drive-units Totem uses?
I have to say that it is extremely disturbing for me to see the drumbeat continue for throwing this problem back at Totem. I think they should have QC'd the pair before they went back out the door to Stereophile, but let's be fair and follow this episode in context. Dropping a not so subtle "bomb" regarding driver power handling capabilities adds fuel to the fire and is simply unfair.
Why do you think so? All I did was report what happened during my review of the Mani-2, just as I did with the second Forest follow-up. Two failures out of two review samples may not be statistically significant, but it is worth mentioning, I thought.
Would you prefer that Stereophile _not_ report such failures? Our policy is that we do so: see http:/www.stereophile.com/asweseeit/307awsi/ .