In the Jan issue Eric Lichte does a followup on the Totem Forest. In Mfg comments Mr. Vince Bruzzese unloads on Eric for what he sees as a poor review.
First of all, the day I have to "modify" a $3500 speaker to sound right is the day I am not a customer. I know...you saved some freight in having the coustomer mass-load your cabinets with playground sand.
Also, I do understand anechoic testing, but most, if not all loudspeakers will reside in a real living space in the misdst of their owners and their furnishings. I would think that this should be taken into consideration when voicing a loudspeaker for domestic consumption. If you want to build for monitor/control room applications then do just that, but the customer or listener should not be attacked when consumer loudspeakers do not sound "right?" when in a real acoustic living space. Right is in the ear of the owner.
Maybe I am not being any fairer than Mr. L's review. I do not think that customers must make a major changes in their furnishings just to accomodate a loudspeaker to make it sound acceptable, or best and certaily not at $3500.
I'm probably wrong as well, again.