Totem Acoustic Sttaf Floor-Standing Speakers May, 2007 Piero Gabucci
Putting together a reference
audio system is really quite a challenge, and in fact it usually becomes a
lifelong pursuit. Establishing a budget or not, you begin assembling the
pieces that ultimately will either frustrate you to no end, or provide the
nirvana we all seek – or I'm sorry to say worse yet, somewhere in between.
Nothing more frustrating than listening to your system and thinking, hmmm, sounds ok.
Others look to manufacturers that present signature work with consistent quality of sound and build quality known for value.
I'm fortunate to be able to hear a lot of speakers during the year, not only
at home but at the various shows I attend. One of the earliest manufacturers
I discovered that I just seemed to connect with was from Totem Acoustic, and
no matter what show I attend, I'm drawn to their exhibit. Enough to request the
Rainmaker monitor I reviewed last year, and fortunately this year, to welcome
the Sttaf floor-standing speaker when it was offered.
The mandatory knock-around yielded solid yet interesting
results. The sound differs whether you knock on the back, front, or top – the
sound is rather chamber-like instead of dead, unlike most MDF enclosures.
Playing with the placement will alter what you hear – bass
mostly affected. I actually found the bass a bit "fat" too close to the rear
wall but pulling it away cleaned up the chestiness.