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Nice pics- Lummy.
Do you still own The One?
In 2008, Totem's The One was my main speaker. We used Sumiko's single-pillar Franklin & Lowell stands. With the carpet-piercing spikes, the F&L stand is stable. Its top plate uses a full sheet of Sorbothane, which secures the speaker. Other than stubbed-toes at the base, this is relatively child-proof.
My daughter was born in 2008. When she was able to stand, she'd clamber up to The One, press her ear near the woofer. She loved The Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star."
My kids got bigger, and my 15x19 room was ready for larger speakers. I then drove The One down to an audiophile acquaintance, who lived a little closer to San Diego, than Orange County. At the time, elephant seals, which normally like to come ashore between San Luis Obispo and Marin Counties, were actually spotted in La Jolla.
At the time, The One was perfect for this audiophile. But then, his son graduated from college, and actually did not return home. The son gathered his belongings, and moved out. The audiophile was left with more space, which opened up the option of getting larger speakers.
I am receiving a healthy dose of emails, asking how the Totem Sky compares to other speakers. Maybe I can convince the audiophile above, to be my writing partner on such a post. After all, he's since auditioned several loudspeakers, and thus, is in good position to construct such a post.
I would like to read such a comparison - Lummy.
Reviewers are supposed to cover the product first, and then do comparisons later. In the Sky's case, I haven't even started posts on, for example, cabling and amplification. That has to do with my writing partners. The guy who assisted on comparing the Sky to The One was enthusiastic, fast, and creative. He said he got on a roll, with our back and forth, and had loads of fun.
Logically, it would have made sense for the first comparison to be Totem's Model 1 Signature. That might be split between two guest writers, so M1S comparisons might not be ready for weeks.
This particular pair of Sky has been through several households. I know a couple of them, so we do have some good material to work with.
Readers are becoming adept, at figuring out when my writing partner is a non-audiophile, i.e., a female friend. Part 4 below was actually with ACS herself.
Some readers are also becoming very astute. They asked if the short blonde girl, Abby, was the same Abby, who went with me to the early 1991 Testament/Slayer concert, where she got bloodied [yes].
Many audiophiles do a search, and refer to posts I made years, or even decades, ago. So it behooves me to do a quality job. Years from now, readers will stumble upon these Totem Sky posts, and ask me about them.
But forget "years from now." I've presently received a ton of emails, regarding the Sky. I apologize to those I have not answered. Many of their topics, issues, and questions will be addressed in future posts.
I would certainly consider you an Totem expert. Over the decades you have had the good fortune to visit Audio shops as well as listen to other Audiophiles gear from the 90's to current date. Never give up auditioning the gear!
Over on Rocky Road, the music from the Spring 1986 semester was just so friggin' awesome. We'd squeeze our headphones into our ears, so that we could hear more of the music. We fiddled with the boomboxes' EQ or tone controls, to bring out more of what we wanted to hear. In our bedrooms, we'd adjust the mini-stereo's antenna, in order to bring in radio stations more cleanly.
Our cheap electronics just didn't do the music justice. And that's how I became an audiophile. Our school's library subscribed to Audio magazine and Stereo Review, so those were a start. I still have the few late-80s Stereophile magazines, I picked up from newsstands and bookstores. I didn't subscribe, until 1990, when I was in college.
I consider the Adcom GFA-535, which I got for my 18th birthday in 1990, my entry into high-end audio. You never forget it. It's always with and a part of you. Seems like yesterday, but that was really three decades ago.
Some of us have kids in high school and college. So we've come full circle, and our own education is once again at the forefront, as an example for our kids. My friends' daughter, Lauren, has already graduated from college. Last December, she left this note and snacks for her brother, who was taking finals at UC Irvine. Lauren's thoughtfulness and care are an indicator that her parents (who have appeared in a couple of my older posts elsewhere) raised her properly.
Hard to believe that brands like AudioQuest and Totem, which were there for us, when we were in college, are still around. So when we review, for example, the current-production Totem Sky, the history is relevant, important, mandatory, and interesting. Future posts might be out of order, but they will incorporate that history.
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