I’ve owned several models of TOTEMs in prior systems, so I know their strengths, their limitations, and their warts very well.
TOTEMS are generally all comparatively power hogs that demand high-end / high-current amps to perform at their maximum. There are many prior posts here on AGON and CAM that repeat this common theme. Do your own research.
- Fuhgeddaboud about wpc ratings on your amplifier as leading clues as to eligible amp contenders ….it’s lotsa current / amps to make them open up fully. Any suggested 50wpc is a bare minimum threshold and wholly inadequate IMO to get them to,open up. You need headroom. I had to bi-amp a matched 100wpc high current power amp to its stablemate spec integrated amp to get my FORESTS perform at the maximum potential.Similarly it was a high-current 100wpc integrated even for the diminutive ARROs to strive to their max.
- Fuhgeddaboud tube or hybrid amps …it’s beefy output solid state for TOTEMs.
- Intuitively, also fuhgeddaboud any receiver …there isn’t one receiver that can do them proper justice because of their inferior and comparatively cheap power supplies packed into a unibox and are a major compromise.
HOW TO SORT OUT THE CONTENDERS FROM THE PRETENDERS
- Simply ignore all upfront power ratings at 8ohms, and see what are the specs when the impedance drops to 4 ohms…. Full stop.
- The “standard” marketing specifications puffery might say the output power is 100 watts RMS at 8 ohms. Notice the power output (100 watts) is at a specified load (8 ohms).
- The above metric shows that for an ideal amp, halving the impedance doubles the power output
- if the power output nearly doubles-then you have a high current amp.
SIMAUDIO ( their better models are my fave .,,, SIMAUDIO and TOTEM are both in Montreal and are used to voice each other’s products)
All of the above are fine performers paired with TOTEM at the audiofests.