Review: Totem Beak Tweak

Category: Accessories

Anyone posted hear tweak reviews?

Let me tell you that tweak is not the simpliest component to describe especially according to the A'Gon review standards he... he...:-)

For a long time I always thought what kinda toy is always displayed above almost all Totem speakers(except Wind that has angled top) and why I should pay for that extra or even consider to acquire these "toys" other than seing that it just looks cool??? When I came to the local dealer I "touched" them, picked them up and saw only some aluminium cone shaped semi-hollow figures that weigh approximately 20g each and was even more confused having been used to believe that they should've been heavy as hell made of lead or some other heavy metal.

After I brought these "toys" home and started to place them on top of each speaker I couldn't believe my ears how wide I could play with placement of these "toys" on its top varying the stage and radiation that is very close to the performance of the room equalizer!

After experimenting with my my Totem speakers I brought them to my friend who has Tannoy R1 on the main system and some Polk monitors(don't remember what model) on the bedroom system and started to experiment on both pairs of speakers with nearly the same results or even better(probably depends on room as well)!

The downsides of Beaks that they're built mainly for flat top boxed designes and certainly will slide or more precisely will have no use against angle top or angle-positioned speakers.

The positive side is that I can't imagine my speakers without beaks right now and it's realy fun to adjust! They can eliminate many room acoustic problems if used on relatively small and boxed speakers. A truly great engineering work thanks to Vincent!
First of all, if you can see through the beer it is no good.
I tried Guiness (tall cans) but found Beamish (tall cans) work better.
Go figure.
I tried the beer can on top of my JM Labs. Have only one problem, seeing a full/unopened can of brew is just too much of a temptation! Cheers.
I have the beaks on my Totem Forests. One night I placed the beak in the top center of the speaker and then sat my girlfriend on top of the beak. I heard frequencies that night I had never heard before.
In all seriousness, the Beak is one of those things that on the surface of I would sneer at, because that is my nature. Yet, the darn things work wonders.

When I was still in the business, my colleagues and I once spent half a day monkeying with the beaks in our Totem demo room. Their impact is palpable. Every client I sold the Beaks to were highly satisfied. For a stubborn empiricist like me to buy into what I usually dismiss as voodoo is noteworthy.

Last year, I sold some extras I had lying around at home to fellow A'Goner Nwickend who is a super nice fellow with a very impressive system, and he was quite pleased as I recall.

For what it's worth, I have met Vince from Totem on many occasions and he is a tremendous individual that I greatly respect. Even though I no longer vend Totem (or HiFi, for that matter) I remain a huge fan.