Music to the ears
The Totem Rainmaker possesses a startling adeptness at delineating and resurrecting detail and structure in music. The Rainmaker’s flexible surround applications give it the power to be the cornerstone of your musical and AV experience. With the ability to perform well in various musical and A/V environments, the Rainmaker brings absolute music to the ears.
Moderately priced, the Rainmaker is built with the same impeccable cabinetry as higher-priced models. Elegant, slim and classic, the Rainmaker combines quality craftsmanship with affordability. Totem's exclusive crossover system and wiring are carefully selected and matched to project pure, fresh and honest musicality.
Totem is a small, Montreal-based manufacturer that's been a darling of the quality-audio set since the late 1980s. The company made its name with small-box designs featuring startlingly clear, uncoloured, detailed sound. The company has since expanded into a full line, from mini monitors to floor standing models at various price points.
The Rainmaker is a small, attractive, two-way bookshelf speaker built with labor-intensive techniques. Each cabinet panel is individually cut and individually shaped to be lock-mitred to the adjoining panels. The cabinets sport internal borosilicate damping and full-plane vertical cross-bracing to increase rigidity. Each cabinet requires 2 hours and 15 minutes of labour. According to Totem, veneers are selected that have "life" to them.
Each bi-wirable speaker has a 1" chambered, aluminium-dome tweeter and a 5½" woofer with a cone formed from four-layered paper. The crossover doesn't use ferrite-cored inductors, electrolytic caps, or printed-circuit boards. The point-to-point wiring is all oxygen-free, solid-core silver insulated with tri-laminated Teflon extrusion.
From classical and vocal selections to rock and alternative, these speakers give a very natural, detailed presentation of every recording. The detail resolution in the midrange and high frequencies, as well as the lightning-fast articulation of transients at all dynamic levels brings the music to life. The Rainmaker's mid- and upper-bass reproduction is impressive. These Totems also party merrily with high-level rock music. The Totem Rainmaker is an impressive speaker with a wide range of strengths, many of them unusual for a bookshelf model of its size and price.
The Totem Rainmakers are a speaker designed for those who enjoy detail and imaging. It’s sound is characterized by colorful micro-dynamics and an almost acrobatic, rhythmic nature. Totem loudspeakers generally have a propulsive “in front of the beat” personality. Music retains a lively snap and momentum that challenges listeners not to tap a toe. The Rainmaker is smooth and predominantly neutral through the midrange, with an invitingly forward push of energy in the vocal ranges.The Rainmaker doesn’t merely pay lip service to bass, acoustic, electric, or otherwise. This speaker makes good on its claim of genuine 40Hz performance.
The Rainmaker is a fine musical communicator that's easy to like. Its simplicity is a real virtue, the more so because of the obvious care that has gone into creating a seamless crossover transition and minimising unwanted enclosure effects, and deliberately low port tuning delivers a surprising impression of scale. Designer Vincent Bruzzese has designed and built a beautiful and sophisticated loudspeaker that should blend with a wide range of equipment, musical programming, and décor.They communicate the basic structure of music better than just about everything else at their price, and the detail they do uncover goes into making the musical experience cohesive and hugely enjoyable. For these are amazingly musical little speakers, sounding bold and dynamic no matter what you play.
- Compact and aesthetic design
- Specially modified proprietary drivers
- Full-plane, vertical cross bracing for increased rigidity
- Design for mixed A/V applications
- Wood veneer finishes
- Borosilicate damping
- Lock mitered cabinet joints
- Exclusive hard-wired crossover
- High-quality drivers and wiring
- Solid twin-pair, gold-plated terminals
|Break in time||70 - 100 hours|
|Placement from rear wall||1' - 3' / 305 - 914 mm|
|Placement distance apart||4' - 8' / 1,219 - 2,438 mm|
|Frequency Response||42 Hz - 20 kHz ± 3 dB|
|Impedance||4 ohms minimal|
|Sensitivity||87.5 dB/W/m. Maximum sound pressure before dynamic compression|
|Recommended Power||30 - 100 W|
|Crossover frequency||2.3 kHz, 2nd order|
|Woofer||5.5" / 140 mm|
|Tweeter||1" / 25 mm aluminum dome, chambered|
|Dimensions (w x h x d)||6.8 x 14 x 9.1“ / 173 x 355 x 230 mm|
|Internal volume||9 l (internal)|
|Weight||5.8 kg (approx. 12 lb)|
The speakers require several hours of actual music playing time as a minimal break-in period. During this time, refrain from playing them at very loud levels. You will notice a definite gradual improvement in the cohesiveness of the music reproduction as this occurs.
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Toe-in: Due to the fact that all Totem speakers have great off-axis dispersion, toe-in is generally not needed. Imaging will therefore be more stable from any point in the room. If the speakers are placed very far apart (over 7 feet) then a slight toe-in may be experimented with. However if room geometry does not permit a straight-ahead aspect they will also perform very well with a slight toe-in.
*Reprint from Manufacturers Website.