Our vision at Totem is to give you the music, the whole music and nothing but the music. As people, we want to feel alive. We want to feel the beat and inherent rhythm of life. That's why we go way beyond engineering gimmickry to deliver the heart and honesty of music.
On an intuitively technological level, we are constantly driven to go further and further in our understanding of acoustic laws and sound reproduction.
Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and charm to our day-to-day experiences. It washes away the dust of everyday life from the soul. It's an explosive expression of our humanity. Music is magically a beacon to light our way. This we understand.
Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous. Music is the mediator between our spiritual and sensual journey. Without music, life would be an error. Where words fail, music speaks.
Music is the soundtrack of our lives — it is love looking for words. When we hear good music, it makes us homesick for the unobtainable. That's when we realize that music is the most profound, magical form of communication there is. Music can even be our escape from life’s tedium.
The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message — and we, at Totem, want to be faithful and dedicated messengers. It is a language that goes beyond all languages. It speaks in a tongue that extends beyond cultural and social barriers.
With its vibrational qualities, music is enveloped by human nature's inner core. At Totem, we know that the human spirit identifies itself closely with music. In every sense, music makes this world a more beautiful place.
Music does many things for many people. It's transporting, for sure.
It can take you right back, years back; to the very moment certain things happened in your life. Music is uplifting, it's encouraging and it’s strengthening. It can strike fire from the hearts of men and bring tears to the eyes of women. And vice versa.
Music is not just math or science. It is the creative blend of sounds that either blows up on you, or becomes this incredible tonic. It’s the same with speaker design. It goes beyond engineering — it is intuitive and instinctive science. The ultimate acoustic equation must result in beauty: harmonic, tonal, timbre and rhythmic beauty.
For most of us, music is an essential part of living. We know it when we hear it. Bringing lightness to the sometime unbearable weight of being. At Totem, we truly understand the implication of our deep-rooted, profound, cosmic need for music in all its integrality and depth.
Without music to adorn it, time is just a series of tiresome deadlines or dates for bills to be paid. We can't imagine a world devoid of music. It would be flat. Music relieves us of the boredom that everyday life can induce.
Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge that comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend. Music is therapy. Music moves people. It connects people in ways that no other medium can. It plucks heartstrings. It acts as medicine.
Where does our passion come from? We can say it in three words: music, music and music. To have good music, you need good sound, period. That's where our wild, dedicated and untamable devotion comes from. Beyond the alchemy of amazing electronics and components, it comes down to a deep instinctive human feeling. Images do lie, sound doesn't.
Even though emotion is key to music, musical aesthetics explore the mathematical and cosmological dimensions of rhythmic and harmonic organization, including emotiveness, temporal dynamics, resonance and color. In music, the big bang is just another very big drum sound.
Created in 1987 by sound sage Vince Bruzzese, Totem’s mission is to develop loudspeakers capable of reproducing a truly musical and moving performance. The goal is to constantly provide designs that are both affordable and real “soul movers” for all music lovers.
Each Totem speaker unit is assembled with the outmost precision, using meticulously selected components of the highest quality. Every speaker model features its own distinct scientifically selected internal wiring.
Totem’s determined foray into the realm of musical transducers has been a path to which we have strictly adhered. Uncompromising design, engineering, attention to detail and extensive critical listening tests — attributes long associated with all our products — have resulted in speaker systems that can be part of your life for a very long time.
At Totem Acoustic, minute attention to every detail is our guiding principle. We believe a speaker should exhibit the liveliness and spaciousness of sound, with all the qualities that make live music truly soul moving. Dynamics, transients, decay, harmonics, timbre and rhythm must all be realistically portrayed.
The human ear is extremely sensitive to frequencies, amplitude and waves — it is not yet fully understood by biophysical science. That's why for the prototype and finalization stages, we do extensive “by ear” testing. It comes down to a feeling.
A good speaker will stay in your life for quite a while. Often, it will be part of your life in a seamless but deeply appreciable way. With its timeless design, Totem speakers reflect our commitment to both long-term value and continuity. Aesthetically, Totem speakers are literally made for long-lasting use. By designing ageless loudspeakers, we want to join you on your musical journey.
From the outset, bringing excellence and great soulful sound to every model and application has been our goal. You need only listen to a Totem to be convinced of this achievement. We absolutely don’t want to be the biggest — we simply want to be the best.
We honestly believe what we say — when it comes to our goals, you (our fans) and, most of all, music.