Totem Acoustic was started in 1987 by Vince Bruzzese in Quebec, Canada. Totem’s mission is to develop loudspeakers capable of reproducing a truly musical and moving performance. Each Totem speaker is assembled with the utmost precision, using meticulously selected components of the highest quality. Every speaker model features its own distinct scientifically selected internal wiring.
Totem Acoustics latest offering, the Skylight bookshelf speaker is another winner from a long line of classic products. The clear and natural sound of the Skylight sets a standard for it's price range and they are proudly made in Canada.
The reviews are in
The Skylight was reviewed by Stereophile and SoundStage! this is what they had to say.
"Which brings me to my venerable Stereophile Class A–rated KEF LS50s. Compared to these, in my setup, the Skylights sounded more open and expressive. They breathed out more vital music. And with a specified sensitivity of 88dB versus the LS50's 85dB—both have a nominal impedance of 8 ohms—the Skylights played a little louder with the same juice, and without strain.
How do they compare to the Totem Model 1s I owned in the '80s? It's been a while, but I have a lingering impression of the older speaker's sound: rich, refined, with a woodsy, natural warmth. If I remove from the equation the differences in ancillary components, my calculated guess is that the Skylights are better storytellers.
Indeed, I was heartbroken to see them go." - Robert Schryer, Stereophile
"$1000 is still a lot of money to pay for a pair of speakers, and such a price needs to be justified in the ears and eyes of the prospective buyer. The Totem Skylight justifies its price. Under the real-wood veneer and the high build quality, both of which are themselves admirable for the price, is a speaker with a distinctive voice that’s really appealing to listen to: ample, punchy bass that belies the speaker’s size; a naturalness and ease that permeate the midband and highs; and a spacious sound that helps you forget that it’s being produced by a pair of little boxes. In those ways, the Skylight is a lot like Totem’s Model 1: a small but mighty overachiever for those who don’t have a lot of money to spend on speakers or a big space to put them in -- or either of those things.
I liked the Skylight a lot. I think it’s the best-value speaker Totem Acoustic has offered in years." - Doug Schneider, SoundStage! Network