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#237736 - 01/01/09 08:21 PM Totem Beaks....do they work?
Adrian Offline
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Anyone try these expensive little pieces of speaker jewellery ? Wondering if they work or not, the theory behind them seems to make sense. If I knew about these a few years ago, I could have made them in my machine shop. People seem rather divided on their effectiveness.
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#237737 - 01/01/09 08:55 PM Re: Totem Beaks....do they work? [Re: Adrian]
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If it costs a lot and doesn't appear that it would do anything, my general rule of thumb is that it doesn't.

In point of fact, though, you should probably get some speakers before you buy tweaks...
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#237740 - 01/01/09 09:08 PM Re: Totem Beaks....do they work? [Re: Adrian]
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Complete and utter bullshit.

Here's a link to the manufacturer's site. Note the lack of details.
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#237748 - 01/01/09 09:54 PM Re: Totem Beaks....do they work? [Re: pmbuko]
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Not so fast. Translate the review first before drawing conclusions :

"They contribute to the construction of the stereo image by increasing the sense of depth and character of holographic
pregnant. Their form, their profile, their internal cavity, while helps capture the resonances of the box to better
evacuate. Precisely machined aluminum in high quality, these warheads are strewn with parallel striations determine the velocity at which the distortions are removed. Rather than a long speech, a short test allowed fully understand how the Beak are accessories frighteningly effective. "

According to the review, they seem to be at least as effective as the crystal you place on your CD player, and might even outperform a typical set of speaker wire stands (not the ones made by the deaf monk, of course).

Seriously, it's probably fair to say that nobody I know has seen a coherent explanation of how placing these on top of your speaker could significantly affect the sound. I can tell you from experience that .50 BMG bullets on top of speakers do not seem to have a noticeable effect on imaging ;\)


Edited by bridgman (01/01/09 10:05 PM)
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#237749 - 01/01/09 09:57 PM Re: Totem Beaks....do they work? [Re: pmbuko]
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Yeah, I saw Totem's website and the lack of info on them. Any machine shop could run off hundreds of these on a CNC for the price of a coffee per unit. I'm tempted to get one of my buddies still in the trade to run a few off for me to try them, just out of curiousity. Now, if I had some speakers to try them on......
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#237752 - 01/01/09 10:07 PM Re: Totem Beaks....do they work? [Re: Adrian]
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I don't think they would be a good investment without speakers ;\)
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#237756 - 01/01/09 10:18 PM Re: Totem Beaks....do they work? [Re: bridgman]
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Those beaks are pure B.S! Totem makes some nice speakers but it also seems they like to add a little snake oil to their product line and the Totem Beaks are a prime example of that.
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#237762 - 01/01/09 11:04 PM Re: Totem Beaks....do they work? [Re: BlueJays1]
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But.. but... think of the holographics...
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#237763 - 01/01/09 11:10 PM Re: Totem Beaks....do they work? [Re: bridgman]
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I'm thinking of birds' beaks in hieroglyphics.

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#237764 - 01/01/09 11:54 PM Re: Totem Beaks....do they work? [Re: CV]
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No, those don't work very well.

But the Brilliant Pebbles, oh my goodness. They're incredible.

;\)
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