Totem’s new “Tribe V and Tribe Sub”

When I first discovered Totem Acoustics at CES last year, I absolutely fell in love with the Canadian  company. My absolute favorite is the Tribe series they make.
A few weeks ago at CEDIA I stopped by their booth so I could say hi to Stephen Libin and Vince to hear the magic of my favorite loudspeakers when I noticed there was a new addition to the Tribe series.The Tribe V is the next evolutionary step toward on-wall perfection. Featuring the Totem’s Torrent driver, the Tribe V provides the highest caliber on-wall performance available.

The sound that comes from these beautifully Canadian crafted on-wall loudspeakers were so amazing that I had to literally hug them twice. Yes, they are that awesome.

Let me just say that most but not all people love to hear speakers, and definitely don’t want to see them. That being said, the compliment to my new best friend is the Tribe Sub.

The Tribe Sub can be used in any direction, horizontal, vertical, straight or flat (Yeah that’s right). This on-wall beauty comes fully equipped with a stand to move it around and absorbent back feet to lay it on its back. It can even be slipped under the couch!

I am not trying to say that the amount of bass that comes from the Tribe V are not enough to please you, because remember I said that I had to hug them (Yeah That happened). The pairing of the Tribe sub and Tribe V is no less than awe-inspiring, and my brain was taken to another dimension in sound.

Totem Acoustics have never ceased to amaze me in their products. They are all about “Little speakers can produce Big sound” and that is exactly what they are doing.

Tribe V

Design features

  • Vertical or horizontal on-wall mounting
  • Magnetic grill included
  • Available in white, black and Design multicoated
    polyester finishes

Technical features

  • 4 Totem Torrent drivers per unit
  • High-efficiency tweeters with aluminum faceplate
  • 8 ohm impedance load

Tribe Sub

Design features:

  • Advanced design for simplicity of usage
  • Vertical or horizontal on-wall mounting
  • Ultra-flexible positioning for optimal sound-effect
  • Available in white, black and Design multicoated polyester finishes
  • Supplied stand for in-room placement

Technical features:

  • 2 ballistic carbon-fiber 8 Inch active woofers
  • Comes with external 500 Watt Totem/Bash
  • Each amplifier can operate 2 sub modules
  • Cloth magnetic grill, stand & hardware included
  • Supported by 6 super-absorbent back-feet

James Loudspeaker’s “Spot 3″

Last Friday the Vsys Automation crew and myself of course, were lucky enough to witness a new Design/Prototype in development at the James Loudspeaker facility in Beautiful Napa CA. James Loudspeaker is working together with No.8 Lighting to develop what the engineers at James Loudspeaker are calling code name “Spot 3″.


Spot 3 is 3″ driver built into one of No.8′s lighting fixtures, that just happens to be an LED fixture. The LED technology was developed by “XIADO” and it has the equivalent of a 75W incandescent bulb. When asking the engineers on the challenges in making this 3″ speaker and LED light fixture in one, other than the obvious, they said one of the more difficult features was being able to rotate and swivel the light and being able to change the light in the field. BTW it looks like they have got that figured out on their first design, but only time will tell. Now I have only seen and heard the prototype, but for a 3″ driver and light combo it looks and sounds amazing! Did I mention that currently (When I was there) the Spot 3 was only being driven by 15W super sexy and sleek prototype amplifier/control unit with built in BlueTooth. I say currently because Michael J. Park, Chief Technology Officer plans on upping that to about 50-75W.


I must say that at first glance of the Spot 3, I thought that I was starring at Tony Stark’s “Arc Reactor“, the amazing audio produced proved otherwise. I also could not believe when I entered the room, the amount of brilliant bass, that it was emanating from this tiny wonder, hands on with the prototype and prints also proved me wrong.


One of my favorite things about this Speaker/Light is the connection is so easy it is impossible to reverse polarity! You may be asking yourself, How is this possible? Currently to connect this speaker to its counterpart, it is a simple RJ11 connector, but most likely is going to change to a RJ45 Ethernet connection for doubling up on wires.

More info on this when it is available, but expect to see the Spot 3 and it’s amp/controller at the end of the year from your local James Loudspeaker dealer, our visit them on their website here.