Totem Acoustic Tribe 12-Inch In-Wall Subwoofer

By |

Page 1 Page 2


If you asked me to think of a thin and flat audio/video product, the first thing that would come to mind would be a flat-panel TV. The last thing that would come to mind would be a subwoofer. That's why the Totem Tribe subwoofers caught my attention recently - at less than four inches deep, the 12-inch and eight-inch Tribe models are two of the slimmest in-wall subwoofers around. Naturally, I wondered what kind of bass such a sub would produce.

I had the opportunity to check out the 12-inch Tribe subwoofer (SRP: $1,995). Measuring approximately 17 inches wide by 28-and-one-quarter inches high (at the outside of the mounting frame) by three-and-three-quarters inches deep, the Tribe (I love the fact that Totem Acoustics gives their speakers memorable names, as opposed to something like the X22-1013A MKII) includes a 12-inch flat-cone driver, complimented by a 12-inch flat-cone passive radiator and an outboard rack-mountable 500-watt BASH high-efficiency amplifier. The woofer has a five-inch voice coil and the passive radiator is "specifically damped and weighted," according to Totem's literature, to perform optimally with the woofer. The frequency response is 26Hz - 250Hz.

Additional Resources

Featuring a flat magnetically attached grille, the mounting system allows for direct stud or open wall mounting and fits between two stud bays. The subwoofer features a full back-box design and is constructed using three-quarter-inch MDF and a rigid aluminum frame. The grille is absolutely flat up front. The Tribe 12-inch subwoofer is designed to compliment the other Tribe on-wall, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers in the Totem lineup, and can obviously also be used with other manufacturers' speakers.

I have to say I was skeptical about how much bass such a skinny sub would deliver, until I heard it. This subwoofer produced plenty of clean, tight, punchy bass in a large-ish demo room, and played quite loudly (the spec is max SPL at 112dB with 400 watts) without any sense of strain or breakup. The purpose-designed woofer, passive radiator, enclosure and built-in amplifier work as intended. Yes, it's not a big-box, 18-inch megawatt behemoth, but for many listeners and installations, I think it'll deliver as much bass as they'll ever need, while being completely unobtrusive in a home theater installation.

Read more about the Tribe subwoofer on Page 2.

  • Comment on this article

Post a Comment
comments powered by Disqus

HTR Product Rating for Totem Acoustic Tribe 12-Inch In-Wall Subwoofer

Criteria Rating







Disagree with our product rating? Email us and tell us why you think this product should receive a higher rating.

Latest Subwoofer Reviews

Feb 20
RSL Speedwoofer 10S Subwoofer Reviewed Dennis Burger auditions RSL's Speedwoofer 10S subwoofer, which houses a 10-inch woofer and 350-watt Class D amp in a modestly sized, ported cabinet. Also modest is the sub's asking price: $399.
RSL Speedwoofer 10S Subwoofer Reviewed

Jan 16
SVS SB16-Ultra Subwoofer Reviewed With the new 16-Ultra Series, SVS has introduced its most powerful subwoofers to date. Brent Butterworth tests the new SB16-Ultra, a sealed-box design with a 16-inch woofer and a 1,500-watt Class D amplifier.
SVS SB16-Ultra Subwoofer Reviewed

Dec 05
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards 'Tis the season for Home Theater Review's annual best-of list, where we select the best products we've reviewed in the past 12 months.
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

Aug 29
PSB SubSeries 450 Subwoofer Reviewed Brent Butterworth reviews PSB's $1,499 SubSeries 450 subwoofer, which combines two 10-inch passive radiators with a 12-inch active driver powered by a 400-watt RMS Class D amplifier.
PSB SubSeries 450 Subwoofer Reviewed

May 30
THIEL SmartSub 1.12 Subwoofer Reviewed Brent Butterworth reviews THIEL Audio's new SmartSub 1.12 subwoofer, which features a 12-inch driver, a 1,250-watt Class D amplifier, and an advanced built-in room correction system .
THIEL SmartSub 1.12 Subwoofer Reviewed