Totem Acoustic Answers Soundbars with its First Sealed Speaker, KIN Mini Flex, at ISE 2016

Demonstrated at ISE 2016, Totem Acoustic’s first sealed speaker can be mounted and directed almost anywhere, even serving as Dolby Atmos channel.


Taking a slight diversion from its usual array of loudspeakers, Totem Acoustic has introduced the KIN Mini Flex ($395 each), a small speaker with the ultimate flexibility.

Showcased at ISE 2016 this week in Amsterdam, it’s the first sealed speaker cabinet from the company, which has been making ported versions for years. Flex can be placed almost anywhere: mounted vertically, horizontally, atop a shelf or stand, on a wall, even a ceiling ….

The cabinet is slightly tilted in the front, so if it is wall-mounted it can be aimed upward to reflect off the ceiling or pointed downwards for optimal diffraction.

At CEDIA Expo last October, the speakers were used as Atmos channels.

“The placement doesn’t affect sound,” says Lucy Lentini, VP sales and marketing for Totem.

A universal bracket that comes with the speaker accommodates universal placement, allowing dealers to direct the sound wherever optimal.

Lentini says the Flex, which pairs with Totem KIN Min Subs, is Totem’s answer to the ubiquitous soundbar, which the company so far has refused to make.

“We just couldn’t do it,” Lentini says. “It goes against everything we stand for.”

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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson