Totems and Gershwins are indeed having a totally different approach to build the sound and in vast majority of cases if you like one you won't like the other. Just my $.02
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My first impression on Gershman speakers was with their flagship Opera-Sulvage on CES.
I stepped onto this room just after Totem room and was quite shure of my undisputable likes towards Totems. This huge speaker system couldn't give any bigger and more defined sound than these little Totem Hawks. I realy don't know what other folks find in Gershmans...
Were the flagship speakers sharing the room with some audiophile newsletter and a power conditioner company? If this is the same room, I agree, the set up was not good.
However, I very much liked the other Gershman set up which had their model 828 (?) speaker (kind of like an obelisk that is bent forward in the middle). I thought that was one of the best sounding speakers at the show in the not totally crazy price range (around $16k).
The sound of the Opera Sauvages is irrelevant to what Mudshark is asking about, or to the sound of the Cameleon.
Having said that, the Cameleons aren't all that great a speaker, compared to Gershman's other offerings. This is subjective, of course, but I think they're sort of ugly. (sorry)
People tend to tire of Totems "zingy" sound pretty quckly too. That's why you see a ton of them being sold used on the Internet.
Don't be in a hurry or limit yourself to these two speakers. Look around and listen. There are a LOT of speakers out there!
I note that both Totem and Gershman are Canadian speakers. Are you in Canada? I think there's an Audio Show in Montreal Canada pretty soon. Maybe you should look it up and go to it.