To Doug Schneider,

I loved your “System One” article [this month]. I will be short -- I have the new Paradigm Monitor SE Atom with the NAD C 316BEE integrated amplifier. Just perfect for an apartment. I have an eye on the Totem Acoustic Skylight for a while, but the SE Atom sounds so good. Is it a good move to change for the Totem?

Pierre Bordeleau

The thing with speakers is that they all sound so different from one another, it’s impossible to say what someone might like more. As a result, you’ve asked me a question that I can’t really answer. What I can say, however, is that if you’re curious about the Skylight, find a Totem Acoustic retailer that, if they don’t carry both brands, will allow you to borrow some Skylights to take home to compare with the Atoms, or will let you bring your Atoms to the store. The good thing about the Skylight and the Atom is that they’re small, light speakers -- so they’re extremely easy to move around. . . . Doug Schneider