Special Combo Hornling Speaker & Tube Amp System ICA Museum Show


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A very special Hornling speaker and Tube Amplifer System, from the Sonic Arboretum at the ICA Boston Museum!



This set represents the last of the Specimen Legacy Hornling speakers, paired with a matching Tube Amp, in a stunning Yellow Finish. A free bluetooth receiver will be included so that you can stream from any cyberdevice!

Hornlings Serial #593/594 —with Fostex FE83En 3″ full-range drivers

Single Ended Stereo Tube Amp Serial # 714 —with Two 6L6G tubes, Two 6SL7 tubes, one GZ34 rectifier tube

A very special Specimen hi fi music system! 

This Hornling speaker and Tube Amplifer System is from the Sonic Arboretum at the ICA Boston Museum.

Each horn is unique and bears a variety of markings that result from the construction and finishing process. This mottled organic finish lends a unique patina to each horn.

Included with this system is a Dayton Audio Bluetooth audio receiver which provides you with Bluetooth wireless connectivity while retaining great sounding audio. It is perfect for use with a Specimen Stereo Tube Amp. With a variety of output options including analog stereo RCA, digital coaxial, and digital optical, the BTR01 gives you flexibly to integrate it into any audio setup. High sampling rates of up to 24-bit/48 kHz, the receiver gives you audiophile sound quality in a small, portable package.

  • Single Ended Stereo Hi Fi Tube Amplifier

    Two 6L6G tubes, Two 6SL7 tubes, one GZ34 rectifier tube
    Dimensions11" wide x 16" deep x 8" high
    ControlsTwo volume controls
    InputsTwo RCA input jacks
    Power8 watts per channel
    Weight20 lbs.

  • Hornling Speakers

    26 3/8" tall overall
    13 3/4" horn diameter
    6" cube base
    8" minimum deep shelf

  • Driver

    Fostex FE83En 3" full-range driver

  • Impedance

    8 ohms

  • Sensitivity

    1 W/1m 88 dB

  • Frequency Response

    fs - 30kHz

Design & Construction
These horns are entirely handmade at my shop in Chicago, IL. The bases are made of premium quality Baltic birch plywood. The horns are made from recycled newsprint, dryer lint, and shellac, making them by far the most eco-friendly Specimens to date. Dryer lint is one of earth’s greatest squandered resources and we are now putting it to use. It has incredible strength from all the interlocking fibers.

Considering these for the Sonic Arboretum, it seemed logical to have the horns integrate well with nature. These materials accomplish this as they create their own foliage-like effect. They actually work exceedingly well in any botanical setting. They almost look as if they have grown in place.

Compatibility and Placement

All Specimen Horn Speakers can be paired with my hi-fi tube amplifiers for a beautiful symbiosis. Or they can be used with virtually any other system and achieve excellent results.

Specimen Horns are designed to work well elevated as a typical bookshelf speaker, out in the open, or even placed on the ground to achieve a more spatially expansive installation, as in the Sonic Arboretum exhibitions. The sound of Specimen Horns has been described as “holographic” in that the sound seems to be coming from behind the enclosure, making it difficult to identify the sound source. This can evoke the sensation of the instrument being in the room with the listener.


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