Liederhorn Hardwood Speakers


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Call  for details on items in stock or for custom order.  Custom horn speakers require 3 – 6 month production time.


The new model Liederhorn speaker is luxurious.

The Liederhorn speaker’s sonics are splendid. Its shapely curves visually arresting! 

The tight lines and pristine appearance set them apart from the more organic patina of the Legacy Liederhorn speakers which were featured in the Sonic Arboretum exhibitions. The natural woodgrain of the Italian Poplar horn and Baltic Birch base is accentuated by the bold saturated color of the bell making these speakers a perfect choice for discriminating audiophiles and interior designers alike.

Pair Liederhorns with any Specimen Hi fi Tube Amplifier for a beautiful sonic symbiosis.

A superb music system as a work of art and sculptural presence.

-Ian Schneller

  • Dimensions

    40" tall overall
    21" horn diameter
    9" cube base
    12" minimum deep shelf

  • Driver

    4" Fostex FE126En full range

  • Impedance

    8 ohms

  • Sensitivity

    1 W/1m 93 dB

  • Frequency Response

    fs - 25kHz

Liederhorns are designed to work well on the ground or elevated as with a typical speaker and can be paired with any Specimen Hi fi Tube Amplifier for a beautiful sonic symbiosis.  Or combine them with virtually any other system and achieve excellent results.

The Liederhorn was originally designed for the Sonic Arboretum, a collaborative project between Specimen’s Ian Schneller and composer/violinist Andrew Bird which exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in December 2011.

Liederhorns are available either as pairs or in other quantities.

A single pair makes a splendid stereo system.

Two arrays of sixteen can be used to create a most exceptional stereo system. If an array of sixteen is ordered, a custom junction box is provided so that they can be powered from a single sound source.

Design & Construction

The speaker bases are made of premium quality Baltic birch plywood. The horns are made from Italian poplar.

First, the hardwood is cut into flats. The edges are then beveled to the perfect angle.  After this, the flats are bent into curves that will make up the octagonally fluted horn shape. Assembly is a tricky process that requires two people working together with dexterity and perseverance. The seams are then reinforced with micro fiber filled epoxy and hand sanded inside and out. The assembly is then registered into the flange used to mount the horn to the base, or compression chamber. A natural nitrocellulose finish is then applied to the outside of the horn and an opaque saturated color applied to the bells. This serves as a stunning contrast to the beautiful hardwood exterior.

A full range driver is rear loaded with a horn shape to match the acoustic impedance of the air in the compression chamber with the air in the listening room. There is no crossover distortion.

This meticulous process requires several hundred hours per pair. The result is luxurious.

Form, function and hand work coalesce into a package of stunning beauty and performance.

All Specimen Horns are entirely handmade at Specimen in Chicago, IL.

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 Horn speakers 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.