Liederhorns – Dark Walnut & Gold Bell


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Sleek design meet powerful sonics. These Specimen Liederhorn stereo hi-fi speakers are the last pair of their kind.  The metallic gold finish of the bells combined with the dark walnut exterior imbues these very special speakers with a flourish of antiquity. This pair of horns graced the check in counter of the Hard Rock Hotel on Michigan Ave, Chicago on loan from Specimen for a couple years. Now that they have done their public service they are ready to grace your home like a beloved Greyhound retired from the track. They have been thoroughly inspected and certified by Ian.


  • 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

We suggest completing a Liederhorn system with  hand made Single Ended Stereo Hi-Fi Tube Amp and our Powered Satellite Subwoofer in matching Dark Walnut finish.

Amps not included.

Specimen Liederhorns

These speakers can be paired with any of my hi fi tube amplifiers for a beautiful sonic symbiosis or with virtually any other system and achieve excellent results.

Design & Construction
These horns are entirely handmade at our 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.

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

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

These speakers are designed to work well on the ground or elevated as with a typical speaker.

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.

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