Hornling Speakers

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Description

Description

The Hornlings and the smaller Hornlets were first created for the Sonic Arboretum, a collaborative project between Specimen’s Ian Schneller and composer/violinist Andrew Bird. The Sonic Arboretum installation had its debut at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2010 and in 2011 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The installation includes a collection of 76 different horn speakers and Specimen’s Custom Hi-Fi Tube Amplifiers.  The Sonic Arboretum exhibited again at the International Contemporary Art Museum, ICA Boston in 2015, where the specially designed Specimen ICA Calla Horns System made its debut.

Features
  • Dimensions

    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

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

The 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.

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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Hornlings 26" Birch Grey Bell SP 810 a/b
Hornlings 26" Birch Bright Red 816 a/b