XL Plumb Horns Speakers Natural/Red 643/644


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XL Plumb Horn Speakers Hardwood 644/645 feature Bright Red Bells.

They are shown for scale here with Specimen Single ended Stereo Tube Amplifier.

The Specimen Hardwood Speakers models are luxurious. Natural woodgrain and bold saturated color make these a perfect choice for discriminating audiophiles and interior designers alike. These constructions are so arresting, the sonics so splendid, that I hereby offer them as my flagship models.

Years of development have led to the hand craft embodied in these new models. They are made of Italian Poplar and finished in lacquer.

The tight lines and pristine appearance set them apart from my more eco-friendly Horns speakers which were featured in the Sonic Arboretum exhibitions.

-Ian Schneller

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The Eremurus horn speaker with yellow bell stands tallest among the eight unique horn speakers created for Aero Dynamisms, my eight channel installation at Packer Schopf Gallery. The collection of eight shown at Garfield Conservatory, Chicago in 2014.

Plumb Horns

Considering this design as an evolution in the horn speaker series featured in the Sonic Arboretum, and as a new generation of the Eremurus horn – the tallest of the eight unique horn speaker prototypes produced for my show Aero Dynamisms at Packer Schopf Gallery, it seemed logical to have the horns integrate well with nature. The design of the Plumb creates a foliage-like effect. The Plumb horns 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 sonic symbiosis. Or they can be paired with virtually any other system and achieve excellent results. They are also perfect for home/office theater use.

These 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.

Museum Legacy 

The Specimen Leiderhorns, Hornlings and the smaller Hornlets horn speakers were first created for the Sonic Arboretum, a collaborative project between 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 included a collection of 76 different Specimen horn speakers and Specimen Custom 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.

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