Acoustic Guitar Building ~ Summer Camp – On Sale Until DEC 26

An immersive experience in a fully equipped guitar building workshop… Build a beautiful acoustic guitar under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor. No experience necessary.   Questions? Please call us! 773-489-4830

June 2, 2010

Cool Hunting

Little Horn Speakers
Antique-styled speakers with super hi-fi sound
by Roman Espejo

Specimen Little Horn SpeakersSpecimen Little Horn Speakers
While antique in shape, the Little Horn speakers by Chicago-based Specimen Products deliver state-of-the-art sound. A clear nod to early 20th century phonographs, the design is more than aesthetically pleasing. The octagonal contour permits sound waves to expand more freely and cuts resonance, giving music the fullness of a live performance. Placed on the floor, the speakers have both a sculptural quality and target optimal listening height.

Specimen 300-watt SubwooferSpecimen 300-watt Subwoofer


Despite their wood and fiberglass construction, the 36-inch tall speakers are actually suitable for low-power inputs. We recently put them to the test with an iPhone, playing jazz, folk, and acoustic music. The speakers lived up to their claim, emitting surprising depth and presence.

With the optional 300-watt, 14-inch sub-woofer, they easily handled the rattling bass frequencies of hip-hop, dance and electronic. The speakers are designed for serious listening, and perform best when the volume is turned up. The middle-high ranges of cymbals sounded a little soft on occasion, but could probably be tweaked with an equalizer.

Specimen Little Horn SpeakersSpecimen Little Horn Speakers

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