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The Specimen Audio Line: Hi-Fi Stereo Systems


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 embodies 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.

Custom colors are available upon request.

Color Finishes:

The amplifier frame is made using the same Baltic Birch plywood as our horn speakers and can be finished to match perfectly. Presently we offer the following colors:


Dark Walnut

Dark Green



Piano White

Piano Black


We began creating horn speakers in 1998 to use for musical instrument amplification. Their unique projection and efficiency made them ideally suited for difficult-to-amplify instruments like the violin, harmonica and banjo. We then began creating high-fidelity speakers, pairing them with sensitive full-range drivers used for high-fidelity playback and discovered that a special spatial effect is achieved wherein the sound source becomes elusive and music playback is stunningly realistic. Our horn speakers with their smaller diameter drivers achieve a larger-than-life sound stage with excellent high frequency detail and no crossover to cause distortion.

The Specimen hi-fi amp format is versatile, sensible, and beautiful. They do their job with a smile, sound great, and will keep working indefinitely. What more could you ask for?

Specimen’s Little Horn Speakers have been purchased by customers from around the world. Some could be classified as audiophiles, while others are seeking a better-quality speaker that is also beautifully designed.

Below is some feedback from customers using a variety of setups. Many of our customers have also provided photos of their Little Horn Speakers to show how they integrate into their homes/office environments.


“I’m extremely pleased with the Little Horns. The sound is wonderful and they look beautiful. The Little Horns have exceeded my expectations for sound reproduction. They are my favorite speakers, bar none.”
(Trevor has his Little Horns elevated about four feet off the ground on a bookcase and hooked to a Vuum Audio 15 watt tube-equipped amplifier.)


“They are the best speakers that I have yet to own. They are something that you immediately can’t help but notice visually. The rich, full sound they produce perfectly complements their astounding display. They fit perfectly into the design/display of my apt.”
(Joseph’s setup includes an Onkyo receiver that powers the Little Horns as front speakers and a BOSE Acoustimass3 as sub and rear units.)


“Compared to my other speakers I notice a difference with the Little Horns. There’s more detail. Strings and horns just sound amazing! – It’s like you can hear the sound of the air vibrating around a violin string or coming out of a trumpet.
(Abe’s setup includes an Apple iPod and a Rega P3 turntable hooked up to Sophia Electric Technology EL-34 tube amp and a Boston Acoustics subwoofer)


“These speakers rock and not only do they sound good but they also make a statement. First time EVER that my wife wants me to show case a toy of mine. Their design/look and sound are top of market”
(Mauricio’s setup includes the amp he built in our Hi-Fi Tube Amp Seminar hooked up with his iPhone.)


“Yes!!!!!! I am pleased with my Little Horns. They completely met my expectations and rate better than most speakers in this price range. I would recommend them to friends.”
(Axel’s setup includes a CD player powered by a tube amplifier 2 x 45 Watts)


These are the perfect speakers for many types of music — especially solo or small combo acoustic music ranging from jazz to tango to Iron and Wine. Violins and horns sound fantastic…great for Duke Ellington or Gideon Kremer. Outstanding build quality. I have recommended them to many friends already. –
(Bradford uses his Apple iPad with the Little Horns hooked up to a Specimen Satellite/Subwoofer)


“The new system is great. Recordings with a great room sound and interesting percussion have especially been a joy to listen to with the enhanced spatial sensation the horns deliver. It’s been really fun going back and discovering new subtle qualities to old recordings. Listening to Victor Uwaifo through the horns right now and it sounds gorgeous. Thanks”
(Aaron’s setup includes Little Horn Speakers, Specimen’s Hi-Fi Tube Amplifier and Subwoofer)




Specimen Custom Line Pre-Amplifier - Natural finish

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Specimen Hi-Fi Stereo Tube Amplifier


“Calla” SPECIMEN audio horn, Horticulture Hall, Garfield Conservatory, 2014



Specimen Hornlings in Instagram-HQ-office-by-Geremia Design San Francisco

Little Horn Mini and Little Horns Audio Speakers

Specimen Horn Speakers with Satellite Subwoofer