Hornlings ~ Hardwood

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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 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago  in 2011 . The installation includes a collection of 76 Legacy horn speakers and Specimen Custom Hi-Fi Tube Amplifiers.

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
The Hornlings can be paired with our Satellite/Subwoofer unit for a perfect system to use with any sound source (i.e. iPod, cd player, radio etc.). They can also be used with any of our hi-fi tube amplifiers for a beautiful symbiosis. Or they can be paired with virtually any other system and achieve excellent results. Perfect for home theater use.

These speakers are designed to work well on the ground or elevated as with a typical speaker. They have heavy-duty, long excursion cones that deliver outstanding bass for a 3″ driver.

These Hornlings 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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