These Horn Shoppe Horn speakers sound fantastic, especially with lower powered tube amplifiers. Normally a bit wobbly on carpet, they benefit from the addition of T-shaped floor stands w/ carpet spikes. They are attached with blue tac. The combination of the Fostex driver with the folded horn cabinet add up to a warm full sound with way more bass than should be expected from a speaker of this size.
"The Horn uses a Fostex full-range driver, a Japanese product with its own sort of cult following, not unlike Meredith Monk or Pimm's No.1 (or Lowther horns, I suppose). The model used in the Horn is Fostex's FE108EZ, a chunky, well-made little thing with a cast-alloy frame, rare-earth magnet, and a 3.5" paper cone with an odd, pyramidal dustcap. That cone has six radial creases—three long, three short—that seem intended to increase stiffness and prevent breakup at higher velocities. The thick, springy foam surround is molded in a three-dimensional spiral, and I wonder if this is designed to keep the driver centered; the irregularities in the thickness of the surround may also help break up unwanted waves at the edge of the cone.
The cabinet, made from a combination of birch plywood and MDF, amplifies the driver's rearwave with an internal, exponential horn constructed of numerous small panels. Since the horn is folded, it also acts as a low-pass filter—an acoustic rather than electric inductor—and thus amplifies only the driver's bass output. The mouth of the horn is on the rear of the cabinet, near the bottom."
Horn Shoppe Horn: Single-driver horn-loaded floorstanding loudspeaker. Drive-unit: 3.5" paper cone. Impedance, sensitivity, frequency response: not specified (see text).
Dimensions: 30" H by 6.5" W by 11.5" D. Weight: 28 lbs.
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