While LG might be best known for its consumer electronics products, the South Korean conglomerate has plenty of strings to its bow with around 40 subsidiary companies in areas including electronics, telecommunications and chemicals. One such subsidiary is LG Hausys, which is Korea's biggest building and decorative material company. Its products include a solid surface material called HI-MACS and to demonstrate the "limitless design possibilities" of the material, LG Hausys teamed up with Korean architect Shi-hyung Jeon to create Horn, a hand-made iPod speaker dock featuring the smooth, curved shape from which it gets its name.
LG Hausys says its HI-MACS material is the optimum choice for a speaker cabinet due to its non-porous features and to the minimal vibrations that the material generates in contact with the speakers. These properties help drive the vibration of the speaker enclosure with a minimal diffraction of sound that is directed outwards via the Horn's sweeping curves. Aesthetically, these curves are designed to reflect the line of the sleeve of traditional "Han-bok" and "Beo-seon" Korean clothes.
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The unit includes eight three-inch full range drivers providing a frequency range of 47 Hz to 20 KHz with an amplifier output of 2 x 25 W. An iPod or iPhone connects to the speakers via a 30-pin connector on the top surface of the unit, which stands 1,312 mm (51.6 in) tall, 600 mm (23.6 in) wide and 395 mm (15.5 in) deep.
While LG Hausys says the Horn serves up a "stunningly clear, precise listening experience that today's audiophiles are looking for," the chance of said audiophiles getting to discover this for themselves seems remote as the Horn is currently just a design concept.
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