Recently we visit a shop that could quite possibly be classified as something of a New York institution having been around for over 50 years. Quite unlike any of the new pop-ups we visited this season and other newly opened audio stores, Lyric HiFi & Video is a blast from the past that is not altogether unwelcome.
Lyric HiFi & Video established in 1959 does not seem to have changed much over the years. While the televisions on the shelves are now HDTVs, the interior of the shop has a very 1960s Mad Men sort of feel to it. The first thing that struck us when we entered the store was how very very dark it was inside. The shop has 5 listening/showcase rooms, which are even darker than the main store and with the circuitous route needed to get to them, combined with the low ceilings, Lyric has a kind of cave like feel.
The staff of the store are well trained, and with very high end brands for sale like Bowers & Wilkins, we would not expect anything less. In addition to the various audio and video components that Lyric carries, they also offer custom installation services.
We enjoyed our walk through Lyric and while we do prefer a well lit, bright and open shopping experience, it was fun to sort of peek into the past. Browsing the store sort of feels like you are stuck in a very anachronistic 1960s - 1980s (hello wood paneling, carpet art, and black lacquer!) sitcom. We never thought we would see brand new $50,000 tech right beside art made out of what appears to be carpet. If you live in Manhattan or White Plains (they have a second location there) and are looking for AV experts and want to time travel a little, stop by Lyric HiFi & Video.
[Images: Joelle Alcaidinho]