Sophisticated Boom Boom: Symbol Audio

A few episodes back during an otherwise tense episode of Mad Men, Pete Campbell was grinning ear to ear while showing off a brand new console hi-fi stereo system and the "tiny orchestra" playing inside the basketball player length setup. For the most part, in the era of mobile audio, these type of setups have gone way of the tail-finned Caddy...

I exhaled a sigh of admiration while watching (a sigh normally reserved for the appearance of Don and Megan's swank apartment or Joan's earlier season outfits), as I've always had a fondness for 50's-70's era stereo systems, tiny orchestra or no tiny orchestra...large pieces blurring the line between audio equipment and furniture. I suspect Blake Tovin and Matt Richmond of Symbol Audio share this same affinity from the looks of their dashing modern-meets-modernist cabinet and tabletop designs:

The Modern Record Console pays homage to "all in one" console hifi's of the 1950's, an idea who's time, we believe, has come around again. Each cabinet is individually crafted in the tradition of fine bench-made furniture from solid American Walnut. The sculptural metal base is constructed from 1/4" plate steel and hand patinated to create a warm natural finish. As a piece of furniture the MRC will undoubtedly become a focal point of any interior.

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Symbol Audio gives a nod to one of the finest in stereo designs, the 1965 Brionvega Stereo RR 126, further filtering the design to a bare front face. But inside, the Modern Record Console has been further upgraded, equipped with wireless capabilities to complement the hand-wired tube amplifier powering two 6.5" speakers, and a carbon fiber tonearm turntable with Sumiko Blue Point #2 cartridge. So whether you're pulling out vinyl or serving up a FLAC file, you're covered by this beauty and the beats system.

Maybe your place is too small for a full console system; there's the Symbol Audio Tabletop HiFi. Two 4" drives with a down firing 5 1/4" subwoofer, all inside a 28 3/4" w x 9 1/2" d x 8 1/2" h cabinet, designed to work with a wireless router to be the endpoint of a modern digital music system. Available in 5 different cabinet finishes and speaker fronts, mix and match to best suit your style/home decor.

So you've got the looker of a hi-fi and turntable, but your record collection is looking less presentable? The LPC Series LP Storage Cabinet comes in two sizes, storing away 320 or 640 LPs, with the option of an add-on for 320 CDs. Made to order in West Virginia in 4 different styles and 5 different finishes.

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If you're a NYC resident, you can schedule a listening session at Symbol Audio's Nyack, NY showroom.