The 1950s were known for many things — sock hops, beatniks drive-in theatres and soda fountains among them — but when it comes to sound equipment, the decade may have been defined by the “all-in-one” console hifi. Bringing the concept back, but with modern day craftsmanship, technology and functionality is Symbol Audio, a company whose Modern Record Console pays homage to the ‘50s audio classic.
Individually crafted in the tradition of fine bench-made furniture from solid American walnut, the Modern Record Console features a sculptural metal base that’s constructed from 1/4” plate steel and hand patinated to create a warm, natural finish, making it a focal point for any interior. Under the lid, meanwhile, sits a hand-built tube amplifier, subwoofer and turntable set into patinated steel plates, along with a range of custom-designed electronics. Combined with the addition of a built-in wireless router, the result is a one-of-a-kind music console that combines the best of both worlds, and integrates traditional “old school” electronics with modern wireless capabilities.