Symbol Audio Record Console
If you’re an avid music listener and haven’t experienced the joy of listening to a vinyl record, you’re missing out. There’s something almost magical about the whole experience, a rich, full sound that is hard to find in an age of digital formats. Although vinyl had a falling out with the music industry, with CDs and MP3s becoming the norm, it is now not uncommon to find freshly pressed vinyl records from artists such as Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, and so on. Of course there’s already a plethora of vinyls from music giants like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Pink Floyd, so there’s no shortage of albums available. The problem is often having the right equipment for the job.
Symbol Audio has created a fantastic piece of kit that’ll cover everything you need in an integrated sound system and even more. In a throwback homage to the 1950s all-in-one hi-fi consoles, this cabinet is absolutely awesome. Each is individually bench-made using solid American walnut and rests on a 1/4″ hand-patined plate steel base, which gives it a nice, warm look, though at the same time isn’t boxy or dull. Inside the console is where the true magic happens. Powering the system is a hand-built tube amplifier (for a little more info on tube amps, check out this old post), set in the same steel as the base. The turntable is a Pro-Ject RPM 5.1 Manual, with a 9″ carbon-fibre tonearm and is fitted with a Sumiko Blue Point #2 cartridge. There is also a second amp hidden away inside the steel base coupled with a subwoofer to give an expanded sound plane and depth. The speakers are 6.5″ full range speakers that will match the quality of the rest of the system. As a bonus, this console has built-in Wi-Fi, so you can stream music from iTunes or compatible device with total ease. So this is a mix between the old and the new, you get the best of both worlds all wrapped-up in a gorgeous package. Pricing is available upon request only, as each piece is made-to-order. While you’re at it, you should definitely check their LP Storage Cabinet, to make sure you keep those original pressings neatly tucked away.