Blake Tovin and Matt Richmond of Tovin Design Limited are furniture designers first and foremost, but as they're also huge audiophiles their newest line, Symbol Audio, might just be their biggest indulgence yet. So far there are three products in the line, the consumer friendly Tabletop HIFI, a luxe set of subwoofers that can plug into everything from your iPhone to your record player, the LP Storage Cabinet, which has two CD/DVD drawers and four pull-down storage bins that can hold up to 640 LPS, and the flagship of the line, the Modern Record Console.
With vinyl record sales doubling every year since 2008, Tovin and Richmond think it's high time the all-in-one record player console came back on the market. But the MRC isn't for your average vinyl enthusiast; The electronics on this player are serious business. Open the lid and feast your eyes on "a hand built tube amplifier and turntable set into patinated steel plates" that merge analog sound with a modern wireless system. "Tucked out of view into the steel base is a second dedicated amplifier and subwoofer designed to extend the low end frequency and provide added richness to the sound. For the convenience of streaming digital music. just switch the selector from turntable to WiFi and stream from any digital source through the built-in wireless router."
The same level of detail is paid to the exterior, which is made from solid American Walnut that rests on a steel base. The entire console in made and assembled by hand in the US, but unlike the comparably affordable-ish Tabletop HIFI ($1,800) and the LP Storage Cabinet ($2,750 - $5,250), the MRC will run you about $15,000.
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