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Symbol Audio’s Modern Record Console has a walnut cabinet outfitted with a hand-built turntable, amplifier and built-in wireless router.

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⊳ Salamander Designs’ Denver model in walnut with high-performance loudspeakers in elegant cabinetry. There are versions done in American cherry and high-gloss white lacquer.

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▲ Symbol Audio offers a new version of the retro hi-fi system with its Modern Record Console, a walnut cabinet outfitted with a hand-built turntable, amplifier and built-in wireless router.

Symbol Audio,

Salamander Designs’ Chicago model of high performance loudspeakers in elegant cabinetry.

Salamander Designs,

A Sharp Aquos Ultra HD LED television exclusively features Wallpaper Mode, which allows a powered-off TV to display family photos, paintings or preloaded images as museum-quality works of art.

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M Series with TViD integrated into the lower corner to allow unobstructed mirror use.

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Symbol Audio’s Audio Desk has high-quality speakers built into a sleek desk, available in maple, walnut, oak or cherry. It starts at $3,950.

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High-style furniture comes with built-in high-tech features

  • Article by: KIM COOK
  • Associated Press
  • November 9, 2013 - 2:00 PM

It’s one thing to have a beautiful, comfy bed. But what if it also included a TV screen, game console and dimmable, color-changing lights?

Or say you have just enough room in your apartment for a credenza or speakers, but not both. How about one piece that includes both — and a whole media system?

The integration of technology into home decor has come a long way since clunky TV screens peered out of armoires and media cabinets; today’s super-thin screens can come embedded in the bathroom mirror or attached to the wall like pieces of art.

The “wallpaper” mode on Sharp’s new, high-definition Aquos TV lets you display photos, paintings or other images as wall art when you aren’t watching television. You can set a clock for display times, and the light level is reduced to get rid of glare. (www.sharpusa.com)

Samsung’s four-door fridge has a Wi-Fi-enabled screen that you can load with photos, news, calendar, notepad and recipes. (www.samsung.com)

Want to stay on top of the morning news? Seura’s TV screens embed in the bathroom vanity mirror. Robern’s screens embed in the medicine cabinet. (www.seura.com; www.robern.com)

TV manufacturers are moving into OLED — organic light emitting diode — technology, which can be linked to computers and other tech devices. It’s thin as a pencil and able to be curved.

As for sound systems, Symbol Audio of Nyack, N.Y., has a New Audio Desk that incorporates high-quality speakers into a slim writing desk crafted from maple, walnut, oak or cherry.

Baby boomers may remember the family’s old hi-fi system. While iPhones and iPads can now hold the equivalent of hundreds of Mitch Miller albums, there are still those who like the mid-century chic of a retro-styled system. Symbol Audio pays homage to the hi-fi with the Modern Record Console, a walnut cabinet outfitted with a hand-built turntable, amplifier and built-in wireless router. (www.symbolaudio.com)

Designer Chris Cushingham of New York City crafts his own version of the hi-fi console out of walnut and corrugated cardboard. He’ll also make you a custom one using your record player, audio gear and LP collection. (www.cushdesignstudio.com)

Connecticut-based Salamander Designs conceals high-performance loudspeakers in elegant cabinetry. There are versions in striated black oak, walnut, American cherry and high-gloss white lacquer. (www.salamanderdesigns.com)

Italian designer Edoardo Carlino’s spacey-looking Hi Can canopy bed incorporates a theater screen, integrated PC and game consoles, and built-in lights to create a self-contained bedroom/playroom. (www.hi-can.com)

Replace ceiling, floor or table lamps with IAV Lightspeaker’s wireless fixtures and run your music through them. You get lighting, surround sound and no expensive wiring to deal with. For rentals and vacation homes, there’s an outdoor version built into a faux rock you could put on a patio. (www.iavlightspeaker.com)

Kohler’s Moxie showerhead has a Bluetooth speaker attachment so you can sync radio or playlists for bathing music. Disengage the speaker and carry it to another room, or the beach. Colors include white, cherry red, navy and chartreuse. (www.uskohler.com)

Ready for entertaining? Just hit “party” on Lutron’s new Homeworks system. It sets the mood of a room with spotlights, dimmable overheads, music and thermostat settings. The company offers customized lighting options for a variety of moods and rooms. (www.lutron.com)

If you’d just like to disguise outlet and vent covers, check out Trufig’s marble, wallpaper, wood or concrete flush-mounted options, which make the connection disappear into the wall. (www.trufig.com)











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