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The HiFi Console is a Bluetooth enabled mid-century inspired stereo console built for this generation’s music listener.
The HiFi Console is a Bluetooth enabled mid-century inspired stereo console built for this generation’s music listener.
The HiFi Console is a Bluetooth enabled mid-century inspired stereo console built for this generation’s music listener.
51 backers pledged $31,887 to help bring this project to life.

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The Modern HiFi Stereo Console

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Introducing: The HiFi Console

The first affordable modern day stereo console with good looks and great sound. Built to be the focal point of any living space.

Walnut & Maple version shown
Walnut & Maple version shown

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Using the console

The HiFi Console is very easy to use, simply plug in the power cord and flip the switch to "on". You’re able to then connect wirelessly via Bluetooth or through one of the audio-in connections.

Design & Audio

Here at Department, design is our main focus and we made the HiFi Console for the music listener as well as the furniture enthusiast. Our inspirations stem from the simplicity of furniture design in the 1950’s and 60s. Personalize your console by selecting the finish / color combinations that best suit your space.

Maple & Walnut version in office setting
Maple & Walnut version in office setting

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Department is teaming up with an experienced audio engineer to help develop the sound and function of the HiFi Console. Working closely with an audio specialist ensures the best quality sound at an affordable price.

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Store 120+ records
Store 120+ records

Storage:

 
Removable record dividers
Removable record dividers
 
Adjustable shelf
Adjustable shelf
 
Maple & Walnut version (Prototype shown)
Maple & Walnut version (Prototype shown)
 

Details & Specs:

For stability and damping the HiFi Console is made from select hardwood solids with thin layers of MDF, offering excellent sound reproduction. Genuine Walnut and Maple veneers are hand sanded and sprayed, with environmentally friendly water-based stains & topcoat for a smooth finish.

Dimensions: L48"x D16" x H25" 

Current Setup: 

- 100 watt Class D Stereo Amplifier 

- Bluetooth 4.0 APT-X Music Streaming

- 6” Aluminum/Magnesium driver 

- 1” titanium dome tweeter 

- RCA inputs 

- Pre-amp option (Production model)

Hifi-Console size L 48" x D 16" x H 25"
Hifi-Console size L 48" x D 16" x H 25"

Why a Kickstarter campaign?

We will be retooling our workshop to improve our efficiency as well as be able to handle larger production schedules. The funds will also be used to upgrade the final audio system, to further improve the sound quality. As we grow we will hire on employees with woodworking experience to help with production. Creating jobs in our local area is as important to us as is the quality of our products. We are excited to be a part of the movement to bring manufacturing back to the USA. We're almost to the finish line...all we need is you!

Estimated Timeline:

April / May   - Kickstarter is live

June / July   - Retool our workshop 

June / Aug.  - Order all audio components 

Sept.            - Begin construction 

Oct. / Nov.    - Start Shipping

*These are just estimates for potential construction dates as well as shipping dates. These dates may change. We will keep everyone updated as we progress!

Kickstarter special:

Each HiFi Console will ship with anti-vibration feet.

**When placing your turntable on the HiFi Console, we recommend using anti-vibration feet. This will greatly reduce vibrations resonating into the needle. **

What you get:

Shipping:

The shipping price includes all packaging, insurance, cost of delivery, etc.

Are you in the Chicago area? Free shipping for Chicago and surrounding area customers! Shipping price will be refunded for local buyers. 

Currently we are unable to ship internationally, but are looking into shipping our consoles around the world! 

*Ships to US Only - We are not able to ship to international locations, U.S. territories, Alaska & Hawaii

Follow us on Instagram & Twitter: 

@deptchicago | @deptaudio 

Get updates on future products, deals, availability, etc

Sign-up for our mailing list: HERE

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Katie & Brandon - Co-founders of Department
Katie & Brandon - Co-founders of Department

Special Thanks:

Elaine Ho

Masha Safina

Mark Perkins 

Philip Dembinski

Meredith Overmyer

Zack Limbaugh 

Music by: Alexander Search "I'm all in"

This Kickstarter would not be possible with out the help of these amazing people! 

Risks and challenges

We've been building and selling furniture for over 3 years and developed many important local relationships. Once we re-tool our shop we will be able to handle much larger productions schedules and order fulfillment.

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    Early Bird Special #1

    Walnut Hifi-Console

    Pick your speaker plate finish: Walnut, Maple (default), White painted, Black painted

    Retail: $2,495

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    Maple Hifi-Console

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    Retail: $2,495

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    Maple Hifi-Console

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Funding period

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