Ikea and Sonos are beginning to preview the next products the two companies have collaborated on. The furniture giant today posted an Instagram story that directly mentions the “Symfonisk” line and displays the Sonos logo at the end, so there’s little doubt that new hardware will be coming soon. Two new filings with the Federal Communications Commission have also just appeared.
The edge you can exclusively share details about what’s coming. The first new product, covered in this presentation, is a revamped version of the Symfonisk table lamp. It’s expected to sell for roughly the same price ($ 179) as the original product, which basically introduced the sound quality of a Sonos Play: 1 into the body of a lamp.
But what The edge Get it, the $ 99 Symfonisk bookshelf speaker, the most affordable gateway to the Sonos platform, doesn’t need major updates. Instead, the second product that Ikea and Sonos will announce in 2021 is completely new: a work of wall art with a built-in speaker.
Companies like Soundwall have produced artistic speakers before, but it’s safe to assume that Ikea and Sonos are targeting a price that is dramatically lower than those expensive products.
The edge You have seen an early image of this product, codenamed “Titan”, but the details of how it works have not yet been known. Specifically, it is unclear whether the impression of the complete artwork is the product or whether the speaker unit can be transferred between different exterior art housings. One of the two new FCC submissions from Ikea and Sonos is for a “wireless module.” From a distance, it could look like any of Ikea’s wall prints, only with a lot more tech on the other side (and a power cord descending from the bottom).
All Symfonisk products thus far have been designed with a dual purpose in mind. The lamp combines a speaker and a light source; the bookshelf speaker can literally be used as a shelf when mounted on a wall. And they are also intended to blend into home decor. From that angle, the combination of artwork and a musical speaker seems like a natural progression for the Symfonisk series.
I’ve heard from a number of Sonos customers using Symfonisk bookshelf speakers as back surrounds for Sonos Arc and Beam soundbars. They work great for that purpose, but a pair of wall art stereo speakers could make an even fancier home theater setup.
Ikea and Sonos have yet to reveal exactly when they plan to announce their latest collaboration efforts. The edge contacted Sonos for comment. In the immediate future, Sonos is gearing up for the launch of its new Sonos Roam, a product leaked for the first time by The edge, which begins shipping on April 20. You can read my full review of that excellent portable speaker.