Sonos has partnered with IKEA for a second round of smart speakers
Sonos is teasing its next collaboration with Swedish supremo IKEA. The first collaboration between IKEA and Sonos was launched in 2019, when the companies unveiled the Symfonisk, which was available as a bookshelf speaker and built into the base of a tablet lamp. Contrary to what we’re used to from Sonos, both products were remarkably affordable.
Starting at £ 89, about half the price of the Sonos One – despite sharing nearly all of the speaker components inside to power the sound, the Wi-Fi connected bookshelf speaker is designed to be placed horizontally or vertically (surprise, surprise) a bookshelf. With a separately sold bracket, you can mount the speaker horizontally on the wall for use as a shelf or bedside table. Colored front panels to customize the look of the speaker are also available.
Both the bookshelf and the lamp variants are controlled with the same Sonos app as the Sonos Five, Sonos Beam and other gadgets from the company. The partnerships with IKEA also tie in with any existing Sonos kit set up in your home, making them hugely attractive to those who have already invested in the ecosystem and to beginners browsing IKEA’s shelves in search of a bargain. .
And now the two companies are back with more.
As noted by the sharp-eyed team of Pocket-Lint, Sonos’ Instagram account is now teasing a new iteration of the design LED speakers. “Looks like Symfonisk,” is a slogan in their latest Instagram Stories video, before showcasing both company logos. And that’s it.
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When confronted with the teaser trailer, a Sonos spokesperson confirmed that there were definitely “ products we’re working on together, ” but failed to reveal exactly what is in the pipeline for the Symfonisk series, or when we probably shall see.
However, there is a source within the company that speaks gadget blog The Verge has revealed that a second-generation table lamp is one of the products the two companies are working on. Sonos and IKEA are also planning a photo frame that features Sonos’s signature speaker technology – so you can hang your favorite wall art or family photo on the wall and also use it to blow up your favorite playlist at the next house party you’re planning.
… And finally, Sonos and IKEA can work on an entirely new product: a speaker-filled frame for your wall
Code-named by the two companies “Titan”, it is unclear whether this will be sold as a standalone wall frame, or whether it will be an attachment that works with the existing – and quite extensive – range of IKEA frames.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for a new Sonos speaker to add to your smart home, the company recently launched its second portable speaker, the Sonos Roam, which allows you to add to your speaker setup at home and then take it with you . the melodies with you in the garden, by the pool or on the beach. With a battery that lasts 10 hours and a water-resistant design, the Roam is completely aimed at the likes of the UE Boom and JBL Flip series.
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