Meet SYMFONISK, IKEA speakers built with Sonos

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Introducing SYMFONISK, brand new speakers designed by IKEA in partnership with Sonos to work flawlessly with Sonos systems. We’re excited to share the SYMFONISK bookshelf and table lamp speakers.



The table lamp with WiFi speaker integrates sound, light, and interior design in a single product, perfect for small spaces or homes that do not wish for technology to be a visible part of the home design.

The versatile bookshelf WiFi speaker opens up the Sonos experience to many new placements and functions that can bring joy and a great sound experience to the home.

With these new additions, you have even more options to choose what will best fit your design and listening needs. Such as adding a table lamp to a room to bring light and sound, or mount the bookshelf speakers into IKEA furniture or on the wall.

All SYMFONISK products will be controlled through the Sonos app along with any other Sonos products. You’ll also be able to use direct control options from select music partners, and AirPlay 2 from iOS devices. They’ll also receive Sonos software updates, some features are tied to specific hardware requirements and might not be available on SYMFONISK.

Two of the same model SYMFONISK speakers can be used together as surround sound speakers for a Sonos home theater setup, or a pair can be used together for stereo playback in a room.

Use the Sonos app for iOS to tune SYMFONISK speakers with Trueplay to customize the sound for your unique living space.

The SYMFONISK WiFi table lamp comes in black and white and features a standard E12/E14 socket for the bulb, capable of supporting a smart bulb if you’d like to add one. It features an on/off switch on the side to control the light.

The bookshelf and table lamp speaker will be available in Europe and North America in August 2019, sold exclusively by IKEA at stores and IKEA.com.

The WiFi table lamp speaker will be available for €179 / $179 and the Wifi bookshelf speaker will be available for €99,95 / $99.

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I know these are able to be bonded with a Beam as surrounds but can they also be 'grouped' together with other existing Sonos speakers?

Edit: Just to answer my own question yes they can😁
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"Use the Sonos app for iOS to tune SYMFONISK speakers with Trueplay to customize the sound for your unique living space."

Really!? Apple pandering is strong with this one. Where is the Android love..in general. pre Google Assistant.. where is it?


Sonos has explained this a few times before. Trueplay is only available throu iOS because there is much more uniformity of the microphones than with android phones. It has nothing to do with pandering.
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Wow. In my head, the bookshelf speaker was going to be bigger, possibly a replacement for the play:3.

So Ryan, here are my questions:

Can you give any details of the physical dimensions?

Are either of these water resistant, usable in a bathroom environment?

Do you know if ikea stores will have any kind of demo stations setup in order to preview the audio?

For the lamp in black, what is the tint of the 'lamp shade' when not on? In the picture, I cannot tell if would be black or a gold/black (perhaps a warm white is giving it a gold tint).

Still with the black lamp, if using a colored bulb, with the darker shade distort the colors at all?

Is ikea possibly going to sell shades separately than the speakers themselves. I can see the lamps still looking good with mismatched colors, or perhaps other colors if users have a preference.

Just to confirm, Sonos will not be selling these directly? If not do you know what sort of return policy ikea is offering?

Some comments:
-I can see the shelf speakers being rather popular for those who were looking for a smaller speaker for hallways and bathrooms. I'd also be curious to see how well they work as surround speakers
- I can see the lamps being great as surround speakers in a bedroom setup. You've got the nightstands already there with a lamp on each most likely. Real estate is limited, so have a lamp and speaker as same device will be nice.

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"I love lamp" -Brick
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Can you give any details of the physical dimensions?
We're not sharing all the details today, so more to come later. Regarding the size, the bookshelf speaker is thinner than the Play:3, it has one tweeter and one mid-woofer.

Are either of these water resistant, usable in a bathroom environment?
They are not designed with bathrooms in mind, and don't have the same water resistance as a Play:1 (for example).

Do you know if ikea stores will have any kind of demo stations setup in order to preview the audio?
I believe that they will, but you might want to check with IKEA to confirm when the launch date comes nearer.

For the lamp in black, what is the tint of the 'lamp shade' when not on? In the picture, I cannot tell if would be black or a gold/black (perhaps a warm white is giving it a gold tint).

Still with the black lamp, if using a colored bulb, with the darker shade distort the colors at all?

Is ikea possibly going to sell shades separately than the speakers themselves. I can see the lamps still looking good with mismatched colors, or perhaps other colors if users have a preference.

Great questions, I don't have the details available to share on most of these today. You'll just have to stay tuned for more details around the shades and what will be available.

Just to confirm, Sonos will not be selling these directly? If not do you know what sort of return policy ikea is offering?
SYMFONISK speakers are only going to be available directly from IKEA in stores or online. I don't have specific details on the return policy at this time, but that'd be a great question for IKEA.
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Ok folks...

Some were concerned that partnering with IKEA would have a detrimental affect on the Sonos brand. I was always of the "lefts wait and see" mindset.

From Ryan's initial report (very well done, Ryan ;)) the IKEA speakers will fail short in some areas based upon the statement "some features are tied to specific hardware requirements and might not be available on SYMFONISK." The bookshelf speaker with only a tweeter and mid-woofer is clearly not a Play 3 replacement.

I think that in the same manner that one can buy a Mercedes at different price points doesn't make it less but just opens the brand to a wider audience. Now if IKEA is not forced to follow certain manufactuinig guidelines and the speakers malfunction and/or fall apart after only a few months then Sonos may have a brand recognition issue to contend with.

I would think that Sonos will monitor returns and repairs to determine the cause factors to decide if maintaining the partnership is doing harm to the brand. In any case Sonos would have to act quickly if severing the partnership proves to be the best course of action to mitigate brand decline.

However, again I say...let's wait and see as anything said at this juncture is pure speculation.
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Anyone managed to find the dimensions of just the speaker. Just wondering how they'll look as rear surrounds hung on the wall. Cheers

I haven't seen anything on dimensions, but I think you can get a good idea based on the various pictures available on the net. The table lamp is based on the play:1, so I'd assume that the body of the lamp is around the same size as the play:1. The play:1s dimensions are:

Dimensions - H x W x D
6.36 x 4.69 x 4.69 in. (161.45 x 119.7 x 119.7 mm).


I'd say the bookshelf speaker is about 1.5 x the height, and half as wide....so maybe 9 in x 2.5 in.

For depth, I've seen pictures of the speaker next to a play:5, and the two look to have similar depth. The play:5 is 6 in deep.

So I would say about 9 x 2.5 x 6 inches.

So would that look good on the wall? It's subjective of course, but to me, its going to look better if placed on a shelf along with other items than on it's own. That seems to be what the designers were going for, that it would blend in more than stick out., as it looks like it belongs on a bookshelf along with other books....it's even in the name.

Love the idea. From the IKEA website "The table lamp speaker has the same sound profile as Play:1 and Sonos One, and the bookshelf speaker delivers a lot of value – it will sound great for the many people." does this imply that the bookshelf speaker is going to be rather poor quality sound?


I would guess that the quality is going to be similar to that of a amazon echo or google home (not dot or mini), maybe a bit better. They share the same price point, and going lower quality than that would probably guarantee product failure IMO. I'm curious to see how will do in smaller spaces and whether it has 'enough' to do surround duties in a home theatre setting.
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I find this image rather interesting...



Hopefully this means there will be other fabric choices available beyond the white and back options some time in the future.
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"Use the Sonos app for iOS to tune SYMFONISK speakers with Trueplay to customize the sound for your unique living space."

Really!? Apple pandering is strong with this one. Where is the Android love..in general. pre Google Assistant.. where is it?


Trueplay was exclusive to iOS long before SYMFONISK, as Android doesn't play as well given the multitude of variation within its devices. Wouldn't look for Android Trueplay functionality anytime soon, it's a developer's nightmare.
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The article also has a link to a you tube unboxing video where in fact the bookshelf speaker is connected up and plays fine.
So looks like the software is there already (unless the poster is some form of beta tester) and an interesting new era starts for Sonos.
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Nice, any idea if these will enable Airplay2 on older Sonos hardware?
Ive got several Play:1s and a Play:5, from what I understand, adding the newer Sonos One model, would give me airplay2 thru-out the rest of my Sonos set-up.
Wondering if these IKEA versions would do the same?


So it's a bit of a yes and no.

No as in it wont just enable Airplay on older hardware to where you can then airplay to that room specifically. Example: You add a Sonos One and call it Living Room. Your Play:1 in this kitchen is still a Play:1 with no Airplay compatibility.

Yes as in, you can Airplay content to a SYMFONISK or Sonos One speaker, and then group that with other rooms in your system that are not Airplay compatible, in order to play the Airplayed content. Example: You see the Living Room Sonos One in your Airplay menu and play music to it. You then open the Sonos app and group the Living Room speaker with the Play:1 in the Kitchen. Your kitchen speaker is now playing airplayed content.

Hopefully that made sense.
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Ok folks...

Some were concerned that partnering with IKEA would have a detrimental affect on the Sonos brand. I was always of the "lefts wait and see" mindset.


It is very early for sure, but I'm of the opinion that it won't be a negative. The fact that you won't be able to buy these speakers at the same location as any other Sonos speakers is a significant separation. They also do not quite have the same look and will clearly be a different line of products, even though they work together. But you are correct that it's too early to draw conclusions.


From Ryan's initial report (very well done, Ryan ;)) the IKEA speakers will fail short in some areas based upon the statement "some features are tied to specific hardware requirements and might not be available on SYMFONISK." The bookshelf speaker with only a tweeter and mid-woofer is clearly not a Play 3 replacement.


Both these products are airplay 2 compatible though, so I think it's fairly safe to say that they would get any new feature that the play:1 would also get. Then again, there may be contractual reasons that prevent certain features.

Side note: Will the bookshelf speaker now the lowest price airplay 2 compatible speaker on the market?

Regarding on board voice control, I originally though it was absent in order to keep prices down. However, I also think it has to do with the contract with Amazon and/or Google. IKEA probably would need a separate contract with Amazon, and I would bet that Amazon sees IKEA as too much of a competitor, and not enough of a strategic partner to make a deal with them.


I think that in the same manner that one can buy a Mercedes at different price points doesn't make it less but just opens the brand to a wider audience. Now if IKEA is not forced to follow certain manufactuinig guidelines and the speakers malfunction and/or fall apart after only a few months then Sonos may have a brand recognition issue to contend with.


I got the impression that these are essentially Sonos speakers, with Sonos doing the develop and using their manufacturing channels and such. IKEA is just doing the marketing and sales.


I would think that Sonos will monitor returns and repairs to determine the cause factors to decide if maintaining the partnership is doing harm to the brand. In any case Sonos would have to act quickly if severing the partnership proves to be the best course of action to mitigate brand decline.


That's an interesting point. I would guess Sonos will handle support for this (outside of sales) since they have the expertise to trouble shoot issues.
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Love the idea. From the IKEA website "The table lamp speaker has the same sound profile as Play:1 and Sonos One, and the bookshelf speaker delivers a lot of value – it will sound great for the many people." does this imply that the bookshelf speaker is going to be rather poor quality sound?

The price point would seem to be opening up a new market entry level for Sonos
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Nice catch, didn't look at the video. I know Sonos has updated the controller software before a product is released in the past, but thought it was still a bit early.
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just the components that fit inside.


heh....
LOL. I thought someone might pick that up 🙂
Both are in stock at my local IKEA, Danny.

In fact, there was an employee setting up a new "display room" next to where they were, she was using one of the lamp type speakers, at relatively high volume (for me)....sounded pretty good. I was impressed.

On the sales shelves, they had 2 user interaction displays, as well, one for just the bookshelf, the other with both the lamp and the bookshelf. Fair warning, I don't think the volume resets, when I "tested" it, it almost blew off my head.

Both sound good, though. Well done, Sonos.

Oddly, they also have an "Enby" speaker, which seems to be bluetooth only, being sold in the same area.

I could not find them in the display area, I did have to go to the second half of the store, and find them in the lamps/electronics area of the store. I imagine over time they'll filter into the display area.
Got mine yesterday in Switzerland. It was for a test. Fully convinced 🙂 I will get back to buy 3 others for other rooms and outside.
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Both are in stock at my local IKEA, Danny.


I actually went there Friday afternoon. Should have posted earlier.

My store seemed to be handling them the same as yours. The speakers themselves were on shelves in the lighting section, about 20 minutes walk into the store. One of each speaker side by side available to listen. My store did have 1 of each speaker out in the room display areas on the second floor. The bookshelf was in a kitchen room, the I thought this showed them off pretty good, but seemed kinda backwards that you can't just grab a box right there. A customer could be sold on it, but given every opportunity to fill their cart (and budget) before they pick it up.

In both rooms and in the the lighting case, only a single speaker was displayed, so you can't evaluate how it does as a stereo pair. Honestly, I didn't see anything (though I wasn't looking hard) that hinted that you could use this as a pair. I'm not sure if people walking by would even really know what the speaker is capable of.

As far as the speakers sounding themselves, I have to say I was a bit disappointed. For the bookshelf, the highs and mids were good, but it was pretty poor in the bass. I knew it wasn't going to sound as good as play:1, but for $50 more, the play:1 is the better value as far as I'm concerned. The lamp, for costing $80 more, really didn't sound any better to me. I expecting it to sound like a play:1 with a $30 lamp thrown in. Instead, it's a bookshelf with an $80 lamp thrown in. And I wouldn't pay $80 for that lamp.

I get that this are more budget speakers, and they aren't going to sound as good. And if the play:1 didn't existed, then you'd have to compare it to other $100 speakers, were it likely would match up pretty well. Cost wise, I don't really know that it's a win.

Looking at the form factor, I didn't really find either of these that attractive. I think a play:1 looks better on your shelf, and even on a wall than their bookshelf. If you put these on stand, I think the play:1 looks better. On a wall it might be closer to even. I'd rather have a play:1 and a lamp on my nightstand, than the ikea lamp/speaker.

So where would I possible think these new speakers make sense. I can see 3 general cases. The first is for use with surround sound, where it's lack of lows isn't an issue. You can save a bit of money. I wouldn't do this unless I can hide the speakers a bit, and those lamps really can't be hidden. The second would be because I don't really have the space for a play:1. Say you have a room loaded with shelves and the bookshelf fits well, or perhaps you need to stack something on top of the speaker. Or a small space/table where you want light and sound, so the speaker/lamp makes sense. The 3rd case is because you're using this in a space that's rather small or you really don't care much about sound quality. Say a half bathroom or hallway. You just want sound or possibly just completing your whole home audio setup.

All that said, I think most people will buy this because they haven't heard of Sonos before or listen to a play:1 before. You're just walking by, didn't plan on buying a speaker but heard this and your impulse buying instincts kick in. I do think you get good value for this, just not the best value you can get from Sonos.
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@Geoff Prague, the SYMFONISK Lamp uses a US E12 bulb (7W max), and the power cord that comes with it is the US power cord (If purchased there). If you swap out the power cord for the EU region it should be fine. It's an auto switching amplifier and the hardware is the same.
@Geoff Prague, I'm living in Europe and I'm owning a Symfonisk lamp. It requires either a E14 standard 7W bulb (= 40W) or the TRÅDFRI E14 equivalent.

@Geoff Prague, I'm living in Europe and I'm owning a Symfonisk lamp. It requires either a E14 standard 7W bulb (= 40W) or the TRÅDFRI E14 equivalent.Thank you! And did you buy it here in Europe or in America? The reason I'm asking is it's not available yet in Czech and I have family coming from America soon and I'd like to get one if it'll work here! :)


In Europe. But as Ryan stated, if you swap out the power cord for the EU region it should be fine. Bulb is not included, you'll need to buy one at a local electronics store in Czech.
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Ryan, please feel free to delete my thread on this product. I was literally a couple minutes ahead of you and even eluded to the fact we'd have official word in Announcements.

Thanks for the update!
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Do either have microphone arrays for voice assistant support?
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Sure thing, spydrwebb. I've deleted that post.

These two don't have microphone arrays, but can be controlled using the Sonos skill for Alexa the same ways as other Sonos players.
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OK, thanks for the confirmation.

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