(Pocket-lint) - Sonos and Ikea both teased that new Symfonisk products were coming back in April 2021, but now the companies have announced one of the products officially in the form of the Symfonisk Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker.
Here is everything you need to know about the Symfonisk Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker.
Release date and price
- Announced 15 June 2021
- £179 in UK/€179 in Europe
Sonos and Ikea announced the Symfonsik Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker during an event on 15 June 2021. The two companies announced that the speaker - or wall art depending on how you look at it - would be available from 15 July 2021.
The Symfonsik Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker will cost £179 in the UK and €179 in Europe. Previous rumours claimed it would cost $199 in the US, but that hasn't been confirmed as yet.
The two companies are still expected to announce an update to the Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker, which is said to cost around the same as the original. There has been no official word on that as yet though.
Before the official reveal of the Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker, a Sonos spokesperson told Pocket-lint: "The partnership [Sonos and Ikea] is stronger than ever and we're excited about the products we're working on together. We look forward to sharing more when the time is right." As 'products' was plural, we wouldn't be surprised to see more from this collaboration before the year is out.
This is everything we know so far about the Symfonisk Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker, and what we have heard so far about the Table Lamp revamp.
Symfonisk Picture Frame with Wi-Fi Speaker
The Symfonisk Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker is a print rather than a picture frame you can place your own photos into and the Sonos Wi-Fi speaker is integrated inside.
The frame comes in Black and White options and it is said to measure 22-inches high, by 16-inches wide and it will be 2-inches deep. There are interchangeable fronts that you can clip on and off the Symfonisk Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker (seemingly quite easily) to change the look and allow it to blend into your décor, but none of these are customisable to your own picture at the moment.
Sonos and Ikea branding is positioned on the frame, while the material the pictures are printed onto has been designed with acoustics in mind, naturally. It can be positioned vertically, horizontally or on the floor and there are rubber feet if you opt for the latter. The control buttons are behind the frame to allow for a seamless finish on the front.
A 3.5-metre power cord comes with the device that you need to plug in, though there are multiple gaps in the frame at the back to allow for the wire and enable the frame to sit flush to the wall. There's also a cavity at the back for wrapping any extra cable you have into it to keep it tidy.
Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker 2
In terms of the revamped Table Lamp Speaker that is expected, not much information is currently known about this product yet.
It's not currently clear if the design will change, but tweaks are certainly likely. Given it is expected to be the same price, it is likely to still be a large lamp, rather than a smaller offering, even though smaller would be great to see. Who knows though, perhaps it will be smaller but smarter.
Features and specs
Here is everything we know about the Symfonisk Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker in terms of hardware and features and what we have heard so far about the features and hardware expected for the Table Lamp 2 speaker.
Symfonisk Picture Frame with Wi-Fi Speaker
The Symfonisk Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker supports Apple AirPlay 2. It also offers stereo pairing and the ability to add two as surrounds to a Sonos Beam or Sonos Arc soundbar. None of these are particularly surprising as the previous Symfonisk products offer this.
All the standard Sonos features on board too, including equaliser adjustment, and compatibility with over 100 streaming services, as well as Sonos Radio. From what we know so far, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are not on board, nor features like Sound Swap.
In terms of sound, given it's Sonos making it, we expect the Picture Frame with Wi-Fi Speaker to sound good. The company is known for delivering big sound from a small package - Roam being a prime example - but for now, the only details provided on what's inside is the inclusion of a Wave Guide that is placed over the tweeter to distrubute high frequency sounds across the room.
Sara Morris, product manager at Sonos, was quoted on the Ikea listing prior to the official launch saying: "By working together with the designers we were able to keep the thin edge of the picture frame while hiding a deeper acoustic volume behind it. Together with a waveguide, this let us make big room filling sound from what looks like a thin speaker."
Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker 2
Though there have been less leaks surrounding the revamped Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker, we expect all the same features as the Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker, as well as the same features as the original.
Again, we don't expect to see the smart assistants on board - though we might be surprised - but we're fully expecting AirPlay 2, stereo pairing, the ability to pair two to create surrounds to a Sonos soundbar, and compatibility with over 100 music services, among the many other features offered by Sonos.
In terms of hardware, the original Table Lamp Speaker has the Sonos Play:1 specs under its hood. We'd expect an upgrade to the hardware in terms of audio and processor, perhaps allowing for some of the more demanding features, like Sonos Sound Swap that was introduced on Roam, for example.
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15 June 2021: Sonos and Ikea official announce Symfonisk Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker
Sonos and Ikea announced the Symfonisk Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker officially, though nothing was detailed on the Table Lamp speaker.
2 June 2021: Sonos Ikea Symfonisk picture frame speaker design and details revealed
Ikea accidentally listed its Symfonisk Picture Frame with Wi-Fi Speaker on its own website, not only revealing part of the design but also several details.
25 May 2021: Ikea calendar leak points to new Sonos Symfonisk products coming in June
An Ikea internal marketing calandar was shared on Reddit, with a "Symfonisk Virtual Press Event" marked for 14 June 2021.
6 April 2021: More details on Sonos Symfonisk products emerge
The Verge reported some more details on the Sonos Symfonisk speakers expected. It said one was a revamped Table Lamp Speaker and the other was a piece of art with integrated speaker.
6 April 2021: FCC filings analysed
Janko Roettgers tweeted some extra findings from the FCC filings. He confirmed the filings revealed a speaker and it was consistent with current-gen Sonos software.
6 April 2021: Sonos confirms new Ikea Symfonisk speaker is coming
Sonos teased on its official Instagram Stories account that a new Symfonisk product was coming.
The company later confirmed to Pocket-lint this was the case, with a spokesperson saying: "The partnership [Sonos and Ikea] is stronger than ever and we're excited about the products we're working on together. We look forward to sharing more when the time is right."
30 March 2021: Sonos Symfonisk Table Lamp seen on sale, suggesting update coming
Adam Miarka tweeted an image of the Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Table Lamp with $20 off. He suggested an updated Symfonisk speaker could be could be coming as it's uncommon for the range to be discounted.
New Sonos Symfonisk coming soon? Haven’t seen these on sale before. pic.twitter.com/8VEaJFRAQA— Adam Miarka (@adammiarka) March 30, 2021