Sonos and Ikea recently revealed two products from their collaborative project - Symfonisk - in the form of a Book Shelf Wi-Fi Speaker and a Table Lamp Wi-Fi Speaker.

The Symfonisk Table Lamp speaker is the more expensive of the two devices, but it brings the same sound architecture as the Play:1, along with all its features and it doubles up as a lamp too. Here are our first impressions.

Intelligent design

  • Black and white colour options
  • Physical controls
  • Speaker in base

On first glance, you'd be forgiven for not realising the Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Table Lamp features a Wi-Fi speaker at its base. The functional design is brilliant for combining the two together, offering a device that could be placed easily into a bedroom or living room and not look in any way obtrusive.

Frosted glass makes up the lamp shade at the top of the device, which is removed to reveal the bulb fitting. It's an E14 fitting (E12 in the US) and you can use one of the Ikea Trådfri smart bulbs, which then connects the lamp to the Trådfri system, or a standard bulb, giving you a choice - more on that a little further down.

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Below the frosted shade is where you'll find the speaker. Acting as the base and sitting on a small plastic disc that features the controls, the speaker base is around the same size as a Play:1. Where the Play:1 and Sonos One are slightly squarer, the Symfonisk Table Lamp rounds off the edges for a softer finish.

The speaker is also covered in a lovely soft-to-touch material - light grey for the white model and dark grey for the black model - rather than the metal grill finish the Play:1 offers. The material covering is a nice touch as it will allow the Table Lamp Speaker to blend more seamlessly into the majority of home environments.

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Like the Symfonisk Book Shelf Wi-Fi Speaker, the Table Lamp has three physical controls, which are round in shape. As mentioned, these sit on the bottom disc of the lamp and they are the same three physical rather than capacitive control buttons you would find on the Play:1 and Play:3 - Play/Pause and volume up and down. They also offer the same features as the standard Sonos speakers, such as pressing and holding the Play/Pause button to bring the speaker into a group of Sonos speakers already playing music.

For the lamp control, there's a circular analogue switch on the side of the speaker base. It offers a reassuring click with switched on or off and it adds to the design compared to having a rectangular switch on the lead. Like the Symfonisk Book Shelf Wi-Fi Speaker, the Table Lamp is mains powered but the lead blends neatly into the design at the rear of the lamp, like all Sonos speakers.

Same Sonos experience 

  • Controlled via the Sonos app
  • Apple AirPlay 2 compatible
  • Trueplay tuning
  • Stereo pairing

The Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker is set up and controlled through the Sonos app, just like any traditional Sonos speaker is, meaning it offers almost all of the features available on standard Sonos speakers, missing only a couple off the lengthy list.

This not only means the ability to group the Symfonisk speakers - both the Table Lamp and Book Shelf - with any Sonos speaker for a seamless multi-room audio experience, but it's also possible to play different music to different speakers simultaneously.

The Sonos platform offers access to over 80 music streaming services, along with the ability to play music from a local device, such as a phone or computer and the Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker is also Apple AirPlay 2 compatible, like the Sonos One, allowing iOS users to send music from their iPhone or iPad to a AirPlay 2 speaker without needing to open the Sonos app.

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Sonos Trueplay is also supported, meaning it's possible to tune the Table Lamp speaker to its surroundings, whether that's a bedroom or a living room, using the software feature in the Sonos app and an iOS device. It's quick and easy and it makes a big difference to the sound performance.

Like the Symfonisk Book Shelf speaker, two Table Lamp speakers can paired up to create a stereo pair. This means, if you had a Sonos Beam and Sonos Sub for your bedroom TV for example, you could add a Table Lamp speaker to both beside tables to create a 5.1 system.

Though most features the Sonos platform offers transfer to the Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker, voice control doesn't. Neither the Table Lamp Speaker, nor the Book Shelf Speaker feature microphones built-in so there is no Amazon Alexa voice control on board, like the Sonos One or Sonos Beam. That said, you can still control the Symfonisk speakers through Alexa with a Sonos One, Sonos Beam or an Amazon Alexa compatible device. You should also be able to use Google Home devices for control when Sonos brings Google Assistant compatibility.

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In terms of other features outside of the Sonos platform, the Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker works with the Ikea Trådfri smart home system. It's possible to use one of the Trådfri smart bulbs in the Table Lamp, as we mentioned, allowing it to connect to the Trådfri app, though you can opt for a standard E14 bulb too.

The Ikea Trådfri smart home system will also allow you to create Scenes though. The Sonos element of the scene creation may not be available in time for launch, though it is expected soon after. With the scene feature, those with Trådfri smart lights and/or the blind, will be able to schedule a morning scene for example, which will automatically start brightening your Trådfri smart lights, raise your Tradfri smart blind and turn your music on.

Sound and performance

  • Two Class-D digital amplifiers
  • One tweeter
  • One mid-range woofer

The Sonos Play:1 and Sonos One are excellent sounding speakers for their small size, delivering plenty of punch and a good range. The Symfonisk Table Lamp Wi-Fi Speaker features the same sound architecture as the Play:1 and Sonos One so while it might look like a lamp, it has all the right ingredients to sound great too.

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We listened to the Symfonisk Table Lamp Wi-Fi Speaker in a controlled demo room so we can't pass final judgement as yet but based on what we have heard so far, bass levels were rich and it appeared to cope well with treble too. You'll also be able to adjust the bass and treble through the Sonos app as you can with other Sonos speakers.

The Symfonisk Book Shelf Wi-Fi Speaker sounded good too, especially for its size and price, though the Table Lamp was noticeably better. It won't deliver the power of the Play:3 or Play:5, but based on our first impressions, the Table Lamp Speaker appears to deliver in design and performance. 

First Impressions

The Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker isn't as subtle in its look as the Book Shelf Speaker, demanding more space in your home, but it's a great piece of design and one that should be applauded for its dual functionality.

Is it a lamp we would choose for our bedside table if it didn't have a speaker in it? Perhaps not. But with a speaker on board offering the same architecture as the excellent Sonos Play:1, coupled with all the features the Sonos platform and the Ikea Trådfri smart home system offer, including stereo pairing and AirPlay 2, the Symfonisk Table Lamp Speaker is certainly a lamp worth your attention. 

We're looking forward to testing it out properly when we get it in for review so fingers crossed it sounds as great as it did in our demo in our home.