The second technology of Ikea’s novel Sonos-powered wifi speaker lamp appears a bit of sleeker than the primary, sounds a bit higher and is available in new shapes, supplies and color mixtures.
The thought is similar as for the remainder of the Symfonisk vary: cover a speaker in a bit of fashionable furnishings. In true Ikea trend, the £179 ($169) lamp comes flat-packed, though fortunately solely in three elements: the bottom, the plug and the shade.
The bottom of the lamp is an 18cm-wide fabric-covered cylinder, accessible in gray/white or black. This incorporates the speaker. The shade is obtainable in both gray or black and in two types: cloth, as photographed, or glass, much like the lamp’s predecessor.
The shade and base could be purchased individually and combined and matched. The highest of the bottom has normal lamp fittings. It takes an E27 bulb (not included) and can match different shades with a 4cm-diameter ring if you happen to don’t like Ikea’s choices.
Easy setup utilizing your cellphone
The lamp is as simple to arrange because the Symfonisk Image Body. Obtain the Sonos app in your Android or iPhone, run the setup routine, faucet your cellphone on the again of the lamp when instructed and join it to wifi.
It operates like every other Sonos speaker, streaming music over wifi – not Bluetooth – out of your selection of music service. The system helps virtually each main service, together with Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and BBC Sounds, plus Apple’s AirPlay 2 and Spotify Join.
The lamp can be utilized by itself or paired with one other for stereo sound. It may also be linked with Sonos’s soundbars for encompass sound, or grouped with different Ikea or Sonos audio system for simple multi-room audio. It doesn’t have microphones for Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, however the speaker could be managed with all main voice assistants through one other good speaker or your cellphone.
Base dimensions: 18 x 18 x 28cm
Base weight: 2.39kg
Connectivity: Wifi, ethernet, AirPlay 2, Spotify Join
Wire size: 200cm
Mild socket: E27 (screw)
Shade ring: 4cm diameter
Good sound beneath 70% quantity
The second-gen lamp sounds barely higher than its predecessor and much like the Symfonisk image body. But it surely tasks its audio 180 levels round its base, making it sound much less directional than different audio system. Place it in opposition to a wall in the course of a room and it’ll sound the identical no matter the place you’re sitting in entrance of it.
Due to Sonos’s audio engineering the speaker is nicely balanced, with a rounded sound that’s considerably higher than many less complicated Bluetooth audio system. As much as about 70% quantity it has punchy bass, heat treble and properly detailed highs. However crank up the quantity additional and it begins to wrestle, with failing bass and over-accentuated treble.
It sounds finest at 50% or decrease, which is greater than loud sufficient for small or medium-sized rooms. However its huge, much less directional sound struggles to venture the music deeper into huge rooms and may’t match the Sonos One or bigger audio system.
It’s appropriate with Sonos’s Trueplay auto-tuning system utilizing an iPhone or iPad and has bass, treble and loudness settings to customize the sound manually, too.
Ikea doesn’t provide a restore service however alternative cords (£7) and different elements can be found. It doesn’t comprise any recycled materials, nor does Ikea publish particular person environmental impression assessments. But it surely gives a recycling scheme for its merchandise and publishes an annual sustainability report.
Sonos commits to supporting function updates via software program by itself merchandise for at the very least 5 years after it stops promoting them, however has a observe document of doing so for for much longer, together with bug and safety fixes for its legacy merchandise. The Symfonisk vary will obtain related ranges of help.
The Ikea Symfonisk speaker lamp prices £179 ($169.99) with a material shade or £199 ($189.99) with a glass shade.
For comparability, the Symfonisk wifi bookshelf speaker prices £99, the Symfonisk image body prices £199, the Sonos One SL speaker prices £149 and the Sonos One prices £199.
The second-generation Symfonisk speaker lamp remains to be a good suggestion nicely executed: good Sonos sound hidden in a sleeker and better-looking mild.
With a larger variety of color and shade mixtures to choose from, it’s even simpler to mix the lamp into your decor, so long as you want a the look of a barely chunky, black or gray fabric-covered lamp base.
Sonos’s audio system continues to shine. It’s simple to manage, appropriate with virtually each music streaming service and often up to date, supported and expanded so your audio system aren’t left outdated.
It’s a slight disgrace the audio high quality falters at excessive quantity, however for small- or medium-sized rooms it ought to be loud sufficient for many at beneath 70% most quantity. The sunshine a part of the unit is a typical E27 becoming with a handbook push-button swap on the bottom, however you possibly can match a wise bulb comparable to Philips Hue for dimming or distant management.
If you need a speaker that’s much less a bit of expertise and extra an merchandise of useful furnishings, the second-gen Ikea Symfonisk speaker lamp is nice.
Professionals: nice sound, handsome, with a variety of color and shade choices, simple arrange, Sonos management, huge help for music providers, could be paired up, non-obligatory ethernet, normal E27 bulb socket.
Cons: base is sort of giant for a desk lamp, no good speaker mics, no Bluetooth or line in, no bulb included, can’t keep music high quality above about 70% quantity.