Ikea and Sonos are starting to tease the next products that the two companies have collaborated on. The furniture giant today released an Instagram story that directly mentions the “Symphonic” line and flashes the Sonos logo at the end, so there is no doubt that new hardware is coming soon. Two new archives have also just come to the Federal Communications Commission.
The edge can only share details of what’s coming. The first new product covered by this archive is a renewed version of the Symphonic table lamp. It’s expected to sell for about the same price ($ 1
But from what The edge understand that the $ 99 Symphonic Bookshelf Speaker – the most affordable gateway to the Sonos platform – is not due to any major updates. Instead, the second product that Ikea and Sonos will release in 2021 is brand new: a piece of wall art with an integrated speaker.
Companies like Soundwall have previously produced art speakers, but it is safe to assume that Ikea and Sonos are targeting a price point that is dramatically lower than the expensive products.
The edge have seen an early image of this product codenamed “Titan”, but details on how it works could not yet be learned. Specifically, it is unclear whether the entire art print is the product, or whether the speaker unit can be transferred between different exterior art houses. One of the two new FCC files from Ikea and Sonos is for a “wireless module.” From a distance, it could look like any of Ikea’s wall prints, only with much more technology on the other side (and a power cable running down from the bottom).
All Symphonic products have so far been designed with a dual purpose in mind. The lamp combines a speaker and light source; the bookshelf speaker can literally be used as a shelf when mounted on a wall. And they are also meant to blend into the home. From that angle, it seems to be a natural progression for the Symphonic series to combine art and a music speaker.
I’ve heard from a large number of Sonos customers who use Symphonic bookshelf speakers as the rear environment for Sonos’ Arc and Beam soundbars. They work very well for this purpose, but a stereo pair of wall art speakers can create an even slimmer home theater setup.
Ikea and Sonos have not yet revealed exactly when they plan to announce their latest collaboration effort. The edge has reached out to Sonos for comment. In the near future, Sonos is preparing for the launch of its new Sonos Roam, a product that was first leaked by The edge, starting shipping on April 20th. You can read my full review of the excellent portable speaker.