In late 2017, connected sound titans Sonos joined forces with Swedish furniture staple Ikea, and two years later, the pair released a series of Symphonic speakers that doubled as household items.
So far, this range has included the bookshelf speaker and the lamp speaker, but according to an Instagram Stories teasing, an FCC filing and inside knowledge from The Verge, more is soon on the way.
Going specifically from FCC filing, it looks like the Symphonic Lamp Speaker is getting an update where the newer model costs around the same price ($ 179 / £ 150 / AU $ 269).
More interesting is the second element that Sonos and Ikea plan to bring to the Symphonic line, in the form of “a piece of wall art with an integrated speaker”
As there has been no official announcement yet, the details of both products are light on the ground at the moment (without knowing that a cable has to run up to wall art), so we will have to wait for companies to unveil the products for to learn more.
My art or yours?
The success or failure of the wall art speaker probably depends on whether the product offers a certain selection of images or not, or whether it allows customers to mount or frame their own images.
Currently, Ikea offers a range of prints for home decor, so it is certainly possible that the new Symphonic will follow this model, but we hope that it also allows for a ‘blank canvas’.
While a number of technology products offer a range of colors to add a touch of personalization and flair, these items typically focus more on practical applications than wall art, and their aesthetic value is a bonus.
Probably the purpose of wall art rent aesthetically, and then this speaker will have to meet these needs in a much more versatile way than the other Symphonic products. After all, it does not offer the same tools as the lamp or bookshelf speakers (which, as you may have guessed, double as bookshelves or lamps, respectively).
The wall art speaker is already a pretty niche product, so it may limit its success to further narrow its market by avoiding customization.