Ikea and Sonos are starting to tease the next products that the two companies have collaborated on. The furniture giant today posted an Instagram story that directly mentions the “Symphonic” line and flashes the Sonos logo at the end, so there is little doubt that new hardware will be coming soon. Two new archives have also just appeared in the Federal Communications Commission.
The Verge can only share details of what is to come. The first new product, covered in 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 Verge understands that the $ 99 Symphonic Bookshelf Speaker – the most affordable port on the Sonos platform – is not due to any major updates. Instead, the other product that Ikea and Sonos are announcing in 2021 is completely new: a piece of wall art with an integrated speaker.
Companies like Soundwall have produced art speakers before, but it is safe to assume that Ikea and Sonos are targeting a price point that is dramatically lower than the expensive products.
The Verge have seen an early image of this product codenamed “Titan”, but details on how it works could not yet be learned. In particular, 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 archives from Ikea and Sonos is for a “wireless module”. From a distance, it may look like some of Ikea’s wall prints, only with much more technology on the other side (and a power cord going down from the bottom).
All Symfonisk products so far are designed with a dual purpose in mind. The lamp combines 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, combining artwork and a music speaker seems like a natural progression for the Symphonic series.
I’ve heard from a large number of Sonos customers who use Symphonic bookshelf speakers as the backdrop for Sonos’ Arc and Beam soundbars. They work very well for that purpose, but a stereo pair of wall art speakers can provide an even slimmer home theater setup.
Ikea and Sonos have not yet revealed exactly when they plan to announce their latest collaboration. The Verge has contacted 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 Verge, which starts shipping April 20. You can read my entire review of the excellent portable speaker.