In late 2017, Sonos merged with Swedish furniture founders Ikea, and two years later, the couple 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 tease, an FCC archive and insider knowledge from The Verge, more is on the way soon.
Regarding FCC filing specifically, it looks like the Symphonic Lamp Speaker will get an update, with the newer model costing about the same price ($ 179 / £ 150 / AU $ 269).
More interestingly, the second element that Sonos and Ikea plan to bring to the Symphonic line will take 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 (outside knowing that a cable has to run up to wall art), so we have to wait for companies to uncover the products to learn more.
My art or yours?
The success or failure of the wall art speaker will likely depend on whether the product offers a specific selection of images, or whether it allows customers to mount or frame their own images.
At the moment, Ikea offers a number of prints to decorate the home, so it is quite possible that the new Symfonisk will follow this model, but we hope it also offers the possibility of a “glossy canvas”.
While a number of technology products offer a range of colors to add a touch of personalization and style, these elements usually focus more on practical applications than wall art, and their aesthetic value is a bonus.
Without a doubt, the purpose of wall art rent aesthetically, and so this speaker must meet these needs in a much more versatile way than the other Symphonic products. After all, it does not offer the same tool as the lamp or bookshelf speakers (which, as you may have guessed, double as bookshelves or lamps, respectively).
The wall art speaker is already quite a niche product, so limiting the market further by avoiding customization can limit success.