Reviews of Sonos Roam may have been in the spotlight yesterday, but it seems that the portable speaker is not the only thing the company has been working on. To Ikea FCC filing and a naughty Instagram story anything but confirming that two new Symphonic speakers are likely on the way.
Two FCC filing from Ikea was first discovered yesterday by the edges, but they do not reveal much beyond the fact that Ikea is working on two products with wireless features. More telling was a series of images posted on Ikea’s Instagram story spelled out, “Looks like Symphonic,” which ends with both Sonos and Ikea’s logo. It’s not exactly subtle.
As a refreshment, Symphonic refers to two speakers Ikea and Sonos were released in 2019. Both pulled double work as speakers and furniture that blended in with Ikea’s entire aesthetics. One was a dubiously shaped table lamp that cost $ 180. The other was a less expensive $ 99 speaker that could also serve as a mounted bookshelf.
The guardianship report claims that one of the two FCC archives will be an update to the table lamp, and will cost about the same price. However, the other product will not be an update of the bookshelf speakers. Instead, Verge says an early picture has been seen of what appears to be “wall art with an integrated speaker.” However, we do not know much more than the general concept and the fact that it has the code name “Titan.” Will it be like a digital photo frame, but with a speaker attached? Maybe it is a detachable speaker that can be hooked to different frames? Or is it just a solid piece of wall art that up close reveals itself to be a giant speaker? Who can say.
What we do know is that the previous Symphonic speakers were obviously meant to blend into your home. They could be bought as stand-alone units, or paired in stereo, and buying them was a less engaged way to dabble in smart speakers. It was a smart merger of both companies’ strengths and mutually beneficial. Before that, Ikea’s wanderings in the world of smart homes were limited to its Wireless-connected light bulbs. For Sonos, it was an easy way to connect new customers into the ecosystem at a relatively affordable price point. If you bought a pair of Symphonic bookshelf speakers and enjoyed them, you may end up tempted to try a Sonos Beam, Playbase or Arc soundbar. Or if you already had a Sonos soundbar, the Symphonic speakers were a cheaper option for adding rear satellites. It seems to have worked as it is too no lack by Reddit users considering just that home theater setup.
Although it seems strange to have wall art twice as speakers, it is a nice solution from interior design. After all, if you have emphasized having a nice living room layout, the last thing you want is a home theater system that is a mess of difficult to hide wires. That said, even if it is pretty clear that something comes, Sonos plays it.
“The partnership is stronger than ever, and we’re excited about the products we work with together,” a Sonos spokesman told Gizmodo. “We look forward to sharing more when the time comes.”