At the end of 2017, the connected audio giant Sonos cooperated with Swedish furniture IKEA (Ikea). Two years later, the couple released a series of Symfonisk speakers, which doubled as household items.
So far, the range includes bookshelf speakers and light speakers, but based on Instagram stories teased, FCC archives and internal knowledge of The Verge, there will be more soon.
Especially from the FCC filing, it seems that the Symfonisk lamp speaker will be updated, and the price of the new model is roughly the same ($179/£150/AU$269).
More interestingly, if the source of The Verge proves to be correct, Sonos and IKEA plan to bring other products in the Symfonisk series in the form of “a mural with integrated speakers.”
Since no official announcement has been issued yet, the details of these two products are still on-site (don’t know the cable needs to be extended to the wall artwork), so we have to wait for the company to launch the product to learn more.
My art is still yours?
The success of wall-mounted speakers depends on whether the product provides a certain range of images, or whether customers are allowed to install or compose their own photos.
Currently, IKEA does provide a variety of printed materials to decorate houses, so the new Symfonisk is certainly possible to adopt this model, but we hope that it will also provide a “blank canvas” option.
Although many high-tech products provide a variety of color options to add personality and fashion, these products usually pay more attention to practical applications than wall art, and their aesthetic value is additional.
It can be said that the purpose of the mural is purely Beautiful, so compared to other Symfonisk products, the speaker will need to meet these needs in a more versatile way. After all, it offers different functions than light bulbs or bookshelf speakers (you may have guessed that they are twice as much as bookshelves or lamps, respectively).
Wall-mounted speakers are already a fairly niche product, so further restricting its market by avoiding customizability may limit its success.