Late in 2017, related audio titans Sonos teamed up with Swedish home furniture staple Ikea, and two yrs later on the pair released a line of Symfonisk speakers that doubled as family goods.
So considerably, this array has included the bookshelf speaker and the lamp speaker, but in accordance to an Instagram Stories tease, an FCC submitting and inside know-how from The Verge, there’s much more on the way shortly.
Heading off the FCC submitting exclusively, it looks like the Symfonisk lamp speaker will be having a refresh, with the newer product costing close to the similar cost ($179/£150/AU$269).
Much more curiously, the other merchandise that Sonos and Ikea plan to carry to the Symfonisk line will acquire the kind of “a piece of wall art with an built-in speaker”, if The Verge’s resources verify accurate.
As there hasn’t been an formal announcement yet, aspects on each products are light-weight on the ground at the minute (outside the house of understanding that a cable will need to run up to the wall art), so we’ll have to wait for the firms to unveil the solutions to find out much more.
My artwork or yours?
The achievement or failure of the wall artwork speaker will probable hinge on whether or not the solution features a established range of visuals, or if it enables prospects to mount or body their personal pics.
Now, Ikea does offer a variety of prints to furnish the house, so it’s definitely probable that the new Symfonisk will comply with this model, but we hope it also gives the alternative of a ‘blank canvas’.
Although a selection of tech solutions provide a option of shades to include a contact of personalization and aptitude, these goods commonly have extra of a concentration on practical purposes than wall art does, and their aesthetic benefit is a bonus.
Arguably, the reason of wall art is purely aesthetic, and so this speaker will require to cater to these demands in a considerably a lot more adaptable way than the other Symfonisk solutions. Following all, it isn’t going to offer the exact same utility as the lamp or bookshelf speakers (which, as you might have guessed, double as bookshelves or lamps respectively).
The wall artwork speaker is currently a alternatively specialized niche products, so restricting its marketplace even more by avoiding customizability could restrict its accomplishment.