Ikea is working with Sonos on a hidden speaker built into art that you hang on the wall


Ikea and Sonos are starting to tease the following products that the two companies have collaborated on. The furniture giant today posted an Instagram story which directly mentions the “Symfonisk” line and flashes the Sonos logo at the end, so there’s no question that new hardware is coming soon. Two new filings have also just appeared with the Federal Communications Commission.

The edge can exclusively share details of what is to come. The first new product, addressed in this application, is an updated version of the Symfonisk table lamp. It is expected to retail for about the same price ($ 179) as the original product, which basically packed the sound quality of a Sonos Play: 1 into a lamp housing.

But of what The edge understand that the $ 99 Symfonisk bookshelf speaker – the most affordable gateway to the Sonos platform – doesn’t need major updates. Instead, the second product that Ikea and Sonos will announce in 2021 is completely new: a work of art on the wall with a built-in speaker.

Ikea and Sonos are also preparing an updated table lamp speaker.
Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge

Companies like Soundwall have produced artwork speakers before, but it’s safe to assume Ikea and Sonos are aiming for a price significantly lower than those expensive products.

The edge has seen an early image of this product code-named “Titan”, but details of its operation could not yet be learned. In particular, it is unclear whether the entire artwork print is the product or whether the speaker unit can be transferred between different external art enclosures. One of two new FCC filings from Ikea and Sonos is ahead a ‘wireless module’. From a distance, it could look like one of the Ikea wall prints, only with a lot more technology on the other side (and a power cord running down from the bottom).

All Symfonisk products to date have been designed with a dual purpose in mind. The lamp combines a speaker and light source; the bookshelf speaker can literally be used as a shelf when mounted on the wall. And they are also intended to blend into an interior. From that angle, combining artwork and a music speaker seems like a natural progression for the Symfonisk series.

I’ve heard of quite a few Sonos customers using the Symfonisk bookshelf speakers as back surrounds for Sonos’ Arc and Beam soundbars. They work very well for that purpose, but a pair of stereo speakers on the wall can make for an even slimmer home theater setup.

Ikea and Sonos have not yet disclosed exactly when they plan to announce their latest collaboration efforts. The edge has reached out to Sonos for comment. In the near future, Sonos is preparing to launch its new Sonos Roam, a product first leaked by The edge, which will ship on April 20. You can read my full review of that excellent portable speaker.