Ikea symfonisk. SYMFONISK: Stereo Furniture by Sonos and IKEA 2019-12-02

Ikea’s inexpensive Sonos remote control is worth every penny

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Clicking the Sound remote the first time can, occasionally, result in a lag of about one to two seconds before the Sonos system responds. One half of the perfect budget Sonos system. Better, certainly, than a similarly-priced portable Bluetooth speaker. It can go quiet as well. A pair of lamps in the back of your room will provide plenty of illumination without taking away from the screen at the front of it.

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Ikea Symfonisk speaker review: Sonos on the cheap

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That's especially the case for the lamp, which, surprise surprise, functions as a regular light, too. For the woofer, blue for positive, and white for negative. Next is the tiny, fragile 8-pin flex cable, and corresponding connector, which the motherboard uses to connect to the front panel controls and indicator light. The Symfonisk Bookshelf is fully compatible with the Sonos multiroom system, and like other Sonos products it doesn't have streaming. Busy arrangements especially get overcrowded, with the sound often becoming cloudy a little rough around the edges, while rhythmically — though not without punch or drive — it can seem a little pedestrian, and the nuances of dynamic expression are often all but lost. Read this: And how do they sound? We expect that would add a fair bit to the bottom line. Washing up, kicking back, flossing, Tuesdays — add your favourite soundtrack and they turn into something else completely.

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SYMFONISK WiFi bookshelf speaker

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Next up are the two oddly angled antennas in the top of the enclosure. You can lay it flat or stand it up; rubberized feet and the audio controls make it obvious which way is right side up. Naturally, the lamp does have a tougher job of hiding its speaker in plain sight. The Bottom Line The Ikea Symfonisk is an excellent-sounding Sonos-compatible Wi-Fi speaker dressed up as a beautiful lamp. As its shape suggests, the bookshelf delivers a very directional sound. After that, the Sonos responds in a split second.

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The music keeps playing even when your phone or tablet is not around. That said, you may want to spend more. There are microphones internally which are used not just for tuning, but for conversing with Siri and taking phone calls. If you mount the speaker near your bed, Ikea also sells a placemat that will prevent your phone from vibrating off of the top. The Symfonisk Sound remote shown controlling a Sonos speaker in the Sonos app.

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Ikea Symfonisk review: affordable, fun Sonos speakers

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And, though our personal preference would be the darker option, we actually quite like it. HomePod is going to be king if you want a smart speaker that has a virtual assistant, you love Apple Music, or you want the best sound and don't mind the higher price. You, of course, might have a very different opinion about its looks. Is there a better alternative? So in the morning, you can have the blinds go up, lights turn on, and music start playing automatically. And while we haven't been able to test this setup, we imagine pairing two bookshelf speakers would sound even better.

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Hacking the Sonos Ikea Symfonisk Into a High Quality Speaker Amp

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Clicking once will pause or resume music, twice skips forward, and three clicks will go back a track, although the triple-clicks can occasionally fail as demonstrated in the video above. . This is a well-built piece of equipment with a comforting heft when I pulled it out of the box. Presumably this has to do with the dial waking from sleep in order to conserve battery. Frankly, it all sounded too good to be true. However, the Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf Speaker could easily find itself at home in most Sonos systems. It can be controlled either with the Sonos app, a third-party streaming service such as or with a voice assistant such as Alexa, or Siri.

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Ikea’s Sonos Symfonisk speakers are available starting today

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The music opens up and becomes more natural, bringing you much closer to the experience of a live performance. The dial itself is magnetic. Just a quick note about speaker selection. The challenge here is finding a direct comparison for the bookshelf speaker. Sonos and Ikea are kicking off what has the makings of a long-term partnership in August.

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SYMFONISK collection, a collaboration with Sonos

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For reference, though, we ended up taking out a little bass with the speaker resting on our Atacama hi-fi racks, but kept the Loudness feature on for a little extra punch and vibrancy. Ikea is also selling optional mounting brackets, should you want to affix the bookshelf speaker to a wall and use as the Ikea gods intended: as an actual bookshelf. Or an oversized love toy. The controls are identical to those on Sonos branded speakers Further to that, the Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf Speaker has all of the expansion options as the Sonos-branded ones. Disappearing speaker Sonos has always hewed to an ultra-minimalist design approach, something that has prompted more than one observer to compare the company favorably with Apple. The Bookshelf is simply a versatile that offers similar levels of Sonos-based utility, while cutting the price in half. Be sure to select a pair of speakers that are A set up for bi-amping eg.

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Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf Speaker Review

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The balance is generally good as well, though we had tweaked and fine-tuned it to take out some bass. Yours might be very different. When the speaker is laid down, these controls are stacked, bottom to top, on the right-hand side. Though it looks like a dimmer dial, the light switch on the side actually just turns the bulb on and off. Read this: This also means the bookshelf is now the cheapest entry point to the Sonos speaker family, but this is just the start of a collaboration which, the companies tell us, will long continue. But don't worry, you don't have to put it together yourself. Build Image credit: Sonos The lamp itself is not entirely unassuming itself — especially if you opt for the white finish of our test sample — resembling something of an in a hot air balloon, but being half home furnishing the design is by definition something you would have to want to see in your house regardless of its sonic capabilities.

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The Bottom Line The Ikea Symfonisk Bookshelf offers an excellent, affordable introduction to multiroom music and is at its best when used as rears for a Sonos sound bar. Sonos provided two of the bookshelf speakers, so I was able to evaluate its performance as a single speaker, as a stereo pair, and as a rear surround pair with a Sonos Beam soundbar. Start to finish, it's the same process you go through with any Sonos speaker. In fact, my whole setup experience was mired in frustration, plagued by dropped connections between the app and gateway and pairing issues between the remote and gateway. This is where things start to differ. Apple's HomePod The HomePod is hefty and more compact than the Symfonisk Lamp, and sends audio out in all directions.

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