Ikea and Sonos get arty with streaming picture frame speaker
Flatpack furniture brand Ikea has teamed up with wireless audio company Sonos to add another product to the Symfonisk range that debuted in 2019 with a table lamp/speaker combo and a standalone streaming speaker. This time the collaboration has merged a picture frame with a Wi-Fi speaker.
Ikea accidentally leaked the new Symfonisk picture frame Wi-Fi speaker earlier this month, when a product listing appeared online, before being swiftly removed. But now the combined wall art and speaker is back, and official.
"The space-saving picture frame speaker can hang on its own on the wall as an eye-catching art piece, be matched with other art on the wall, be placed on a shelf or on the floor, leaning against the wall," said Ikea's Stjepan Begic. "The interchangeable fronts make it easy to choose a style that suits your individual home."
The 22 x 16 x 2-in (56 x 40 x 5-cm) visual art and audio combination comes with a self-leveling bracket for pain-free installation, and can be hung vertically or horizontally on a wall, or even placed on the floor courtesy of its silicone foot – though a wall outlet will need to be nearby. The base is ABS while the front is polyester, and interchangeable fronts from artists Jennifer Idrizi are also being made available. Each houses a 4-inch woofer and a 1-inch tweeter.
The device connects to a home network over Wi-Fi, and can be used on its own, or along with the other products in the Sonos range, or the other two members of the Symfonisk family. Streamed content is served up via the Sonos app, and Airplay 2 and Spotify Connect are supported too. As you might expect, Sonos is promising top-notch, room-filling audio performance, though audio specs have not been shared at this time.
The Symfonisk Picture Frame Wi-Fi Speaker is available in black or white from July 15 for US$199.