Sonos and Ikea are back on track with the speakers that look like other things. They recently launched the second generation of the table lamp speaker Symfonisk.
The Symphonic series of speakers, which also include a bookshelf speaker that holds books and a picture frame speaker that looks like wall art, is designed to blend into your home decor.
Symphonic speaker for table lamps
Sonos designed the second-generation table lamp, bookshelf and picture frame sound system to provide high-quality wireless sound to your home’s interior, eliminating the need to take up space with stand-alone speakers.
For the new table lamp speaker, Sonos said it improved the audio experience, updated some features and added customizable design. And it fixed some of the shortcomings with the original table lamp speaker, which came out in 2019.
The first design of the table lamp speakers had a circular knob that looked like a dimmer or a volume knob. But it was just a power button. The new one has an obvious power button. And the original speaker only took the size of the E12 lamp. The new one uses the more common and lighter E26.
You can use a smart light bulb with Symphonic table lamp speaker to turn on the light with a voice command. And with this generation, you can choose between colors and materials.
Separate base and shade selection
With the new table lamp, the base and lampshade are sold separately and offer a selection of colors and materials. You can choose between a black or white version of the lamp base and you can choose between four different lampshades in either textile or glass, also in black or white.
As Ikea’s Alistair Lowther put it:
Since we launched the first table lamp speaker from Symfonisk, we have learned a lot about how and where they are used. For example, many people use the lamp speaker on a bedside table, which led us to create a new, slightly smaller lamp base. We now also offer customers more design choices to better suit their own individual tastes and styles. By integrating a speaker in a table lamp, we can save space, reduce clutter and let people adapt the atmosphere in their home through both light and sound.
Technological changes as well
But the second generation Symphonic table lamp speaker updates are more than just cosmetic. Sonos said that the new lamp speaker has a completely new acoustic architecture that uses a custom waveguide to provide quality sound from all angles.
Like the original version of the speaker, it streams audio over Wi-Fi rather than Bluetooth, which can mean more stable playback. You can play the table lamp speaker yourself or connect it to other Sonos products, including other Symphonic products.
All Symphonic speakers are part of the Sonos system and easily connect listeners to more than 100 streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer, plus TuneIn radio stations, podcasts and your iTunes music library.
Award: $ 140.99 for speaker base; $ 189.99 with screen
Where to buy: Ikea