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Sonos partners with Ikea for new Symfonisk-brand lamp and bookshelf speakers  2 Months ago

Source:   USA Today  

Sonos and Ikea are teaming up for a new line of speakers. 

After previously announcing years ago that they would be working together, the two companies finally announced the first fruits of their partnership on Monday. The results? A new $99 Wi-Fi bookshelf speaker and a new $179 Wi-Fi table lamp speaker. 

Symfonisk, which translates to "symphonic" in Swedish, looks to bring Sonos' sound to Ikea's smart home plans. As with traditional Sonos speakers the new products will work with the Sonos app, be able to play music from the likes of Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora, and be able to connect to other Sonos-branded speakers that you may already have in your home. 

If you have two of the same speakers, i.e. two lamps, you can link them together to create a stereo pair. 

Unlike Sonos' One or Beam smart speakers, the new devices will lack microphones to enable built-in Alexa or Google Assistant integration. (Sonos says Google Assistant support for its other devices is still in the works.)

And while it has Wi-Fi functionality for connecting to Sonos, the lamp itself is not a "smart lamp," though you can screw in a Wi-Fi bulb if you wanted to add that functionality for remotely dimming the lights, changing the colors or powering it on or off through an app or voice assistant. 

Both speakers will, however, support AirPlay 2 for streaming directly from iOS or Mac devices. 

At $99, the bookshelf speaker is a nice discount for those looking for Sonos' sound at a more affordable price. Sonos speakers start at $149 for the Wi-Fi Play:1, with the voice-assistant-enabled One running $199.

Sonos says the $179 lamp will produce a sound profile similar to the One. 

The new speakers, offered in black or white, will be available in August at Ikea stores and on Ikea's website. 

 

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