Right now, Sonos and Ikea formally introduced the second-generation Symfonisk desk lamp speaker. The Verge beforehand reported that the product was within the pipeline, and its design, which is now extra customizable and is available in totally different kinds, leaked earlier this month. The brand new Symfonisk lamp will probably be accessible in Ikea’s US shops, US web site, and “select markets in Europe” beginning October twelfth. It’ll develop to all of Ikea’s markets in 2022.
Ikea is altering up the way it’s promoting the brand new mannequin; this time round, the lamp base (accessible in black or white) is offered individually from two totally different kinds of lampshades. You will get an opaque glass shade that’s considerably harking back to the unique lamp speaker — although this one is open-ended on prime — however there’s additionally a extra translucent black glass shade.
The textile lampshade appears fairly totally different from the glass design, and like the bottom, it additionally is available in black or white. There’s additionally expanded compatibility with lightbulbs; Ikea says the second-gen lamp “supports a broader range of light bulbs thanks to the added E26 / E27 socket.” And the controls are actually on the lamp itself, as the underside plate of the unique mannequin is not any extra.
The lamp base is priced at $140; the glass lampshade is $39, and the textile shade is $29. That places each items collectively at both $179 or $189. The unique Symfonisk lamp speaker initially price $179 when it was launched and later went up by $10, so that you’re primarily paying the identical for gen two.
Ikea and Sonos say the brand new lamp encompasses a utterly redesigned acoustic structure that, just like the Symfonisk wall artwork speaker I reviewed in July, makes use of a customized waveguide to supply sound that may blanket an entire room with music. The primary-gen product had an identical sound signature to a Sonos One, so I’m curious to see what these inner adjustments will do in that regard.
Like all different merchandise within the Symfonisk collection, the brand new lamp speaker can be utilized alone, but it surely may also be added to your multiroom Sonos system. It helps Apple’s AirPlay 2, as effectively. The concept behind the lineup is to mix tech with a design that extra naturally matches into dwelling décor. However the lamp speaker undoubtedly comes down to private style greater than one thing just like the nondescript bookshelf speaker, which launched alongside the unique Symfonisk lamp and stays accessible for $99.