In late 2017, Sonos, the main Swedish home audio system, and two years later both released Symfonisk speakers that doubled the size of the home.
Until now, this period has included bookshelf speakers and lamp speakers. But with Instagram Stories tease, FCC filings and insider knowledge from The Verge are coming soon.
Specifically, closing the FCC filing, it looks like the Symfonisk bulb speaker will be refreshed, with newer models costing around $ 179/150 £ / AU $ 269).
Even more interesting are the other items Sonos and Ikea plan to bring to the Symfonisk product line. “A piece of wall art with built-in speakers”; if The Verge’s source proves it right.
As there is no official announcement yet, details about both products are bright on the ground right now. (Aside from knowing the cable will have to run all the way to wall art), so we’ll have to wait for companies to release the product to learn more.
Is it my artwork or yours?
The success or failure of wall speakers will likely depend on whether the product has varied images or whether customers are allowed to mount or frame their own pictures.
Ikea currently offers a wide variety of prints to decorate the home, so it’s certainly possible that the new Symfonisk will follow this model. But we hope there is also a ‘blank canvas’ option.
While a handful of tech products come in a range of colors to add some personal touch and flair. But these items generally focus more on practicality than wall art, and the aesthetic value is a bonus.
The purpose of wall art is purely Aesthetics, so this speaker has to meet these needs in a more versatile way than any other Symfonisk product. After all, it doesn’t have the same utility as a lamp or bookshelf speaker. (Which, as you might guess, doubles as a bookshelf or a lamp, respectively)
Wall speakers are already a niche product, so limiting the market further by avoiding customization could limit success.