Sonos' reputation for producing great speakers with excellent sound is well known. But that premium sound and elegant design comes at a cost. However, a new partnership with between IKEA and Sonos will bring the two together. The Symfonisk range of speakers will pair the Santa Barbara based sound engineers with Sweden's favourite export.
The Symfonisk range was announced last year, along with partnerships between IKEA and Lego as well as a number of high profile designers.
If you have some Sonos gear already, the good news is that the Symfonisk gear will integrate, giving you a lower cost way to expand your sound system's footprint. And, if you're into IKEA's Tradfri smarthome ecosystem, the Symfonisk will work with that well.
IKEA said "the collaboration’s aim is to create a great sounding wi-fi speaker designed to be beautifully integrated within the home".
This review is about the Sonos Play:5 but it's a little more than that. I've had various bits of Sonos kit running in my home for several years so it's also about the user experience that comes from being a long-term user of Sonos' kit. While Sonos gear is priced at the premium end of the market, the quality it delivers in terms of sound quality and usability means any new entrants (this means you Apple with your HomePod) needs to be very good.
There have been rumours that Sonos is looking at releasing a range of headphones, which doesn't seem smart to me given how cluttered that market already is. Hopefully, the Symfonisk range will include an affordable outdoor speaker option. It's anticipated that the Symfonisk range will start a price below the current entry-level Sonos Play:1.
The new gear will be shown off in a couple of weeks at an exhibition during Milan Fashion Week between 9 and 14 April 2019. The first of the new speakers are expected to hit the market in August 2019.