IKEA Symfonisk table lamp with Sonos speaker review
By Fields Corrielus 2019-07-29 949 0
The SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi speaker can be connected wirelessly or via LAN to your network and the Sonos app. These can be used to transmit integrated music services and their tracks to the lamp or loudspeaker, which is offered by IKEA for 179 euros.
The body of the SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi speaker is reminiscent of the Apple HomePod, which was given a glass lampshade and a foot with controls. The lamp itself can be switched on and off in the classic way via a switch on the body, you can also install a smart bulb with an E14 base to then switch the light on and off via an app. Info: Better buy a bulb, it's not included in the delivery.
What's very nice is the symbiosis of light and sound. You don't reinvent anything. There are already lamps with loudspeakers on the market, but so far there was no Sonos. I already wrote it in the test: I have been using and appreciating the system for many years and don't need expensive and bulky loudspeakers in most rooms - no matter how good they sound. Personally, the lack of microphones for Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa doesn't bother me with IKEA solutions.
Now, of course, I also have to describe my personal impressions - and my subjective feelings. The loudspeakers in the SYMFONISK table lamp give a better impression than those in the shelf loudspeakers. The sound when using a single luminaire is not particularly voluminous and cracking when used in larger rooms, but more engaging and round. Actually an ideal solution for everyone who likes the symbiosis of light and sound. There may be reasons for that that I know myself.
There are people who don't have room for separate loudspeakers or don't like them for aesthetic reasons. In my bedroom, for example, I have banned the lamps on the bedside table, but in the room I have a Sonos box and a separate lamp. There's no question that I'd find a SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi speaker better placed there.
General: The lamp body itself is made of plastic and the speakers radiate to the front. The cover is made of fabric and can be removed for cleaning purposes. At the foot of the lamp there are controls for the media control if you don't want to reach for the app (and also the trick with grouping is feasible). The light of the lamp can be switched on and off by a switch, if you don't use a smart controllable bulb (E14).
In addition to the loudspeakers, a remote control will also be available from IKEA from autumn 2019. It costs 14.99 euros and can start music, pause, skip a song, return to the previous song and control the volume in your four walls. In addition, integration into the Ikea Home Smart App is planned.
IKEA announces 179 Euro for the IKEA SYMFONISK table lamp with WiFi speaker. As with the bookshelf loudspeaker, I do not believe that the loudspeakers themselves justify this price. However, you get an excellent app connection and possibilities for the price, which I have appreciated for many years and always recommend. This also applies to the two new IKEA solutions, of which I am glad that they are now coming onto the market. In other words, if I hadn't bought Sonos speakers over the years, I would have done it now.
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