Sonos SYMFONISK IKEA light and bookshelf review - Furniture never sounded so good


If you’re looking for the ultimate multi-room music experience then you’ll struggle to find much better than Sonos.

The US firm has been leading the way for over 16 years with their speakers regarded as some of the very best for filling your whole home with audio.

Having tested the entire Sonos range we’re massive fans of this multiroom system with our only gripe coming in the form of price.

To get the music started you’ll need at least £149 in your pocket and that’s for a speaker (the Play:1) that’s now six years old.

If you want the latest range it will set you back £199 for the Sonos One or over £490 for the options such as the brilliant Play: 5.

That’s not cheap but there is now a more affordable way to boost the audio in your home with IKEA joining forces with Sonos to launch two, more affordable, devices.

The SYMFONISK range, which includes the bookshelf and table lamp, have recently hit the famous flat-packed furniture stores with things starting from just £99.

But are these cut-priced speakers really any good?

Express.co.uk has had them plugged into our pad for a few weeks and we’ve been left suitably impressed.

Out of the box, they are incredibly simple to set up and adding them to your current Sonos system is an absolute breeze.

Using the Sonos app, you just follow the on-screen instructions with music them booming from these speakers in a matter of minutes.

There’s even the clever Trueplay technology included which optimises each speaker to best suit your room.

Due to their Sonos compatibility, it’s also possible to group the IKEA range with all your existing Sonos kit allowing you to play and control your favourite tracks throughout the whole home using your smartphone.

Of course, these are speakers so the audio quality is clearly an important factor and you won’t be disappointed by the way they sound.

Each speaker packs plenty of detail and there’s just enough to bass to stop them sounding cheap.

You can also push the volume to high levels without getting any distortion and there’s certainly enough power to get your next party started.

The sound certainly won’t disappoint, although we’re not totally convinced that they offer the same rich experience you’ll find on the more expensive (£199) Sonos One.

So, price and sound get a thumbs up but another reason the SYMFONISK range is so appealing is the design.

IKEA has packed all of the speaker technology into usable pieces of furniture meaning less clutter in your living space.

The lamp has its music system tucked inside its body and the book-shelf can easily be screwed to your wall and used to place up to 3kg worth of your favourite novels on.

If we had a favourite we’d say the bookshelf’s style is definitely more attractive than the more bulbous lamp.

Both have a very modern look and it’s worth heading to an IKEA store first to make sure they fit in with the interior of your home.

There’s plenty to like about the SYMFONISK range but we do have a couple of niggles.

Firstly, it’s worth remembering that there’s no way to play songs from these devices via Bluetooth or a wired connection.

That means they have to be hooked up to your Wi-Fi to work.

Apple users can beam tracks via Airplay 2 but that won’t help you if you have Android device in your pocket.

There’s also no inbuilt Alexa or Google Assistant which isn’t a deal-breaker but voice search would have just added an extra dimension to their overall usability.

Other than that we can’t really can’t fault this new collaboration between Sonos and IKEA.

Setup is simple, the sound is pleasing to your ears and the price finally makes owning a Sonos speaker a little more affordable.

VERDICT

IF you like the look the SYMFONISK range then you’re in for a treat.

They sound great, have a price that won’t leave a huge hole in your wallet and offer a design that will certainly blend neatly into many homes.

Next time you pluck up the courage for another trip to IKEA they are definitely worth a look.



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