The IKEA Sonos picture frame Symphonisk 2 speaker measures 22 by 16 inches and sports built-in Wi-Fi. It works just like other Sonos speakers, allowing you to tap into more than 100 streaming services using the company’s iOS and Android app. IKEA is calling it a “picture frame” speaker but it can only be used with a few supplied designs at the moment. And weirdly, no integrated voice assistant. Here is an extremely detailed, even epic, introductory video and demo–once you get past the arty intro. After that it’s 40 minutes of literally everything you could need to know.
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IKEA SONOS PICTURE FRAME SPEAKER REVIEW: WALL OF SOUND
Chris Welch at The Verge has a pretty comprehensive review: “Since they cost the same, you might be wondering how the picture frame speaker compares to the Sonos One speaker in terms of sound quality. They’re actually remarkably close in performance. It feels like that’s the measuring stick Sonos uses for the Symfonisk line. The bookshelf speaker was 80 percent of the way there (for much less money), but the frame speaker is basically on par with the One — despite the latter having more depth to work with. There’s enough bass to give music the oomph it needs, but your walls aren’t going to be rattling at normal volume levels.” MORE@TheVerge
IKEA SONOS PICTURE FRAME HANDS-ON: AN ARTFUL SONOS SPEAKER
Chris Davies at SlashGear is a fan and took some detailed piictures: “It’s also where you’ll find the ethernet port, though – as I imagine most people will – I opted for WiFi instead. Setup is a matter of plugging the speaker in, searching for new devices in the Sonos app, and then tapping your NFC-equipped smartphone against the green LED which glows through the fabric mesh front. Then, after a firmware update and running through Sonos’ Trueplay tuning to take into account the acoustics of the room, I could test out some tracks.