IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf Speaker
IKEA is well known for making affordable and functioning furniture. Apart from furniture, the company also makes kitchen appliances and home accessories. We’ve seen IKEA made some of the best furniture available on the market. Although mostly known for making versatile, and budget-oriented furniture, the company has also made some premium products at the consumer level.
On the other hand, Sonos is quite popular for making easy to use wireless multiroom speakers. Sonos does not necessarily make budget-oriented products, but the company always makes sure to deliver quality products.
The term bookshelf speaker does not refer to simply putting a speaker on a bookshelf. It is actually a mounted speaker with the added feature of being a small bookshelf. The IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker is such a product made by the collaboration of IKEA and SYMFONISK. Both companies have worked together to provide one of the cheapest bookshelf speakers on the market. With a very low price point, the IKEA SYMFONISK is an excellent product by IKEA and Sonos.
IKEA SYMFONISK Bookshelf Speaker Review
We will be using this article to review the IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker. Although the product itself is pretty solid, reviewing it is necessary to help you determine whether it fills in your requirements or not.
For the review, we will divide each and every aspect of the IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker into different segments. This will allow us to give our opinion on every feature of the bookshelf speaker. At the very end, we will share our final thoughts on whether you should buy this product or look for another option in a similar budget range. Now that we have made everything pretty clear, here is what we think about the IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker:
- Design and Aesthetics
The design of the IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker is nothing more than fantastic. The bookshelf speaker needs to be mounted on a wall, either vertically or horizontally. Despite its small size and simple design, the bookshelf speaker can hold up to 3kg of weight. This means you can put plenty of books on it. Wall mounting is especially useful for such a product, as you can place it remotely anywhere around the house. For instance, it can also be installed near the TV for optimal results.
The IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker will barely take up any space inside your room as it’s incredibly compact and simple. It is also worth mentioning that the device will only need 1-2 connections. The first one being the power lead and the other one is the ethernet port. Although you can skip the ethernet port and go for Wi-Fi, ethernet will always be the better option as it will give you better results.
The IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker is so much more than just a speaker made by IKEA. There is a reason why this was made in collaboration with IKEA and Sonos. The SYMFONISK lineup comes in as an entry to the other known Sonos speakers. As a result of Sonos being involved in manufacturing, we can see that most of the features in this device are similar to the other speakers by Sonos. One major change with the IEKA SYMFONISK is that it ditches the Bluetooth feature for home internet connection. You can connect the device with both Apple Airplay 2, and Spotify connect.
Another cool feature is that you can connect the IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker with another SYMFONISK speaker to play in stereo. Also, the SYMFONISK speaker will get pretty much all the updates as the other Sonos speakers. Overall, the IKEA SYMFONISK lineup packs in plenty of features.
The price point is one of the strongest suits of the IKEA SYMFONISK lineup. With IKEA involved, the product is incredibly cheap compared to other similar products. The product costs only $99.00 and gives a lot more than what it costs.
For such a product being this cheap, one might think there might be some cheap parts installed in the IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker for it to be so cheap. Well, we are more than happy to tell you that the IKEA SYMFONISK lineup does not feature any of it, and you will be getting a quality product at such a low-price range.
Although we have mentioned how the IKEA SYMFONISK series packs in plenty of features at a very low price point, let’s discuss how the bookshelf speaker actually performs. During our time testing the product, we found it performs extremely well in almost every way. We’d like to mention how you can simply connect your device with the speaker to optimize its performance. For instance, you can use TruePlay which will use the microphone on your smartphone to scan the whole room and modify the speaker settings accordingly.
If you’re worried about the speaker being a bookshelf and not performing as well, then you need nothing to worry about as the speaker will not shy away from surrounding your whole room with music.
The only problem we found was with the frequencies of the speaker, as they tend to treble. We also recommend you to lower the bass settings of the speaker, as it starts to sound a bit weird at higher bass settings. But for a wireless speaker at such a low-price range, these are nothing but slight issues.
The IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker is a truly great addition to the IKEA and Sonos family. The wireless bookshelf speaker makes sure to cover all the basics that make up a good wireless speaker while giving you an incredible price. Surely there are some issues circling around the speaker as it is wireless, and is so cheap, but none of them are groundbreaking.
Although the final decision lies upon you, we’d still recommend you to buy the wireless bookshelf speaker made by IKEA and Sonos without a second thought. You will be getting so much more than you paid for.
This was our review on the IKEA SYMFONISK bookshelf speaker. We have done a ton of reviews on other similar products. Be sure to check them. Also, we’d love to hear your thoughts on what you think about this product by IKEA and Sonos. Share them in the comment section!