Design-clever, you may under no circumstances confuse a SYMFONISK with a general Sonos product. while Sonos audio system mostly have a worldly sleek appear, the IKEA items appear just a little homier. The lamp is clad in a material shell that reminds me of Nike Flyknit fabric whilst the bookshelf speakers are decidedly blocky with squared-off edges. yet, that's not always a bad factor. I consider the lamp has a smooth and relaxed appeal with a little of a midcentury ultra-modern vibe. Its rounded, curved form helps mask the truth that it's a speaker as well as a lamp. The bookshelf variant's shape, then again, allows it to fit each vertically and horizontally on most cabinets, whether or not they're from IKEA. That said, a spokesperson did tell me that they had been specifically constructed to fit most IKEA shelves and are available in "IKEA white" and "IKEA black" with a purpose to combo in seamlessly with your decor. The lamp comes in white or black as well. In quintessential IKEA trend, these SYMFONISK speakers have more than one function. The lamp, of direction, lights up the room moreover to enjoying music. The bookshelf speaker can double as a wall-installed shelf itself (the bracketing and hooks are bought individually). on this mode, you can use it as a bedside table, a floating shelf or a bookstand, and it could actually preserve up to 3kg in weight. One complaint i've, although, is that the lamp lacks a dimmer. It seems like somewhat of a tease, considering the only option to manipulate the lamp is via a rotating dial that can handiest switch it on and off. One technique to get round this is to use a smart bulb alternatively of a natural one, which you would wish to do anyway, considering that the lights can't be managed by way of the Sonos app. IKEA absolutely recommends you employ its possess, but you need to use any intelligent bulb so one can fit in the lamp's E12 (E14 in the UK) base. so far as elements go, each SYMFONISK speakers have the identical performance as most other speakers in the Sonos lineup. The setup is the equal — you utilize the app to do so by way of WiFi — and each also have TruePlay tuning (handiest to be had with the iOS app). They're suitable with the entire other audio system within the Sonos catalog, so which you can group them together in the identical community if you wish to have. As with different Sonos audio system, that you can pair identical speakers together for stereo separation; so two bookshelf SYMFONISK speakers can work as a stereo set, for instance. And, of path, you could play tunes from audio sources reminiscent of Spotify, iHeartMusic, Apple music and extra. The main question, nevertheless, is how do they sound? Sonos informed us that the lamp SYMFONISK has more or less the same internals as its own present Play:1 speaker. Unsurprisingly, therefore, in our aspect-by means of-part evaluation, they both sounded similar. The Play:1 has a moderate aspect within the ultra low stages while the lamp sounds much better in the low to mid stages — but they're otherwise similar. I do consider the Sonos One (which is similar to the Play:1 except it has voice assistant smarts and a greater magnet) has deeper bass, however no longer tremendously so. on account that the lamp SYMFONISK is simplest $30 greater than the $149 Play:1 and does double duty as, good, a lamp, it makes for an awfully compelling proposition.