Sonos IKEA Symfonisk Bookshelf Speaker Review
Sonos is worldwide known for its excellent, easy-to-use wireless speakers that are also quite expensive. Ikea, on the other hand, is known for affordable and not rugged to put together furniture.
Merge these two famous companies, and you get the cheapest Sonos WiFi speakers. They cost half the Sonos One and 75% of the Sonos Ikea Synfonisk lamp speaker price. And they sound good too.
Another good thing is that Sonos Ikea Symfonisk bookshelf speakers can integrate with the other members of the Sonos family, can be controlled within the app, or you can pair two of them together to create a stereo.
Amazingly, you can also link the bookshelf speakers to a Beam, Playbase, Playbar, or Sonos Amp as ideal rear speakers.
- Integrated into Sonos network
- Interesting design
- Focused presentation
- It can use as a shelf
- Refinement is missing
- The bracket for the shelf is not coming with the speakers
- No 3.5 mm aux input
- No Bluetooth
- Can distort bass at high volumes
When you look at the Symfonisk bookshelf, you notice that its shape is not as for a typical speaker. It is tall and thin. The height is 31 cm, the width is 10 cm, and the depth is 15 cm.
On the front, there is a woolen grille that can you can remove if you prefer the mid-bass driver and the soft dome tweeter to be visible. There is a cloth tag with Sonos and Ikea’s logos that can use as a pull to remove the grille more easily.
Beneath the grilles are a 1.25-inch tweeter and 2.75-inch mid-range driver, powered by a class-D digital amplifier. There is also a port that allows air to come out, especially if you listen to some tracks with lots of bass.
Also, on the front, there are buttons for play and volume control. If you press quickly two or three times the play button, it serves as a track forward or backward button. An LED also informs you when the speaker is ready, connected, or in standby mode. On the back, an Ethernet port is available in case you don’t want to use WiFi. There are no other connections for wired inputs, no Bluetooth, and no speakerphone functionality.
It comes in white and black color, easy to blend into the room and not call for attention. You can lay it flat, stand it up, or use it as a small shelf. Ikea designed this bookshelf speaker so you can mount it on a wall. The wall-mount bracket doesn’t come with the speakers, but you should buy it as an extra.
If you decide to use it as a wall-mounted bookshelf, be aware that it can hold up to 3 kg of whatever you arrange for it to hold (souvenirs, books, etc.) The option of placing the speakers on the wall comes in very handy if you decide to use them as pair for your TV.
The process of setup is simple and easy. The Sonos Controller app does all the work. It finds the speakers, connects them to the WiFi, and updates the firmware.
You can tune the speakers according to your preferences, add music services as Amazon Music, Bandcamp, Spotify, and others. You can also use AirPlay 2 to send audio from your iOS device.
If you already have Sonos set up as a home theater, they can get assigned as rear surround speakers.
Sound quality of Sonos Ikea Symfonisk
Don’t expect Sonos Ikea Symfonisk speaker to sound like Sonos One, but expect the same character. Symfonisk is more open sounding, less refined, and lacking bass.
Nevertheless, this speaker has a focus on delivery, especially when it comes to vocals.
If you want to adjust the EQ settings, you can use the TruePlay app, which uses your smart device to scan the room’s shape and determine how the surfaces affect the acoustics. Accordingly, you can change the EQ settings. The same app has a simple two-band EQ for treble and bass.
Sonos Ikea Symfonisk has an excellent audio performance, with good tonal balance and smooth output. If you lower the bass in the EQ settings, you will manage to open the soundstage more expansive, and that way, the speakers won’t sound as if they are in a tight space.
Symfonisk is suitable for quiet music, too, as some soft background tunes.
It doesn’t lack dynamics, and the timing is good.
If you play something with lots of instruments simultaneously, the sound often becomes cloudy and a little pedestrian.
The bass has depth and is clean, but if you play it at high levels, it gets distorted, typical for speakers of this price.
For the Sonos Ikea Symfonisk speakers’ price, there is no other option for a multi-room that will offer a similar sonic experience.
So if you decide to build or expand your home wireless sound system, Symfonisk is an excellent choice.