Second-generation Symfonisk bookshelf speakers from Ikea and Sonos get a slight refresh

Ikea has quietly updated its Symfonisk bookshelf speakers, a Sonos partner, with a second generation version which is already available in the Netherlands, via the Dutch tech website Adjusters.

Unlike the recently revamped Symfonisk lamp, which added an all-new design, the second-gen bookshelf speakers are a more minor update: they still feature the same basic bookshelf-style design and compatibility with Sonos speaker network and Apple Airplay 2.

Tweakers reports that Ikea has made a few internal changes, however, adding a faster processor, more memory, and lowering power consumption in sleep mode. It also added a longer power cable, which should come in handy for anyone trying to mount them in poorly wired rooms.

But the biggest change (the biggest being a relative term here) is in the buttons, where Ikea has updated the layout of the first-gen model slightly, swapping the volume up and play / pause buttons so that the two volume buttons are now next to each. other.

The buttons of the second generation Symfonisk speakers (left) compared to the original model (right)

But other than those tweaks, Ikea doesn’t seem to bother the formula too much here. The new Symfonisk, like the original, is still available in black and white color schemes and can also be paired in stereo with the first generation models, which is good to see.

It is not known when Ikea will launch the new Symfonisk speakers worldwide, but the second generation models are already available on the Ikea site in the Netherlands for 99 euros.


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