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IKEA Symfonisk Picture Frame Review: Art is in the ear of the beholder

IKEA Symfonisk Picture Frame Review: Art is in the ear of the beholder

For a while it seemed like IKEA and Sonos' Symfonisk collaboration had stalled, but the new Symfonisk Picture Frame is a reminder that, much like artwork, unusual tech can take time to create. Packaging a connected Sonos speaker into a piece of wall art, it bypasses the traditional aesthetic associated with home audio for something that - depending on your decor - will either be more or less surreptitious than anything else from Sonos' line-up.

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IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame hands-on: An artful Sonos speaker

IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame hands-on: An artful Sonos speaker

IKEA's SYMFONISK Picture Frame speaker has arrived, and if you didn't know it hid wireless music talents behind the abstract art, you'd be forgiven for not realizing Sonos' involvement. Third addition to the SYMFONISK range, the new Picture Frame speaker joins the Bookshelf Speaker and Table Lamp Speaker as some of the most affordable ways to add Sonos to your home.

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IKEA and Sonos’ picture frame speaker has one big problem

IKEA and Sonos’ picture frame speaker has one big problem

Sonos and IKEA have returned with another surprisingly affordable speaker, but the SYMFONISK Picture Frame hides its music in plain sight. In the process it has added a new element of design to the partnership though, as excited as I am for more attainable connected speakers, I can't help but feel that neither company has quite closed the loop on this third product.

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Sonos and IKEA’s Picture Frame speaker is official: Here’s how it works

Sonos and IKEA’s Picture Frame speaker is official: Here’s how it works

Sonos and IKEA have revealed their latest SYMFONISK speaker, and while we may have already seen the new wall-mounted model there are some key details the two companies have confirmed today. The picture frame style is the speaker most obviously intended to be wall-mounted that we've seen from Sonos or IKEA so far, aiming to blur the distinction between a piece of art and a piece of music hardware.

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IKEA Symfonisk picture frame is a Sonos speaker in disguise

IKEA Symfonisk picture frame is a Sonos speaker in disguise

Swedish furniture brand IKEA enjoys both popularity and notoriety of its minimalist design, DIY assembly, and, more recently, integration with IoT technologies. Unlike makers of smart home products, IKEA incorporates Internet-connected features in tasteful and sometimes bizarre ways. Its newest attempt might be to sell you an IKEA Symfonisk picture frame that isn't really a picture frame but more like an art deco that happens to house an invisible Sonos speaker inside the frame.

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This Sonos earbuds design fixes one big AirPods problem

This Sonos earbuds design fixes one big AirPods problem

Sonos may be looking smaller for an upcoming audio product launch, with a new Sonos earbuds design seemingly previewed by US patent filings. The audio company has recently expanded its portfolio, adding a new and more affordable point of entry to its streaming audio ecosystem in addition to a new automotive partnership.

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Sonos Arc update lets you dial up the Dolby Atmos height effect

Sonos Arc update lets you dial up the Dolby Atmos height effect

Sonos is adding new Dolby Atmos options, making it possible to tweak the performance of the height channels for a more immersive experience. The new software will give Sonos Arc owners more granular control over how the different areas of their home theater sound are configured, after the soundbar launched with Atmos support last year.

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Sonos Sound Swap is Roam’s secret weapon: Here’s how to use it

Sonos Sound Swap is Roam’s secret weapon: Here’s how to use it

Sonos Roam isn't just the company's most affordable connected speaker so far, it also introduces a new feature to make managing music playback easier. Sound Swap allows you to bypass the app when you're in a hurry to get going, flipping music from a traditional Sonos speaker over to your Sonos Roam so you can head elsewhere in the house or outside.

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New Sonos and IKEA Symfonisk speaker teased [Update: Art Speaker too]

New Sonos and IKEA Symfonisk speaker teased [Update: Art Speaker too]

Sonos Roam reviews may have dropped this morning, but the new portable speaker isn't the only thing the company is getting excited about, with the prospect of a new IKEA Symfonisk launch in the pipeline. The collaboration between Sonos and IKEA broke cover back in 2019, with two initial products tapping the multi-room audio tech of one company and the low pricing strategy of the other.

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Sonos Roam Review – A portable speaker to get you hooked

Sonos Roam Review – A portable speaker to get you hooked

Sonos needs a gateway for new users, and the Sonos Roam is its answer. What looks like a regular Bluetooth speaker actually hides double the functionality: a portable speaker when you're on the go, a full-fledged Sonos speaker around the house, and all wrapped up in a ruggedized housing and the company's lowest price for a new speaker so far.

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Sonos just added its first 24-bit Hi-Res streaming option

Sonos just added its first 24-bit Hi-Res streaming option

Sonos has added its first 24-bit Hi-Res audio streaming service, taking advantage of another of the headline improvements from the company's Sonos S2 platform released last year. Qobuz may not be a household name, but its catalog of 70+ million tracks - albeit the vast majority of which are CD quality, not Hi-Res Audio - makes it a solid competitor to more familiar services like Spotify and Apple Music.

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Sonos Architectural Review: The surprises of pro-installation

Sonos Architectural Review: The surprises of pro-installation

Sonos may be best known for its standalone connected speakers, but its built-in speaker range, Sonos Architectural, is gaining traction in a space still fairly unfamiliar to mainstream users. Professional installation isn't new, but there are still preconceptions about just how attainable it is, with assumptions that it's reserved for multi-million dollar mansions with similarly lavish budgets. When I set out to give a home theater system a Sonos Architectural upgrade, though, I discovered some big surprises along the way.

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