Sonos and Ikea just announced the Symfonisk table lamp ($179), which is one part lamp and one part Sonos-powered speaker. It’ll work just like a Sonos speaker, so you can stream music directly to it or pair it with your existing Sonos speakers, and it’ll also function as a traditional table lamp; there’s a knob on the side of the speaker to manually turn the speaker on and adjust brightness. According to the press release, it’s “the loudest table lamp ever.”
The Symfonisk table lamp joins just-announced bookshelf speaker ($100) in the two companies’ Symfonisk line. It shares a similar aesthetic to the Symfonisk bookshelf speaker, too, which just won a 2019 RED Dot award for its product design.
There isn’t much competition in the “sonic lamps” category, admittedly, with the GE Sol Smart Light ($50+) being one of the only alternatives that come to mind. That said, this new creation by Sonos and Ikea definitely wins in the looks department; the gray model, in particular, looks fantastic.
An important differentiation to make is that unlike the GE Sol, the Symfonisk table lamp isn’t a smart light you can control with voice. As of writing, we don’t think it’s compatible with any smart assistants. In addition to manually adjusting the light, its brightness can also be controlled using the Tradfri app.
As far as price and availability, the Symfonisk table lamp will cost $179, which is slightly less expensive than Sonos’s One smart speaker ($199) and slightly more than its entry-level Play:1 speaker ($149). No release date has been announced for either the Symfonisk table lamp or bookshelf speaker, but both will be available in white or gray colors.
We still don’t know if the Symfonisk will support Sonos’s special speaker tuning technology, TruePlay, or exactly how loud it gets. We will update the post when we know more…developing.
Gear Patrol also recommends:
GE Sol Smart Light ($50+)
Symfonisk Bookshelf Speaker ($100)
Sonos One ($199)