Without much fanfare, IKEA and Sonos have released the second-generation version of the Symfoniska bookshelf loudspeaker. First published in the Netherlands discovered Speakerphone (through the The Verge), the new model has a faster processor, more memory and less power consumption when in standby. It also comes with a longer power cable.
However, looking at the new model next to its first-generation counterpart, the most visible change is an updated button layout that sees the volume controls side by side instead of being separated by a play button. / pauses as was the case before.
Sometimes, Sonos updates its speakers in this way to make them easier to use in the future. For example, in 2019, it refresh Sonos One to add Bluetooth LE, a newer processor and more memory. More recently, it tuned Sonos One SL to add a more efficient wireless radio. If you live in the Netherlands, you can purchase the second-generation Symfonisk bookshelf for €99. We’ve reached out to IKEA to find out when the retailer plans to release the speakers in the US.
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