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Ikea SYMFONISK Picture Frame Speaker Review

restorer-john

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Does this speaker signal a change in reviewing direction @amirm ?

The tests results speak for themselves- it's an absolute unmitigated disaster of a HiFi speaker, but you like it subjectively enough to give it a strong reccommendation because it's a Sonos wall mounted 'lifestyle' speaker? I don't get it.
 

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Nice review.
Man, that main woofer is tiny at 3.5 inches/9 cm. Wonder if it uses some kind of transmission line to get that low.

No wonder directivity is wide and good.
Doesn't it mean that any speaker with a high-pass filter 48dB/oct starting at 60Hz has no SPL limit?
 

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I can see these doing quite well. It certainly beats what lots of people listen to - crappy Bluetooth speakers - with virtually zero footprint. For an Airplay user it’s a simple way to get music into a domestic space.
 

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Who is hooking this up to a stereo system?
AirPlay, Spotify, and Sonos app will cover 99% of what users want.
Not to mention they will work as Roon and LMS endpoints, including stereo paired. Sonos app covers FAR more music services than any competitor.
 

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Does this speaker signal a change in reviewing direction @amirm ?

The tests results speak for themselves- it's an absolute unmitigated disaster of a HiFi speaker, but you like it subjectively enough to give it a strong reccommendation because it's a Sonos wall mounted 'lifestyle' speaker? I don't get it.


I don't get the disaster comment.
 

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Not to mention they will work as Roon and LMS endpoints, including stereo paired. Sonos app covers FAR more music services than any competitor.

Is there a way this could be used as a stereo pair for a TV?
 

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If someone had told me, a few years ago, that we would have an argument about a cheap, but highly rated... IKEA speaker here, I would have spilled my coffee on my keyboard. And yet, he we are :)
 

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I don't get the disaster comment.

Me neither , seems like an out n’ out win for the majority of consumers who want an unobtrusive speaker, perhaps he’s just upset.
 

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I don't get the disaster comment.

It has more peaks and troughs than the Himalayas, no matter how you look at it.

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Now, what is the psycho-acoustic effect of numerous small peaks/valleys??
I am not sure how much of that is real. We saw those with the Monoprice in-wall I measured in free space:

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To this with special half-space measurement:

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Once we have half-space measurement capability with NFS together with wireless support, I might go back and remeasure this speaker and see what it looks like.

BTW, I did the computation for this speaker at first with 10 points per octave. It looked really good then! I then changed it to 20 points to match my other measurements and became quite ragged in contrast. So the high resolution is bringing things out that may not be audible.
 
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