IKEA SYMFONISK Speakers

I recently purchased a set of IKEA SYMFONISK speakers for use in my studio apartment. They are relatively inexpensive at $99.99 each. IKEA also sells a wall mount bracket for another $19.99 each. The speakers are available in two colors, black and white. I’ve got a pair of black speakers in the living room, configured as a stereo pair, and a single white speaker mounted using a wall mount in the bathroom.

Each speaker comes with a color matching nylon braid wrapped power cord and a three foot ethernet cord.

I used a pair of On-Command strips in the living room to stick the speakers to the underside of the cabinets. Using two strips are supposedly rated at 8lbs, but that would be in normal picture orientation. I held the speakers in place for the first half hour with a set of furniture clamps to make sure the adhesive had time to set. The edges of the Symfonisk speakers are flat. the back is slightly recessed. I purchased the wall mount kit for the speaker in the bathroom, and used another pair of on-command strips to hang that speaker.

 

Configuration of the speakers is done entirely with the standard SONOS app.

I ran into a small problem trying to get the first speaker working, but was able to get the rest working easily once I’d understood the issue. These speakers only seem to work with 2.4GHz networking. My network was configured with both 2.4GHz and 5GHz with separate SSIDs. My phone was configured to autojoin the 5GHz network and not the 2.4GHz network. To properly configure the speakers to work on my network I had to make sure my phone was connected to the SSID for the 2.4GHz network and would ignore the 5GHz network.

I can now play music that fills my entire apartment, streaming to both the bathroom and the living room.

2 thoughts on “IKEA SYMFONISK Speakers

    • Using the strips the way I did for the white speaker I showed here didn’t hold long term. They didn’t have good enough adhesion to the painted surface with the physics working by pulling away at the top of the speaker. I switched the location to have the back mounted on the bathroom mirror and they seem to have stayed put quite well.

      The speakers I have mounted horizontally under my kitchen cabinets I’m confident in the mounting strips for three reasons. 1. the cabinets are a glossy material. 2. I used clamps to hold the speakers in place for the first hour, giving the adhesive plenty of time to set before being stressed. 3. The horizontal strip placement places stress evenly along the entire adhesive strip, without the leverage issue I had with the adhesive on the vertical part of the speaker.

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