Ikea Will Launch a New Audio Brand: Symfonisk
Ikea and Sonos are collaborating on a new line of connected-audio products. This will expand the choices people have, not only for features but also for how they fit into the decor of your home. Ikea are expert in design, so Symfonisk should be a very useful addition to Ikea's offerings. These new products are perfet to pair with Spotify - the best of the music streaming services!
You can learn more here.
Symfonisk = High Quality
Besides being wifi-connected products, Symfonisk is made by Sonos and thus will have the same Sonos quality. Sonos products are, in our opinion, the best of the wifi/smart connected speaker market. (Note, the new Symfonisk products might not be available in all Ikea stores).
We read a very good article at DigitalTrends about the top 5 music streaming services, and it seems like a fair assessment:
#1: Spotify: Best discovery, big catalog, many new releases, large number of Playlists
#2: Apple: Best for Apple users, good integration with other apps; needs higher quality
#3: Pandora: Best for passive listening, very good curation; not the best user interface
#4: Soundcloud: biggest catalog, withtons of Indie tunes; but music discovery can be complicated
#5: Tidal: higher-quality music than most services, and a big catalog; needs better user interface
T'his list can change over time, but these five are the main ones. We recommend picking one of the first two for your paid service, play around with Soundcloud, and use Tidal if you have more high-end equipment. Enjoy!
Qobuz has CD-Quality and even Studio-Quality Music
We are taking a look at a service called QoBuz, they have Hi-Res music. Its definitely a better experience, and something you should check out.
They have regular music streaming like Spotify or Apple, at $9.95/mo; and two higher quality streams. First there is their Hi-Fi plan, at $19.99/mo - it is based on FLAC 16-bit at 44.1khz, Then they have an even higher quality service called Studio, which is $24.99/mo - it is based on FLAC 24-Bit up to 192 KHz. The higher quality streams do require more disk space for buffering but are well worth it. You can learn more about their streaming plants here.
In general we are big fans of Spotify but if you have a really good sound system, then Hi-Res music would be a great way to go. And for many rooms, SONOS speakers are an ideal match with QoBuz!
Focus on the Best Sound
There are a lot of choices now for wireless speakers, including Smart speakers. But Sonos is the best one. Ideally you listen to every speaker that interests you - but you can also read reviews.
Sonos has a huge variety of speakers, as well - checkout their lineup. Multiple-room protocols, sounds bars, subwoofers - Sonos has it all.
We feel the best combination for a great music experience is to have Spotify Premium, and Sonos speakers in several rooms of your house. You can't go wrong!
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