Ikea, which has by no means been scared to dive into new product classes, has introduced plans to release a record player as a part of its new Obergränsad assortment this fall. The document participant was designed in collaboration with home music supergroup Swedish Home Mafia, and has a chunky design in keeping with plenty of the opposite shopper electronics Ikea has produced. Alongside it, the Swedish retailer has additionally introduced an armchair and desk as a part of the gathering.
This technically isn’t the primary document enjoying gadget that Ikea has introduced. Method again in 2018 it introduced a turntable made in collaboration with Teenage Engineering that it hoped to launch the next 12 months. However based on a Teenage Engineering support page, the participant by no means made it into the ultimate assortment.
Ikea engineer Carmen Stoicescu alludes to this earlier try in an interview concerning the new document participant on Ikea’s site. “When the query got here to me, I simply mentioned, ‘We truly tried to do a document participant earlier than, so we might use the identical provider perhaps?’” she says. The writeup accommodates a few hints concerning the participant’s performance, like the truth that it has a built-in preamp, is powered over USB and encompasses a replaceable cartridge and needle. In a press launch Ikea additionally notes that the participant will work with its Eneby Bluetooth speaker. In any other case, technical particulars are slim. It’s not clear whether or not the document participant has built-in audio system, helps bluetooth audio, or whether or not it’s restricted to wired output.
We’ve put these inquiries to Ikea together with questions on how a lot the gadget is predicted to price. It’ll be accessible this fall together with over 20 different merchandise that make up the Obergränsad assortment.