Ikea announces record player that may well hit stores this time

Ikea announces record player that may well hit stores this time

Ikea, which has never been afraid to dive into new product categories, has announced plans to release a record player as part of its new Obegränsad collection this fall. The record player was designed in collaboration with house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia, and has a chunky design in line with many other consumer electronics produced by Ikea. Alongside this, the Swedish retailer also announced an armchair and desk as part of the collection.

Technically, this isn’t the first record player device announced by Ikea. In 2018, he announced a turntable made in collaboration with Teenage Engineering that he hoped to release the following year. But according to a Teenage Engineering support page, the player never made it into the final collection.

Its design and controls are meant to be simple.
Image: Ikea

Ikea engineer Carmen Stoicescu hints at this previous attempt in an interview about the new record player on the Ikea site. “When the question came to me, I just said, ‘We’ve tried to make a record player before, so maybe we could use the same supplier?'” she says. The article contains some hints about the features of the player, such as the fact that it has a built-in preamp, is powered via USB, and has a replaceable cartridge and needle. In a press release, Ikea also notes that the player will work with its Eneby Bluetooth speaker, but since it doesn’t actually support Bluetooth, it will only work on a wired connection. Otherwise, the technical details are slim. It’s unclear if the turntable has built-in speakers or is limited to wired output.

We asked Ikea these questions along with questions about the expected cost of the device. It will be available this fall along with more than 20 other products that make up the Obegränsad collection.

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