Just under a year after Ikea launched its first wire­less speak­ers in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sonos, the Swedish fur­ni­ture retail­er has announced a new range of par­ty-ready audio devices – includ­ing a mini Blue­tooth speak­er that can clip onto your belt. 

The new Frekvens col­lec­tion (mean­ing ‘fre­quen­cy’ in Swedish) was cre­at­ed with ultra-cool Swedish design col­lec­tive Teenage Engi­neer­ing, and com­pris­es a $16.99 (about £14 / AU$25) wire­less speak­er, a $149 (about £115 / AU$215) sub­woofer com­bo, and a $10 (about £7 / AU$15) light-up speak­er base, as well as the $19.99 (about £15 / AU$30) portable speak­er with belt clip.

It’s rolling out to US Ikea stores as we speak, but glob­al avail­abil­i­ty and offi­cial pric­ing out­side of the US is still to be con­firmed.

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Modular music

The new sys­tem is all based around mod­u­lar design; that means indi­vid­ual items can be stacked up and com­bined as you wish, mak­ing it a more per­son­al­ized expe­ri­ence. 

For exam­ple, you can stack the larg­er Blue­tooth speak­er on top of the light-up base to cre­ate a cozy cen­ter­piece that draws atten­tion to your speak­er. 

The speak­ers them­selves come with either bright red or yel­low grilles, with large, almost car­toon-like dials and util­i­tar­i­an car­ry­ing straps and belt clips.

Teenage Engi­neer founder Jes­per Kouthoofd explained: “What we said was ‘why do you have to hide speak­ers. They are fur­ni­ture in their own right.’ Sounds should not be hid­den. So when you start to build a mod­u­lar sys­tem and add fronts and acces­sories on, it’s a more fun way to think about sound.” 

The new range sits in strik­ing con­trast to Ikea’s Sym­fonisk speak­ers, which were cre­at­ed in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sonos. The line­up includ­ed a speak­er that dou­bles as a small book­shelf and a speak­er lamp – both designed to blend in seam­less­ly with your exist­ing fur­nish­ings. 

Nei­ther Ikea or Teenage Engi­neer have released any audio specs, so we can’t speak to the qual­i­ty of the dri­vers, mate­ri­als, or even the bat­tery life of the portable speak­ers. 

As The Verge points out, Teenage Engi­neer­ing is best known for its music devices like “the icon­ic OP‑1 syn­the­siz­er”, so hope­ful­ly these new speak­ers sound as cool as they look. 

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