Frekvens is not Sweden’s first foray into the world of gadgets. Ikea already has smart lamps and the multiroom loudspeakers developed together with Sonos. There are also own Bluetooth boxes in the furniture store. So far, the Ikea technology has always convinced with a lot of quality for little money.
Unfortunately, Ikea could not quite keep this level with the new Frekvens system. Even if the idea behind it is impressive. Speakers and lamps can be flexibly combined and plugged together. A modular system with sound and disco light, so to speak. Frekvens was developed together with Teenage Engineering. The small Swedish company, which is also Swedish, has made a name for itself with keyboards and synthesizers that can also be plugged together in modules.
That is also the great strength and weakness of the system. You can buy and use all the components individually, but it is only really fun if you buy several and hang them together with cables. All you need is a power supply and you can build a small tower of light and sound. As an extra there are decorative elements, stands and light filters. On the Teenage Engineering website you will also find templates for accessories that you can print yourself with the 3D printer.
No colored light, no multi-room features
But somehow features are missing that you would like to see as standard. So there are only two light cubes, both only in white. A little bit for the home disco, especially a colored spot is missing. And the sound is only brought to the speakers via cable or Bluetooth. They cannot be integrated into the Ikea multiroom system, smart functions are missing.
The sound is fine. But you should definitely buy the subwoofer if you really want to party with it. But that also means that at least CHF 149 is spent on the Frekvens tweeter and midrange together with the subwoofer.
For the same or even less money, Ikea itself also offers better sound. The large Eneby Bluetooth speaker only costs CHF 100 and sounds a bit better. And for 129 francs there are the Symfonisk speakers that Ikea developed together with Sonos. They are 20 francs better, offer significantly more sound volume and can still be integrated into a multiroom system.
If you don’t necessarily want a uniform system, you can also buy the light cubes for 30 to 40 francs together with another loudspeaker. Because they react to the music, no matter where it comes from.
Conclusion: Visually funny, clever basic idea, creative expansion options with 3D printing. Nevertheless, the Frekvens system as a whole was not entirely convincing in the test. You have to have a lot of fun with the modular system to be convinced by Ikea. The other speakers on offer are definitely the better deal, with the money saved there are one or two flashing lights.