The record player is back! Ikea’s New Furniture Plays Your Favorite Vinyl
Ikea has unveiled its first-ever record player, part of a new range of furniture designed for music lovers. The OBEGRÄNSAD vinyl player was designed by the budget houseware specialists with house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia. The record player has a minimalist and bulky design and is part of a new collection intended to help with music production at home.
This collection has been dubbed OBEGRÄNSAD and will include more than 20 items designed to make people’s homes more suitable for creating music.
So far, three items from this collection have been revealed – the OBEGRÄNSAD record player as well as an armchair and a desk with two speaker stands.
The products were announced at the Ikea Festival during Milan Design Week 2022 and will hit stores this fall.
No price has been announced for the Ikea record player, but the retailer said it would be a “quality” product that would also be “affordable” and “easy to use”.
In terms of specifications, the vinyl player will be powered by USB and will feature a replaceable cartridge and needle.
It will also have a built-in preamp.
Ikea said the upcoming vinyl player will also work with its ENEBY speaker if you’re looking for something to pair it with.
The ENEBY speaker is a Bluetooth speaker that costs £50. However, you will need to hook it up to the new Ikea vinyl player with wires as it does not support Bluetooth.
Although Ikea didn’t confirm this in its announcement, images show that the upcoming vinyl player will come with an Audio Technica needle.
And that’s great news because the Japanese company is well known for the quality of its audio equipment.
Speaking of the new record player, Ikea designer Friso Wiersma said: “The solid, massive design gives the player a presence in the room. It conveys the physicality of the music in the collection, allowing it to really claiming space with the attitude of the music woven into it – rather than having it blend together.”
When discussing the upcoming OBEGRÄNSAD collection, Swedish House Mafia said, “Design is about creating, playing, having fun and even just setting the mood.”
While this week’s announcement is sure to grab the attention of vinyl lovers, it’s not the first time that Ikea has announced a record player.
The Swedish furniture maker previously announced a record player in 2018 that was going to be made in collaboration with Teenage Engineering.
However, this product never ended up hitting the market.