In a previous report, we discussed LG’s presence at the recent Milan Design Week showing their Objet Lifestyle TVs. However, it looks like we missed something else of note for eCoustics readers: IKEA teased the forthcoming Obegränsad Turntable.
The IKEA Obegränsad might be their first turntable in many decades, but most people in North America are probably unaware that they released their first turntable in 1973.
Although no specifications were revealed, here is what we know so far.
The turntable is part of IKEA’s forthcoming Obegränsad Collection. The collection is a collaboration between IKEA and the Swedish House Mafia. The collection will include the turntable, as well as other audio-related products, including a music production desk, listening chair, and more to be revealed later.
The turntable includes an Audio-Technica Cartridge. So far we are unable to confirm the specific cartridge model, or whether Audio-Technica has made one specifically for IKEA.
The Obegränsad has both analog and USB outputs for flexible connection. It may have a built-in phono preamp for easier connection to stereo receivers and powered speakers, but this is not confirmed (although no ground connection associated with traditional analog turntable outputs is visible in the photos so far).
The Obegränsad Collection is expected to become available sometime in Fall 2022. As more details are revealed, they will be added to this article.
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This is not IKEA’s first foray into audio products. In fact, in the ’70s and ’80s, the IKEA catalog contained several audio/video products for sale.
More recently, IKEA has partnered with Sonos on a line of lifestyle-designed smart speakers as well as offering up its VAPPEDY outdoor lamp speaker in partnership with Spotify.
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