The Ikea Eneby 30 with its square front fits perfectly into a free compartment of the shelf bestseller (successor to Expedit). But what about sound and technology? Our test of the speaker reveals it.
Anyone who gets a bit confused in Ikea’s push into the loudspeaker area should know that there is a smaller Ikea Eneby 20 with carrying handle and optional rechargeable battery and then the larger Eneby 30, which is designed exclusively for operation at the socket. On the horizon is also a smart speaker series called Symfonisk, created in partnership with Sonos and supporting Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa. With a gimmick but you can also upgrade the Eneby 30 accordingly.
Ikea Eneby 30: Our test verdict
The Ikea Eneby 30 is a stationary loudspeaker that finds its place in the living room or in the kitchen. He takes music via Bluetooth or a jack (3.5 mm) – that means that he has neither a battery, nor “newer” features such as WLAN (Multiroom à la Sonos) or smart features (Alexa, Google Assistant) offers, This is radical minimalism that fits in a way with the Swedish furniture store.
The thing with the limited mobility is a bit incomprehensible, after all, the little brother Eneby 20 can also expand with one. In the larger case of the Eneby 30 would have been determined to find a place.
Sonically, the Eneby 30 lets the listener rock with his foot or – when you turn up – also nod your head to the beat. The level stability is impressive, from the maximum volume ago, the Bluetooth box can easily be a party in the shared kitchen sound sufficiently, without causing any significant distortion. The sound is more powerful than the Eneby 20, thanks to two midrange speakers and a tweeter, and also beats the most portable Bluetooth speakers with a smaller volume. Real stereo we do not get (Ikea speaks of mixed mono), but that is not perfectly feasible in this device genre anyway.
The sound is joyful and round, the highs rich in detail, but not sharp. In addition, clear mids and a warm bass, which also outlines the very deep range at least – Ikea’s first Bluetooth box can certainly convince, without calling for several hundred euros. However: Our correspondingly expensive reference Teufel Boomster (2017) pulls past both Enebys: There is added the transparency and splendor of timbres, which allows the listening pleasure for the discerning and the Ikea Eneby 30 in direct comparison can miss.
Conclusion: Minimalistically designed an average processed Bluetooth speaker for the apartment, although the battery is denied, but sounds like a bear. He is not a hi-fi gadget for music lovers, however, a cheap and level extension for Kallax shelf already.
Good to know
- The back has a bass reflex opening. That means the wall distance behind the Eneby 30 has sonic effects. Directly on a wall, the sound of the box can become very low-toned, we recommend a forearm distance or a free installation.
- Optionally available are one and one.
- The power connection is a small appliance connection cable (“Euro plug” / “Achterkabel”).
- A jack (3.5 mm) for external players is available.
- For example, if you want to use a digital assistant, you can pair an Amazon Echo Dot with Bluetooth – the first time through the Alexa app. Then Alexa listens via the echo microphone and plays music or weather reports on the Ikea Eneby 30. This connection can be canceled or resumed at any time by voice command (“Alexa connect you with Ikea Eneby 30”).
Ikea Eneby 30 - Review
Minimalistically designed an average processed Bluetooth speaker for the apartment, although the battery is denied, but sounds like a bear. He is not a hi-fi gadget for music lovers, however, a cheap and level extension for Kallax shelf already.
- High volume: At 29.9 × 29.9 × 10.6 centimeters, the Eneby 30 has a certain volume to offer, which has a positive effect in conjunction with the three built-in drivers. The volume can be turned up very high, as most compact speakers cannot keep up. At party levels, the sound remains free of sharpness in the treble, at best, the bass loses its contour and becomes duller.
- Design: Yes, it is a matter of taste - but this square front and the minimalist design, that is quite successful. Anyone who loves Ikea's design philosophy will be able to use the Eneby 30, as it fits in well with other furniture giant products from Sweden.
- No battery: Such a large case - there would be an optional battery (in an emergency, even external) but certainly feasible. Unfortunately no chance.
- Sound a bit coarse: The round and strong-sounding sound makes the mood, but shows little sensitivity in dealing with sophisticated music material. Who needs a neutral listening or who the spatial representation is important in music, we recommend a cheap pair of monitor speakers from the retailer.
- Operation fumbling: bass and treble can be adjusted - unfortunately, this is cumbersome and confusing
- Workmanship: All in all solid, but just the important rotary button feels slightly shaky.