We’ve featured IKEA’s Minimal Bluetooth Speaker, Eneby on Unframed before when it was announced and I was hyped to get ahold of one and listen to its performance – let’s find out if it holds up to my expectations.
The IKEA ENEBY we showcased in this review is about 8 inches square and 3 inches deep. It has Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and on the back, it features an Analog Audio Input and a built-in AC power supply so you don’t have to deal with annoying power bricks. The battery life lasts for around 8 hours when playing music at 50% volume, although you will need to purchase the battery separately from the speaker, adding another 20€/£15 to the initial purchase price.
Build Quality – the entire speaker feels like a quality product, and like it’s well built. The top handle is the only part you need to install yourself, which is very uncommon for an IKEA Product. There are a few threaded holes for the optional wall bracket or stand.
Removing the grey, or black cover (depending which model you choose) you’ll find a 3.2-inch woofer and a 1-inch soft dome tweeter. This is really interesting, considering most Bluetooth speakers go for one full range speaker shows that Ikea is taking their new Eneby line seriously – which shows with its audio performance.
Sound test – the low end is surprisingly deep, but not overly boomy and the highs are nicely detailed. The Speaker gets quite impressively loud, with enough volume to fill an average room, patio or garage while not distorting at high volumes.
There are a few minor downsides – while the Eneby can connect up to 20 Bluetooth devices, only one of them can play at a time. It also doesn’t have a built-in microphone, so it can not be used with voice assistants such as Google Assistant, Siri or Bixby.
Another feature that we would love to see was the option to link up with other Eneby units, which is quite a bummer as it only plays back in mono. It would have been amazing to set up a Stereo pair of these speakers and have a great sound system.
IKEA Eneby – Conclusion
Considering it’s price, it is easy to forgive these limitations, as the sound quality is very impressive. If you’re looking for a simple, minimal Bluetooth speaker with a lovely Scandinavian design you can pick one up at Ikea for 50€ in Germany or £45 in the UK.