TE x IKEA FREKVENS Full Review

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Are the lights also powered via battery if a battery is inserted in the speakers and AC out connected to the lights?

I don’t think so but I will check and get back to you.

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I suppose we are going to see some of the prints on Etsy at eye watering prices for those of us that don’t 3D print.

I’ve found mine really bright for small rooms so stuck some filters over them, much better!

Shame they didn’t do a cycle mode for the animations.

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As I thought it didn’t work with the batteries.

thanks for checking.

Hi, I’ve just bought the multi-use LED light. The animations do look cool indeed but it seems they do not follow the beat of the music at all. There is a default speed of each animation, and the behaviour seems to be binary: either moving (sound detected) or still (no sound). I feel a bit disappointed…

That’s not the case with mine , if I turn down the volume , each frame, as it where, moves in time. Although spots only work well at lower volumes with higher frequencies and strong transients.

Other than that they work well.

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So my box from IKEA germany arrived last saturday. I am liking the sound, design, modularity and all.

There is one annoying functionality when you hook up several speakers in a chain though:

You always have to turn on each speaker manually, that means in my setup of 10x20 ( normal speaker ) & 30x20 ( unit with subwoofer ) I have to press 3 buttons ( 2 x speakers & 1 x subwoofer ) to fire it up.

The lights on the other hand turn on automatically when receiving power. Strange choice in my opinion by TE and IKEA.

Got two Multilights today. I think they respond to frequencies somewhere in the range of the voice. When im talking, they respond to my voice. So this is quite different to other sound-to-light devices. Most of them respond to bass frequencies.

Also they work very well when only using phone-speakers…

Has someone opened them to check if there’s a possibilty to add an arduino for dmx?

CV Mod with open Spotlight! Easy Hack

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I went back to the local IKEA this weekend (almost exactly 30 days after the FREKVENS collection showed up on their shelves), and here are my notes:

Side table: finally saw the floor demo. It is a lot flimsier than I expected. Could not make me buy this.

The tripods were sold out, but they had only a couple of units to start with.

Multi-use LED lights were totally sold out, but several of the LED spotlights remained. The spotlight accessory kits had sold out, but they didn’t start with many units in the first place. There were a handful of the speaker bases.

All of the 10x20 Bluetooth speaker sets were sold out and the floor demo unit was missing. There were dozens of the small 6x10 in stock. The 20x30 Bluetooth speakers had just 4 units left plus one floor demo unit.

All of the silver Tyvek stuff had plenty in stock. These seem to be the least popular items of the whole collection. I understand why–Tyvek costs a lot per square foot but seems cheap. It doesn’t feel like it is worth as much as the sticker price.

There were still some of the 3-piece eating sets in stock as well as the 5-piece serving set and the tiki mugs and cups.

Somehow they sold out of the black blankets (which I did confirm had the tiki face) including the floor demo unit, but there were not too many of these to start.

So, based on my observations from launch to one month later, the most popular units by far were the 10x20 speakers and multi-use LED lights, followed by the 20x30 speaker with subwoofer and LED spotlight. Can’t say much about the popularity of the other items that sold out because they had so few units to start with. We can say for sure that the least popular items are the silver Tyvek products.

Hi I bought the whole set as well two lamps and two of the visualizer lights the subwoofer and the speaker. Very disappointed in the fact that I connected everything locked it all together and it only works when plugged in for the lights. What a disappointment. Would’ve been amazing to be able to run those lights off the battery even if it was only for 40 minutes to an hour. The fact that I can’t be portable with it is disappointing without hardwired power.

that’s indeed a big oversight.

Just got to Gels from Amazon. What a difference

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Can you please post a link for the coloured frekvens amazon addons? Or a discription of the item? Thanks!

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Ok, I will give it a try with other kind of music. However I expected it detects the beat and reacts on that, given any volume or spectral features. Maybe that was too much to expect for such a price? :grin: Look at this official video of Teenage Engineering. After the intro when the beat starts the multilight is totally out of sync. However some of the lamps (not the multilight one) seem to follow it, sometimes… :face_with_raised_eyebrow::thinking:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B8rEt2-l448/

Update on the raincoat:

I ended up buying one, then found out that the snap buttons are set up for women, not men. Something to consider if you’re thinking about getting one.

How does it compare sound wise to other bluetooth speakers? Anyone with Frekvens speakers and some other to compare (jbl, etc.).

I don’t have any bluetooth speakers and want to buy some. Not sure if I should invest my money rather in Frekvens or other speakers.

After waiting for a year or two I’m superhappy with the Frekvens lights and audio units.

I’m now puzzeling for the right setup and connection.

I would like to make the audio unit a wired stereo pair to amplify my OP1 and PO’s…

So I have 2 frekvens 10x20 and 1 sub. I can connect a stereo male minijack to the OP1 to a splitter that makes it double mono (L+R) to both of the units. The volume has to be set spereately per speaker but I guess that will be ok. Is this the right way to connect the speakers? Or is it the wrong way to connect with 2x mono cable in stereo input if I want stereo sound?

When I connect the sub to the L speaker I guess I only get the sub sound form L. So can I use a double mono male jack from L and R to feed the sub via a stereo male minijack to get the sub repond to both L&R?

Anyone who can help me solve this puzzle?

Best regards.
Bas