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With Sonos doing a great job of making exceptional speakers that fit in almost every situation in your home, three further battlefields remained - becoming a less proprietary option so you can stream music from any device to the speakers without having to go through the Sonos app all the time, smart speakers and home theatre setups. All of those have been addressed over the last year or so as the Santa Barbara-based company has revised most of their range. The Sonos Beam is their second home theatre product. Here's what I've found after using the Beam in my lounge room.

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American diplomats in China are falling ill with symptoms such as headaches, nausea and hearing loss after hearing "odd sounds" in their apartments. It's an eerily similar situation to what happened in Cuba in 2016 when 24 diplomats complained about strange sounds and nearly identical symptoms. Is sound actually making these people sick? Maybe.

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If, like me, you research every gadget purchase to the Nth degree, it can be super depressing when said product arrives and it's perfect... except for one, tiny thing. Usually that thing escaped detection because it only rears it head once you actually use your new shiny. In my case, it was a set of SoundMagic E10 earphones to replace my busted EarPods. The problem? They vibrate.

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Mac: If you want to change which mic is being used on your Mac or swap to different speakers, you can always option-click the sound icon on your menu bar and pick whatever you need. If you want more control of those options, SoundSource 3 is the app you want.

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Chrome: We've all been there -- you open a site in a new tab, and it starts playing audio in the background. Or worse, you open it in the foreground and it starts a video in some random corner of the page while you read an article. Silent Site Sound Blocker puts an end to that nonsense for good.

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Android/iOS (Beta): You probably use your phone as an alarm clock, and you may even use it to play music isntead of a generic alarm tone, but what if you could use your favourite speakers or home stereo to wake you up instead of your phone's tinny speakers? That's what Sleepcast does.

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If you've ever heard your own voice played back on a recording and thought "do I really sound like that?" you're not alone. Most of us at least cringe when we hear how we sound to others, and The Science of Us explains why, and what it says about us.

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Listening to music in your back yard is easier than ever thanks to the proliferation of outdoor speakers, but which ones offer the best sound and the most features? This week, we're looking at five of the best, based on reader nominations.