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Nightingale: Surround Sound White Noise

With great white noise machines available for much less, free white noise apps for your phone, and the ability to have the smart speakers you already own output white noise, this bird better sing.

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Nightingale consists of one or more low-profile devices that hug your AC outlets without costing you any plugs, and have customizable LED lights you’ll never use in addition to their speakers.

While Nightingale qualifies as “smart” based on the controllable-by-smartphone (and Alexa) definition, the smart we hoped for here was an adaptive and responsive system that changed the volume, type, and complexity of its sleep sound output based on what its microphones measured. This Nightingale just sings what you tell it to, though there are a lot of options to account for say, snoring or hardwood floors.

Huge price tag and lack of algorithms aside, there’s no denying that stereo sound makes for a superior and more effective white noise experience, and being able to activate the system via smartphone or Alexa while mostly asleep doesn’t hurt either.

A gilded cage indeed.


Editor Emeritus, The Inventory

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