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B&O’s Beosound Stage looks gorgeous, but under-performs

The Beosound Stage is a modern work of art. It would not look out of place in MoMA, the Rose Seidler House, or even the home of the Brady Bunch. The design feels completely modern but so wonderfully retro at the same time. The smoked oak finish is incredibly smooth, and contrasts with the stressed grey pattern of the speaker grille.

Read more at SMH: B&O’s debut soundbar looks the part but lacks immersion

AirPods Pro review: better than the original buds in every way

For the last year, when I’ve been asked for recommendations about truly wireless earbuds, my answer has been “if you’re an iPhone user, and you want convenience, battery life and just a great user experience, go AirPods, but if you value noise cancelling and don’t mind in-ear, the Jabra Elite 65t are better for you.” Now, the answer is simpler; buy whatever AirPods your budget can afford.

Source: AirPods Pro review: the best wireless buds for iPhone users

A handy guide to local daily news podcasts

One of the best semi-daily podcasts is Guardian Australia’s Full Story. The podcast is released three times a week, again focusing on a single story.

Laura Murphy-Oates may be the perfect podcast host for this format.She’s just so engaging to listen to; she’s witty and informative, and doesn’t shy away from letting you know her opinions on the stories she covers. She brings a tone that would never work in a standard new bulletin but feels pitch perfect for a podcast.

Source: A handy guide to local daily news podcasts

UE Boom 3, Wonderboom 2: Great updates to the best bluetooth speakers

Bluetooth speakers generally fall on two sides of a spectrum; they’re either cheap junk that sounds awful, or they sound great but are too expensive. Since the original UE Boom, Ultimate Ears has made durable, great sounding speakers at a reasonable price.

Read More at SMH: UE Boom 3, Wonderboom 2: indestructible speakers get even better

Russia If You’re Listening: Season 3

In a world awash with Trump news, scandals and podcasts devoted to the man, one of the best investigations is from Australia’s own ABC. Russia, If You’re Listening has been riveting from the start, as host Matt Bevan took us through the Robert Mueller investigation with help from the near-perfect audio production of producers Will Ockenden, Yasmin Parry and Ruby Jones.

Read more at SMH: Dark material makes for a riveting podcast

IKEA’s Tradfri smart lights review

Despite the lack of publicity around this range and the difficulty setting them up, it is clearly popular.

The first time I tried to buy a handful of downlights at the Richmond store they were completely sold out.IKEA’s Tradfri dimmer can be stuck anywhere and operated with a twist.A store assistant said the downlights in particular tend to sell out immediately, which makes sense when you consider IKEA charges $14 per downlight compared to $59 for a Philips Hue. Thankfully you can order online and once I did a box full of downlights arrived the next day.

Read more at SMH: IKEA’s Tradfri smart lights offer illumination for less

Sonos Beam is my favourite Soundbar

The Beam produces remarkable sound for its tiny weight and size. Inside the unit, four woofers fire off in different directions to create room-filling sound. Audio is warm and clear, but what really amazes me is the level of bass from this tiny unit; it’s hard to believe it’s coming out of the Beam without a connected, dedicated subwoofer, although Sonos would be happy to sell you one if you still need more rumbling.

Read more at SMH: Tiny Sonos Beam bests some of the biggest home theatre hi-fi