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Your smartphone or tablet is a gateway to tens of millions of music tracks, of audio playlists and podcasts and internet radio stations. The only problem is that your smartphone's speaker is not great — and that's where wireless sound systems come into their own. And sure, you can hook up a Bluetooth speaker for a temporary high, but if you're listening at home then you can do a lot, lot better. Sonos's new Play:5 speaker is about the size of a regular bookshelf speaker — the kind that you'd have paired up next to your TV, for a small home theatre setup — but it packs so much more power.

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If you have a gaming PC or home-office machine that lives on a workdesk or in a study, it makes sense to invest in a good pair of speakers. But on my desk, I also have two smartphones, an iPad, and a constantly revolving suite of wireless devices. It makes more sense, then, to invest in a good set of speakers that also have Bluetooth. Edifier's Luna Eclipse speakers, new to Australia, are made for everyday PC usage but are equally at home playing back your favourite tunes wirelessly.

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There are lots of Bluetooth speakers out there, but all compromise in one way or another — they're too big, have terrible battery life, or just don't sound very good. It's refreshing, then, when there's a viable alternative, even if you have to pay a bit more to get it. Bose's newest, smallest Bluetooth speaker is actually one of the best you can buy, despite its relatively high price tag.

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Do you ever miss your old Sony Discman? Find yourself longing for that rounded, flat, vaguely ovoid shape? Well, you can have it — in a portable speaker. The new UE Roll is the smallest — and cutest — Bluetooth speaker yet from Ultimate Ears, and it takes over from the already impressive Mini Boom. Despite its small size, it actually sounds pretty damn good.

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We all want our own Iron Man suit, complete with flying capabilities and palm cannons. The reality is none of us are billionaire geniuses, so we'll have to make do with what we've got. And that's this to-scale helmet from Tony Stark's famous costume that you don't so much wear on your head as, uh, listen to. Yes, it's a speaker.

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Multi-room audio is, in Australia, the Next Big Thing. If you have a big apartment or a house, buy three or four speakers within one brand and you'll be able to play music from them all simultaneously, filling your home with sound. Despite the company being a relatively new entrant to the game, LG's Music Flow speakers are more than a match for Samsung or Sonos.