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The LG FH6 Freestyler is a floor-standing, all-in-one stereo speaker system — it's basically a modern day boombox. But it's modern in more than just its looks — it can hook up three phones simultaneously over Bluetooth, it can supercharge your TV sound, and it's one hell of a karaoke machine. Here are six things that you can try to turn the all-in-one system into a speaker that's equally good at movies or music.

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Sure, you can buy small, portable, battery-powered Bluetooth speakers that you can take with you wherever you go. In a pinch, they'll do a decent job for a small house party. But if you want to do things right, you want a big Bluetooth speaker. One that can draw enough power to dim the lights in your neighbourhood every time the bass kicks in. LG's FH6 X-Boom Freestyler — yes, that's its name — is a floor-standing speaker or horizontal boombox with a ridiculously large amount of audio power, and a bunch of LED lights on the front that you can set to flicker on and off in any colour you desire.

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The Devialet Phantom's been around a while, but the Apple Store in the US has recently started selling the basic-but-still-very-expensive version of the speaker. Fans will be tempted, but you never want to buy something just because it's in the Apple Store, so we gave it a try. Everything about the speaker seems impressive. It's wireless, incredibly powerful, yet compact, and it plays bass so low you can only feel it — all while looking like an H.R. Giger creation. It also costs $3000.

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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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Back in 2013, we were blessed with the launch of the UE Boom — a small, portable, waterproof speaker that sounded great for its size and had enough battery life to last a full day at the beach. But that was two years ago, and since then we've had the UE Roll and the Megaboom — a smaller speaker and a larger one. Since then, we've been waiting for a new Boom. The second incarnation of one of the best Bluetooth-toting portable speakers we've ever used is here, and it's better in every single way.

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We really, really like the Sonos Play:5 — it's incredibly easy to set up and use, and gives you smartphone- or tablet-friendly access to dozens of different streaming music and internet radio services. And now it's even better, optimised for stereo listening and with a wider soundrange, clearer treble and more powerful bass. And that's not the only announcement; Sonos has a new top-of-the-line wireless speaker to show off, but some fancy new software tricks that can make it sound even better.

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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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Buying a speaker with omnidirectional sound may sound a little pointless, but unless you're always sitting in the same spot to listen to your music or watch your movies it actually makes sense. We're seeing more and more 360-degree speakers come out, but now Samsung has two new glossy obelisks that will project sound all around your living space.

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LG's new line of battery-powered, Wi-Fi enabled speakers complement their new sound bar models, sure. But they also fill out Music Flow — the company's Sonos-like connected-house audio offering — with some attractive, well-rounded hardware.

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Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen these days. Some are definitely better than others, but most of the wireless hi-fi units on the market are made by electronics companies rather than heritage audio companies with a foremost interest in sound quality. There are some longtime audio brands out there that take their time and do things right, though. Bang & Olufsen's first ever Bluetooth speaker, the BeoPlay A2, is actually one of the best you can buy.

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There are dozens of Bluetooth speakers available in Australia today that follow a standard template: internal rechargeable battery, Bluetooth, microphone for handsfree calls, and a set of mono or stereo speaker drivers to make the best use of that precious remaining chassis space. Harman Kardon's Esquire Mini doesn't pack the outright punch of its bigger brother, but it's significantly more portable and makes a great hotel room companion for those short overseas trips. (OK, get your mind out of the gutter.)

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Melbourne design team Studio Proper is best known for its Wallee mounts for iPad and iPhone. (They're not terrible, either, according to you.) But they've branched out from cases and mounting systems, dipping their toes in the waters of technology with a novel, circular wireless speaker. It's called the PA2 — that's for Proper Audio, by the way — and it's actually the second Bluetooth stereo that Studio Proper has designed and prototyped.

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Not content with just releasing new in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones, both wired and wireless, Bose also has a new rechargeable speaker. The SoundLink Colour is a compact, powerful, portable Bluetooth speaker that isn't without its compromises, but does a great job for actually playing music and other audio wirelessly from your smartphone.

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Beats has been on an absolute tear over the last couple of months, with a swathe of new headphones and audio gadgets. The Pill 2.0 is the California company's latest attempt at a portable, battery-powered Bluetooth wireless speaker, with a few tricks learned along the way from its competitors.