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Loud roommates keeping you up? Not with this sleep machineThe $300 Nightingale sound machine is super easy to install and helps mask ambient noise.
[MUSIC] Cambridge sound management's $300 nightingale sleep system does a lot more than your standard white noise machine. First you get two devices for your money rather than one. Plug in the nightingale outlets on opposite sides of your bedroom to create a stereo effect the startup refers to as sound blanket. Once you've opened the app, the software helps you pick the right sound based on your needs. This is the part Nightingale gets right. And if you don't like their recommendation you can check out some of their more exotic options. [SOUND] [MUSIC] Nightingale also factors in physical characteristics Of a room. Is the floor carpeted? Do you have hardwood? All of this affects how sound travels. While Nightingale's surround sound approach is definitely immersive, $300 is a pretty steep price. So is it worth it? Possibly for folks dealing with snoring or tinnitus. I also like that you can ask Alexa to control your Nightingale, as well as set up custom automations with it. But there's one really annoying possibly deal breakery thing about Night gel, when the outlets are plugged in but not in use they emit a subtle high pitch frequency sound, if you can't hear it it's no big deal but if you can it's distracting enough to make a pre-sleep ritual like reading in bed a bit more difficult