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Top 10 Sound Machines 2016

Contrary to natural instinct, technology proves that the best weapon against ubiquitous noise in today's world is more noise. Those sound machines produce rest and/or masking sounds designed to let you sleep well, concentrate or meditate in peace.

Mindplace Kasina Audio Visual SynthesizerSound Oasis S-5000 Deluxe Sleep Sound Therapy System, BlackMarsona 1288A Programmable Sound ConditionerAdaptive Sound Technologies - Sound+Sleep Mini, Sleep Therapy System, White/SilverSound Oasis Sleep Sound Therapy System with Rhythms of the Sea Expansion Sound Card IncludedHomedics HDS-2000 Deep Sleep II Relaxation Sound and White Noise MachineLectroFan - White Noise Machine, 20 Sleep Therapy Sound Options with Travel Case, WhiteSound Oasis Bluetooth Sound Therapy SystemCloud b On The Go Travel Sound Machine Soother, Sleep SheepMarpac Dohm-DS All-Natural White Noise Sound Machine, Black

Music To Soothe The Beast In You

I've unsuccessfully tried a few dozen different guided meditations in my life, and one thing always holds true in their failure: the moment I hear something said that's just a little too screwy, that crosses my personal threshold of the normal meditative process and verges on the language of the cult or the scam, or the moment some chatter from another room or an irritating ambient noise sets in, I immediately turn off. The meditation can go no further.

That's a shame because meditation can reduce stress levels, increase concentration and mental acuity, improve sleep, posture, and mood, and just make you feel good. I'm a busybody and a busy mind, and I need all the help I can get. I'm sure you are, too.

A sound machine works a little differently than a guided meditation. Some of the devices simply produce white noises designed to mask the ambient sounds that could otherwise interrupt your concentration. Others provide familiar and soothing sounds like thunderstorms and crashing waves, which are usually used in guiding the listener off to sleep.

At least one of these devices is the result of scientifically tested frequencies and interactive brain scans that show which sounds, pulses, timings, and even light experiences the brain utilizes naturally, and which ones onto which it'll latch itself.

Any and all of the sound machines on our list promote relaxation, and some of them will even intervene when you're feeling a little too relaxed and they'll help you focus and function at work. After our eyes, the human ear is the most sensitive of our major sense organs, so it follows that a good sound machine can set the stage for the superior performance or superior peace.

Into What Environment?


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Not all of the sound machines on our list are created for the same purpose, and evaluating them against one another without considering this would be to do them a disservice. Knowing the environment in which you intend to use your new sound machine will speak volumes as to which type you need, and it will help you narrow down our top nine list to just a few perfect options.

Perhaps you feel that, more often than not, the walls around you can seem pretty thin. Whether that means you can hear every argument and every adult reconciliation between your neighbors or you're simply afraid they might hear your every sensitive conversation, a thin wall is a trouble. Maybe you're a doctor or a lawyer with a delicate practice and a pride for the faith your clients place in your confidence. Whatever the need, a simple, ambient sound machine, like several of the options on our list, will create a thick wall of white noise that is practically impenetrable, and whose thickness and duration you can control.

Or, you may just have trouble getting off to sleep. Most of the sound machines on our list offer certain kinds of sleep assistance, usually delivered in the form of a recognizable and peaceful ambient sound like a rain forest at night or a distant ocean. Among these, you should look for helpful functions like an automatic shutoff so your sound machine can stop playing after its guided you to sleep.

One of the sound machines on our list is actually a mind machine that incorporates light effects to latch onto your brainwaves and slow down your thinking process when it's in its sleep mode. Unlike the other sound machines for sleep, this one is intended for use just before bed, rather than throughout sleep. This same light effect can help increase the intensity of your brain waves by latching onto their natural rhythms and then slowly speeding them up. The only downside is that the technology to achieve this level of mental manipulation is much more expensive than the competition.

As Old As Religion


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Sound and light have been used in religious practices for millennia, both as a tool for guided meditation and as a means to elevate consciousness and increase overall health. Ancient Tibetan Buddhists have long used bells in their rituals. Often a single tolling bell would be joined by another, and then another, slowly swelling into a cacophony of chimes which would then fade out just as slowly as they came in, one or two bells at a time. By the end of the experience, only the original bell would remain to tell, and then nothing.

The sonic experience is a metaphorical representation of the universe's life cycle in Hindu mythology, a precursor to Buddhism. You'll hear similar musical patterns in traditional Indian music, where phrases start out simply and attain amazing complexity before returning to a drone, or a source energy from which everything that is had sprung.

While not all of the sound machines on our list operate based on the same religious ideas, their sonic methods are all descendants of these practices. They all provide a kind of shift in consciousness–either subtle and distracting from white noise, relaxing and calming as with the sounds of nature, or stimulating and exacting as with the mind machine on our list. All are grounded in the rhythms of our perception, and each provides an augmentation to our present experience of the universe.


#10.Marpac Dohm-DS All-Natural White Noise Sound Machine, Black


The Original Sound Conditioner first introduced in 1962; now in its 4th generation design. The Dohm-DS Dual-Speed All-Natural White Noise Sound Machine is so effective, it was named "Official Sound Conditioner" of the National Sleep Foundation. Instead of a digital (electronic) recording, it has a built-in fan that creates the sound of rushing air. The Dohm-DS consists of a compact adjustable acoustic housing surrounding a two-speed electric motor with a unique asymmetrical fan. This design allows it to create the soothing sound of rushing air, the Marpac Signature Sound, without the disturbance of actual moving air. This all-natural "white noise" sound has been proven to effectively block noises at a broad range of frequencies, so you can get deep, undisturbed sleep all night long. The Dohm’s two speeds and adjustable tone and volume allow you to control your personal sound environment with the simple twist of a wrist. Choose high or low speed, then twist the cap to increase or decrease the size of the sound hole openings. By adjusting the speed and sound openings, you will customize the volume and tone to find a soothing white noise that's ideal for you. Features an 8' cord, and comes in three color options: white, black and tan.


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#9.Cloud b On The Go Travel Sound Machine Soother, Sleep Sheep


A compact version of the award-winning original Sleep Sheep, this adorable travel companion brings its comforting sleep time sounds with you when you are away from home. Similar to the original Sleep Sheep, the On The Go version has four soothing sounds to help your child sleep easier; however, its convenient size (8" tall) fits easily in a diaper bag or luggage. On The Go is especially helpful in calming children to sleep in an unfamiliar environment.


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#8.Sound Oasis Bluetooth Sound Therapy System


Stream New Sounds/Music from Your Music Library 1.Turn on your BST-100 by pressing and holding down the BST-100 POWER button for 3 seconds. 2.Your BST-100 will enter the Bluetooth streaming mode by default. The Bluetooth LED on your BST-100 will blink to show that it is discoverable. 3.On your Bluetooth enabled device, turn Bluetooth on, locate the Bluetooth device list and select the device named BST-100. Pair your BST-100 with your Bluetooth enabled device. 4.The Bluetooth LED will light up on your BST-100 and you will hear a Bluetooth pairing mode "blip" to indicate that you are in the Bluetooth streaming mode. 5.Press play on your Bluetooth device to play the streamed music/sound. Stream New Sounds/Music from Sound Oasis APPs 1.Purchase any Sound Oasis APP from Apple's iTune store. 2.Turn on your BST-100 by pressing and holding down the BST-100 POWER button for 3 seconds. 3.On your Bluetooth enabled device, turn Bluetooth on, locate the Bluetooth device list and select the device named BST-100. Pair your BST-100 with your Bluetooth enabled device. 4.The Bluetooth LED will light up on your BST-100 and you will hear a Bluetooth pairing mode "blip" to indicate that you are in the Bluetooth streaming mode. 5.Press play on the Sound Oasis APP to play the streamed music/sound.


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#7.LectroFan - White Noise Machine, 20 Sleep Therapy Sound Options with Travel Case, White


LectroFan uses state of the art technology to generate dynamic realistic sounds to drown out unwanted, disturbing, or intrusive noises. LectroFan's software produces completely non-repeating, realistic unique sounds. This means there is no annoying looping to distract you and the sound quality is superior to other solutions on the market. Use it in your office, bedroom, or take it with you on your travels. The versatile LectroFan uses a USB cord for power so it can be plugged into the supplied AC adapter, computers, or reachable battery packs. No matter where you are, it's easy to use! The LectroFan has two ways to reduce unwanted noises, either the fan or white noise sounds. Both have 10 unique, non-repeating sound variations, each with adjustable volume control. LectroFan is a more economical solution than devices utilizing fans to generate sound because it takes less electricity to run. Because there are no moving parts, you will never replace motors or clean fan blades. One of the most popular times to use the LectroFan is during sleep to reduce noises that disturb sleep. Studies comparing sleeping pills and sound machines found that the performance of sound machines was superior to over-the-counter sleep medications.


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#6.Homedics HDS-2000 Deep Sleep II Relaxation Sound and White Noise Machine


The home disc deep sleep ii sound and white noise machine features sleep therapy programs that are a patent-pending combination of relaxation sounds and white noise tones that lull you to sleep and keep distractions at bay all night long, allowing for the deepest and most restful sleep possible. Simple, elegant dual speakers design with added bass guarantee unsurpassed sound reproduction that fills the room with sound. Included are four white noise tones: soothe, mask, relax and calm. Four water tones: ocean, rain, thunderstorm, and brook. And four nature tones: campfire, summer night, wind chimes, everglades. Eight sleep therapy programs provide a custom combination of nature or water tones with white noise technology. Included remote control allows you to interact with the deep sleep unit without getting out of bed.


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#5.Sound Oasis Sleep Sound Therapy System with Rhythms of the Sea Expansion Sound Card Included


Sound Oasis Sleep Sound Therapy System with Bonus Rhythms of the Sea Sound Card. Studies have shown that we sleep better and relax easier when we can block out distracting noise and listen to natural sounds. Sound Oasis sound machines are used in hospitals, clinics and in homes around the world to help people fall asleep easier, experience higher quality sleep and provide relief from tinnitus. The S-550-06-01 provides effective, natural, prescription free sleep therapy. Product features include 6 professional quality authentic nature sounds: Ocean Surf, Stream, Rain, White Noise, Summer Night and Wind. The world's only sound card expansion technology for adding more sounds. A 4 position auto shut off timer: Play sound continuously or auto shutoff gently after 30, 60 or 90 minutes. The memory button repeats last sound experience. A headphone/speaker jack.


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#4.Adaptive Sound Technologies - Sound+Sleep Mini, Sleep Therapy System, White/Silver


SOUND+SLEEP MINI is a sleep therapy system that helps you sleep better. It offers 12 unique categories of natural sounds with 48 non-looping sounds engineered to promote deeper sleep and relaxation. Some of the Sound Stories include Ocean, Rain, Brook, Fireplace, Meadow, and Waterfalls. The MINI also includes 4 fan sounds & 12 white/pink/brown noises. The MINI is able to run from AC, USB, or battery power. The product is small and light so makes for the perfect travel companion. Also with the line input jack, the MINI can play music or audio from your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or MP3 player. Sleep Better. No Prescription Necessary. The SOUND+SLEEP MINI redefines the science of sleep. Patented Adaptive Sound technology has the ability to continuously and automatically "listen" to your background for unwanted and disruptive ambient noise. in less than a tenth of a second, the MINI responds to intrusive noises by remixing sound profiles and adjusting the volume to neutralize outside sounds.


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#3.Marsona 1288A Programmable Sound Conditioner


Advanced digital technology, timeless styling, and ease of use come together in the Marsona 1288A Programmable Sound Conditioner. The 1288A features exceptionally realistic sound quality and a collection of programmable -overlay sounds to provide the user with a variety of combinations. The easy-to-use device provides perfectly controlled sound conditioning for masking disruptive noise or for adding comfortable background sound where it might otherwise be too quiet for sleep, concentration or relaxation.


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#3.Sound Oasis S-5000 Deluxe Sleep Sound Therapy System, Black


The sound oasis deluxe sleep sound therapy system is the world's best white noise machine. It is proven to help you sleep, relax, and renew. Sound oasis plays back to nature sounds, music and sound therapy sounds that coax your brain to match these frequencies and enter healthy states of sleep or relaxation. Sound oasis deluxe sleep sound therapy system is the best and most advanced sound machine in the world. Combining unsurpassed, high fidelity sound reproduction with an exceptional offering of sound machine and clock radio features, sound oasis deluxe bathes your room with authentic sounds of natures, fall asleep easier, get higher quality sleep; experience relief from tinnitus; enhance concentration; feel more alert throughout the day. Product features include 145 sound possibilities: 24 main sounds and 5 mix sounds. 3 speakers (including subwoofer) result in the world's highest sound fidelity available from any sound machine. Backlit, dual 12/24 hour clock with 3 alarm sounds, digital calendar and brightness control. Patented sleep enhancement technology helps lull you to sleep. Proprietary doctor developed 'bio-sync' sound helps realign your body after traveling or stressful days. Timer with 4 positions: continuous, 30 min, 60 min, and 90 min. With gentle off plus a nap timer. Voice memo recording allows you to record your own voice message or sound. Bass/treble control allows you to precisely adjust the tone of sounds. Memory button replays last sound. Headphone jack connects to your headphones or a speaker pillow. Dual voltage adapter (we will ship with your required outlet prongs)built-in technology to control your bedside lamp for light therapy (optional controller required). Sleep enhancement feature helps lull you to sleep. Voice memo recording allows you to record your own voice message or sound. Memory button replays last sound. One size.


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#1.Mindplace Kasina Audio Visual Synthesizer


Kasina - This Pali term refers to an ancient system of meditation that uses visual objects to focus the mind. MindPlace Kasina can be used in a similar way to induce positive mood shifting effects. Our most mature product yet, the Kasina is our latest light sound entrainment system What makes it unique is that we've built in an MP3 player and included an 8 GB microSD card with over 50 audio-visual excursions, with aural backgrounds ranging from the soothing sounds of nature to ambient electronic tapestries to embedded binaural beats and isochronic pulses-all beautifully orchestrated and synchronized to the visual experience. Imagine a world of pure, jewel-like color illuminating your visual and mental fields. Amazing visual effects can be produced, including the illusion of complex, shifting geometrical imagery.


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