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VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor
- This configuration includes one parent unit (monitor) and one baby unit (audio monitor)
- DECT 6.0 provides crystal clear transmission, eliminating the annoying white noise you hear from analog monitors
- 5-level sound indicator - graphic bars on the parent unit indicate the level of sound in your baby's room so you can visually monitor the noise level with the unit muted
- Sometimes all your baby needs is to hear the sound of your voice - comfort your infant with the 2-way talk-back intercom
- Rechargeable batteries provide the parent unit with up to 18 hours of monitoring time on a single charge, or use two AAA batteries (not included)
- Go hands free with the belt clip on the parent unit - carry the parent unit everywhere you go without the hassle of holding it. The operating range of the parent unit is up to 1,000 feet outdoors or 150 feet indoors
- Parent unit can be set to beep if: (1) link between the parent unit and the baby unit is lost, and/or (2) rechargeable battery is low
- Language is preset to English, but can be switched to French or Spanish for all screen displays
- The loop on the baby unit doubles as a soothing night light for your little one
- Vibrating sound-alert on the parent unit - enjoy some added peace by being silently alerted when there is sound in your baby's room
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Audio Baby Monitors
Stay close to the heart of your home from any room with a Safe&Sound baby monitor. Enjoy peace of mind knowing you can hear your baby's every sound. Totally digital transmission cuts down on annoying static and feedback from other wireless devices, so the only sounds you'll hear are your baby's.
Digital Audio Baby Monitor
At a Glance:
- DECT 6.0 digital technology
- Secure Transmission
- Up to 1,000 feet of range
- Talk back intercom system
- Rechargeable batteries
- Five level sound indicator
- Night light
- Belt clip
- Vibrating sound alert
- Backlit display on parent unit
DECT 6.0 Digital Technology
This digital monitor uses DECT 6.0 Digital technology to ensure crystal-clear transmission without interference so the only sounds you hear are your baby's. In addition, DECT technology transmits a secure, encrypted signal so you can rest assured you're the only one who can hear your baby.
1000 Feet of Range
With a range of up to 1,000 feet, the Safe&Sound Digital Audio Monitor lets you hear your little one from anywhere in the house—or even outside. The lightweight, battery-operated parent unit operates for up to 18 hours on a single charge and includes a built-in belt clip so you can move freely in and around your home. Its backlit display is easy to read, even in the dark.
Sometimes all your baby needs to calm down is the soothing sound of your voice. The talk-back feature allows you to communicate with your little one from anywhere in your home through the parent unit. In addition, the loop on the baby unit lights up, acting as a calming night-light for your infant.
5 Level Volume Indicator
A set of five LED lights on the parent unit indicates the level of sound in your baby's room so you can visually monitor noise level with the receiver muted. In vibration mode, the parent unit alerts you with gentle vibrations when your baby is fussing.
|Encrypted & Secure Wireless DECT 6.0 Transmission||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Operating Range||Up to 1,000 feet||Up to 1,000 feet||Up to 1,000 feet||Up to 1,000 feet||Up to 1,000 feet||Up to 1,000 feet|
|Audio/Video||Audio||Audio||Audio / 2.0" Color Video||Audio / 2.8" Color Video||Audio / 2.8" Color Video||Audio / 4.3" Color Video|
|Expandable||Up to 2 parent units||Up to 2 parent units||Up to 4 cameras total||Up to 4 cameras total||Up to 4 cameras total||Up to 8 cameras total|
|Automatic Alert Capability||Sound||Sound & Temperature||Video & Sound||Video, Sound & Temperature||Video, Sound & Temperature||Video, Sound & Temperature|
|Rechargeable Battery (Parent Unit) with Low Battery Alert||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|2 Way Communication||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Automatic Infrared Night Vision||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Remote Pan, Tilt and Zoom||✓||✓|
|Other||Belt Clip + Nightlight||Glow-on-ceiling Nightlight, Soothing Lullabies||Wall Mount||Soothing Lullabies, Wall Mount||Wall Mount||Wall Mount|
Top Customer Reviews
They now work great with baby in the nursery and we are so happy we got this brand/model!
Update: My original review was made a July, but I should have waited a little longer. It's now October, and just one night the units all started beeping at 3am and told me they were "Not Linked." There wasn't a power-outage or anything like that. When I finally got in touch with VTech they told me "oh yea, that happens some times. If you followed the instructions in the manual then they are broken and won't talk to each other anymore. Sorry... Oh, and you can't return them because you don't have the original box."
Another Update: After my complaint was heard on Amazon, VTech took my broken item back for a replacement. In May 2013 (not quite a year after purchasing the original, let alone receiving the above replacement), I had to contact VTech again due to the same issue when I moved to a new house. This time VTech seemed to be much more on the ball. As soon as I gave them the model number and said "they are not linking" the representative stopped me and started the process of sending out a new unit. Within 2 days I had a replacement.Read more ›
Let me note first that I have only just got the VTech today, but already I like it. I chose the model with two receivers so that we could have them permanently in the two rooms most frequented (bedroom and living room).
The parent units require an initial 11-18 hour charge before unplugging and using without the power cord. There are two different instructions. Therefore, I would suggest going with the longer charge to ensure the battery is well conditioned.
Aside from the hiccups that our Sony had, let me point out some major 'user-related' differences.
The Sony NTM 900 that we bought had only one parent unit. This particular VTech monitor came with two parent units. Sometimes when going to bed, I'd forget to grab the monitor, so it's one little hassle I don't have to consider now.
The Sony NTM 900 is analogue and while you can adjust channels, if you have a lot of electronics, or many neighbors, you will probably find this is not the model for you.
The VTech is digital and uses DECT Technology (the same stuff as is used with cordless telephones). I'm not sure that a police scanner won't pick up on your baby conversations, but they claim it's very secure. So far, I have no outside interference, funny noises etc (unless you count the baby babble).Read more ›
I've owned the below 3 units over the course of the last 2 years. I recommend the VTech for now (I've only had it a few weeks, but it is by far the winner in performance AND value). For features, I only listed the features that I felt would be important to the average buyer. Some of the units had other features that I didn't list because I didn't think there were critical in my decision making process.
Also, it might be important to note that we live in a 2 story house and we have Wi Fi.
Philips AVENT Basic Baby Monitor with DECT Technology
Price I paid: $95
talk back - yes
night light - yes
battery backup on Baby Unit - yes
Temperature - no (but available on upgraded units)
Visual sound indicator - yes, LED
Ease of use and customization of features (ie: setting the sensitivity level, etc): easy, intuitive.
Signal: excellent, DECT, crystal clear
Other thoughts: Loved this monitor until....... after about 6 months of use the parent unit would randomly turn itself off with no warning, no beeping, nothing.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We've had this baby monitor for 2 years and it worked great for the majority of that time. However, in the last few months the monitor has started beeping in the middle of the... Read morePublished 1 hour ago by First Time Mom
I have had this baby monitor for less than a week and its not working. It says it is linked, but the sound on parent unit goes off and on or no sound at all. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Abelia
We've been using this monitor for a little over a year now. It has worked great and I love that I'm able to set the sensitivity so that I'm not hearing every little sound in the... Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Hollymarie933
Why all these glowing reviews for junk? I paid $39.95 at a walk in store. I've used this monitor for less than 2 weeks, and I'm planning to return this for a refund. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jay's Momma
Use these for our 8 year olds room! I know, right??? Who would have thought! I love it. Our master suite is downstairs and her bedroom is so quiet! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michelle Blaine
Very easy to set up. They practically set themselves up. Clear sounds. No static. Comes with main unit for baby's room and 2 units to keep with you or keep in different rooms. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jennifer