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#1 of 4 Old 02-16-2012, 11:15 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'd like to buy a simple inexpensive baby monitor with two key features: I want to be able to set it on "voice activation" mode, where the receiver is completely silent --- not even static --- unless there are sounds near the transmitter. And I'd like to have the option of having the transmitter --- as well as the receiver, of course --- be battery-operated, to use while camping or in a car, etc. 

Does anyone have any recommendations for such a thing? I definitely don't want video or motion-sensing, I don't much care about the quality of the audio so long as the thing works ok, and I don't care at all if someone very clever or very unlucky can listen in. 

I've used a Sony BabyCall (http://tinyurl.com/7qj4kjt) and thought it was terrific -- it's simple, lightweight, inexpensive, and voice-activated. But I don't think the transmitter can operate without a power source -- what a pity! 
 

Thanks in advance for the recommendations!


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I've been using this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003FGWA8G/ref=oh_o00_s00_i00_details.  So far, so good!  Both use batteries, but can be plugged in.  It's voice activated and it even tells you the temperature of where your baby is.  I bought it because of all the good reviews on Amazon.


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Thanks, wendizbaby! -- reading the reviews on Amazon now.

 

It's a little pricier and fancier than I was hoping (the temperature thing and the LED screen is a minus for me), but it does have the batteries for both sides, which is awesome. 

 

Does it really have a voice-activation mode, or is it just good with suppressing static? One of the reviewers mentions something that he/she describes as a white noise (who are we kidding? it's probably a she) rather than static. 

And a few reviewers on Amazon complain that it's too quiet even when there's noise near the transmitter -- have you found that to be the case?

 

I want to be able to leave the monitor with my downstairs neighbors and not inconvenience them too much -- so completely silent if the only sound is clock ticking or whatnot, but loud enough to interrupt a conversation if child cries or speaks. But this is for a child that's old enough that you don't need to check whether he's breathing, etc.

 

Anyone else with a simpler, cheaper model?  


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No...it really has a voice activation mode. And a microphone sensor on the base where the baby is to pick up every little sound or only ones that are louder.  I've found it to be loud enough, but haven't had to use it during a party or anything.  Just me and my other son here.  There really is no static or background noise with this model.  It's pretty good!


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