One would have wondered why anyone will settle for an audio only baby monitor when today’s baby monitors offers breath taking functions beyond HD video like motion sensors, breathing alerts, temperature readings and humidity sensors, to mention a few. Like I stated in my other article “THE BEST BABY MONITORS”, We all have different preferences when choosing a baby monitor and they are all valid.
Many would be too quick to write off the Audio only baby monitor while some even consider it a relic. But there are many advantages of the Audio baby monitor that we over look. Apart for the fact that it is low tech and easy to operate, It is relatively way cheaper than Today’s baby monitors.
Parents who feel confident their baby is safe while they are nearby may opt to spend a little on this baby gadget. Similarly, some parents opt for an audio only monitor in addition to their video monitor, relying on the lower-tech option while traveling.
Audio-only monitors are also a good option for occasional caretakers, like grandparents, who may not be as tech-savvy. They don’t have to deal with large screens, extra accessories or sometimes glitchy smartphone apps, but can still rest easy knowing they have an ear on the baby.
To be able to make informed decision when choosing an Audio only baby monitor, we would answer some frequently asked questions like:
- What are the benefits of an Audio only baby monitor
- Do Audio baby monitors have inbuilt sound
- Can it be connected to my Phone
- Can you hear both ways on an Audio baby monitor
- Which is the best Audio only Baby monitor
Benefits Of An Audio Baby Monitor
There are several benefits of an audio only baby monitor. They are listed below:
- Two way communication
- Easy to operate
- Long range communication(1000-1500ft)
- Longer Battery life
- Interference free sound (DECT tech)
- Night Light
- Room temperature sensors
- Pre stored sounds (lullabies)
- Some can connect to a smart Phone
The Best Audio Only Baby Monitor
1. VTech DM112-2 Audio Baby Monitor
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||10 x 8.9 x 3.4 inches|
|Talking Range Maximum||1000 Feet|
The VTech DM112-2 Audio Baby Monitor’s dependable long operation range covers up to 1,000 feet; lets you go about your day and stays connected with your baby from another room or even from the yard.
VTech monitor is transmitted via secured internal DECT6.0 frequency channel; so you can be rest assured that you’re the only one who can hear your baby. your privacy is guaranteed.
Upgraded Rechargeable Battery- Parent Unit includes a built-in rechargeable battery that supports up to 8 hours of portable operation. With the belt clip, the Parent Unit can be attached to your pocket or shirt.
Easy Set-up Plug & Play- Simply connecting power for all units and allow 1-min for the units to link to each other.
Easy to Use-The speaker volume on the parent unit is easily controlled by pressing the up or down arrow keys. When the parent unit is in mute, the visual sound indicator will still indicate the sound detected from the baby unit.
5-Level Sound 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.
** Sound Alerts ** The parent unit emits different alert tones for situations needing your attention: Low battery or Out of range.
2. VTech White/Silver
|Item Weight||12.8 Ounces|
5-LEVEL SOUND INDICATOR AND 2-WAY TALK-BACK INTERCOM – LEDs on the parent unit indicate the level of sound in your baby’s room so you can visually monitor the noise level. The built-in intercom on the parent unit lets you talk to your baby from any room. Take note do not use cleaning spray or liquid cleaners to clean the monitor.
NIGHT LIGHT ON THE BABY UNIT – A soothing light on the baby unit gently illuminates a dark nursery. Both the parent unit(s) and baby unit allow you to turn on or off the nightlight on the baby unit.
SOUND SENSITIVITY OF THE BABY UNIT – You can choose to hear sounds from the baby unit all the time, or to hear sounds that exceed a certain level. You can use the parent unit to adjust the microphone sensitivity of your baby unit
The parent unit runs on rechargeable Ni-MH battery or AC power. To continuously monitor your baby, make sure you use both battery and AC power at the same time. With the battery alone, the parent unit can cordlessly run for a short time only.
CLEAR AUDIO AND LONG RANGE – DECT 6.0 technology provides clear audio transmission, eliminating annoying background noise while allowing you to move from room to room. Up to 1,000 feet of range lets you stay connected to your baby from another room.
3. Philips AVENT
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.24 x 8.66 x 6.14 inches|
|Talking Range Maximum||150 Feet|
Dect technology guarantees zero interference, clear sound, with indoor range of 150 feet and outdoor range up to 1, 000 feet.
Parent unit is outlet or battery powered (AA batteries not included); with batteries, enjoy cordless use of the parent unit for up to 24 hours.
Five sound activated LED lights show sound Level in baby’s room even when the parent unit is muted. Comes with a nightlight to calm and soothe baby.
Smart Eco mode automatically minimizes transmission power and increases battery Lifetime; the closer the parent unit is to the baby unit, the less power is needed.
|Number of Batteries||2 AAA batteries required.|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||4.9 x 3.8 x 4.5 inches|
|Talking Range Maximum||1000 Feet|
Secure Private Connection: DECT 6.0 provides a secure private connection to your baby, clear audio transmission for up to 1,000ft (300m) unobstructed range.
Two Way Talk Back Communication – Comfort your baby with the sound of your own voice by using the two-way talk back system. Room Temperature Monitoring: Allows to ensure your baby stays in a comfort and safe environment at all times.
Sound Level 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.
Portable: Both units are outlet, parent unit can be battery powered (battery not included in the package).
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||5.55 x 4.41 x 6.34 inches|
CLEAR AUDIO WITH LONG RANGE: DECT wireless technology to keep you connected to your baby, without interfering with your WiFi frequency. Up to 1,000 feet range.
HIGH SENSITIVITY MICROPHONE: Never miss a peep with the high sensitivity microphone, so you know when your baby is awake, and control the volume levels from the parent unit.
BACKLIT DISPLAY WITH ROOM TEMPERATURE AND ALERTS. Assure your nursery is comfortable with room temperature monitoring, plus Sound Alert notifications in addition to audio.
TWO WAY TALK FOR CLEAR COMMUNICATION. Speak to and hear your baby clearly with two-way talk function.
PERFECT FOR AT HOME OR TRAVEL. Compact design with rechargeable parent unit makes for easy use anywhere in your home, or convenient to quickly set up anywhere you travel with your baby.
|Number of Channels||36|
|Number of Batteries||3 AAA batteries required. (included)|
|Item Weight||152 Grams|
|Battery Life||12 Hours|
PACAKGE – The parent unit includes rechargeable NiMH batteries which can last about 10-12 hours after fully charged, while parent unit contains battery compartments and both units have Micro USB connection.
TWO-WAY TALK – Parents can talk to and comfort the baby by pressing the talking button.
NIGHT LIGHT CONTROL – Parents can remotely control the night light for the baby anytime needed.
ACOUSTIC ALERTS – Low battery and out of range alarms with simple and easy operation.
FHSS & MULTIPLE CHANNELS – Digital and interference free technology for automatic 36 channels.
|Number of Batteries||1 Product Specific batteries required.|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||7 x 7 x 2.5 inches|
|Battery Life||16 Hours|
The Sony Audio 2.4 GHz Baby Monitor small compact receiver makes it convenient to carry. Easy to use table top/wall mounting flexibility.
Sound sensitive LEDs to alert parents to baby activity
The digital baby monitor has a rechargeable battery for up to 16 hours monitoring (VOR off).
|Number of Batteries||1 Lithium Ion batteries required. (included)|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||3 x 3 x 5 inches|
Baby Monitoring Made Simple: This digital audio baby monitor is designed to provide parents with a simple way to monitor their baby throughout the day. It offers clear audio transmission even over a long-range and automatically alerts you when you’re out of range.
Two Way Communication: Our baby night light monitor allows you to clearly hear what your baby is saying at all times as well as offering two way communication so you can calm and soothe your baby through the parent unit whenever they need you.
Built-In Night Light: This baby monitor for newborns and infants features a gentle and soothing night light that offers just enough illumination to light up your baby’s room without getting in the way of their sleep so they can sleep soundly through the night.
Room Temperature Sensor: Thanks to the lightweight and compact design, our baby audio monitor with night light can accompany you anywhere you go. It features a built-in temperature sensor that will alert you if the temp goes above 86° F or below 61° F.
USB Rechargeable: Our baby audio monitor with temperature sensor is suitable for use at home and on the go. It can be charged through any USB power outlet using the included USB cable so you don’t need to worry about changing batteries.
|Number of channels||32|
|Item Weight||8.8 Ounces|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
2.4GHz digital wireless transmission, with range indoor 150 square meters, and the outdoor open space is 100 meters. Please keep it within the effective range.
Crystal clear 2-way communication, safe & simple & effective, allows you to soothe your baby without being in the room. This feature is also perfect for older kids and senior parents to talk back and use like a walkie talkie.
Design portably, a clip attached to parent unit, carry it conveniently. Voice activation function to save power easily.
FHSS, there are 32 channels to avoid interference, you can hear every little sound your baby makes. (The distance of the position of baby unit from baby is about 5ft-6.5ft).
10. Hatch Baby
|Product Dimensions||4″D x 4″W x 6.5″H|
|Light Source Type||LED|
Two-way Audio Monitor: Check in – without cluttering up your life. Listen and talk to your child from another room through your phone with clear transmission. Safe and secure to ensure your privacy, and audio communications never leave the confines of your home. No extra gadgets necessary. Requirements-App available in the App Store (iOS 14 or higher) and Google Play Store (Marshmallow or higher).
These are the best audio monitors available. If you are buying a monitor remember to take into account the usefulness of it, that would determine the type of audio monitor you will be buy.