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CAUTION - Only transmits loud sounds!!!,
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This review is from: Motorola MBP16 Digital Audio Monitor with LCD Display (Baby Product)
Bought this to replace a BT "digital baby monitor plus" that had begun to give up the ghost after several years, and on paper at least the Motorola seems to offer all of the features of the BT's latest equivalent (the BT250) but at a better price.
BUT - there is a significant design flaw in this monitor that everyone should be aware of before taking the plunge and buying one.
Despite stating in the description that you can "hear every sound and movement your baby makes with the high-sensitivity microphone", this is simply not the case.
We had been used to how the BT worked, where the speaker on the parent unit is always on - that is to say you can hear exactly what's going on in your child's room even if they're not crying or talking - e.g. the sound of them breathing, snuffles, movements and even the sound of the ticking clock on the other side of the room. In my opinion, this is a reassuring feature.
By contrast, the Motorola MBP16 only transmits sound to the parent unit if a louder sound (like crying or normal speech) is detected on the microphone on the baby unit. At all other times the speaker on the parent unit is off. I tested the operation whilst my daughter was asleep and was able to open the bedroom door, creep across the room (with its creaky floorboards!) and whisper a few words in the vicinity of the monitor, then exit the room and close the door behind me. My wife, who had the parent unit downstairs, heard nothing.
So - if you're not a "paranoid parent" and you only want to hear your child when all hell's broken loose and they're screaming the place down - go right ahead and buy this monitor.
But, if like me you'd rather have some advance warning that things are staring to kick off (or the reassurance that they're not about to), I'd suggest buying something else.
We're returning our monitor for a refund and are going to spend the extra £15 or so getting a BT250.
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Initial post: 24 Jun 2014 21:50:07 BDT
Mr. G. Evans says:
Just got one ourselves, completely agree with you. Below a certain level nothing is transmitted/received. Very disappointing.
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