The Sony BabyCallNursery Monitor combines 900 MHz technology with 27 channels to provide great audio clarity within its usable range at a reasonable price. While the BabyCall outperforms all other monitors within its price class, it is susceptible to interference. Experts recommend keeping your receipt to make sure that this monitor works in your home before you fully commit to it.
Good sound quality if you can avoid interference. With 27 channels, many users find that they can get a clear signal with the Sony BabyCall Nursery Monitor. When functioning properly, the BabyCall has great clarity of sound as well as volume from the parent receiver, reviews say. Testers also found that the BabyCall outperformed other monitors in its price class for range and clarity.
While Sony says the BabyCall has a 900-foot range, independent testers find it closer to 650 feet in the open, with a respectable 75-foot range with a five-wall separation. However, the 900 MHz analog technology leaves the BabyCall vulnerable to interference. Even with the range of channels, many users report that they experience connection interruptions and static from other electronics. Many experts recommend the BabyCall with the caveat that you should keep your receipt and test it out to ensure that interference won't be an issue in your home.
A simple straightforward design. Owners and experts describe the Sony BabyCall Nursery Monitor as a simple and straightforward monitor that is easy to set up and use. The BabyCall comes with rechargeable batteries, and the battery charge time can last for up to 18 hours, outclassing many monitors in its price range as well as higher end models. Parents and experts alike appreciate the BabyCall's easy to interpret indicators. The BabyCall has one of the clearest, loudest speakers available, and the volume is adjustable. On silent mode, parents can rely on LED indicator lights. The BabyCall also has an out of range indicator and a low battery indicator. Some parents have found that the out of range indicator is overly sensitive and can go off at random -- sometimes in the middle of the night or at other inopportune moments. Parents who report this issue also typically report other range/interference issues, which may indicate that the problem is caused by signal interference and not a defective unit.
While the BabyCall parent receiver is somewhat bulkier than other monitors, it has water resistant housing that can be useful in humid environments. The receiver also has a belt clip for hands-free use around the house.
Hear the baby but not the white noise. Users and experts agree that one of the BabyCall's best features is voice activation mode. When used in voice activation mode, the BabyCall cancels out any steady white noise in the nursery and only transmits sounds that come from the baby. This can be a great advantage for sleep deprived families who don't want to listen to the white noise maker or fan in their baby's room all night.
The Sony Baby Call also comes in a dual-receiver version, the Sony 900 MHz BabyCall NTM-910 YLW 910DUAL (*Est. $60)
Standard warranty coverage. The Sony BabyCall monitor carries a one-year warranty against manufacturer's defects as well as a 90-day labor warranty. The BabyCall is a tried and true monitor that has years of use behind it and a good reputation for customer service.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent The Baby Bargains book and website offer buyer's guides and ratings on a comprehensive selection of baby gear. The authors say they conduct hands-on testing and interviews with parents, manufacturers and retailers before reaching conclusions. Parents posting to Amazon.com say this is the best baby-gear book available, with plenty of current info and lots of attitude, including sections aimed at steering consumers away from unnecessary features. Baby Bargains offers a roundup of top audio and video based baby monitors and provides coverage of specific baby monitors and overall brand performance.
Review: Chapter 7, Monitors, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 9.1, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent In this report, the editors at ConsumerReports.org compare nine audio monitors and three audio/video monitors, and summarize their findings. Monitors were tested for interference, ease of use, battery life and range. The BabyCall Nursery Monitor is one of the tested models.
Review: Ratings: Baby Monitors, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
Review Credibility: Excellent Baby Gear Lab subjected 14 popular baby monitors to a battery of tests to select recommendations. The Sony BabyCall Nursery Monitor emerges as their pick for the best value award. They say that it is easy to use, well built and well-priced. While they admit that it has fewer overall features than other monitors, the ones it has are the most crucial. The review warns that this monitor will be more susceptible to interference than higher end digital and DECT models and recommends purchasing at a store that will allow you to return it if interference is an issue in your home.
Review: Sony BabyCall Monitor Review, RJ Spurrier, March 30, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Sony BabyCall nursery monitor receives the Readers' Choice award in Babble's 2012 best baby monitor roundup. Babble describes the BabyCall as a tried and true monitor that will serve you well -- as long as you don't run into interference due to its analog signal. They say that when interference isn't an issue, the BabyCall works well with a good battery life and nice features like the water-resistant parent unit.
Review: Babble Best 2012 -- Baby Monitors, Michelle Horton, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Sony BabyCall Nursery Monitor has more than 1,000 user reviews at Amazon.com with an overall rating of 3.5 of 5 stars. Feedback on the monitor is mainly positive, with more than 525 5-star reviews. Parents who like the monitor say that it offers a clear signal without static thanks to the many channels. They say that the rechargeable batteries work well and that the monitor is sensitive with a good range. Parents also complain that the parent receiver is bulky, the range beep can go off at random and the monitor is susceptible to interference.
Review: NTM-910YLW - Sony Baby Call Nursery Monitor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
6. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Very Good In more than 990 reviews, the Sony BabyCall Nursery Monitor receives an average rating of 3.5 of 5 stars. The parent feedback is all over the map, with many parents lauding the BabyCall for its reliability and range, while other parents say that it has major issues with static, interference, and range. There are also complaints about the erratic out of range alarm. It seems as if most of the issues have to do with interference.
Review: Sony Baby Call Baby Monitor - 900MHZ, Contributors to BabiesRUs.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Sony BabyCall Nursery Monitor receives an average rating of 3.5 of 4 stars based on more than 220 reviews posted on Target.com. Similar to other user reviews, parents either love the BabyCall, saying it is clear and easy to use, or have major issues with interference.
Review: Sony 900MHz BabyCall Nursery Monitor, Contributors to Target.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good Heather Corley, About.com's guide to baby products, describes the Sony BabyCall Nursery Monitor as one of the best baby monitors available for less than $50. She says that because of 900 MHz analog technology, interference may be an issue, but that you're likely to find a channel that works among the 27 offered. She likes the voice activation mode, rechargeable batteries and water resistant receiver. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 5 Baby Monitors, The Best Digital and Analog Audio Baby Monitors, By Heather Corley
Review Credibility: Fair Parents.com selects seven baby monitors in this online roundup, but it only notes the best features of each model. It is unclear whether these models were thoroughly tested. The Sony BabyCall monitor is described as a bargain and commended for its 27 channels that limit chances of interference.
Review: 7 Baby Monitors, Jessica Hartshorn, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Fair TheBump.com names the Sony BabyCall the best long-lasting monitor. The brief but detailed review states that while the BabyCall is simple in design and features, it works well for the essential task of monitoring a baby.
Review: The Long-Lasting Baby Monitor, Editors of TheBump.com, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Fair The Bestcovery.com reviewer is a mom of two who says she's dedicated hours of research into products geared toward children and parents. She does not indicate what methodology she has based her reviews on, but it seems to be research rather than real-world use. She describes the Sony BabyCall Nursery Monitor as a simple monitor with advanced features, including 27 channels to help you find a clear channel. She says the 900 MHz technology offers a large range and notes the utility of the out of range alarm, water resistant receiver and built-in rechargeable batteries.
Review: Baby Monitors, Natasha Puryear, Not dated