If you can find one, the VTech Crystal Sounds Digital Baby Monitor has received some good early reviews, and it's notably less expensive than other DECT monitors like the top-rated Philips Avent SCD510 DECT Baby Monitor (*Est. $120). These types of monitors operate on a less-busy 1.9 GHz frequency, which results in almost no interference from other electronics and eliminates the chance of accidental eavesdropping that can occur with analog baby monitors. The problem? The VTech baby monitor is very hard to find in stores. We found it sporadically at ToysRUs.com, but it's frequently out of stock.
Features-wise, the VTech Crystal Sounds Digital Baby Monitor is pretty loaded, with LED sound-level indicator lights, a lullaby function with 20 melodies, remote volume and sensitivity controls. The biggest drawback is that the monitor does not have any sort of low-battery indicator (lights or audio), which means the battery in the parent unit could die suddenly and unexpectedly.
Reviews for the VTech Crystal Sounds Digital Baby Monitor are glowing, but lacking in depth. Paul Lamkin reviews the whole line of VTech DECT monitors while focusing on the Crystal Sounds model in his article for Tech Digest. Heather Corley, About.com's baby products guide, lists the VTech Crystal Sounds Digital Baby Monitor in her "Top 5 Baby Monitors" review. A brief, but highly positive, review of the monitor is given. User reviews from sites like ToysRUs.com are mostly positive, but not numerous enough to be of significance.
Baby product guide Heather Corley ranks the VTech Crystal Sounds Digital Baby Monitor in her evaluation of the Top 5 baby monitors on the market. Corley is highly impressed that the monitor offers DECT technology and two parent units for such a low price. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 5 Baby Monitors, Heather Corley
ToyRUs.com allows users who've tried a product to rate the product and post review summaries. Unfortunately, there are only a handful of reviews for the VTech Crystal Sounds Digital Baby Monitor. While they're mostly positive, they are not numerous enough to glean an accurate judgment of the monitor.
Review: VTech Crystal Sounds Digital Baby Monitor, Contributors to ToysRUs.com
3. Tech Digest
Paul Lamkin reviews the entire line of VTech DECT monitors in this news style piece for Tech Digest. The review is positive, but not very critical. Lamkin is impressed with what the Crystal Sounds model can offer for its price.
Review: Vtech Announces Baby Monitor Range, Paul Lamkin, July, 10th 2009