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If your biggest concern is having a static-free transmission, look to the digital Philips Avent baby monitor. This monitor utilizes 1.9GHz DECT technology, a new frequency reserved for voice-only applications and used by few other companies or electronic products (read: no interference). In addition to a static-free transmission and a secure, digitally encrypted connection, both Philips Avent monitors include automatic channel switching (between 120 different channels), two-way communication between the monitor and receiver, warnings when you are out of range or have a low battery, sound-level lights, and a unique sensitivity control. We were won over enough with the 510 model, but if you want more, the deluxe 520 includes an LED screen on the baby monitor with a temperature reading and alarm (if it gets too warm/cold in the room) and a lullaby function. One note: Don't be fooled by the photos - the monitor and receiver are much smaller and more compact than the photos look. Static-free, compact, user-friendly and full of features? We'll take two.
Though Sony may not be known for their baby products, they are known for sound quality, which is a highlight of the Sony BabyCall monitor. Available with single or dual receivers, this 900 MHz monitor features 27 analog channels to choose from, built-in rechargeable batteries in the receiver, a low-battery warning, out-of-range indicator and five sound-activated lights that alert you to your baby’s noises when the volume is low. One of the best features of the Sony BabyCall is the Voice Activation Mode that gets rid of the constant white noise many monitors stream and only transmits sound when your infant makes a peep. With great sound clarity and a useful design (water-resistant exterior and a top antenna that doubles as a handle), the Sony BabyCall is an affordable, effective monitor.