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Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 Review

Great sounding monitor that works well in larger homes
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Price:   $150 List
Pros:  Great sound clarity, nice range, long battery life
Cons:  Harder to use, fewer features
Manufacturer:   Philips
By Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Jun 1, 2017
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  • Sound Clarity - 30% 10
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6
  • Range - 20% 7
  • Battery life - 15% 6
  • Features - 10% 6

The Skinny

The Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 is a nice quality monitor that has great sound clarity, a longer battery life, and a respectable range that most parents would be happy with. This monitor has some nice features parents will love like two-way talk to baby, a remote nightlight, and lullaby. It comes with a handy lanyard and mic sensitivity adjustment to help keep the monitor quiet. On the downside, this unit is the most expensive option we tested and some parents may find the features harder to set and use than simpler options. The DECT SCD570/10 also lacks sound activation a feature we think is important for light sleepers. Depending on your goals and needs, however, we think it is a good option for parents looking for a higher-end product with great sound.

Discontinued Summer 2020
The Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 was discontinued in Summer 2020, and has been replaced by the newer Philips Avent DECT SCD720/86.

Our Analysis and Test Results

Philips is a Netherlands company with a focus on health technology and improving healthy living. In 1891, Gerald Philips and his father Frederik Philips started manufacturing incandescent lamps and small electrical products, later naming the company Philips. Gerald's brother joined the company and it became the leading maker of light bulbs. Over time Philips expanded into other electronics.

Performance Comparison



The SCD570/10 earned a 10 of 10 for sound clarity with good tones and no distortion.
The SCD570/10 earned a 10 of 10 for sound clarity with good tones and no distortion.

Sound Clarity


The DECT SCD570/10 offers great sound clarity though it ties with cheaper options in this metric.


With a maximum volume of 101 decibels, the parent unit is one of the loudest in the group which may be good for deep sleeping parents. At max volume, the sound is bright but clear and sure to wake the most sleepy parents. At a lower volume of 81.5 dB, the sound is nice and clear but still a little bright sounding. This monitor was fairly good at sound filtering and even though it didn't have sound activation the mic sensitivity worked well and we mostly heard only the baby.

For two-way communication the sound baby hears is the sound was a little hollow and quiet. We aren't sure the baby will be able to tell what you are saying, but at least it isn't a scary or robotic sound.

The Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 is a little harder to use thanks to a menu and additional features.
The Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 is a little harder to use thanks to a menu and additional features.

Ease of Use


The DECT SCD570/10 provides average ease of use. Having a variety of features or a poorly designed user interface on the parents unit usually translates to harder to use. This monitor is below average for ease of use, but it isn't the hardest one we tested.


This product is easy to set up with no pairing necessary only requires plugging in and turning on to start monitoring. There are some options you'll need to set, like the time, but it isn't hard to do just an extra step over simpler products.

The Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 offers buttons on the side and face of the parent unit which should make it easier to manage in the middle of the night while sleepy.
The Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 offers buttons on the side and face of the parent unit which should make it easier to manage in the middle of the night while sleepy.

Using the monitor can be a bit trickier with buttons on the face and sides of the unit. The volume, menu, and OK button are on the front of the parent unit and the side has power, talk, and nightlight. With these buttons, you can set the mic sensitivity, vibrate alert, feeding timer, temp, set clock, set language.

Sound monitors were tested for everything from sound clarity to features and range to determine which options were better than others. The Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 earned a higher than average score for the range distance.
Sound monitors were tested for everything from sound clarity to features and range to determine which options were better than others. The Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 earned a higher than average score for the range distance.

Range


The DECT SCD570/10 has an above-average range distance between the baby and parent unit.


The manufacturer claims an open range of 1038 ft. This value is a line of sight range and not a good indicator of how this monitor will work inside your home with walls and interference from other items. In our outdoor open line test the monitor worked somewhat up to 1350 ft. This unit kept a strong connection until 200 ft before becoming intermittent and inconsistent.

For indoor range, the manufacturer claims a range of 164 ft. We were unable to duplicate this range in our tests and only experienced a distance of 95 ft through 6 walls. The parent unit was still trying after 8 walls, but the connection wasn't consistent enough for good baby monitoring. The best in the group worked up to 8-9 walls and over 100 ft, but those options suffered in sound clarity. Most families will find 6 walls and 95 ft sufficient but keep this in mind if your home is larger.

The battery life of the DECT SCD570/10 is 18 hours  which should be adequate for your monitoring needs even if it isn't as long as some of the competition.
The battery life of the DECT SCD570/10 is 18 hours, which should be adequate for your monitoring needs even if it isn't as long as some of the competition.

Battery Life


The DECT SCD570/10 battery is rechargeable and Philips claims it can last up to 18 hours.


In our tests, this monitor parent unit didn't die for 30 hours, which is ample time for a full night or a day and night combo without requiring a plugin. This unit does offer a battery backup in the baby unit making it ideal for families with semi-regular power outages in rural living areas or those who may want to take the monitor camping or on the road where plug-in may be hard to find.

The baby unit of the Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 has more buttons than most thanks to a variety of features you can operate from the baby unit.
The baby unit of the Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 has more buttons than most thanks to a variety of features you can operate from the baby unit.

Features


The DECT SCD570/10 has fewer features than much of the competition.


This monitor has some of the features parents will be looking for including two-way communication with the baby and adjustable mic sensitivity to limit what level of sounds the baby unit picks up. However, it doesn't have sound activation which we think is a big deal because it keeps the parent unit quiet unless the baby is making noise. A quiet parent unit translates to a better night's sleep because you won't be interrupted by white noise or static. This may not be a big deal if you sleep well, but if any small noise keeps you up this monitor may not be the right choice for you.

The baby unit also has a temperature sensor that was fairly accurate and showed only a 2-degree difference from the actual room temperature.

The Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 has a remotely activated nightlight on the baby unit offering a soft glow to help baby sleep.
The Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 has a remotely activated nightlight on the baby unit offering a soft glow to help baby sleep.

The DECT SCD570/10 also has the following features:
The parent unit for the Philips SCD570/10 doesn't have a belt clip  but it does offer a lanyard for hands-free monitoring.
The parent unit for the Philips SCD570/10 doesn't have a belt clip, but it does offer a lanyard for hands-free monitoring.
  • Nightlight
  • Lullaby
  • Low battery indicator
  • Page to find parent unit
  • Out of range alert
  • Vibrate alert
  • Mute
  • Sleep mode
  • Lanyard
  • Sound level indicator

EMF


When placed 6 ft from the baby unit, the Philips has an average EMF reading of 1.02 V/m. This is one of the lowest readings in the group.


The amount of EMF exposure can be further decreased by placing the baby unit as far away from the crib as possible. The unit should still work well enough to pick up on your baby and any sounds you need to hear in the middle of the night.

Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz