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Philips Avent DECT SCD570/10 Review
Price: $150.00 List | $113.29 at Amazon - 24% off
Pros: Great sound clarity, nice range, long battery life
Cons: Harder to use, fewer features
Bottom line: Great sounding monitor that works well in larger homes
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 will work for most families. 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.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on 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 the Philips company making incandescent lamps and small electrical products. Gerald's brother joined the company and it became the leading maker of light bulbs. Over time Philips expanded into other electronics.
The comparison chart shown below provides a quick glance at the overall scores for each monitor tested in this review. The DECT SCD570/10 earned a second place rank and it is easy to see why it won an Editors' Choice award.
The subsections outlined below offers additional information on how the DECT SCD570/10 performed during testing. The metric results were used to calculate the overall score with an emphasis on sound clarity and ease of use.
The DECT SCD570/10 earned a 10 of 10 for sound clarity, tying with the [[Vtech DM221 | Vtech DM221 monitor that is over $100 cheaper.
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 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.
Ease of Use
The DECT SCD570/10 earned a 6 of 10 for 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 setup 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.
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.
The DECT SCD570/10 earned a 7 of 10 for the range distance between the baby and parent unit. This is above average for the group and only one point lower than the high for the group.
The manufacturer claims an open range of 1038 ft. This 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 1350ft. 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 midn if your home is larger.
The DECT SCD570/10 earned an 6 of 10 for battery life. The 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. While the Vtech DM221 worked for 46 hours on average, few parents will need that much time when the baby room component doesn't offer a battery backup. 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 DECT SCD570/10 earned a 6 of 10 for features. This is below average for the group and lower than the Vtech DM221 that earned a 9.
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 DECT SCD570/10 also has the following features:
The Philips has an average EMF reading of 1.02 V/m at 6 ft from the baby unit. This is the fourth lowest reading 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.
Philips makes a variety of sound and video monitors. We also tested the Philips Avent DECT SCD501/10 in this review and the Philips Avent SCD630 in our video monitor review. Both monitors also won awards.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD & Wendy Schmitz
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