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Old 08-22-2009, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Baby monitors and those security cameras setups will give you very low quality sound... there would be no point. You need microphones and speakers. The sheet metal idea is the best, its the cheapest option and will give you the best quality sound... truly lossless audio I tell you.
The cheap($40.00) security works for me; I watch and listen to the birds and rain etc. Granted the Total Harmonic Distortion is high...it is adequate for the intended purpose. I've had it for 5 years...no problems??
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I think I'll try the baby monitor out to begin with and then move on to other options if that doesn't work. Thanks to all for your input!
Remember a baby monitor is NOT designed to stand up to or even safe to use out in the elements. Please, the baby one would be unsafe....unless it is totally protected from weather. And even then...I would be scared...unless they make baby monitors for outdoors???Plus the baby monitor WILL cost more...but MAY have better audio...that I am not sure of.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Not to beat a dead horse here...and I acknowledge your probable intentions are good...BUT

I suspect your on hands knowledge of electronics is pretty slim

Like most small electronic things these days the actual "baby monitor" is powered by a LOW voltage current limited power supply that plugs directly into an outlet..the output of which is typically 6 to 12 volts. BTW...this is exactly the same type of power plug in that runs your outboard computers sound system speakers...With that in mind, I could point out that the typical in home under cabinet kitchen low voltage lighting (capable of 30 Amps !) or your "Welcome" outdoor sidewalk lighting" (similar current rating) is more dangerous...

...While your "concerns are I'm sure well intended your understanding is...



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Old 05-19-2016, 06:20 PM
 
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Remember a baby monitor is NOT designed to stand up to or even safe to use out in the elements. Please, the baby one would be unsafe....unless it is totally protected from weather. And even then...I would be scared...unless they make baby monitors for outdoors???Plus the baby monitor WILL cost more...but MAY have better audio...that I am not sure of.
I have a fisher price ANALOG baby monitor and its excellent for this type of thing...

I put it out on the deck (covered) in the summer and @ night I can listen to nature,etc....... Its very pleasing!! (The pick up is very good)

I had this same baby monitor in the 80s and sadly something happend to it... A few years ago i found another one @ salvation army!! (Best monitor they ever made)

www.terapeak.com/worth/vintage/262075844832
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Old 06-29-2016, 11:05 PM
 
Location: PRC
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What about a white noise generator? This produces a 'hiss' and I believe is one of the noises that engineers are trying to get rid of from circuits, so it should not be too difficult to produce or cheap to buy.

If you need real sound, then go and download a sound file of rain or a thunderstorm from the internet and loop it. Some people use a fan at night to send them to sleep because it produces lots of swooshing hissing noises which might do the business for you too.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:36 AM
 
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I live in Oregon and love the rain. Is there anything I can buy and install so that on cold days when it's raining, I can somehow have the sound outside amplified and listen to it inside without opening a window? Seems to me there must be something I can rig up but don't know where to start. Any ideas out there?
I have this same wish. I want to hear the rain louder but my house is tight and well insulated, further dampening the sound but I don’t want to open the window when it’s cold out. The Northwest’s rain is typically lighter too, making it hard to hear. I’ve thought of mounting some propped metal panels on the roof or near the window, in the yard, to amplify the sound. The roof in my non-insulated garage makes the rain sound wonderful!
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:53 PM
 
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Corrugated steel roof.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:55 PM
 
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Corrugated steel roof.
Yeah, that's cheap and easy to install.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:27 AM
 
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Yeah, that's cheap and easy to install.

OP didn't ask for "cheap and easy to install".
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:43 AM
 
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Well, I am the OP and I DID ask for cheap and easy. See post #6.
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