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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful.
Good for most typical installs...
By Patrick Rigney
Seems very good all around, but I have some thoughts about the install. The unit works either with wireless buttons (not included, purchase separately) on batteries (D size), or wired. If you are using it wired, it requires installing a diode (included) across your doorbell pushbutton (existing or separately purchased). You must have a 16VAC (not DC or other voltages) doorbell system for this to work. The diode allows half-wave power to reach the LA600WH, powering its logic circuits; pushing the doorbell button bypasses the diode, delivering full-wave power, which the logic circuit detects and causes the unit to play whatever sound is programmed. I happen to have a three-level home, with door chime units on each level, wired in parallel, so the front door button rings all three chime units at once, so you can hear the doorbell clearly on every level. I was going to install this unit on the main level for better appearance and more sound choices, but the diode requirement causes the other door chimes on the circuit to be powered at all times, which would quickly lead to their over-heating and failure. My only alternative is to go to the wireless configuration, which I can't/won't, because the other chime units aren't wireless and replacing them with two more of these units seems a waste of money.
I'm a techie, so I can engineer a workaround, but if you're not, understand that this unit is really built for the three simplest configurations of door chimes in your home: (1) wireless pushbutton(s) with this unit in wireless mode running on batteries (requiring periodic replacement); (2) one pushbutton hard wired to this one chime unit alone; (3) two pushbuttons, one for the front door and one for another (rear? side? diode goes only on front door button) door, hard wired to this one chime unit alone.
Also, because of the diode requirement, the install is a little bit (just a little) more complicated than just hooking the thing up where your old unit may have been--read and follow the directions carefully. The diode provided (1N4002) is probably adequate, but be aware that if the chime stops working (or sounds continuously), the diode is a likely point of failure and you'll need to source a replacement (DigiKey, Jameco, etc.). If you have a lighted pushbutton, it will be less bright because of the diode.
Sorry if this is a little complicated. I think it's a fine product that will work for most people, I just happen to have an unusual installation case that will take a little more work. I wish NuTone had provided a contact closure while sound was playing, as this would make even my odd install easy to handle with this device.
32 of 33 people found the following review helpful.
Best electronic door chime I have seen
By Jim Trethewey
Comes with 6 pre-installed MP3 chime sounds that have really good quality recorded sound (a welcome change from the cheesy MIDI-like sounds of other electronic chimes). My favorite is Song 6 which is the conventional Winchester Chimes. You can easily add you own MP3 sounds by connecting the unit to your PC using a supplied USB cable (Type-A to Mini-B), and copying files to the "new drive letter" that appears.
Easy to hook up: just connect the "Front" and "Common" wire, or if you also have a back door you can connect its "Back" and "Common" wires also. No need to hook both "Transformer" wires like some other chimes (e.g., GE models).
Requires a 16V transformer (sold separately) ... my house had a pre-installed 20V transformer, so I bought the Nutone 16V transformer to replace it.
This kit also does not come with doorbell buttons, if you need those (or like I did, want to upgrade), then you need to buy those separately. I found the Heath HX-301-PB to be a great accompaniment to this Nutone electronic chime.
The chime box can be mounted either in a horizontal ("landscape") or vertical ("portrait") orientation as suits you. In addition, the curved white plastic front cover can be removed and you can put your own chime cover in its place (for example, if you have or want to get an old-timey wooden-slat style cover ... there are some nice ones on eBay from wood crafters).
This door chime can also work with wireless doorbell buttons (sold separately), but I only hooked it up in the wired configuration, so I can't tell you how well the wireless operates.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful. See all 70 customer reviews...
Great door bell
By Happy in Ky
I am very happy with this door bell. First off do not expect 5.1 surround sound. But for a great custom door bell that certainly beats the old annoying door bell this is it. My old door bell was wired for a transformer and this has the ability for both wired or battery operated. Adding music is as easy as plugging it in and dragging and dropping MP3 files. I programmed several simple ring tones into it. The kids have fallen in love with the cow ring tone and now when the door bell is pushed the kids all get a great laugh from it. I am very happy with it and satisfied with my purchase.