Marpac Sound Screen 980A Electro-Mechanical Sound Conditioner

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Product Description

Keep Unwanted Sounds Out, and Privicy In! Over 40 years ago, Marpac developed the original Sound Screen? sound conditioner because the founder was having trouble sleeping. It worked so well, he made it available to his friends and family and ultimately the world. Today, the Sound Screen? is still the most economical, most popular sound conditioner on the market. Marpac combines American ingenuity and craftsmanship to create a lightweight, yet durable appliance capable of many years of reliable service. These sound conditioners create a consistent, smooth sound of rushing air. The tone and volume of the sound are controlled by simply rotating the "cap" and "collar" of the housing. This "white noise" sound effectively masks unwanted noises and creates a sense of calm, making it easier to concentrate, relax and/or sleep. These sound conditioners are recommended for restless sleepers, shift workers, infants, children, students, apartment dwellers, office workers (for confidentiality) and many others. We offer the dual speed 980 in a durable plastic housing suitable for travel or use in the home or office. When used properly the SoundScreen can help ensure privicy for conversations that demand it. Great for Doctors, psychologists, lawyers and other sensitive office environments where privicy is important or required. Features: Electro-Mechanical Durability Excellent Sound Quality Patented Housing Design This product is available with either the Sound Screen? or the Sleep Mate? brand name. Patented housing design Lightweight Economical Energy efficient Dual Speed One Year Limited Warranty Made in the U.S.A.

  • Creates a consistent, smooth sound of rushing air - very similiar to white noise
  • Simply rotate the "cap" and "collar" of the housing to control tone and volume
  • The "white noise" sound effectively masks unwanted noises making it easier to relax, sleep, study....
  • One of the most economical, rugged and popular sound conditions on the market
  • Quality Construction, Made in the U.S.A. One Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty

Customer Reviews:

  • too loud for me
    I was so excited to receive this. I have been using a fan for white noise for years and thought it would be nice to have something more compact that I could travel with. My problem with it was it was just too loud. For the cost, I feel it should have more range of settings, particularly a quieter mode. I felt like I was in an airplane cabin. ...more info
  • Good sound screen for sleeping
    I live in a complex where people watch TV next door till 4 in the morning every night, this helped wash out all those ambient noises and allowed me to sleep. i wouldn't recommend it for studying or trying to do work during the day with louder, daytime ambient noise, as it wasn't quite loud enough to tune it out. for that, i'd suggest over ear headphones....more info
  • Now I can sleep
    This marpac has been a lifesaver! I used to wake up in my own house whenever the heater would kick on or when birds would chirp early in the morning--noises that weren't loud but would wake me nonetheless. Hotel rooms were even worse. I would hardly sleep thinking, "What was that ticking noise?" I tried the "nature noises" type of machines before, and it in no way relaxed me, but made me consciously aware of the sounds. A friend recommended this to me and now I sleep like a dream. It has two levels of spinning, plus you can change the size of the holes the air whirls past to change the sound. My husband, who doesn't have the neurotic waking habits that I do, doesn't find the sound of the machine irritating. I also fall asleep much faster than I did previously. I think it has established a Pavlovian response in me...when I hear that sound, I just go to sleep. I have purchased more of these to give to my mother (whose neighbors' dogs bark throughout the night--maybe her neighbors have this machine so they don't hear their own dogs) and my sister whose son will only go to sleep if the hair dryer is on. I am so happy that I sleeping better and waking more rested. ...more info
  • Does the trick!
    I love this sound machine! I bought this for my 3 1/2 year old daughter before she was 2 to muffle some of the noise around the house while she was sleeping. It really does the trick! Now that we have a second one who wakes up frequently during the night I would hate to be without this thing! The baby's room is right next door to my toddler's room and when the sound machine is on you cannot hear him. We take this with us on trips and I am always amazed at the amount of noise it can drown out. And it is a peaceful white noise. It sounds more like air blowing rather than static. They are a bit pricey but it is definitely worth it. I am buying another one for my baby's room. I would love one for our room too but I'd be too afraid I wouldn't hear my children wake up in the middle of the night. ...more info
  • Worth the Price
    I am an extremely light sleeper that's on an odd schedule, so I needed something to block out the normal sounds of people being awake and active in the house while I sleep. I'd tried some of the sleep CDs, keeping a fan on in the room and ear plugs. The CDs didn't work, the fans kept me too cold, and the ear plugs start to make my ears ache after awhile. The SleepMate has been a nearly perfect solution so far. I've had it about a month, and it works REALLY well to block most sounds. The only thing it hasn't been the best for is the sound of a door closing. Even when the TV in the living room hits extreme volumes, it blocks most of that, and if it doesn't drown it out completely, turning on some music while the SleepMate is still running solves that problem pretty well without deafening me in the process. This has been the best option I've found for helping me get some decent sleep, and it's even great when you just want a little peace during the day. I get to be in my own little world while it's on. I love it!...more info
  • Couldn't live without it!
    We love the Marpac noise machine. We have two - one for our bedroom and one for our baby daughter's room. We also take one with us whenever we travel. The lower volume setting is just the right level to lull us all to sleep....more info
  • Love it
    I bought this to cover up/drown out the noise from my new neighbors. They are up all night talking and I don't care to hear their conversations. This device works wonderfully. I put it on my desk near their window and turn it on when needed. I've been able to adjust easily to the gentle noise it makes! Thank you!

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  • PLEASE mail to Alaska - we are a U.S. state!
    The White Noise machine itself is great. But for some reason the company won't mail to Alaska! I had to have it shipped to a friend in Oregon, who mailed it to me. That added 2 weeks more and $10 more to shipping. HELP!!!! Alaska has been a state in the union for for 59 years now; the mail arrives every day . . . . . . Regular mail is all we ask, not UPS or anything fancy....more info
  • Works Well
    Received promptly and well packaged. Works as advertised and really does help with blocking out extraneous noises....more info
  • this thing works!!!
    it helped me fall asleep despite passing traffic, tv in the living room AND a snoring husband! i am really amazed at how much sound it blocks. i have been singing its praises to everyone!the sound screen is way better than tylenol pm!! ...more info
  • Noise Problems
    This machine is pretty good for the sounds taking place outside but does not help for noise overhead, like footsteps. I am somewhat pleased with the purchase.....more info
  • Wonderful Device
    I bought two of these, one as a gift and one for my home, When they were delivered to my office, I plugged one in to try it out. After 6 months - I have never taken it home! It's that good. So, I just bought another (a third). This device is a great way to mask out background noise while working, or sleeping....more info
  • Great product
    The Sound Conditioner works wonders! My wife always slept with a fan running to create some white noise. There are many times where a fan running at night is not needed or wanted -- mainly on cold winter nights. I did a little research and found this device. It works as advertised. My wife was initially a little skeptical but soon was hooked. If you need "white noise" to sleep, this will work! And, if our current on ever breaks, we would buy another one....more info
  • Sleep at last!
    I love it! It keeps me sleeping through the night and through construction that is taking place near my apartment. I won't sleep without it, and sometimes I travel with it.

    Laura...more info
  • Effectively distracts from external noise
    Marpac Sound Screen is a device that effectively distracts from outside noise. Perfect for the psychotherapy office or for night time sleeping. We have several in different rooms of the house and at the office....more info
  • wonderful product
    This smaller then anticipated noise conditioner was just what I needed for a better night's sleep. It is easy to use and makes most noises in my apartment disappear so I can sleep through the night. It is totally worth every penny. I love it!...more info
  • noise maker
    The noise maker is fine. I have been using this machine since college and it still does the job of blocking out noise when I sleep at night. ...more info
  • Works great
    This product does exactly what it is supposed to do - create a steady, fan-like sound that makes it easy to sleep. It is a little louder than the small fan I used in the summer, but at least I don't hear our inconsiderate neighbor's coon dogs baying all night. The Marpac Sound Screen has two fan speed settings, and independently adjustable side and top openings can be combined to dial up many different variations of sound and volume. I use it on its "softest" setting, with fan of slow and the side slots closed with only three top holes open. The Sound Screen has foam on the base to prevent scratching furniture. The unit did resonate when placed directly on top of our chest of drawers, creating a an additional low humming sound. Since I didn't care for that, I simply put a book under the Sound Screen, eliminating the hum entirely. The Marpac Sound Screen works as advertised and is highly recommended....more info
  • Apartment living is noisy.
    I read the reviews of this product, and I ordered this product being unsure of what it would do.

    I have to say, it's a product that does exactly what it says it will do. It creates white noise at varying levels.

    There is no miracle product that is going to mask all sounds of people upstairs walking around. The noise would have to be jackhammer-like for that to work, which would cause its own problems. This product cannot wipe away all the pitfalls of apartment living. It is not advertised as a "miracle-in-a-box."

    It is a white noise machine, and as such, it seems a high quality one with varying levels of control. I'm happy with the purchase. I do think $50 is a bit pricey, but it doesn't have much of a mechanical sound, and I think cheaper ones might have grating motors that would be annoying and hard to ignore.

    I can still hear my neighbor walking around upstairs. But it does mask out reasonable music noise, TV noise, and talking noise....more info
  • get a good night's sleep with this machine
    This is the second one that I've purchased. The first one I purchased for my daughter's room and this most recent purchase for my newborn son's. It has a smooth consistent sound that ensures a good night's sleep for our oldest child. I turn it on after her bedtime stories and it's a signal to her that it's almost 'night night.' My husband and I joke that we could have a keg party downstairs and she wouldn't wake up because the sound machine would block out the noise. I recommend this to anyone who lives in a noisy neighborhood or travels with small children (our original reason for buying the first one--hotels can be noisy!). Great product....more info
  • wonderful gentle sound and very safe
    I had my sound machine for over a year. Recently one of my children put a heavy blanket over the machine without my knowledge. This morning I went in to shut off the machine as usual and found it covered in a heavy blanket. I wripped the blanket off of the machine and saw it was litterally half way melted to the ground, and yet it was STILL running as usual. I cant say thank you enough to the makers of this product. Not only did it provide a constant, soothing sound, which kept my children of 3 years and 9 years old asleep better, but when it got so hot it severly melted the machine, there was no fire, smoke or any sign of trouble from the over heating. ...more info
  • Great device
    I didn't believe it would work as effectively as it does! I thought it was a bit over-priced, but I had an Amazon gift certificate, so that helped. The sound does not get on our nerves like the fans and humidifiers did. As I wake up, it slowly comes into my consciousness, not annoying enough to have to push my husband out of bed to turn the blasted thing off, like I was doing with the fans and humidifiers. My hope it that it will have a long life....more info
  • AWESOME amazon
    After returning an awful sound machine to the local big box retailer I checked Amazon for some suggestions. Less than 24 hrs. later it was on my front porch. It has replaced the humidifier we've been using in my toddler's room to soften the noise the big kids make during nap and bedtime. It is soothing. So much so that I might get one for our room. Thanks Amazon for another great product!!...more info
  • A Blessing For Apartment Living and Tinnitus!
    This little machine makes just enough white noise to help me sleep instead of continually waking up each time my upstairs or downstairs neighbors make noise (and by noise, I mean music, footsteps, floors creaking, etc). It doesn't block out everything, but it helps a LOT. It's not the prettiest noise to listen to, but it's a million times better than complete silence.

    I also have tinnitus that can get very loud when I'm in a silent environment and this little machine helps with that too (when I go to the country to visit family)--it takes the ringing in my ears down from a dull roar to my thinking I'm actually in a quiet place.

    Thank goodness for white noise!...more info
  • Generates more than just white noise
    For the last 8 years, my wife and I have used a white noise generator to help us sleep. Unfortunately, a power surge destroyed it, so we started looking for another. This product looked promising because it didn't use a prerecorded white noise loop; it actually generates white noise.

    The problem with this product is that you can hear the high pitch whine of the fan inside the unit in addition to the white noise caused by the air whooshing out of the slots. This made the noise it generates sounds more like a low power hair dryer, than a true white noise generator. For the price, you think they could have used a quieter fan....more info
  • Sleeping Easy
    If you want a consistant white noise generator that will last a long time, this is the one. I own three!...more info
  • Thank goodness for the White Noise Machine!
    This is one of the best purchases I have ever made. The white noise that comes from this machine is relaxing and helps me sleep. I live with a fairly busy road behind my home. The white noise machine in my bedroom lessens the irritating noise from loud cars, trucks and motorcycles on the street to a tolerable level. Now when the machine occasionally gets unplugged, I feel like something is missing when I go to bed. Inevitably, I quickly realize that my White Noise Machine is turned off, and I go turn it on again. Then I quickly fall to sleep. I wouldn't want to live without it. I highly recommend this product!...more info
    My sister had this sound machine while we were on vacation and I absolutely loved it. My husband and I used a fan all year long to drown out noise but I ordered one before I even got home and he and I both love it. ...more info
  • good product... but
    The white noise is just the thing I wanted, but it needs a little more modulation from softest to full sound, the variation in sound is just too subtle......more info
  • Very good
    I'm a graduate student living in a building with very thin walls and many undergraduates. It's absolutely impossible to get peace and quiet. The main source of irritation for me for several months has been my next door neighbor, whose television and conversations I can hear distinctly (not to mention her use of the microwave and opening and closing of cabinets). I used earplugs and my air conditioner to try to block her out at night, but I couldn't afford to blast my air conditioner at all hours. So, I bought this little device. I found it really jarring at first. I had to put it across the room from me because it seemed so loud. I also tried putting it under my bed. It's been about three weeks since I purchased it, and I've gotten used to the noise it creates. I keep it on my night stand now. It's really good at blocking out those noises that keep you awake at night or that wake you up in the middle of the night. I highly recommend this item if you are sensitive to noise....more info
  • Great white noise maker
    I have a very hard time sleeping in, even if I've stayed up late, in large part I think because random noises made by people living in the same apartment building and the traffic outside tend to wake me up. But with this machine on, I don't get disturbed and I'm now able to enjoy sleeping in on weekends or after staying up late (or both). In fact, the first couple of nights we used it, both my girlfriend and I slept in too long, to the point where we were actually groggy the next day. But after two nights of over sleeping, our bodies seemed to adjust and now we just enjoy normal and very restful night's sleep. We both highly recommend this item, and will probably be getting friends and family it for Xmas this year!...more info
  • Very Good......keeps the neighbors foot steps and tv on MUTE
    I never had a sound machine, but since I live in a condo I have a neighbor that lives up above me. I use to hear there water running,foot steps,and tv. This sound machine makes every thing go away. It makes me sleep through the night without any interruptions. I highly recommend, especially for those who lives in an apartment....more info
  • Helps with confidentiality!
    This sound screen does an excellent job adding another layer of confidentiality. Placed outside a counseling door, it effectively blocks most conversations. Am extremely pleased with it.

    I also brought it home and used it as a sleep aid and again it worked very well. I am probably going to buy another one for home use....more info
  • Marpac
    If you're a light sleeper this product is great. I know several people who have one (or more). You can take it with you when traveling, and it will drown out distractions while you sleep....more info
  • Great Little Device
    I couldn't be happier with this thing. It makes wonderful anti-noise. Thats like anti-matter, only noise instead of matter....more info
  • Used mine for years, still runs like new
    Great product that does exactly what it says. Very solid design and construction, still works like new after years of nightly use. I was a little hesitant to pay so much for a noisemaker, but this unit is definitely the Lexus of sleepy sound machines. I'm happy to recommend this to anyone....more info
  • It's definitely white noise
    This product does make white noise. It sometimes gives me a headache if I use it overnight, but it helps drown out my neighbor's heavy footsteps. It sounds similar to my window air conditioner unit....more info
  • Noisy neighbor? Here is your solution
    This product is amazing. I am so pleased. I live in a highrise on the 15th floor in Boston. I can deal with the outside noise but my neighbor above? OMG !! Rude, inconsiderate. He is one of those people who has no common courteousy with apartment living. He scrapes chairs, slams and drops things, paces heavily and worst of all is his television. He plays it at such a loud volume that the noise resonates down through the vent and walls into my apartment. I can often hear it word for word. I have dealt with management in my building etc. but this guy won't cooperate.

    I have tried cds of rain and waterfalls but as others have stated, these don't work well. I sleep with a fan on me at night and that helps but I can't have it on all the time. My dear neighbors clock is reversed and noise runs from about 4 pm till 3 am. It was recommended that I get a white noise machine and I didn't really believe it would help but I knew if there was a place to do my research it was with Amazon. I know the styles that play soothing sounds like rain etc. would not work for me.

    But this machine does exactly what it says it does. It provides a constant, steady rush of air. It sounds better than my fan and provides a constant background noise that has removed my neighbors nuisances by 95%. Some have complained about the price but I think this item is an amazing deal. The unit is of high quality, has two settings of high and low and further adjustment can be done by rotating the round collar. The directions explain how it works and it says to place the unit away from you so that the sound will fill the room. I have done that in my apartment and the sound resonates very comfortably. It is a sound that it took only a couple of days to get used to. Now I can play my own music, listen to my own tv, be on the computer in silence and sleep with no disturbances. Before, any time at night I had silence I could hear noise resonating from my neighbor.

    I am so grateful and shockingly pleased at how well this machine works and easily becomes a comfortable part of your life. I love my apartment but my neighbor has had me thinking of moving. Not anymore. For $50 my peace and sanity has been returned to me.

    Highly recommend this product. ...more info
  • Everything we were looking for
    We were looking for something to provide a little, white noise while our daughter sleeps. It's great for trips and did just the trick. We took it to the beach with us since she slept on an air mattress on the floor and we all slept better b/c of it....more info
  • just as good if not better than the one I have had since I was an infant.... I'm 38 yrs old
    I had a sleep-mate in my nursery room....after 38 plus years of being on EVERY night it finally gave up the ghost. I took it on vacations ,sleep-overs and on the road. I also replaced my parents' wich was older than mine. This company makes things that last!!...more info
  • Does What It Claims To Do
    We ordered this for our daughter who has trouble falling asleep when she can hear other people awake in the house. I was worried about the many reviews that said it was too quiet, but that has not been our experience. If anything it's on the loud side. Even on low I can hear it through her closed door two rooms away. On high it's loud enough to be annoying. I agree with other reviewers who said the overall sound is like a bathroom fan. I would also agree with those who say it isn't true white noise. The wind noise it makes can be adjusted to be relatively pleasing and neutral (although it does sound a bit rushed due to the smallness of the chamber), but unfortunately the actual fan is also audible, and has a higher pitch. A little like a far away hair dryer. Overall it works for our needs. It masks noise, and reduces distractions. If she tries, our daughter may still be able to detect the murmur of a conversation elsewhere in the house, but she certainly can't hear the actual words. Noises in general are muffled enough that they are no longer distracting. For those who are looking for something to completely remove the sound of loud TVs, horns honking, and so forth I'm not sure what to tell you. Anything that does that will be very loud itself, and too loud for the average person. The unit is small, simple, adjustable, and does what it claims to. I wouldn't say it's perfect since I'd like a "whiter" white noise and more than two volume settings, but on the other hand we haven't found anything better. If you're looking for a sound screen, that's exactly what it is....more info
  • perfect product for any age
    Marpac SleepMate 980A Electro-Mechanical Sound Conditioner
    Have to have some type of sound to sleep. I was using a floor fan to have the humming sound however in cold weather not an ideal item to use and it bothered my husband. He found this item and it does the trick. Recommend it for those who need the "wind type sound" or for new borns to hinder the noises around you!...more info
  • Perfecto
    Item is just as described and just what we needed. We have a sound machine similar from another company and purchased this one for our baby daughter. White noise is wonderful. She sleeps just as sound as her mommy and daddy....more info
  • Wonderful idea; needs to be louder and less ugly.
    I live in downtown Manhattan, in an apt with rather leaky windows (I can smell cigarette smoke through them), on a street directly opposite a post office and a nightclub. Thus, I suffer tremendous noise levels every day; the school-bell alarm of the post office 30-50x a day, the pounding music, drunken hollering, and SWAT-team provoking fighting due to the nightclub, cars and buses and car alarms, the grinding and scraping of the immense garbage trucks at 5 am. It's horrific; I have never lived anywhere noisier (and I've lived in many places), and I need to sleep right by the window or I don't wake up.

    For that and other reasons, I will be moving when my lease is up. But in the meantime I need to get some sleep, and the noise pollution is one of the biggest impediments. This device creates a wonderful white noise; it is truly entirely blank. There is no pattern. It is the sound of pure rushing air, and is immensely soothing. In fact, I feel sleepy just turning it on! However, even on the higher volume setting (this machine has low and high volumes, and then off - that's it for settings!), it's just not loud enough. If it were louder or there were a way to increase the volume, I would give this 5 stars.

    Even not being loud enough, it has improved my sleep and cut down on my time to fall asleep; it significantly muffles outside sound, even if it can't completely cover it. I'm still happy I got it, because it has helped. I also find it useful for reading, because it helps me concentrate. I cannot adequately emphasize how soothing and peaceful it is. My only other quibble with it is that it's INSANELY UGLY. I mean, who the hell designed it? It's a hideous light beige-grey colour, like so many older computers, and the logo on top is incredibly tacky looking. The shape isn't even pleasing, either. I wish I could put something over it, but that would block some of the volume. I have it hidden behind my curtain, which only slightly decreases the volume, but I wish I could have it out fully without dying from the visual assault....more info
  • Very Happy
    I bought this b/c I have a large family living on top of me, and every time they move around it makes a lot of noise down by me.

    The problem is, my one year old son is a light sleeper, and kept on waking up from noise.

    I'm happy to tell you all that it worked 90%. yes every once in a while he still wakes up, still its a great help.

    it is a very soothing noise, and it distracts you from the outside noise, even when it is quite loud.

    I wonder if 2 would do the trick completely - but since it pretty much works and its expensive, I have to hold out.

    Tip: keep it as close to the bed as possible....more info
  • Amazing!
    I have to say that as someone who needs a constant noise to sleep, this is the best! I used to have a fan but they tend to rattle over time and it kept me awake at night. This product may seem a bit expensive but it is worth every penny and you will sleep better too!...more info
    Just what I have been looking for! Small, portable, highly effective. Sounds exactly like an electric fan. Volume control a great feature. Wonderful product, works exactly as stated. Came beautifully packaged, wrapped in purple tissue paper and sealed with a sticker. Would definitely buy again. ...more info


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