Oct 5, 2015
Plenty of parents have had this nightmare, right? I cannot be the only one.
Mine happened just the other day. My daughter was listening to one of her music videos. As usual, at full volume, because if folks two counties over cannot hear what she listening to, life isn’t complete.
In any case, I didn’t understand why she wasn’t using the headphones she begged for. You know, the ones that would save the world from noise pollution.
After a while, I was getting irritated. All she had done was lower the volume a little. Again, why not just use the headphones? Sweet heavens, child.
I walked into her room to confront my banshee offspring. Weirdly enough, she had the headphones on. Yep. The loud music I was hearing was blaring through the headphones. My kid was on a personal mission to destroy her hearing.
Without detailing the rest of the interaction (rock head on rock head), I am beginning to worry about my kids, especially when I see them doing foolish things I do… I mean did. Seriously, controlling volume is serious business, which is why I like conceptualized ideas like the BuddyPhones Volume Limiting Headphones.
The review package reflects the item in its retail state; it contains the blue and white headphones, documentation, and, cutely enough, a bunch of child-friendly customization stickers. The headphones themselves have a relatively small profile; the band is mostly plastic, with cushiony ear cups and flat, matching cable. The cable is attached permanently, and on the plug-in end, there is an additional port for an extra 3.5mm male end.
The band does extend just like one would expect, and it felt comfortable on my head and the heads of my designated testers.
The set’s claim to fame is the built-in chip which keeps the output to a sedate 85db; this mechanism is always on, so there is no need to remember to toggle it. In practice, this translates to gentle audio, good transference that is usable while being within auditory health standards. On all heads, it worked quite well over time.
The band does feel a bit rigid, and the specific build gives me pause with regards to being used by the heavy-handed, but it works well. I would have preferred a non-permanent cable though. The stickers are a nice touch, and there are several base color options to pick from.
And then there’s the price — $24.95 on Amazon — which makes it even more attractive.
For peace of mind (and quiet), it could be quite invaluable.