Puro Sound Labs Kids Bluetooth Headphones Hardware Review

Puro Sound Labs Kids Bluetooth Headphones Hardware Review

Feb 4, 2015

Here’s the problem: I’ve come to appreciate quality earphones the older I’ve gotten. I won’t describe myself as an audiophile, but I do enjoy the output a quality set of phones can bring. As such, I do have write a few. Wired, wireless, over-ear, in-ear, lounging, sport… you name it, and I probably have a set for the occasion.

I baby them too. They’re cased when not in use, and issued in places that negate the possibility of silly mishaps, like (gasp!) sitting on them. All because I like having options, and dislike procuring stuff twice.

You know what is kryptonite to gadget longevity? Kids.

Take my daughter for instance. Ariana Grande must be heard, ave outside hearing the SAME song played on loop, I have to reluctantly lend her a pair of mine.

Why aren’t there more gadgets available for kids? That’s a question the Puro Sound Labs Kids Headphones looks to answer.


To be honest, I expected a set of headphones full of frills and overly bright colors; the review package Puro Sound sent set me straight. The retail box contains the charging cable and AC adapter, 2 cases (soft and hard), special 3.55mm cable and the headphones themselves, with the headphones being mostly tan with an emphasis on soft gold and chrome highlights, and it has prominent buttons for toggling on, wireless pairing, volume up and down, as well as audio and microSD charging ports and an LED light on the left cup. The cups are braced by cushioned material, and are able to extend from the band for bigger heads (or hairdos). The band is also covered in soft material for a more comfortable experience; the main parts are crafted from lightweight aluminum.

These headphones, on paper, rack up up some nice features: 16 hours of usage (200 hours standby time), built-in microphone, balanced response, and (most interesting to me), a means of limiting overly loud outputs.

Getting the gear going is a matter of charging, and using the bluetooth pair button to match it to a compatible audio source. I like the crisp sound it produces, and the conduction seems topnotch. The advertised sound control is superb; I didn’t feel like I lost fidelity while keeping my ears safe. But even more importantly, the real testers (my kids) loved them, and, for once, didn’t complain about being forced to keep the volume down.

Not bad.


There are a couple things I especially like, and which make this a bit more than just a kid’s accessory, is the aforementioned microphone, which allows for usage with phone calls. Then there’s the wired functionality, which allows the unit to be used even if the battery is drained (and the supplied audio cable keeps to the noise limiting paradigm, in case one wondered).

All in all, the Puro Sound Labs Kids Headphones has a soft touch, but is great enough to have mature sensibilities. It’s priced relatively well ($79.99 on Amazon), looks good and does a lot.

Phiaton PS 20 NC Headphones Hardware Review

Phiaton PS 20 NC Headphones Hardware Review

Jul 30, 2013

Phiaton has major cred when it comes to personal audio accessories, so getting an opportunity to review the PS 20 NC wired headphones is something to be looked forward to, even if it isn’t Phiaton’s newest product.

The packaging is tidy, and the review piece came with a standard extra bud tips of different sizes and single AA battery for the noise canceling box.

They are solidly crafted, and feel somewhat weighted in hand without being cumbersome. The rubber coated cables are quite thin, and emanate cleanly from the central control piece in either direction. On the one end, the ends are firmly pieced together, with brass-colored metal serving as a sort of frame for the multifaceted ear buds. The other end tapers into the standard 3.5mm pin. It looked slick in ebony, though I admit to being a bit taken aback by the bronze 2013-07-18 14.05.29highlights.

I don’t claim to be the world’s biggest audiophile, but I do like to think I have an ear for good hardware. My home, during Wii time, is the perfect environment for testing the professed noise canceling feature. With the abject cacophony that accompanies Lego Batman, this set of headphones are/were quite capable of setting me adrift on memory bliss of, uh… you? Seriously, the design of the ear buds and their expansive attribute work better than advertised, as being gloriously awash in only Dre instrumentals can attest to. Yep, they cancel extraneous noise quite capably even without being activated; the Everplay feature allows for music to play on in the event of battery depletion. The half in-ear design just worked well in my ears.

One thing that did irk me a tiny bit is the somewhat unwieldly nature of the cable. The provided pouch was excellent, but just stuffing it in there was not optimal, and it kind of felt like there wasn’t a natural way to wind them up without getting tangled.

Still, for a fairly mature offering, this piece seems quite deserving of the “premium” tag. It is a clear sign that wired sets are not going to be completely supplanted any day soon, and also proves that great audio accessories do not need to be delicate.

The Phiaton PS 20 NC wired headphones are available on Amazon for $99.99 at the time of this review.