BuddyPhones are volume-limiting headsets designed for security and sharing. Exposing your children to excessive amounts of sound is proven to be damaging and can cause undesirable long-term ear damage. BuddyPhones are designed with a built in with volume-limiting circuitry that limits the audio at 85 decibels, which is the amount advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO) for children. Not only were they designed to keep children safe, but also to give parents a sense of security that your kids are not damaging their hearing over time.
Onanoff BuddyPhones Volume Limiting Headphone Specifications
|Diameter||8.8 x 7 x 2.4 inches|
|Frequency Range||20Hz – 20kHz|
|Volume Limited||85 +/-3dB @1mW 1kHz|
As construction workers shield their ears with earplugs, Onanoff created BuddyPhones to shield small music lovers. Because of this, workers must wear hearing protectors, while working, like earplugs or earmuffs. Many apparatus now that kids use have noise levels substantially higher than 85 decibels. For instance, an MP3 player at full volume is about on 105 decibels. That’s 100 times more extreme than 85 decibels! Scientists urge no more than 15 minutes of unprotected exposure.
It is essential for children to learn that ‘Sharing is Caring’. This is the reason Onanoff installed a BuddyCable sound splitter in their BuddyPhones. BuddyCable is built in so it never gets lost or forgotten when you really need it. One host apparatus can connect up to four buddies simultaneously!
BuddyPhones come with the BuddyCable system, a built-in sound splitter that lets up to four sound cables to connect to one device, making it perfect for sharing with your best buddies. For those that have more than one kid at home and they’ve problem sharing it’s an outstanding option, enabling up to four children to share one apparatus, squabble-free.
But what separates them from other kid headphones? Well, they’re designed to be tough and take a beating like little kids can dish out on electronics. They’re flexible and well padded and I love that they come with all kinds of stickers so they can decorate them and personalize them themselves. I would just make sure to let them pick out the stickers they want and then take the rest away because who knows where the rest of them would end up.
On the side of the headphones is a knob that is hard to turn (which is good since it’s pretty much only adjustable by an adult). It allows the volume to be set to 94db, 85db or 75db. Personally, I like loud music and the 94db is very comfortable for me but is not ideal for children. There’s also a “buddy” switch that allows you to plug in another headset and you can plug in up to 4 headsets so they can listen to one device and all listen to the same song/movie.
The ear pieces are nice and padded and they also flip up for storage and they do come with a cute drawstring bag to keep them in. Now don’t worry about them outgrowing them or mom and dad not being able to use them since they do pull down and they fit me perfectly too. I also like that they added a pause button on the cord so that you can have your child pause what they’re doing when you need to talk to them.
With the average price of $35 on Amazon, you can’t really go wrong with these headphones. Making sure that are right for your child is probably the only thing you really need to worry about before buying. As when reading the reviews on Amazon, maybe buyers said that they were great headphones but too small for your child.
Onanoff recommends children ages two to eight should be wearing these headphone. Although, parents reported saying that they still fit their 10-year olds. Then again at $35, what do you really have to loose?
Onanoff’s BuddyPhones seem to be decent quality and won’t break too easily. Much better than many kid headphones I’ve seen before like the LilGadget’s Connect+. The inline microphone isn’t great and when talking on the phone while walking around there seemed to be constant static.
This is exactly what we were looking for when we talking about kids headsets. Perfectly limiting damaging headphone volumes. Being that the sound quality is really clear and even better than we expected for only $35. But our favorite feature is the additional jack that allows you to add a second set of headphones. This allows me to listen along with my son. The jack is not limited so be careful. The 2nd set of headphones will be MUCH louder than the limited set your child is wearing. Overall these headphones are highly recommended!