The problem with most headphones on the market is that there's no safeguard built-in them for restricting the sound output so it stays within safe listening limits. According to research, the maximum loudness level when listening to digital music -- or any other type of sound for that matter -- should never go above 85 db.
So, with this in mind when selecting a pair of headphones for your child, you'll want to make sure that they offer the right protection level in order to safeguard your child's hearing at all times. Even if they alter the volume controls on their MP3 player, PMP, or other type of audio source, you'll know that their hearing won't be damaged.
In this guide, we focus on a selection of top quality headphones for kids that weigh in at well under $50 and have built-in volume protection for those little ears.
As well as built-in volume level protection, the Maxell Kids Safe KHP-2 Headphones are also ergonomically designed to provide a comfortable fit. The materials used also make these headphones light-weight and are thus kid-friendly for long term use with any device that has a 3.5 mm headphone socket. This product can also be pimped too! There are two different color end caps (blue and pink) enabling you to change them depending on if it's a gift for a boy or girl.
Audio wise, Maxell's KHP-2 headphones deliver good sound via its neodymium drivers -- they output a decent frequency range which according to the technical specs is 14 - 20000 Hz. There's also a generous lifetime limited warranty for peace of mind. If you're looking for a quality pair of kids headphones that give good sound while protecting their hearing, then the Maxell Kids Safe KHP-2 is a good all-round performer for less than $20.
The ST200 Headphones come with Memorex's Safer Sound technology built into them which ensures your child's hearing is protected from excessive loudness when they use electronic gadgets -- like listening to MP3 music or watching movies for instance while traveling. They are designed to be comfortable for kids and come in a nice bright green or blue color.
To make sharing music easy, the Memorex ST200 headphones also sport a share-plug. This enables two children to listen to the same songs, movies, etc., without the need for a special audio splitting adapter. If you've got more than one child to buy headphones for, then the Memorex ST200 is worth a serious look at under $20.
Available in a range of bright colors (black, blue, pink, and purple), the JLab Jbuddies Volume Limiting Headphones are suitable for kids aged 2 and over. They have a built-in volume limiter that prevents sound going too loud and are compatible with a large range of electronic gadgets such as: MP3 players, tablets, portable DVD players, and other devices that have a standard 3.5 mm audio jack.
What children will also like about these headphones is not just the comfort that the hypoallergenic ear pads bring, but the fact they can also personalize their set of headphones using a selection of themed stickers -- these stick on the ends of the headphones. There's also a handy travel pouch included which has a drawstring to safely carry them around when not in use.