Puro Sound Labs JuniorJams review
The Puro Sound Labs JuniorJams have achieved a number of strengths for kid-friendly headphones. Sonically, they deliver a volume-limited wireless experience that still delivers solid bass depth, so their relatively low volume won’t be a punishment for your child. A cable is also included for wired listening, and it also limits the volume levels. At $ 69.99 the price is slightly steep for this category, but the JuniorJams are definitely not the most expensive children’s headphones we’ve tested, and they offer the best bang for the buck. This earned them our Editors’ Choice award for children’s headphones.
A fun and versatile design
Available in blue / black, green / white, pink / white, or teal / white, the on-ear (over-the-ear) JuniorJams have small ear cups that should fit kids and teens, and even adults, perfectly. provided that the headband is loosened significantly. Models with white headbands tend to look a bit more like children’s headphones, while the pair with a black headband and blue ear cups look something more akin to a typical adult model.
The pads are comfortable when the helmet tension is properly adjusted, but if the band is too tight, the pads can exert uncomfortable pressure, so it is important to fit it perfectly on your child. The wraparound vegan leather on the headband and ear cups compensates for the feel of cheap plastic on the rest of the earbuds. Internally, dynamic 40mm drivers deliver sound; The earphones are compatible with bluetooth 4.2.
The left ear cup houses a power switch, which also puts the headset into Bluetooth pairing mode. The audio cable connection is also on the left ear cup. The right earbud side panel houses volume up / down buttons, a play / pause button, and a status light that flashes when paired. There’s also a micro USB port here for charging, as well as the daisy-chaining of two pairs of headphones. The play / pause button also handles incoming calls and track navigation. Press twice to go forward or three times to rewind.
Audio is limited to 85dB, both when streaming audio through Bluetooth and when the supplied cable is connected. (Make sure the cable is connected the right way around, as the ends look the same; there are arrows on them to guide you.) The cable does not have a remote or in-line mic.
You also have a USB-A-to-micro-USB charging cable, a micro-USB-to-micro-USB cable to daisy-chain two pairs of headphones and a nylon pouch with cord clamp in which the headphones can be folded up for easy storage.
Puro Sound Labs estimates that the battery life of the JuniorJams is approximately 22 hours, but your results will vary depending on your volume levels. There is an auto shut-off feature that kicks off after 10 minutes without connection, which is very useful as the power switch can easily be accidentally left in on mode. I’m guilty of this error, but was happy to see that the headphones still had juice when I turned them back on.
JuniorJams audio performance
The following tracks might not be on your kid’s playlist, but they are part of our regular test suite and paint a clear picture of what pilots are capable of. On tracks with intense sub-bass content, like The Knife’s “Silent Shout”, the JuniorJams provide a strong sense of low-end response without overloading the mix and without distortion.
Bill Callahan’s “Drover”, a track with much shallower bass in the mix, gives us a better idea of ââthe overall sound signature of the JuniorJams. When the headphones are properly placed, the drums have a nice sound depth. The acoustic strings and upper register percussion on this track are crisp and overall this is a balanced, rich and bright sound signature.
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On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild”, the bass drum loop receives enough presence in the upper mids for its attack to retain its punch, while the crackle and whistle of vinyl in the background. also take a step forward. The hits from the sub-bass synth come with a solid sense of depth without going overboard, and the vocals are delivered cleanly and clearly, with maybe a little extra sibilance. The JLab JBuddies Pro Wireless offer less brightness than the JuniorJams and a little more bass.
JuniorJams also provide a great experience for movie audio. The depth of bass in Blade Runner 2049 was impressive, but never stopped a clear dialogue.
The built-in mic provides solid intelligibility. Using the Voice Memos app on an iPhone, we were able to clearly understand every word we recorded, although the signal was a bit weak and there was a high frequency hiss in the background.
Kid-friendly headphones that prioritize audio
At a glance, it might seem that the Puro Sound Labs JuniorJams are a bit overpriced, but the sound experience they offer is impressive. Even at low volumes, the sound is full and clear for music and movies. And unlike some competing models, the 85dB volume limit is still enforced – there’s no switch like on the $ 35 JLab JBuddies Pro Wireless. Ultimately, the JuniorJams offer the best bang for the buck, with great sound quality and no way to crank up the volume to unsafe levels. This means you can feel comfortable that your child is listening to safe, high-quality sound, earning them the JuniorJams Our Editors’ Choice award.
Puro Sound Labs JuniorJams
The bottom line
The Puro Sound Labs JuniorJams headphones work wired or wireless and deliver rich bass and crisp highs at a volume level safe for kids.
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