JLab Audio - JBuddies Folding On-Ear Headphones - Blue/Gray

  • Model: HJBUDDIESRGRYBLU6
  • SKU: 2224026
Listen to music safely with these JLab Audio JBuddies folding headphones, which have an integrated 85db volume leveler to safeguard sensitive ears. Equipped with soft cushions which stay comfortable for extended periods, these earphones and make a great addition to your kid’s travel kit. Use these versatile JLab Audio JBuddies folding headphones with a range of devices.

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Overview

What's Included


  • 3-D Character Stickers (8 pcs.)
  • JLab JBuddies Folding On-Ear Headphones
  • Micro USB Charging Cable

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (154 out of 170)

Features


On-ear design

For comfort during extended listening sessions.

3.5mm connector

Enables flexible connection options.

In-line volume control

Enables you to make quick and easy adjustments to the listening level.

Built-in volume limiter

Limits sound volume up to 85 dB for safe listening.

Folding design

Enables easy portability.


Overall customer rating

4.2
91%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    By far, the worst headphones I've ever seen...

    Posted
    Namdnas
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    I got these for my 8yr old daughter for use with her iPad Mini 2 and Nintendo 2DS systems. When they arrived, I was REALLY impressed by the packaging and the quality of appearance for something that was designed for children in mind. Unfortunately, this is where any positive impressions end... When I gave them to her as a surprise, she literally started crying of appreciation because of how nice they looked and of course, because I got them from Best Buy - she knows that's where all the "good stuff" comes from. LOL. Inside the packaging are these neat (if not a little cheap) holographic stickers. Pretty easy to put on the sides of the headphones. Other than that, there's little else inside, albeit the normal warranty papers and fold-out horizontal manual. These headphones are pretty self-explanatory. Upon trying them for the first time, we realized they were defective, out-of-the-box and in reality, the quality of the packaging was lying to us. These are some of the cheapest build quality headphones I've ever seen. We ordered her a pair of generic cat-ear headphones online for her birthday (around $15) and even those are much higher quality than this brand-name item. As for the defect - the right earpiece has a short in it. The volume dial is built into the earpiece. When rotating the dial, the audio in the right earpiece would crackle and go completely out, leaving sound coming from only the left one. You have to "knock" the right earpiece and turn the volume dial VERY slowly to get the audio to come back. When it does, it will randomly go back out again. Barring the defective earpiece, when I was able to get both to produce sound (for a short amount of time), the audio quality of these headphones is flat-out atrocious. Even at max volume, me nor my wife could barely hear it. Yeah, I get it - these are designed for kids, with a max volume level to prevent them from hurting their ears. But what good are headphones when, even at max volume, you have to "press" them to your ear to hear anything. Audio that has voices (YouTube videos, Twitch, etc)...forget it. Not gonna happen. Anywho....given all the above, I'm gonna call the manufacturer on Tuesday (as they are only open M-F and with the Memorial Day weekend, they won't be open again until Tuesday) and see if they can replace these. I'm posting the review now because I received them to try for review purposes. But, because I need to get my review in within a few days and I cannot reach the manufacturer now, nor wait to post the review after I receive a replacement (because, you know, shipping times) or resolution, I'm sticking with this one-star review. Given all of the above and based upon our initial impression when both are working, we would not recommend these to anyone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Seemingly well-built and the volume limiter works

    Posted
    BillFromKC
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    Disclaimer - I was given this pair of headphones in exchange for my fair and unbiased review. The JLab JBuddies folding headphones answer many of the problems parents have with devices, headphones, and children. They're designed to be sturdy, with a single long cable that can connect to any phone, tablet, computer, or other audio device with a 3.5 inch headphone jack (or dongle, in the case of a few different models of smartphones. They're also, by design, unable to play audio at a volume level dangerous to young ears. They're comfortable, the audio quality is good, and they even have a small level of customization your child can do to them. So for the good stuff - The build quality is supurb. They're a thick but lightweight plastic that can stand up to abuse. The hinges for folding the headset are a little stiff, but seem very strong. The single-cable design helps cut down on the number of accidents that can happen when the cable gets yanked on (single-cable designs are usually much sturdier than split cable designs). The volume control mounted on the right can has a very solid feel to it. The audio quality is pretty good, considering how quiet this headset is. I had to listen so I could get a feel for audio quality and volume level before I gave them to my son. While the volume limiter worked very well, it didn't cause issues with highs, mids, and lows. My playlist included the Jackson 5, Warren G, Anthrax, John Coltrane, and Mozart, all sourced from Apple Music, and all sounded as good as my pair of Sonys while played through the headphone jacks of my iPhone, iPad, and Onkyo TX-NR717 (using an Apple TV 3rd gen via HDMI with Apple Music via AirPlay as a source). Volume levels probably didn't exceed 82 decibels at my ears at any time, even with the Onkyo turned up completely. The headset was also nearly inaudible from 2 feet while attached to the iPhone and iPad at full volume; you could hear the Sonys from 8 feet away at that level. Packaging was decent. the parcel was mishandled at sometime during shipment, causing box crush; however, it wasn't enough to damage the tray holding the headphones and sticker inserts. Had I seen these sitting on a store shelf, they definitely would have attracted my attention with the bright, colorful box. My child found the headset comfortable over a period of 4 hours. He watched a couple of movies and two or three different things on YouTube. The headset was quiet enough where he could hear me over whatever he was listening to without taking it off. He did miss the higher sound output of my headphones, but not enough to take these off when I said no. The retail price is definitely not bad. While you can buy your child cheaper headphones, they probably won't be built as well as these are, and will probably lack features like a volume control, single cable design, and the folding ear cups. They will probably also lack a volume limiter that works as well as this one does. As for the bad, the only thing I was disappointed by is a lack of storage bag for the headphones. A few years back, I bought my niece the non-folding version of this headset from another electronics store as a gift. It came with a storage bag for the headset, where this one did not. It actually makes more sense for this set to come with the bag, since this pair folds and has a longer cable that could possibly become tangled. All in all, it's a good headset. It's well-built and keeps maximum volume out of your children's devices low (along with your own when you hand them your phone). I can happily recommend these to anyone that needs headphones for their kids.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great first set of headphones for young children

    Posted
    lambda100
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    The Jbuddies headphone's big selling point is that it limits the sound volume below 85dB to ensure a safe listening experience for young children between the ages of 2-8 years. There is a volume regulator on the exterior of the right ear cup to control the maximum volume for the headphone. Despite being constructed entirely of plastic, the adjustable headband is very flexible. These are considered on-ear headphones since the earcups rest entirely on the ear. I was concerned at first that the on-ear headphone would be uncomfortable for my eight year old daughter, but the cushions were soft and she was able to wear them for over an hour without reporting any discomfort. The ear cups measure 2” in diameter. However, I would have preferred that Jlab designed the headphones with over-the-ear earcups to maximize comfort for children's ears. My eight year old daughter really had fun with the headphones. She enjoyed sticking the monkey stickers and the Jlab logo stickers that came with the headphones onto the exteriors of the ear cups. As a parent I liked the fact that even at the maximum volume, I'm re-assured that the headphones really don't get that loud. I also liked that the headphones can be folded compactly to facilitate storage and transport. In general children tend to be rough on things. I'm not sure how long these headphones will last. The weak link in any wired headphones is, well, the wires. When the wires go bad, you will either lose audio to one or both sides of the headphones. This is true for all wired headphones. It would have been nice if Jlab designed the headphones with a detachable 3.5mm audio cord. This way you can simply replace the wire and wouldn't have to toss out a perfectly good set of headphones just because the wire went bad. In terms of audio quality, for this price range, you really cannot expect too much. They are average sounding, consisting mostly of mids, with a tad of bass. It is definitely lacking in clarity and crispness, but heck, these headphones are designed for kids, so they won't know the difference unless they are offsprings of audiophiles. All in all, the Jbuddies headphones will appeal to young children and parents. It is comforting to know that the Jbuddies headphones will help keep the audio to a safe listening level.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for small children

    Posted
    SimpleLiving
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    I highly recommend these headphones for small children for various features. 1) The volume has a regulation limit that is not going to blow out eardrum or be very uncomfortable for small children to listen to. 2) The size is perfect for small children but will not recommend for children 9 or over. Two of my boys tried the headphones, one is 10 year and the other is 6 years old. The 10-year-old mentioned that they are a little tight for him. 3) The jack connection is not straight it somewhat an L-shaped. For kids usage, I prefer it this way because of the advantage of the L-shaped jack is that it is less likely that it may snap or bend and damage the device aux when it is in a pocket or while using it. 4) The kids loved the feature of changing the design on the sides of the headphones. 5) They are comfortable enough to be used for hours. 6) They are good quality because of its strong plastic and they should last a long time with normal kid use. In summary, I think these are the perfect set of headphones for small children. Excellent design, durable, safe features, and comfortable to use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Kiddo likes them

    Posted
    cjviscito
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    My 6 year old likes to listen to music on her iPad now. One of the things we were looking for in headphones was the ability to let her enjoy her music without accidentally damaging her hearing by turning the volume up too loud. We compared the JLABs to another kid-friendly headset. What I liked most about the JLABs is that the quality of sound they produced was excellent while not going too loud. Most kid headphones we’ve tested have almost no bass and sound almost “tinny”. The JLABs brought a healthy spectrum of sound that was noticeably different to the point that my 6-year old said the JLABs were now her favorite since the music sounded “gooder”. Another thing the JLABs have going for them is they fold up, like a pair of Beats headphones, so they’re easier to carry around in her backpack without taking up too much space. JLABs also uses an app, which we admittedly didn’t use, so I can’t speak to what features that might entail. If you’re in the market for some kid-friendly speakers at a decent price that also produce decent sound, then pick up a pair of JLABs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Qaulity Headphones for the Little Ones

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    dorkhead2
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    If your main concern is to limit the loudness to your child's ears, these are wonderful headphones. The volume limiter does effectively reduce the loudness of the sound coming from the headphones. When comparing them to a similar volume reducer child safety headphones I own, the sound is crisp and allows for a slightly higher volume, but within the range of a safe sound level. These headphones work best when there isn't a lot of ambient sound. They worked well in a car ride, but my child couldn't use them at a hockey game. The volume doesn't go high enough to compete with the loudness of the crowd. Otherwise, in other environments, like at home or at a restaurant, these headphones produced enough sound to be functional and safe at the same time. It may be useful to point out that these headphones include a volume adjuster/dial on the outside of one of the ear cups. While this does allow for easy volume control, you will need to remind your child that he/she may need to adjust the volume on the headset, in addition to adjusting it on the device. While my son (5 year old) got the hang of it, younger children might struggle to work both volume levels. If that's the case, it might be easiest to leave the dial on the headset turned all the way up, and have your child only control the volume using the device. Since there's a volume limiter, leaving the dial on max will still not hurt their ears.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for kids!

    Posted
    psyclopps
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    These things are great for kids overall. My child is 4 and went crazy for them when he saw them. As a parent I feel they are very appropriate for the age and safe for child use. They packaging is barely bigger than the headphones and is rather straight forward. Upon opening, the device itself is perfect size for children and is an on the ear form factor so it will allow a decent amount of sound to come in from the outside. The stickers come in a variety of designers that the child can put on the ear portions. The stickers shift shape when you move them. The blue design is fun for kids, they are lightweight, and fold up for travel. Sound quality was a bit hard to test since it was hard to wear them as an adult. Surprisingly there is a good amount of bass on these, there is very little detail on the higher notes though and sounds a little flat. For what they are they are pretty good headphones overall and I am sure kids will not be obsessing over sound quality, I would rate them at a 6/10 when compared to a good pair of adult headphones. Concerning safety, the maximum volume is relatively low to protect kids hearing. The build quality feels above average compared to similar products. They are made of plastic but feel much sturdier than others I have tried and will probably stand up well to toddler abuse.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    better than expected

    Posted
    SpaHa
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    4 stars only because I could not personally use the product. I was always hesitant in purchasing headphones made for kids because I always thought they were too low. Then I realized that due military life, living in a noisy city and just being older, My hearing has already been damaged and I wouldn't be able to have the same experience my daughter would. For the average adult, it may seem extremely low but my daughter says it's perfectly fine and she has no problem hearing what she wants to hear when she's hearing it.The padding for the ears is extremely soft and better and than expected. My daughter has no problems using it for lengthy sessions. The quality of the Earth Products is very good and seems very durable. I still put the protection plan that Best Buy offers on it anyway because kids are kids and things do happen but she's had it since June and we've traveled from New York to Florida and Texas and they're still working and going strong despite constant usage and being tossed around here and there while she shared them with her cousins. I hope whomever decides to purchase these also has a good experience just as my daughter has.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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