Inside this bag resides the key to peaceful car trips with the kids.
If you’ve ever crammed the family into your personal vehicle and driven hundreds of miles you know that the addition of an in-car entertainment system makes all the difference. Something about watching a DVD makes kids able to sit, comfortably. But unless your kids have headphones with which to listen to their movie, you, the driver, is forced to endure hours upon hours of High School Musical, One, Two and yes, even Three.
Travis recently reviewed the Kidz Gear Wired Headphones. Kidz Gear was kind enough to send along both a pair of their wired headphones as well as a pair of their wireless. Since Travis didn’t have an in-car DVD system that would work with the wireless pair, he offered to send them to me for review and I happily accepted.
The Kidz Gear line of headphones are from the makers of the first stereo headphones made specifically for kids. The IR68KG02 headphones use IR to communicate with most an in-car DVD system, as well as other Mp3 players, video games and with their wireless transmitter even your home TV. Your kids will be able to listen to whatever movie their hearts desire … while you blast Metallica Neil Diamond as you traverse the highways.
The IR68KG02 come in everyone’s favorite, blister pack! Okay, it’s not that bad. A simple slit with a knife in the back of the package and you’re into the headphones. Since these are the wireless model there’s not much included other than the headphones themselves and an instruction manual.
The headphones feature a glossy black ear cup with gray accents. The plastic headband is wide which helps is stay put when on your child’s head.
There are only two controls on the headphones. An on/off switch and a volume control slider.
One ear cup features a slide off battery door which. These headphones require 2 AA batteries (not included) to operate.
The headphones are fully adjustable so they’ll fit with older and younger kids, large and small.
The instructions are very straightforward. According to Kidz Gear, once you have the batteries properly installed you simply flip the on/off switch and the headphones begin working. These headphones should work with most any in car DVD system.
The first step in getting the headphones to operate properly is to install two AA batteries. The battery cover slides off to reveal the compartment in which the batteries are to be placed.
I was truly amazed at how easily the headphones were to set up. I simply began playing a DVD in my car CD player and turned on the headphones. They immediately recognized my cars DVD player, and the sound instantaneously began piping through.
In the car I let my seven-year-old daughter try the headphones. As you can see they fit head quite well. She’s rather tall for her age, but the iPhone still fit her head perfectly.
Kidz Gear also sells available add-on feature for the wireless headphones. This IR adapter is meant to be used in the home with wireless headphones allowing your child to listen to the television, video games, MP3 players, etc. via their wireless headphones. The package includes the IR itself, a power adapter and audio cables.
Again the instructions included are very straightforward. You simply plug the IR unit into a wall and then connect it to your audio video source. In this case I used it with my DVD player.
The included audio cable runs from the back of the IR unit into the back of your video source.
You then position it in the front in direct line of sight to where the headphones will be worn.
Once again the setup could not have been any easier and the moment I switched on the DVD player sound began piping through the headphones.
I have only positive things to say about the Kidz Gear wireless headphones. We have the problem all the time with the headphones are auto manufacturer included with our in-car DVD system. They are simply too big for our kids, especially our youngest who is four years old; they are constantly falling off her head.
The Kidz Gear headphones are specially sized to fit children. And they do. The wireless headphones slip onto my four-year-old’s head nicely, and more importantly they stay there allowing her to enjoy whatever audio and video her older sibling is also enjoying.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this review their enjoyment translates to enjoyment for us as parents in the form of a relaxing (well as relaxing as it can be) car trip.
What really pleases me most about the headphones is their ease of setup. I can’t recall another electronic type of product that was easier to set up and get working.
You can learn more about the Kidz Gear line of headphones by visiting the manufacturers website.
MSRP: $34.99 (on sale for $29.99)
What I like: Easy to set up, fits kids, inexpensive.
What Needs Improvement: Nothing.