JVC Tinyphones Provide Blissful Summer Travel with the Kids

Modern summer travel with the kids in this high-tech era just got better thanks to the new line of Tinyphones from JVC. They come in an earbud or on-ear style and feature a volume limiter to prevent hearing damage. JVC Tinyphones allows adults to enjoy the drive time too by not having to listen to those devices.

GearDiary JVC Tinyphones Provide Blissful Summer Travel with the Kids

JVC Tinyphones/Images by David Goodspeed

Car bingo and rounds of “99 bottles of beer on the wall” will only allow you to keep your sanity so long while traveling and let’s face it, the kids are probably going to be on their devices anyway, so why not provide them a safe, satisfying way for all to enjoy the time in the vehicle? The JVC Tinyphones allows them to privately listen to the game they are playing or video they are watching and parents can rest assured no harm is coming to their hearing no matter how high they turn up the volume. Tinyphones are designed to never go much higher than 85db except in extreme cases of environmental background noise. They are also CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) certified.

GearDiary JVC Tinyphones Provide Blissful Summer Travel with the Kids

We recently received a set of HA-KD6 on-ear Tinyphones from JVC to test. Even before I could get them out of the package the grandkids were chomping at the bit as they arrived in popular colors of green and purple. As soon as I plugged them into the tablet they were using my wife and I began to enjoy the benefits of the Tinyphones. There is a ceaseless background song playing in the Lego game that I cannot get out of my head (along with some type creepy laugh or something) and now we don’t have to listen to that. Ah, serenity. Thank you, JVC.

GearDiary JVC Tinyphones Provide Blissful Summer Travel with the Kids

At one point I thought the boys were going to break the Tinyphones when they both wanted to listen to them but the little headphones survived the tug-of-war and proceeded directly into a sticker session. JVC provides a set of popular stickers so the young ones can customize the wide headband of the Tinyphones as they see fit, and if your kids are anything like these boys they love them some stickers.

GearDiary JVC Tinyphones Provide Blissful Summer Travel with the Kids

Here are the specifications for the JVC Tinyphones as tested:
Headphones: HA-KD6P
Driver Unit: 1.81
Magnet type: Neodymium
Frequency Response: 15-23,000Hz
Nominal Impedance: 782ohms
Sensitivity: 85dB/1mW
Max. Input Capability: 200mW(IEC)
Cord Length: 31.49
Weight (without cord): 4.30oz (122g)
Plug: Gold plated
Accessory: Stickers (4sheets)

The kids (and their grandparents) really liked the JVC Tinyphones and recommend them as a must-have for summer travel be it by plane, train, or automobile. The JVC Tinyphones HA-KD6P are designed for children three and over and have an MSRP of $29.99; they are available in four color patterns and sticker variations for both girls and boys.

GearDiary JVC Tinyphones Provide Blissful Summer Travel with the Kids

Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample

What I like: Provide silence for everyone around the user; provides the user with safe listening levels with good quality sound reproduction; offers fun customization.

What Needs Improvement: Remember to get one set for each child!


About the Author

David Goodspeed
David was editor of AutoworldToday at Today Newspapers in the Dallas suburbs until its closing in 2009. He was also webmaster and photographer/videographer. He got started doing photography for the newspaper while working as a firefighter/paramedic in one of his towns, and began working for the newspaper group full-time in 1992. David entered automotive journalism in 1998 and became AutoworldToday editor in 2002. On the average, he drives some 100 new vehicles each year. He enjoys the great outdoors and as an avid fly fisherman, as is his spouse Tish. He especially enjoys nature photography and is inspired by the works of Ansel Adams.