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- Limits Volume To 80% of Maximum Output
- Works With Any Headphone (must have a 3.5mm audio plug)
- Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad
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This product was made to work with the Apple iPod, iPhone and iPad. It features KidzControl Volume Limit Technology to provide a safer listening experience. Kidz Control Volume Limit Technology limits the maximum sensitivity of the audio volume level to between 80db and 90db (the Safe Zone). In other words, the maximum volume output by a pair of headphones using this adapter is limited to 80% of the maximum volume output by a pair of headphones NOT using the Kidz Gear Volume Limit Cable.
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Just so you know, these do not reduce sound levels based on db output. These devices are not intelligent. They are simple, non-adjustable resistors that you can plug inline to any headphone device. What it does is choke the voltage down a little and the effect is reduced volume without any noticeable sound quality degradation. I have not measured volume levels with anything because I don't have a tool for that, but my guess is that it reduces sound output by around 25% or so, give or take. I also experimented with these and you CAN chain more than one together for further volume reduction (plug one into the next inline). My 12 year old is a drummer and uses a Roland TD electronic drum set. During weekdays, we demand he uses headphones while practicing and we needed to make sure he didn't have the ability to permanently damage his hearing like I did. Trust me, boys will run the volume full throttle if they can get by with it... and with headphones, you'll never know he is permanently damaging his hearing. After some experimenting, I believe one is enough.. but I have a second one just in case.
I would suggest using shrink tubing so the device cannot be removed without you knowing it. 3/8 inch shrink tubing worked out perfect for this. You will only need about 2 inches of it. You just slip it over the connection and heat it with a hair dryer or heat gun if you have one. Search Amazon "Heat Shrink Tubing" for various options. I used black so it does not look suspicious... I didn't want him knowing what it is and trying to defeat it. In case you aren't sure what shrink tubing is, I've attached is a photo so you can get a visual on what it does and what it looks like.
On one of the headphones, the volume limiting connectors seemed to have a malfunctioning connector, as the volume would fade in and out and go silent once in a while.
Because I didn't want my kids to play the volume too loud without the limiting connector, I immediately ordered a replacement here. It came and worked great.
In the meantime, I contacted Kidz gear over Christmas vacation, and they immediately apologized and send me 4 replacement connectors free of charge!
Their customer service was excellent and they immediately promised to resolve the issue.
I really appreciate their service and felt it necessary to share my experience with other potential customers.
For the record, this cable does not provide a fixed db cutoff point, rather knocks 15 or so db off normal volume (using standard impedance headphones). So 10 = 8.5. Works great for standard portable audio devices as they are usually designed with a volume max of approx 105 db (+/-). If a more robust headphone amplifier is being used sound pressure could still exceed safe hearing range. I honestly don't think this will be a problem for most people.
Lacking a working cable to control volume and protect my kids' ears, I bought headphones that have volume control on the cord. I'm setting that volume control to about 80% and using some glue to lock it there. They can use the iPod to set volume, but can't go to full volume. Problem solved!
UPDATE: I reached out to customer service and they are going to send me a replacement. I don't want to give this product 5 stars because I shouldn't have been sent a defective product in the first place, but I would give it 4.5 stars if I could.