Full disclosure: I’m most decidedly not the audience for pink headphones with kitty ears and flashing lights. That stated, there are some comparatively new-to-the-world people whose orbits cross mine every so often. Hence, I accepted the iClever MTH13 assessment project, no matter their being sized for ears far smaller than mine.
I gave these surprisingly sonorous $40 headphones the standard tire-kicking with one extra standards in thoughts: that the utmost quantity wouldn’t exceed what’s applicable for recent, undamaged younger ears.
This assessment is a part of TechHive’s protection of the most effective headphones, the place you’ll discover opinions of the competitors’s choices, plus a purchaser’s information to the options you need to contemplate when purchasing for this sort of product.
Design and options
I gave away probably the most salient design factors in my opening paragraph, however the BTH13 are pink and blue, sport flashing lights on each ear cups, and have little kitty ears on the prime of the scarf. iClever affords a really comparable, however clearly not an identical, set of kids’ cans that younger boys may recognize extra: The iClever mannequin BTH12 are the identical value because the BTH13.
I might say the BTH13 can be comfy for kids, however even used as on-ears with my over-sized (for the design) head, I discovered the cushioning, headband journey and stress, and cup depth enough for quick intervals use. Note that the cups articulate, however solely via a couple of levels.
To the rear of the proper cup, you’ll discover the standard up/down/subsequent/earlier, play/pause (multifunction) buttons, and an actual on/off (non-momentary) swap. Also discovered there are a USB-C charging port and three.5mm audio jack. iClever features a 3.5mm cable in addition to a USB-A-to-USB-C charging cable.
The factor concerning the buttons is that utilizing combo presses, you may restrict the height quantity to 74-, 85- or 94dB—an vital characteristic for freshly minted ears. Set your required quantity earlier than you hand them to the kids. And don’t throw away the customers information, which incorporates the important thing combos. Not all button combos appeared to work if the headset is linked. I needed to unpair the telephones earlier than I might change the utmost quantity.
The Bluetooth model isn’t talked about within the docs, however pairing was fast and dependable. There was, nevertheless, a good quantity of lag whereas viewing TV. Don’t purchase them for that.
Testing and efficiency
The iClever BTH13’s sound good. Ignore the voice suggestions, it’s misleadingly boring. They’re not Sony-like, however for the value you might do a heck of so much worse. The mid-range is decently outlined, there’s sufficient top-end to get the job executed, and surprisingly, there’s fairly little bit of bass. If it had any grievance, it’s that I’d like a bit extra sparkle. Young ears doubtless gained’t care. Bottom line, these aren’t low-cost toys for tots—they’re legit headphones.
Volume-wise, and I’m all the time involved with younger folks pumping sound waves into their eardrums at such shut vary—the BTH13 nearly nailed it. I would decide for a 65dB restrict for very younger kids, however I don’t suppose the utmost quantity at 74dB can be damaging. And belief me, if the music is compelling, the kids will max them out.
iClever by no means bought again to me on the capability of the battery, however the BTH13 had been nonetheless working on my desk on the 8-hour mark without end, which I contemplate acceptable.
I used to be a bit skeptical of the iClever BTH13’s, largely due to the look, however they’re good headphones. Not nice headphones, however for $40 bucks? An excellent deal. Good sufficient at hand down or donate as soon as your youngster has grown previous the look. Or you might paint them black.