Worried about the long-term impact of using headphones on your child's hearing? The myFirst Headphones BC Wireless Lite, which uses bone conduction tech instead of transmitting sound through air to the eardrums, tries to assuage such concerns. The open-air design also ensure that you remain aware of your surroundings while listening to music — ideal for those jogging or cycling outdoors.
- Bone conduction technology allows for music to be transmitted via cheekbones
- 5 hours music playback, 20 hours standby time
- Frequency Range: 20 to 20kHz
- Weight: 28g
The BC Wireless Lite comes in two colours, a mature space blue, and a kiddy-looking cotton candy. It's light as a feather (28g), and is comfortable to wear. Just rest the curved part of the headphones on your ears while ensuring that its two rubber contact points are resting on your upper cheekbones. The fit is good, the headphones stayed stable, and on my head while I was jogging. But the design means that you can't listen to music while lying down. It's IPX6 certified, so it can handle rain, but don't swim with them. I also had no problems using them with my spectacles. However, it can get a bit tricky if you're wearing glasses, the headphones, and a face mask at the same time.
Unlike more expensive headphones, there's no companion app (and hence no EQ adjustment) for the BC Wireless Lite. Simply start the Bluetooth pairing process by pressing and holding the power button, which also doubles as a volume rocker. Another button controls playback — you can play, pause, and skip forward, or backward via single, double, and triple presses. A built-in mic works well enough for video chats. There's no auto-pause feature for your music if you remove the headphones. Battery life is rated at around 5 hours of music playback, but I managed to get slightly longer than that with the volume set to 50%. A USB-C charging cable is provided. It takes around 1.5 hours to fully recharge the headphones.
According to myFirst, the audio level for the BC Wireless Lite is set to a safe listening level for children. I couldn't measure them directly, but the headphones definitely are on the softer side even at maximum volume. I could also hear my surroundings perfectly, which is, of course, the main benefit of bone conduction headphones. However, I feel that the immersion just isn't there with these type of headphones. The music feels distant, and in the background. The bass is also lacking, though I could make out the lyrics in my music without any issue.
Local firm Oaxis markets its myFirst Headphones BC Wireless Lite as kid-friendly bone conduction headphones with safe listening audio levels. In terms of specs and performance, they are fairly average, and comes with a reasonable price tag (S$79.90). While you can find other models with longer battery life, or features such as a built-in MP3 player, they are more expensive, too. Get these headphones now from Lazada, and Shopee.
Note: Review unit provided by Oaxis.
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