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The Groov-e range of in ear earphones were a common gift at my local petrol station 2 or 3 years ago, they would give you a free set when you filled up with a set amount of fuel. As I had a company vehicle at that time I used this petrol station and kept the earphones for myself even though I hadn't technically paid for the petrol, as a consequence I ended up with more than ten pairs and still have some in their original packaging.
The are simple earphones with no volume control or mute button on the cord and the ear buds have a very standard round shape and size. These earphones are available in a variety of colours including black, green, red, purple and blue. There may be other colours available but those were the ones I received during the promotional period at the petrol station.
The cord tangles easily and that's the reason I haven't used all the Groov-e earphones I own, at least one pair was thrown away as the cord tangled so thoroughly that it became kinked as I untangled it.
The quality of sound from the earphones is good, not perfect at all times but acceptable for during the commute to work or while jogging. On occasion the ear buds fall out when I'm exercising, making the earphones a poor choice for me personally for the gym and that is another reason why I don't use them as often as other brands of earphones I own.
The sound can be tinny with a slight distortion and speech is not played well at all, with some pitches of voice becoming distorted to the point of not being able to hear what they're saying properly. Speech with background noise such as audio books is not worth listening to using these earphones as it's such low quality.
The price of £7 make them a good free gift but a bad purchase. I will use the ones I have and would accept promotional pairs in the future but would not spend my own money on them.
As part of my three year old daughters Christmas, I had purchased the Vtech Innotab 2 learning tablet, I had stored various films and music on an SD card for her and thought about getting her very own set of headphones to use with it. My daughter often used my Sennheisers when watching Peppa Pig or various other things on my laptop and I was always a bit paranoid that she would pull the wire and cause them to break...the time had come to buy her very own set of headphones. I had a look about and I wasn't keen on getting her anything that A) looked too cheap and nasty or B) ear plugs that would just fall out of her ears etc, I wanted to get her a set that she could relate to, something similar in style to her Daddy's. After a little search on amazon.co.uk, I found these little bad boys, I read a few of the reviews, checked the price and thought "those will do!".
==The Product ==
The first thing that struck me about these headphones, was the colour, they are in the exact same shade of pink and white as the Innotab 2 (they also come in blue and violet and white), so they look like they go together as part of a set (How cool is that!). The top part of the head band is pink and the bottom half is white with the brand 'Groov>>e' written down each side in pink lettering. Each side is labelled clearly left and right, but I usually tell my daughter that the side with the wire on it goes on her left ear and she understands. On the pink headphone its self, there is a cartoon picture of a DJ printed on in silver, yes these headphones look very stylish indeed. The pink wire, as previously mentioned, runs from the left headphone to a 3.5mm jack (if you need a bigger jack, they are cheap enough but mp3 players, Innotabs, etc only require the 3.5mm). The total length of this wire is 1.2m, which is ample for a child's headphone, as they are more likely to have the piece of equipment they are plugging into close by anyway. The wire is very thin and with a few sharp tugs you will probably end up with a loose connection, so I make sure when Lily isn't using them I put them away safely and she is always supervised when using them.
Don't get me wrong, I don't purchase headphones just because I like the colour, so I had to delve a little further, hoping that everything else about them would be great too. The headband is adjustable and will even fit on my head without even adjusting it to it's widest setting (are you reading this all those people that said I'm big headed?). The Headphones are very comfortable to wear, my daughter uses them on a regular basis and for the purposes of writing this review I put them to the test for an hour, in fact, I would go as far as to say that I would rather wear these for an hour than my Sennheisers.
== Sound Quality ==
I have tested these headphones plugged into my 5.1 surround sound system and they only go up to a certain level and you can't turn the sound up anymore, the sound is loud, crisp and clear, but not loud enough to burst a child's ear drums (I like this, it's a good safety feature, just wouldn't like it on my own set of headphones), the volume on the Innotab isn't very loud anyway. Even with the volume up full there isn't any noise leakage emitting from them, so you get perfect peace and quiet when Lily has them on, it's like she's not even in the room...the sound of silence...bliss!
== Price ==
I purchased these from amazon.co.uk for £9.99 including postage, which some might say is a tad expensive to be spending on a pair of headphones for a three year old, but I usually believe that you get what you pay for and providing you lay down some rules on what to do and what not to do with them, any child should be fine with these, plus she's a daddy's girl so it was worth it.
== Verdict ==
Lily loves these, I had initially bought them with the idea of her wearing them on coaches and buses when we were out, but she insists on wearing them in the house when playing on her Innotab. I expected them to be broken within the first couple of weeks and didn't really hold much hope out for them in the hands of my daughter, but I am very pleasantly surprised. When she first used them with her machine, she would forget that she had them on her head, which resulted in her pulling at the wire if she was trying to follow me around. After telling her that she needs to be careful with the wire and that she needs to take them off before moving when the Innotab is plugged in, she hasn't done it since and is very wary of the wire. They are a perfect size for her and can also be adjusted for when she gets a little older and grows a bigger head, I have had no problems at all with them falling off, which we had with my headphones (stating the obvious there). All in all these are a fantastic purchase and for under £10 they are an absolute bargain, so 5/5 stars from me,
My husband loves a bargain, but we have different ideas as to what constitutes a bargain. So when my son got a mini mp3 player, he decided to buy my headphones from the pound shop. After binning a few pairs of these, he bought a pair from B&M bargains which were a bit more expensive but also ended up in the bin very quickly. Finally he agreed to buy a more expensive pair, and luck would have it, I had just read an excellent review for the Groov-e GV590PW by Karenuk here.
I decided these sounded perfect, except for the colour. But I clicked onto Amazon anyway, in the hopes they would have something similar in a more acceptable colour scheme and luck would have it, the exact same model is also available in blue and black. Our headphones are exactly like the ones pictured, but where these ones are white, ours are black, and where these are pink, ours are a lovely shade of royal blue. They also have a small silver drawing of a spiky haired DJ and a mixing deck. The model number for the blue and black headphones is Groov-e GV590BB if anyone is interested.
As soon as these arrived, my youngest son also became desperate for a set and we ended up with two. these are currently £9.11 on Amazon, but I was able to pick one set up for £7.50 on ebay. We have now owned two pairs of these from the end of February and they have seen very frequent use. Despite being pulled on and off by little hands, trailed about by the wires, dropped and even stepped on ( by me) these are in perfect condition. They have also been jammed into overly full ruck sacks, lost in the couch cushions, and on one occasion found at the bottom of the toy box. In the past we especially had problems with the wire coming loose near the connectors from the children unplugging these by the wire. I also found the wire broke internally after being folded up too much with cheap models. I won't go as far as to say these are indestructible - I imagine a determined child could find a way to destroy them, but they are extremely unlikely to break accidentally.
My sons both use these with Nintendo DS, as well as with their mp3 players. My youngest son will often watch a dvd on his fathers laptop wearing these while we watch a movie. My husband has taken to stealing these as well. They are very adjustable, so that they fit my 2 year old perfectly on the smallest setting, but will easily fit an adult on the larger settings. My husband likes them because he says they actually have better sound for music then his sony ear buds. But what he really likes to use these for is watching tv when the children are making too much noise. These do filter out a great deal of the background noise. I did offer to buy him a pair of his own though and he refused. He feels he looks like an idiot wearing them ( not too far off really -- they just look too small on his big head :) ) but I fail to see the difference between wearing his own set and swiping the childrens'. I have to admit I know very little about things like bass etc... but my husband has a natural ear for music ( to the point that he can just pick up any instrument and start playing it). He claims the bass is excellent.
Both of my sons love these. My older son says they are the most comfortable headphones ever, and my youngest appears very comfortable wearing them as well. I like the fact that I do not have to listen to whatever they are listening too. As long as these are played at a reasonable volume, the sound does not really leak out. I am sure if you played them loud enough the rest of the room would hear the music too, but I would not allow my children to blast music through headphones anyway for fear of hearing damage.
There are no special features on these. There is no way to adjust the volume on the headphones, only on the device you are using. But as these are designed for children to use, I think they have everything you could ask for. These are a complete hit in our home, and if I wanted a pair of headphones for myself - I would not hesitate to buy a 3rd pair ( I don't mind looking silly). They did cost a bit more than the bargain headphones but my husband spent more on several rubbish pairs for the bin then I did one one good pair. In the long run, I feel these offer much better value for money as they seem set to last forever, so we do not have to keep replacing them.
I thought I would update this as my children are now 4 and 7. These headphones are still as good as the day I bought them, and I am very impressed by the durability.
I brought the 'Pink and White Kids DJ Style Groov-e Headphones (GV590PW)' for my daughter to use with her portable DVD player. I figured they would come in useful for use out and about, in the car and for times when we just wanted some peace and quiet!
I decided on headphones rather than earphones as I've heard that earphones can be damaging to children's hearing, plus I didn't expect my daughter would like the idea of putting things inside her ears.
** Looks *
They are very smart looking headphones. The headband is a light pink and white colour (the extendable part is all pink) and the cord is also light pink. The outside of the headphones are pink and the insides of the headphones (the cushioned bits that go over your ears) are white. The name 'Groov-e' is written on the headband in pink writing and above each headphone is a left and right symbol - handy for both kids and adults to make sure the headphones are on the right way round. There is also a little DJ character drawn on both sides of the headphones in silver, although the picture is hard to make out unless you get really close.
My daughter looks adorable with them on!
** Size/Fit/Comfort **
The headphones fit my 3 year olds head perfectly. She wears them on the smallest setting and they are just right. They are secure and don't fall down or slip off, but at the same time they aren't tight or restrictive.
They are very padded so feel comfortable and protect the ears well. They are also very lightweight so not to weigh the head down. It's very easy to adjust the size of these headphones and even the youngest of children will be able to do this by themselves.
Unbelievably they even fit my head. They're not a bad fit either - infact they actually feel quite comfortable. If I'm indoors and can't find my earphones I am quite happy to use the Groov-e headphones instead (although not brave enough to venture outside of the house with them on just yet!). This is also great news as it means my daughter cannot possibly grow out of them!
** Sound **
I have no complains with the sound quality of these headphones. No matter where these headphones are plugged in they give consistently good results.
The sound is clear and the headphones appear to block outside noise well. Unlike lots of headphones and earphones you cannot hear the headphones unless you are actually wearing them! The headphones can reach really high volumes, but you should be aware that there aren't any settings on the headphones to control the volume.
** Price & Availability **
According to Amazon the RRP of these headphones is £12.99, although I've yet to see them be sold at this price. We brought our headphones from Amazon for just £7.99. They look almost identical to the Pink JVC Kids Headphones - RRP £29.99! They are also available at The Range (£9.99), Play.com (£7.99) and Ebay (prices vary). They come well packaged in a thick transparent plastic case.
** Overall **
I wasn't too sure what to expect when I ordered these headphones as I wasn't aware of the Groov-e brand and I thought they might be too cheap to be any good. I'm happy to say I was wrong - these headphones are comfortable, have good sound quality, fit all head sizes and of course, look great! They are great value for money and after withstanding months in a heavy handed 3 year olds 'care' I can also confirm they are very durable!
I was a little concerned that my daughter wouldn't like the idea of wearing headphones but I have trouble trying to remove them from her head nowadays! She regularly uses them in her portable DVD player and has even used them in the television and Nintendo DS! I have also used them in my laptop and my iPod. Basically they can be used anywhere where there is a headphone socket.
I wouldn't recommend these for boys as they are extremely girly looking, however there is a blue and black version available. I would also advise supervising young children whilst using these headphones as the length of the cord is 1.2 metres - this is an extremely useful length but could prove dangerous.
I haven't really come across any downsides with these headphones other than the white ear cushions can get a little grubby, however they have a leathery covering which make them very easy to wipe clean.
I thoroughly recommend.