Puro BT2200 Plus Review Comparison JuniorJams and PuroQuiets

Friday, June 23, 2023

Enter volume limiting headphones, the unsung heroes of the audio world, designed to provide a harmonious blend of captivating sound and responsible listening. Volume limiting headphones such as the Puro BT2200 Plus are ingenious creations aim to protect children's precious eardrums from the perils of excessive volume, allowing kids to indulge in the magic of audio without compromising our long-term auditory health. 

In this in-depth review, we will explore the various features and specifications that make the Puro BT2200 Plus an excellent choice for parents who prioritize their child's safety. The Puro BT2200 Plus volume-limiting feature is set to 85dB for both bluetooth audio listening and wired auxiliary audio listening.

The Puro BT2200 Plus headset has a total of 3 listening modes: wired, bluetooth and daisy chain, which lets someone else (e.g. sibling) connect to the main headset via USB-C connectivity. The main headset can be connected to an audio source via bluetooth or 3.5mm wired connection. Battery life is 18 hours at 100% volume with 15 minutes fast charge support. The wired connection is passive, meaning you can listen to audio via cable even if the battery is empty.Passive isolation is decent on these headphones, blocking a lot of ambient noise for a fully immerse experience.

The Puro BT2200 Plus headband frame is plastic, while the earcups and inner headband have an aluminium construction with interchangeable PU leather earpads,giving the option to switch between on-ear and over-ear configurations.Switching between is super easy. Simply twist one direction to unlock and twist back the opposite direction to lock the earpad in place.

The headband is padded all around on top and bottom with PU leather and can be adjusted to suit different size heads. The BT2200 Plus headband inner band mechanism is silent (non-clicky) with a secure friction actuation to keep the headband adjusted at the desired height. The earcups do not fold and cannot be tilted up and down, but can be rotated flat. There are buttons (made of chrome plastic) onboard for controlling volume and calls (answer/end).

The Puro BT2200 Plus weighs 115 grams without earpads. The on-ear pads weigh 21 grams, while the larger over-ear pads weigh 50 grams; hence if you're using the Puro BT2200 Plus headset with on-ear pads the total weight is 136 grams, while the on-ear pads brings the total weight to 165 grams. The dimensions of the over-ear pad is 4.5cm inner hole x 1.5cm depth x 9cm outer pad. The on-ear pad is 2.5cm inner hole x 0.5cm depth x 7cm outer.

Like most volume limited headphones, the Puro BT2200 Plus prioritizes the safety of hearing by restricting the volume in both bluetooth mode and wired mode. A volume limiting cable is included and needed in order to limit volume to 85dB in wired mode. The volume limiting function can be bypassed though, by using a normal 3.5mm audio cable. This is both a pro and a con. The advantage, of course, it's that the Puro BT2200 Plus can be used like a regular headset at high volume. The volume limitation cannot be bypassed in bluetooth mode. The headphones also feature a built-in microphone for calls.

Compared to its predecessors - the Puro JuniorJams and Puro PuroQuiets - each has its own strengths and target audience. The BT2200 Plus comes with interchangeable ear pads (on-ear and over-ear), making this headset suitable for children of various age groups. The JuniorJams headset, on the other hand, has a compact on-ear headphone design specifically designed for younger children. The PuroQuiets has an over-ear style and features volume limiting and active noise cancellation (ANC).

The BT2200 Plus, Puro JuniorJams and Puro PuroQuiets integrate 85dB volume limiting, cushioned ear pads, adjustable headband, built-in mic for calls, wireless and wired connectivity, as well as long battery with the PuroQuiets boasting the longest battery life between 27 (ANC ON) and 34 hours (ANC OFF) - compared to 20 hours for the BT2200 Plus and JuniorJams.

Potential deal breakers
  • Limited Volume Range
  • Lack of Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)
  • Bluetooth 5.0 - not the latest Bluetooth 5.3 chipset
  • Shorter battery life compared to the PuroQuiets
  • No passthrough charging in bluetooth mode
  • Earcups don't tilt
  • Bluetooth light flashes when listening to audio
  • Wired volume limitation can be bypassed

Selling points
  • Volume Limiting
  • Passthrough charging (wired mode only)
  • Better audio quality
  • Comfy earpads
  • USB-C fast charging support
  • Better passive isolation
  • Interchangeable earpads
  • Aluminum construction
  • Various codecs: aptX, aptX HD, AAC and SBC
  • 40mm drivers
  • Volume limitation can be bypassed
  • Daisy chain sharing
  • Onboard controls
  • Max volume beep alert
  • Absolute bluetooth volume support
  • Hardshell case for transportation

Accessories included are a USB-A to USB-C cable (50cm), a USB-C to USB-C daisy chain audio cable (1.2 meters), 3.5mm male to male volume limiting cable (1 meter) and hardshell case with metal slider and lanyard cord. Internally, the case is empty, lined with soft fabric material and featuring a mesh pocket to store cables. You can buy the Puro BT 2200 Plus from amazon.

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