When it comes to headphones, AIAIAI has been on the market for some time where its TMA-1 is popular with professional DJs. In 2015, the company launched its TMA-2 headphones, which thanks to their adaptable modular system turned the industry upside down.
This means that users can “build” their perfect headphones where they are, depending on how you want to use them, you can buy different modules that better suit different needs. This creates headphones that are unique to you.
The company has since taken over the TMA -2 HD Wireless, which they have sent generously enough for review, and here are our thoughts on it.
With the TMA-2 HD, AIAIAI has introduced brand new modules that together make up the TMA-2 HD. This includes the use of the new S05 speaker units, which according to AIAIAI have a membrane made from grown bio-cellulose.
The company claims that the use of this material results in a stiffer, lighter, and stronger component compared to your standard PET speaker units. This, in turn, is said to result in less distortion compared to PET speaker units.
Added to this is the new E08 ear cushion made of Alcantara, which looks pleasant and comfortable to the eye (more on this later).
Otherwise, the rest of the TMA-2 HD comes with a C15 cable and the wired version of the TMA-2 HD, the H04 headband, and the wireless version. The version comes with the Bluetooth headband H05 ,
"A FEW SLEEPERS AND MINIMALISTIC HEADPHONES"
The headphones from AIAIA have always been quite strikingly subtle.
That Company has stayed away from eye-catching designs and obvious trademarks, which I really appreciate. The result is very elegant and minimalist headphones that you can wear in public without drawing attention to yourself. The TMA-2 HD easily continues this tradition.
In terms of build quality, we are somewhat disappointed that the headphones have no parts made of metal such as aluminum or stainless steel, which in our opinion definitely contributes to the overall design and aesthetics of the headphones. However, this does not mean that they are weak.
In fact, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the headphone construction, particularly in the headband, was fairly sturdy and made no creaking or cracking noises.
According to AIAIAI, polyamide TR90 was used for the headband, which is said to be more durable and flexible.
They have also improved on the design to provide a more even distribution when it bends. This was in response to customer complaints about the TMA-1, where some customers noticed the cracking of their headbands.
You can watch the following video to see the stress test that AIAIAI did with the headband.
I'm not sure how many of us would actually use the headphones so much, but basically the idea is that you don't have to worry about them should make plastic crack when putting on and taking off. Of course, this is only 100% certainty in theory and practice.
Another advantage of using mainly plastic is that it makes the headphones relatively lighter if you want to take them with you on the go or for a long period of time, which is definitely an advantage.
While the sound quality is clearly the hallmark of great headphones, comfort is also of the utmost importance, as it makes the difference whether you choose to go for a 12-hour session Flight over your audiophile but incredibly uncomfortable headphones for a headphone with lower sound quality.
"THE MATERIALS FOR THE EAR DROPS ARE INCREDIBLY SOFT TOUCH"
When it comes to comfort, Boss & # 39; s QuietComfort 15 is the yardstick that I use, and I have to say that AIAIAI memory foam and Alcantara material used very, very close.
The materials cover The ear cups feel incredibly soft and the memory foam makes it feel as if I have put cotton wool over my ears.
When using Alcantara, it should be noted that sustainability is taken into account during manufacture. AIAIAI is proud to develop products that minimize the brand's environmental impact.
This is also one of the reasons why the company chose a modular design with the TMA-2 series
The resistance of the headgear is also not too high, but can vary depending on the size and The shape of your head varies, but overall it held up pretty well without slipping, but at the same time it didn't feel like my ears got into a vise.
I tested what I felt Watch Netflix & # 39; The Irishman with the headphones on (it lasts over 3 hours and it's definitely worth a watch if you haven't already)
I took off the headphones every now and then as mine. The ears got a little hot and sweaty, but at no time did it ever feel so uncomfortable.
Now that we have talked about the design and comfort of the headphones, it is time to discuss the most important thing: the sound quality. In this context, I have to say that the overall sound is fairly balanced.
I first listened to music and watched films with a flat equalizer to get an idea of how the headphones would sound without improvements.
"IN THE MIDDLE, IN WHICH THE HEADPHONES LOOK TO BE VERY GOOD"
The bass was beautiful and powerful, without sounding artificially amplified, while the highs were also very sharp and clear, without sound too sharp.
In the middle the headphones seem to be very suitable, in which they all fit together quite well, in which the singing of the songs was sung through clearly and distinctly.
If you are something of a bass head, then we believe that you can benefit from an EQ that boosts the bass. I personally prefer my bass to sound more natural and unamplified, and the TMA-2 HDs do, but for those who want something solid and good on their faces, especially when it comes to electronic music, you might the bass on the head headphones are missing a bit.
According to AIAIAI, the TMA-2 HDs should offer up to 16 hours of battery life. Although I didn't count the exact number of hours it took, I switched it on and off for a few hours a day for a whole week and it went on.
By the end of the week The battery was still left, and I can imagine that I could easily have had one and a half weeks of operation before recharging.
Mileage may vary depending on how often you use them. The battery life of these headphones is impressive.
The disadvantage of wireless headphones and batteries in general is that they tend to wear off over time. However, this also underscores the modularity and sustainability of the TMA-2 HDs. If the battery gets too weak, you can simply replace the Bluetooth headbands for a new one instead of having to buy completely new headphones.
While the overall design, design, and sound quality of the TMA-2 HD is great, there are a few minor issues I have with it. Above all, high praise to AIAIAI for using USB-C for charging, as this is a great opportunity for future-proof devices.
The fact that the USB-C connector is on the inner part of the headband It can be a bit difficult to get there and I can't help but think that it is due to the angle which could damage the connector or the cable connected to it.
Even pairing the headphones with your device is not exactly intuitive. The controls on the headband don't tell you what they're doing, and you need to refer to the manual to learn how to pair and use it.
We understand, however, if one assumes minimalistic design, the marking on the headband can be distracting and maybe even ugly.
You could also argue that manuals were created for this reason, but at the same time wireless speakers and headphones are not new and we shouldn't necessarily have to refer to a manual for basic things like pairing and controlling media playback to do.
Even though the Alcantara material feels good, I have some concerns that it may become contaminated with sweat over time. Finally, a tote bag or a suitcase would have been a nice touch, as the Alcantara material picked up a little fluff whenever I had it in my pocket.
Apart from the little problems I had with it, the AIAIAI TMA-2 HD are fantastic in terms of sound and design. If you're looking for something more reserved that doesn't attract too much attention, you should check it out.
We can appreciate features such as the use of USB-C and the method as well. It supports both wireless and wired connectivity, so users at least have the ability to connect.
At $ 350, the TMA-2 HD isn't exactly cheap or affordable, but this is an ecosystem you're going to buy in. We imagine that the company definitely plans to continue producing new modules , so you could save money in the long run because you would only have to replace certain parts and not the entire headset.
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