AIAIAI TMA-1 Studio Headphones
Durable; good amount of bass; comfy
Don’t fold in half (not very portable); lacks detail on finer tracks
The new TMA-1 Studio headphones are the latest addition to the TMA-1 DJ headphones from Aiaiai, aimed at the contemporary producer.
A step up from the 2010 TMA-1 DJ headphones, they have a thicker headband and new foam ear cups, which are more sound reducing than its predecessor, they also incorporate a more detail from the music itself.
As the old pair were made more for electronic producers, these new headphones attempt to meet the requirements of an on-the-go DJ or producer, and try to knuckle down on finer details not just the bass alone.
The TMA-1s are flexible, stylish and easily worn with just one headphone on, the other twisting away conveniently and sitting on the user’s neck. They are all black with comfortable padding over the head and the earphones fit over and around the ears and can be worn easily around the neck, on the back of the head or on the head with no trouble.
These headphones do block out surrounding noise, however they do not contain the audio, meaning others around you will have to contend keep it in and can be heard by those around the listener.
With the headphones come 1.7m cable (coiled), 6.3mm stereo plug converter, 2 sets of ear pads (1 leather, 1 PU), a carrying pouch and a booklet. It does not however include a microphone, the TMA-1 Studio with mic is a separate set of headphones that can be purchased for $345.00, and along with the 1.7m cable has a 1.2m cable with a mic.
The size of the driver unit it is 40mm, the headphones are a dynamic closed type, closed meaning it is best for effective noise cancellation and therefore noisy environments. The frequency response is 20 – 20.000 Hz which is from high to low but nothing further (not a wideband frequency response) and an impedance of 32Ω+/-10%.
They can’t be folded away in half but are flexible are very durable. Though this upgrade focuses on a detail and a finer sound, it could be less hazy and clearer but the exquisite sound and element of the bass cannot be ignored.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice
At $50 more than the old TMA-1 DJ headphones, they are nearly worth the buy for the slicker look and slightly, but not great, finer quality on the tracks, though for a DJ this can be overlooked with the expert bass it has.