AiAiAi’s TMA-2 modular headphone allows you to design the right pair
AiAiAi makes headphones (principally). Traditionally, the Danish firm has struck a great stability between understated cool, and audio high quality (for the worth of admission). The favored TMA-1 collection spawned a couple of variations aimed toward totally different use instances, resembling a DJ mannequin, and a Studio pair (and a few particular editions). Immediately, AiAiAi introduces The TMA-2. This is not a sequel although, it is a rethink: break all of the totally different editions up into elements; let consumers mix the bits they need to create their good set.
Modular headphones have been tried earlier than, however typically with extra give attention to beauty elements. The TMA-2 system (actually) breaks headphones down into 4 configurable parts: headbands, cables, speaker models and earpads. In the event you beloved the TMA-1 DJ version, however needed the snuggly earpads that got here with the Younger Guru mannequin, with TMA-2 you’ll be able to. The system launches with 4 totally different driver models (“all-spherical, punch, heat and vibrant” — no open again choices but) and 5 earpads (microfiber and PU leather-based in on- and over-ear types, and velour on-ear), for a complete of 20 totally different sound profiles. Thankfully, AiAiAi has made an inventory of each combo, with a synopsis of the way it ought to sound.
This configuration provides a really open and detailed sound with give attention to mids and highs. The bass has a slight roll off. Large sound stage and medium isolation. (S01 – E03)
To make issues simpler, AiAiAi sells 4 “starter” presets which are, primarily, the types of TMA-1 you may get earlier than (DJ, Studio, Younger Guru and “all-rounder). From there, you possibly can combine and match as you see match (or simply construct your personal set from scratch). The price of every element varies, with speaker models beginning at $sixty five, and pads and bands across the $35 – $50 mark. What number of variations you want is as much as you, however watch out, there’s undoubtedly scope for the “collector’s itch” to kick in, and the subsequent factor you recognize you’ve got obtained all of them. Artful AiAiAi. The excellent news is, for those who already personal the TMA-1, the brand new elements will improve your present set, too.
From a design viewpoint, TMA-1 is so understated (each element is black, the core supplies aren’t flashy chrome, wooden or leather-based) that your configuration selection is nearly totally based mostly on consolation and sound. It is good for the main target to be on match and performance first. New colours would not be troublesome to introduce later, however the launch is all about performance. AiAiAi hopes TMA-2 shall be a option to simply introduce new options shortly and affordably.
I attempted two configurations that intently resemble the DJ ($200) and Younger Guru ($260) presets. A deliberate selection given I had publicity to each of those headphones already. Meeting is straightforward, cables twist and lock in, ear pads clip on, and cups and headband slide simply into place. Dare I say it, it is weirdly satisfying, like constructing flat pack furnishings. The 2 sound profiles created by the totally different ear pads and speaker models are straightforward to inform aside, and match AiAiAi’s (admittedly broad) description. On a private degree, I discover the DJ preset pleasing, however missing within the mid-excessive frequencies. However that is okay, as a result of I even have the speaker unit that is extra of an all-rounder. Objective achieved.
Proper now, the selection is restricted to closed-again, on- and over ear headphones. However, there is no purpose why this could not increase into the entire gamut of headphone varieties (in ear, sports activities, wrap-round and so forth). Or, much more superior configurations (angle of the driving force and so on.) if the thought catches on.