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Here's my thoughts on the AIAIAI TMA-1 after using them for a few days:
looks very nice. Aesthetically looks exactly how i'd design headphones. Loving the matte black, and whatever they used, it feels great to the touch. Looks pretty well-built, for the most part. Nice, thick detachable audio cord, which is coiled, but still long enough to be as good as a straight cord.
They are pretty light, second only to a pair of cheap sennheisers i tried.
no sound leakage.
Generally speaking, I've always felt on-ears had sound isolation that was inferior to over ears and iems. These have very good sound isolation.
The sound is very nice. The bass, to me, is PERFECT. It's there in songs with bass, but it doesn't sound overly boomy, artificial, or amplified. Before these I thought the Beats Studios had excellent bass. Now I realize how amplified and artificial it was. Songs with little or no bass, you'll hear just that-little or no bass. Just how it should be. I'd say the mids were there and pretty detailed, but there wasn't too much music i listened to that would be adequate to hear the highs. No "muddiness" at all. All i could say is i didn't notice anything negative to say about them.
It did, however, expose my lower quality music. There were certain songs that sounded like absolute crap, that I mostly didn't notice before, but then it made me realize that's how ALL my music sounded with the stock iPhone earbuds. On some of my older songs, you could hear what sounded like audio equipment noise, popping, etc. I don't know about that stuff so I can't really explain it any more, but I made it a point to listen to most of the same tracks when I demo'd all these headphones, and this was my first time hearing it....
Personal preference, but I'd prefer over ear headphones to on-ear headphones.
Now here's the biggie: They're actually TOO loose. I went to lean back in the car this morning, and the cups rotated about 30 degrees outward. Not because i moved fast or anything, but because when the headband isn't holding the phones in place due to gravity, they're heavy (and loose) enough to move with gravity. The headphones were on my head, but the cups were pointing towards my line of sight (instead of pointing toward my eardrums when they're on correctly). This won't be a problem anytime you are upright, however. They seal well and don't move as long as you don't lay down.
Also, the actual cans themselves have a BUNCH of wiggle room. There's holes on the band that click into place as you adjust them for your head, but other than the holes there's a good 1/2 inch of open wiggle room. i think that's just a design flaw. I think that's also a big part of the reason why the cups fell off when i leaned back.
The headband has NO PADDING whatsoever. I mean that thing is rock hard. I'm gonna get a couple of those carwash polish pad thingies and electrical tape em on the band (doing this has helped somewhat); I mean it really hurts, but I do have a sensitive head.
I'd like some type of ipod controls on the cord, near the headphones. having controls near the ipod is pointless, so i can't use the standard in line adapters sold as they're female-in male-out, they'd be to be the reverse if plugging into the headphone end.
Summary: 1. Sound AWESOME. 2. Look AWESOME. 3. Although I don't have any doubts as to its durability, there's a number of things I'd change as far as design/construction.
Other headphones i've tried: Beats Studio (bassy, but cheap, painful, and artificial sounding) Bose QC15 (great noise canceling, terrible sound) Sennheiser HD428 (lightest i've ever used) Bowers & Wilkins P5 (painful to wear) Klipsch Image One (clamping force too great, sounds ok) Roc Nation Aviator (sound pretty good, won't fit larger heads) Sony Super Bass (muddy sound)
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After listening to these headphones for a few days (pretty much non-stop) all I have to say is wow. The sound quality is amazing!
--- Pros ---
- AMAZING sound quality once you turn them up a bit. I recommend using an equalizer and playing 320 kbps songs.
- Deep, rich, full sound that doesn't sound muddy. Responsive and crisp mids and highs, incredible but not overwhelming bass. (don't take that to mean these don't have a good amount of bass, because they do. I'm just mean it doesn't overpower everything else)
- Excellent noise isolation once you start playing anything. I tested this by riding with my brother down the highway at 70 MPH, with the windows down and his radio at full blast (new car so the stereo is decent) I could barely hear anything but my music.
- Beautiful minimalistic aesthetic. Amazingly nice rubberized matte finish. This is just a personal preference, but I love that you cannot see a brand name while someone is wearing them (since it's inside the headband)
- Detachable cable.
- Long, coiled cable. I love this. I'm 6'1, so usually headphone chords are way too short to be convenient.
- Comfortable ear pads (until your ears get sweaty)
- VERY rugged and sturdy construction. I can't see these things breaking very easily. *EDIT* they did. Headband is starting to crack. Lets hope it's just a manufacturer defect.
- The larger adapter screws on to the cable
- They are named after the black alien monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey.... (Tycho Magnetic Anomaly 1)
--- Cons ---
- The peg-in-hole design makes it difficult to get a "perfect" fit, as you have to use the increments they have pre-determined
- Finding the right EQ setting takes some time, (as the soundstage straight out of the box is neutral) but it is completely worth it. If you already tweak your EQ anyways, this really isn't even a con.
- There is nothing to stop the headphone itself from being pulled off of the end of the track, leaving cable running from the headband to the speaker the only thing to hold them together. Granted the spring of the cord provides some resistance, and the cable is the same tough material used on the detachable cable, also it does take a good bit force to get it to slide off the end, so i doubt it would break easily.
- They are a little awkward to carry if you don't have a bag, but if you wanted something more portable you should be buying earphones and not headphones.
--- Conclusion ---
I am absolutely in love with these headphones. They are beautifully designed, and, more importantly, sound absolutely amazing! They do have some flaws, but they more than make up for it! I would recommend these to anyone who wants some insanely good headphones.
I've had these for four months with no problem until today. The headband is starting to crack. I wasn't even being rough with them. They better have some good customer service.Read more ›
I knew the moment I saw these headphones, that I would love them. After blogging about them about six months ago I was instantly interested in the form and function of these highly designed, well-built cans. They are rugged, simple, and built for longevity. I very much like the design inspiration of the Tycho-Magnetic-Anomaly from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The Feel: They are very comfortable, though smaller than the Denon-AhD-2000's I was tempted to buy. They are on-ear cans, but much bigger than the Klipsch Image ONE Headphones (great sound, but so small!). I have ears that pop out a bit so I'm very sensitive to pressure. However, after two hours of listening I haven't had any complaints, except when I put my prescription glasses on. They are light and have a good grip on the top of my head, so I can move around and not worry about sliding. I'm looking forward to commuting with them.
The Build: The tactile quality of the rubberized material is top notch, and makes it a joy to put them on and off. The option to switch out from leather to foam ear pads is genius. I imagine I will be wearing these guys thin from everyday use. I really like the removable cable feature, in case someone steps on the cord, you won't get whiplash. I might buy a straight cord to commute with..the spiral cord works great by the computer and at the home. The bag is also really well made, and functions to protect your already almost indestructible set of phones.
The Sound: Perfect. The bass is rich and deep, w/o taking over the mid and high range. Mids are solid. I don't like an excessive amount of treble in what I listen to, but I like to hear cymbals pop, and the pluck of the guitar string...they do the trick. So far I think these are the best pair of headphones I've owned so far.... I had some sony studio monitors a few years back, recently I purchased the Sony-MDRNC60's and turned them back immediately due to the hissing, and misc. sounds when near my iphone....next I got the new Bose AE2 model, amazing feel, comfortable, lightweight, and bose quality, but the bass just wasn't there, and instead sounded flat. I like richness in my sound...and the bass and mids bump on these babies! I read that the sound quality gets better after breaking them in.
Overall: Get them. You will love them the moment you get them in the mail, from unboxing to head banging. Top notch design, build, and sound quality.Read more ›
Enjoy crystal-clear audio with these AIAIAI TMA-1 06901 over-the-ear DJ headphones that feature 3mm cotton-fiber filters and 40mm drivers for powerful, robust sound. The nylon headband and interchangeable ear cushions ensure comfortable use.