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I've always believed that owning a very good headset is always a good thing since you can use it to watch your favorite movies, play your favorite games and listen to your favorite tunes without intruding on the privacy of all those around you. Luckily most people i know feel exactly the same and so a friend of mine has been looking to purchase an good headset for the past year or so but the catch is that aside the fact that he wants superior audio quality and clarity he also wants it to be small, light, comfortable and to feature excellent noise insulation. So you can all understand that the entire specifications/features combo he is looking for is not something easy to come by especially in the sub USD250/250Euros category. At least that was the case until the exact moment he saw me testing the TMA-1 Studio headset by AIAIAI roughly two weeks ago and decided to spend a couple of hours with them as well.
AIAIAI is an audio design company dedicated to developing high quality audio products for everyday use. AIAIAI’s modern, minimalist headphones and earphones deliver clear, amplified sound. Headquartered in Copenhagen, AIAIAI is proud to contribute to Denmark’s worldwide reputation as leader in acoustic and electro- acoustic design and engineering. Informed by a heritage of Scandinavian design, AIAIAI strives to create high quality, accessible audio products that deliver value far beyond trend-driven aesthetics. AIAIAI boasts a world-renowned network of industrial designers, audio technicians and DJs as part of its unique and highly collaborative development process. Exploratory and experimental, the process enables AIAIAI to develop new products on the leading edge, independent of current market trends.
As some of you may recall we had the chance to test the TMA-1 DJ Headphones with mic from AIAIAI a little over a month ago with quite impressive results especially for their size and weight. Actually the TMA-1 DJ Headphones with mic is the best set I’ve used in the past 2 years or so when it comes to audio quality, clarity and comfort and i think that alone speaks for itself. However the DJ edition has a tiny flaw (if you can call it a flaw since most headphones share it as well) and that's its limited noise insulation which basically allows audio to leak on the outside (at very high levels) and sometimes unwanted sounds from the outside to reach your ears. Well for more demanding users (obviously professionals) AIAIAI has the TMA-1 Studio edition available which is basically the same as the DJ version just with larger cushions/earpads that envelop your ears and tweaked drivers which now provide a flatter and more neutral sound especially suited for mixing. The real question is whether or not AIAIAI produced the perfect headphones and for that well just read on to find out.